A groomed dog is a happy dog!

08 Feb

Professional dog grooming is a great way of keeping your furry friend looking and smelling fantastic, but there’s far more to it than that. In fact, serious side effects can occur when we neglect to groom our pets. These can adversely affect their health and even behaviour.

In general terms, a clean pet tends to be a happy pet. No hair in the eyes, clean fur and skin, clipped nails and clean teeth all make for a pet which is comfortable and well behaved.

Long and unkept hair can be the cause of discomfort and skin related issues. Hair hanging over your pet’s eyes can restrict its vision altering the pet’s capabilities and behaviour. When long hair is not brushed and washed, pets often suffer matting which can load your pet down with unnecessary extra weight.

Matting of the hair can be painful and cause skin conditions. Severe matting restricts blood flow, pulling tightly on a pet’s skin and making a simple pat and walk painful. In some cases, matting can be so severe it restricts body movement leading to deformity.

Overgrown nails can be so painful, with long nails growing into the paw pads and causing infection. Long nails can cause your pet’s toes to bend and create a walking disfigurement.

Double coating from irregular brushing leads to extra coating, causing your pet to suffer heat stress, something which is obviously not good in this climate.

Grass seeds will not be easily detected unless you and/or your groomer are really hands on. Undetected grass seeds can lead to abscesses and severe infection. It is not unheard of for a pet to lose an eye from an undetected grass seed.

Fleas, ticks and mites are some of the most common parasites that can be fatal to your pet. They thrive on dirty and untreated bodies.

Dental disease can lead to bad breath, teeth loss, and reduced appetite. In extreme cases, if left untreated, it can cause damage to your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys.

All of these issues can obviously be detrimental to your pet’s wellbeing, due to the discomfort and pain they cause.

By having your pet professional groomed on a regular basis, and brushing them between grooming’s, you can optimise your pet’s physical and mental health.

The benefits of professional dog grooming include: 

  • A pet that looks and smells nice, and is free from unnecessary discomfort.
  • Reduced risk of eye, ear, skin, teeth and nail infections
  • Easier vet checks as your pet will be used to being handled, especially around the face, feet and tail. Less stress for all involved!
  • Increased sociability as grooming and interacting with people is reinforced as a positive experience
  • Lower medical bills as regular and professional grooming will prevent disease and catch health issues before they become a problem.
  • Healthier skin and coat. Professional pet grooming involves using specific shampoos designed to keep skin and coat healthy.
  • Reduced Shedding. Every clump of hair that comes out in the groomer's brush is a clump of hair that won't end up in your house!
  • Reduced odours. A dirty dog can smell overwhelming, but regular washing will limit your pet's odour. Right after grooming, your pet will smell fresh and clean—and with regular grooming and brushing, they should never get to the stinky stage!
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