Regular grooming is very important for your pet. Many health issues can be spotted and brought to your attention before they become serious. Your dog should be groomed every 4 to 10 weeks depending on the breed or lifestyle of your pet. There are 5 important steps to a good grooming:
They should be kept at an appropriate length. Too long causes their toes to curl up, making them uncomfortable and leads to arthritis in their feet. Nails can grow so long they curl up, around and grow into their pads.
Routine ear cleaning eliminates mites and dirt which can cause problems. Your groomer can inform you of conditions they see that will affect your dogs health, such as infections. Certain breeds grow hair in their ears and it is very important to have it removed to prevent problems.
Periodic expression of the anal gland will help prevent infection and impaction.
During the bathing and drying process your groomer can observe many issues such as ticks or fleas, hot spots, rashes, dryness and flaking, tumors and other abnormalities. Extreme odors are often noted indicating problems that should be seen by your vet.
The groomer’s most important tool is the high density dryer. The dryer breaks loose the undercoat so that it can be removed and breaks up mats in the longer breeds. This process enables the skin to breathe and unblocks pores to promote a healthy shiny coat and removes excess unwanted hair.
You and your pet will both enjoy the results of a good thorough grooming!