Contrary to popular belief, grooming is about much more than simply making your dog look (and smell!) good. It is also crucial for their overall health and happiness.
Some of the benefits associated with regular grooming include:
Reduced risk of eye, ear, skin, and nail infections, which can be caused by the build-up of bacteria on the coat and skin.
It’ll be much easier to detect external parasites, like ticks, fleas, and mites, which are known to thrive on dirty animals.
Hair remains trimmed, preventing it from irritating your dog’s eyes or compromising their vision.
Removal of excess hair, which prevents matting and double-coating which can lead to heat stress and hotspots.
It’s easier for your vet to check your pet over since their coat will be tidy and they will feel comfortable. This will make them more successful in spotting any abnormalities, such as unusual lumps or bumps.
Lower veterinary bills, since regular grooming can help prevent disease and enable vets to detect health issues before they become difficult and expensive to treat.
Although you can undertake virtually all aspects of grooming yourself at home, many owners prefer to send their canine companion off to a professional groomer for this element of their care. This is largely because professional groomers have the time and equipment needed for comprehensive pet cleaning, as well as the experience needed to keep your doggo calm and under control. In fact, even dogs who may not have initially enjoyed the grooming experience quickly learn to love it!
Professional dog grooming places your four-legged friend in the capable hands of a trained and experienced dog-lover who knows exactly how to make sure that they return to you clean, tidy, and healthy. Exactly what will happen will depend on the services that you choose. Most groomers will have a ‘menu of different options, including everything from a simple nail trim to a complete pedicure, ear cleaning, and even a massage! Grooming may be done at your home, in the comfort of a mobile grooming parlor, or at local premises.
Some of the most popular treatments that are typically offered by professional groomers include:
A bath and shampoo, using the specially-designed doggy wash and coat conditioner
Hydrotherapy massage (as part of a spa bath)
Brushing and de-tangling
Professional dental cleaning
Your groomer will be able to tell you precisely what services they offer and even put a package together for your dog based on your requirements.
The answer to this really depends on your dog. Some dogs can get away with their letting their coat getting a little longer, especially during the winter months when it gets colder. Things to look out for that could indicate that your furry friend is in need of grooming include:
Hair that is growing into their eyes or ears and causing irritation or infection
Hair that is too long between the paw pads
Nails that are scratching people and furniture or starting to grow around towards the paws
An obviously dirty or unpleasant-smelling coat
It’s important not to bathe dogs too often as doing so can wash the natural oils from the skin and coat and cause irritation and soreness. Ask your groomer for a recommendation as to how often they think your dog would benefit from professional grooming.
For more information about our dog grooming service, visit Liberty Pet Resort & Wellness Center in Cumming, Georgia. Call 770-886-9936 to schedule an appointment.