When it comes to grooming, there are many other services than just washing and hair-cutting that contribute to a clean and healthy dog. From the traditional bathing and full clip to nail trims and teeth brushing, grooming and maintaining your dog’s outward appearance is vital for its skin, nails, hair, and overall health. It can even benefit your pup’s behavior habits, too.
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According to M Dog, you start the grooming process as soon as you bring your new furry family member home. The practice helps your dog learn social skills and patience and allows them to get used to the grooming process from an early age.
But why is it essential to bring the new dog to the groomers? Isn’t home care enough?
Well, some tasks are ideal for home care, but it’s still important to bring a puppy in for some needed attention from a groomer. Here are three reasons why:
1. Improve Their Appearance And Smell
The most apparent reason why you should groom your dog regularly is to improve their smell. Who wants to parade around a scruffy and smelly dog?
Whether you bathe your pup regularly because they have a love affair with dirt and rolling around in the mud and dirty water, or to remove that unpleasant ‘dog’ scent, you can sometimes smell, washing your dog regularly maintains their overall hygiene.
Washing your dog also eliminates the risk of your house latching onto that familiar dog smell, so making sure they are regularly clean will also ensure that your home is odor-free.
A groomer is equipped with high-quality dog shampoo. If your puppy decides they hate baths at home, the groomer will make it easier for you to get the job done.
2. You Can Check For Health Issues
Not only does taking your dog to the groomers get you out of that stressful home bath scenario, but it also gives experts the perfect opportunity to check your dog’s body for anything out of the ordinary.
Taking your dog to a groomer regularly allows professionals to check for lumps, bumps, cuts or any other unusual issues including swelling. As a pet owner, you are less likely to check your dog’s hard to reach areas for problems. However, your groomer will assess their whole body as they are performing their services.
Groomers will also check for fleas, ticks and blocked glands, and ensure their ears and dental health are satisfactory, something you as pet owner might feel out of your comfort zone doing, or just simply don’t enjoy.
With this being said, don’t use your pet’s regular grooming session as a substitute for veterinary checks. Take your dog for regular health checks. Even though groomers are great at what they do, they might miss something vital.
3. Keeps Their Coat Healthy And Avoids Shedding
Yes, you love your pooch, but you definitely don’t love their trail of hair being left around the house. Regular grooming removes any old hair and excess oil and ensures your dog’s skin is left shiny and smelling great.
Regular brushing also increases your pup’s blood circulation under its fur, which promotes healthy growth and healthy coats.
So, if you’re reading this and know you haven’t taken your dog to the groomers in a while, then pick up the phone and book them an appointment now. Not only do groomers offer services that your DIY home bath sessions simply can’t, but they also provide social and behavioral skills and potentially life-saving checks.
Your dogs deserve to look shiny and new all the time, don’t you think?