Dog grooming is not a canine luxury but a necessity. Also, it does not have to break your bank.
Booking your dog regularly for professional grooming does not only make them smell and look great but it is also valuable to their health.
Letting your canine’s coat grow a bit more can be tempting but this can take more maintenance. Thus, it is highly recommended that you have your dog professionally groomed on a monthly basis.
Dog grooming is a worthy investment because it offers these 11 health benefits.
1. Healthy Grooming
Your furry friend may end up having scratches, cuts, and skin irritations if you let an inexperienced person take care of them. Remember that no one is more knowledgeable and skilled in making your dog handsome without causing injuries than professional pet groomers.
Moreover, professional grooming helps spot any bumps, lumps, and wounds on your pet’s skin along with ear/skin infections. In turn, this will put you in a better position to identify any health issues your dog might be suffering at its early stage. This way, it won’t become serious or even fatal.
If, for instance, your pet has a skin condition, a groomer can apply the most suitable products to protect the skin of your canine. Also, the time required for you to bathe your dog on a regular basis may not be worth the hassle.
As for ear infections, groomers usually recommend that you take your canine to the vet. This way, the type of ear infection your dog has will be properly identified. More importantly, proper treatment will be given.
2. Hassle-Free Nail Trimming
Long nails are associated with many problems. For instance, they create discomfort to your dog while walking. And as a result, your pooch may walk in an abnormal fashion, which causes bone malformations and arthritis when left untreated.
Thus, dogs will need a nail trim at least once a month. For most pet owners, nail trimming is a dreaded task. Oftentimes, canines do not like the process so you might end up cutting their nails too short. A professional dog groomer knows how to make your furry friend cooperative. Most importantly, they will cut your dog’s nails to the appropriate length.
Also, trimming will prevent a painful condition where the nails can grow into your canine foot pads. Furthermore, it offers a close view of your dog’s feet, highlighting concerns like swelling, a tangled fur around the area, and dry or cracked paw-pads.
3. Professional Hair Care
An un-groomed coat leads to matted hair, which is a tangled mass that pulls the skin. This condition can be quite uncomfortable for your dog. So if your dog has a curly or fine coat, it is crucial for you look out for mats. Over time, these mats may lead to sores or even become hiding spot for fleas and ticks. To avoid this, quality vet care recommends regular grooming.
Grooming also means less shedding. Nothing is worse than having dogs that shed all over your place, causing indoor allergens. The best way to eliminate unwanted shedding inside your house is to get your dog to the groomers. These professionals will remove dander and any loose hair during the cleaning process. Also, they know how to give your canine the best hairstyle.
4. Use of the Right Grooming Supplies
Like humans, dogs also have different needs. For instance, dogs with long hair will need different grooming supplies than those with short hair. Professional groomers know this, so they only make use of the most suitable grooming supplies for your canine to avoid any irritation.
5. Detection of Parasites
Professional groomers can immediately tell if your dog has parasites. They will check each square inch of your pet’s body for fleas and other parasites that may not be visible to you.
Fleas are often noticed in the tub and none will make it out alive. On the other hand, ticks are noticed and removed during the drying process. The entire coat of your canine is split line by line during the drying process until their entire coat is dry. While doing so, groomers will also remove the entire dead coat and check for any abnormal skin growth. This way, any serious problems will be detected.
6. Anal Gland Expression
Normally, dog feces are firm. When your dog defecates, the anal glands become empty. But when your dog’s stools are soft, they won’t exert enough pressure on the glands. And this can result in the glands failing to empty, causing discomfort when the full anal gland pushes on the anus.
Though you can empty the glands, a groomer or vet is a better option especially if you are not trained to do it. This need is addressed through anal gland expression. This technique involves squeezing the anal glands so its contents are released through the small openings on the sides of the anus.
Anal gland expression is done to maintain your canine’s hygiene. Also, this will eliminate discomforts once the anal glands can’t empty themselves. These discomforts include dragging their posterior on the ground, biting or licking at the anus, chasing their tails, or having difficulty standing or sitting.
If your canine is constantly suffering from anal gland problems, you must figure out if it is a soft stool issue, an allergic response, or an inflammatory response. Addressing the root cause of your pet’s discomfort is the best way to deal with this problem.
7. Proper Massage Techniques
Your dog can greatly benefit from a massage. These includes stimulating their circulatory system and eliminating any stressors. But massaging your dog can be a hard task if you are not aware of their muscle groups. A professional groomer is trained to give your dog a pleasurable and healthy massage.
8. Fresh Smelling
Dogs should not smell bad. The smell that almost everyone is so used to is a result of an improperly groomed or dirty dog. Know that dogs do not want to smell bad more than you do. So make sure to have professional groomers keep the bad smell out of your dog’s hair and your house. This will definitely result in a happier canine and home.
9. Valuable Dog Care Tips
Professional groomers will check your dog’s skin. Whether their skin is too oily or dry, these professionals will make the right dietary recommendations to ensure your dog’s health and well-being. Remember that the skin of your canine will reflect their diet. When it is imbalanced, your canine will have unhealthy skin
But aside from dietary recommendations, groomers will also provide you with extra dog care tips for daily maintenance, such as teeth cleaning. A regular brushing regimen will save your dog’s teeth from various dental diseases and bad breath. In the absence of brushing, bacteria will flourish in your dog’s mouth. And this can lead to plaque formation and even gum disease.
Regular ear clean-up is also vital. You need to clean your pet’s ears at least once a week to prevent infections. Avoid using cotton swabs because these can be rough to their ears. Instead, use ear wipes.
Gauze wrapped around your finger is also a good option. But if you want to use cotton balls, an ear rinse is important. Pour it over the cotton ball and use this to clean your canine’s ears. To ensure cooperation from your dog, consider rewarding them with healthy treats.
10. A Great Time to Bond with Your Pet
Most dogs enjoy having their hair brushed because it feels like a relaxing massage. Brushing your dog’s teeth or cleaning their ears is an opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your pet. End every grooming session with a reward in the form of an ear or tummy rub.
A coat free of burrs, tangles, and mats and a skin free of ticks and fleas are as comfortable to your canine as clean and fresh clothes are to you. It will make you feel great, and the effect is similar on your pet. If you have a family member who suffers from allergies, keeping your dog clean is essential.
11. Emotional Health
Dogs in good physical shape are happier than those in poor condition. If your dog’s fur is matted or if their nails are too long, they’re in a state of discomfort. In turn, this can make them exhibit personality changes that can range from mild irritability to outright violent behavior. In fact, your dog may even become depressed. To avoid this, you must brush your dog’s hair daily or weekly with the right comb and take them regularly to a professional groomer.
As a dog owner, you have the responsibility to take your dog for a daily walk and keep up with regular grooming. But keeping your canine clean is more than just a pampering session.
Grooming won’t just make your pet free of bad odor and feel comfortable but will also help detect any health issues. Though frequency will greatly depend on your dog’s lifestyle, breed, and coat type, regular grooming will keep your pet a clean, healthy companion to you. So there’s no doubt about it, dog grooming is a worthy investment.
About the Author:
Dr. Max Spicer is the Managing Partner and Senior Veterinary Surgeon at The Veterinary Hospital in Dubai. He has taken strides towards providing comprehensive service by hiring veterinarians that are flexible, approachable, and highly specialised in their respective fields.