While for many people the concept of grooming your dog conjures up images of brushes, pretty
bows and bandanas, it is in fact a vital element to their overall health and well-being. Regularly
grooming your pet allows you to prevent them becoming matted (which is painful) catch any
underlying diseases or conditions early, meaning that they will be able to be treated quicker and
will therefore be less likely to have any serious and lasting effect on your pet. Groomers often
are the first to find parasites on your pets too such as fleas and ticks. It is important that your
pet is on a regular prevention schedule as many of these parasites can have a huge impact on
our health as well as our pets.
Many dogs have coats which are difficult for pet parents to maintain and many owners find that
it is easier to send their pet to a professional dog groomer on a regular basis instead.
If you have a new puppy, then start early training them to ensure the grooming process is a
positive experience. It is an important part of their learning and will be hugely beneficial to them
as they reach maturity. Nail clipping and ear cleaning are good examples of things owners could
do at home however many pets don’t enjoy this aspect of grooming and it is reccomend to leave
these jobs to the professionals.
Anal glands are another example of something it’s possible for a pet owner to do themselves,
however it’s a delicate process and you can really hurt your dog if you do it wrong.
Good breeders will often begin grooming their litters as soon as they are old enough to help get
them used to the process. When you do opt to use a professional pet groomer, there are still
a number of regular grooming techniques that you can do at home with your pet to strengthen
your bond such as daily brushing of their coat.
Regular brushing removes dirt, dandruff and dead hairs from your dog. It also prevents tangles
and matting which can lead to pain and infections. Brushing also stimulates the natural oils in
your pets’ fur, which are then spread across the coat leaving it with a glossy and healthy shine.
When brushing your pet you will be able to do a thorough examination of its skin, identifying
any issues such as ticks, fleas, bald or dry patches. Any swellings, lumps, bumps or other
abnormalities will also be easier to feel.
If you are unsure of how to care for your pets coat just ask your groomer. I am happy to advise
you which techniques and equipment you should use to ensure your dogs coat is in great
condition all year round.
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