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 from 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 are often 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 that 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 recommended 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 pet’s 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.