When most people think about dog grooming, there is usually one of two things they picture in their mind’s eye. They’re either overtaken by visions of poofy manes and frilly bows or haunted by the thought of chasing their uncooperative, stinky, soaking-wet dog around the house. While we won’t deny that some dogs are more challenging than others to groom, the truth remains that grooming is an essential part of dog ownership (but adding pink bows are optional).
There is more to grooming than just making your dog look handsome or pretty, though. With a regular grooming schedule, you can keep tabs on your dog’s overall health, rid them of fleas or ticks, and keep shedding at bay. Keep reading to find seven benefits of getting your pup to the groomer a few times per year.
The 7 Benefits of Regular Dog Grooming
1. Early Detection of Skin or Health Problems
The more often your pup sees a groomer, the easier it will be for them to recognize any skin abnormalities. For this reason, you should try to take your dog to the same groomer each time. They can point out any lumps or bumps you may have missed during your weekly at-home brushing sessions. The sooner you find skin or health issues, the better to prevent them from spreading or becoming worse.
2. Promotes Healthy Skin & Coat
It doesn’t matter if you have a long-haired or short-haired dog; getting it groomed regularly will encourage healthier skin and coat. Your groomer will give your pup a good scrubbing in the bath, blow dry it, and brush its coat to get rid of dead skin. Brushing will distribute your dog’s natural oils throughout its coat to keep it looking healthy and shiny.
3. Gets Rid of Mats & Tangles
Matts occur when your pet’s fur gets bunched and entwined. When the mats are not removed, they can grow larger and pull aggressively on your pup’s skin. If mats develop in sensitive areas or become extra tight, your dog can be in a lot of pain. Your groomer may need to trim the mats if they get too close to the skin.
If your dog has a coat that’s prone to mats and tangles, you must be willing to brush it at home every week. The more maintenance brushing you can do at home, the fewer visits you’ll need to make to your groomer.
4. Nail, Ear, & Eye Maintenance
While you may feel comfortable keeping up with maintenance brushings between your dog’s visits to the groomer, many dog owners don’t feel up to the task of dealing with their pup’s nails, eyes, and ears. Hair grows between the toes and in the ears, and if it gets too long, determining overall ear and nail health can be challenging.
Keeping up with regular nail trims is essential for several reasons. Aside from overgrown nails being uncomfortable to walk on, they can also cause deformed feet and injured tendons.
Your dog’s groomer will also remove any gunk and build-up in your dog’s ears. However, the structure of your dog’s ear canal makes removing any material trapped deep inside challenging. If this material is not removed, it can cause itchiness and ear infections. In addition, acquired deafness can occur due to excessive ear wax.
Your dog’s groom will also include a good cleaning around its eyes. Accumulating eye discharge can build up around the eyes and cause irritation. If it collects too much, it can be difficult for even your groomer to remove, resulting in pain and discomfort for your pup.
5. Less Shedding
Different breeds have different coat layers, lengths, and textures, and each will shed different amounts. For example, dogs with double coats will shed more, especially twice a year when they shed their undercoat.
Regular grooming will help keep shedding at bay. Regularly scheduled baths will loosen any dead hair from beneath your pup’s coat while reducing the likelihood of your dog developing mats and tangles.
6. Easy to Find and Treat Fleas
Your dog can have fleas or ticks without you even knowing it. Lucky for you, groomers are experts at finding fleas. Fleas are not only a nuisance for you as a homeowner and dog parent, but they can also be dangerous for your pup.
According to PetMD, fleas can cause incessant itching, which can lead to the skin breaking open and leaving your dog open to infection. Dogs with fleas may also be at higher risk of developing tapeworms and flea bite anemia.
7. Makes Them Look Like a Million Bucks
Perhaps the most instantly gratifying benefit of getting your dog groomed is that it will leave looking like a million bucks. As a dog owner, you know how quickly your pup can get dirty, so seeing it freshly bathed and blow-dried will feel like a special treat for both of you.
How Often Should My Dog See a Groomer?
The frequency of grooms will depend on several variables. Your dog’s breed, coat length, coat type, lifestyle (e.g., how much time it spends outdoors), and the climate in which you live can all determine the frequency of grooming visits necessary. The style of cut and how much maintenance you’re willing to do between grooms can also affect how often your pup will need to see its groomer.
Generally speaking, most dogs with longer fur will need to see the groomer every four to six weeks. However, shorter-haired breeds may only need to visit once every eight to 12 weeks.
You should be making space for dog grooming in your budget if you don’t have the time or know-how to tackle it on your own. While it can add up over the year, the costs will be more than worthwhile when you consider how much healthier your pup will be.
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