We love our pets and want to be good pet parents that doesn't mean that you have to do everything for your pet and sometimes there are benefits to taking your pet to the groomer. This is why our Powder Springs vets share the benefits of going to a professional groomer and why it's important to have them groomed regularly.
Why You Should Take Your Pet To A Groomer
Grooming is one of the most critical parts of keeping our animal companions healthy and happy. Not only does routinely bringing your furry pet for a professional grooming session keep them from smelling bad, but it also provides your groomer with the opportunity to keep ticks, fleas, and other pests from taking hold of your pet.
Benefits of Being Professionally Groomed
Below we have listed some of the benefits that show your dog needs to see a groomer.
Taking Care of Dirty, Matted, Or Dull Fur
One of the first — and most easily recognizable — signs your pet needs to see a groomer is the visibility of dirt or matts on their fur. While all of their outside activities such as playing and running help to keep them in shape, dirt, mud, and debris can build on their skin and fur, making them dirty. You might even notice an unpleasant odor.
Matted fur makes your pet more than just uncomfortable. It can be a detriment to their health as pests, debris, and dirt can get trapped in their coat, which could lead to skin damage, bacterial infections, and diseases.
We are not saying that you can't try to groom them at home but groomers have all the appropriate materials and have practice with various fur issues. Also if you have a cat it saves you get severely scratched because your feline companion did not appreciate your attempts at bathing or grooming.
Whether it's built up over time or your pet has decided that mud puddles are the best thing ever, our professional groomers are available to clean their coat and make it healthy and shiny once more.
Trimming Your Pets Nails
If your pet spends a lot of their time on grass or other soft surfaces their nails aren't getting worn down and eventually, their nails will grow too long, which could make it painful for them to walk. If you have hardwood or laminate floors and hear clicking sounds when your pet walks it might be time for a trim.
The problem pet owners face when it comes to their pet's nails is how short to trim the nail since too short could hurt your pet.
By taking your pet to the professional groomer you can have them cut the nail to the correct length and they have all the right tools for the job.
Also if you have a cat it means you are not the one getting scratched up trying to trim their claws.
You Notice Signs Of Parasites Or Pests
Pests such as fleas and ticks will try to find homes deep within your pet's coat. This could cause skin damage and negatively impact their overall health.
Parasites can gradually get worse and even spread to other pets or members of your home if they aren't found and treated as quickly as possible. Diseases contracted via parasites could also be deadly. That's why any pests must be spotted early.
A groomer can clean your pet and either advise or take care of mild pest problems
Ear wax can sometimes build up in the ear canal or an infection can occur. Taking your pet to the groomer means their ears are being cleaned regularly
A problem that exists in many dogs is issues with their anal sacs. Clogged anal sacs can be unpleasant for both you and your dog. On either side of their behind, dogs have two small anal sacs that contain a fishy-smelling, foul liquid that's normally released when they poop.
Usually, a bowel movement triggers the anal sacs to empty. But fluid can build up if the sacs aren't working properly, and the glands can become inflamed. The liquid could solidify, hindering its release. This can lead to pain and discomfort for your dog.
At a professional grooming appointment, the groomer will gently express the glands to release the contents, bringing relief to your dog. The procedure will be followed by a thorough bath.
How Frequently You Should Take Your Pet To The Groomer
If you're wondering how often you should have a professional groom your pet it will depend on your pet's breed, coat type, hair length, lifestyle, and how much you as a pet parent are doing at home to keep them groomed( brushing, bathing, etc.).
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.