Professional dog grooming is important in not just making your pup look their best, but also giving your vet a chance to identify any health concerns your dog may have. Here, our Cave Creek vets discuss the importance of professional dog grooming appointments, and what you can do at home.
Professional Dog Grooming
Many pet owners depend on us to keep their dog's fur trimmed, healthy, and comfortable for all seasons. Regular professional grooming sessions also keep the nails, coat, and skin looking and feeling great. But were you aware that grooming offers benefits beyond the obvious positives of looking and smelling fresh?
Your dog's healthcare routine should include regular grooming sessions. This offers several benefits for your pooch, from healthier eyes and skin to early detection of potential health problems.
What are the benefits of dog grooming?
Here are just a few benefits of bringing your dog in for regular grooming sessions:
Feet, Paw Pads, & Nail Cleaning
Your dog may grow excessive hair between their toes and paw pads, depending on the breed. The groomer will trim and shave these areas to make sure they stay clean.
Healthier Skin & Coat
To distribute the natural oils throughout the coat and keep it shiny, every dog's coat should be brushed regularly. This will also encourage healthier skin. When your dog's coat is properly brushed, dead hair, dirt, and debris are removed. Completing this task can also prevent mats, which lead to knots in your pet's fur and can cause discomfort and pain.
It also ensures even distribution of topical tick and flea preventative medicine, providing your pet full coverage against these parasites.
Detection of Abnormalities
Bald spots, growths, lumps, bumps, and cuts may sometimes appear on a dog's coat and skin. During the grooming session, our groomer will do a thorough inspection of these, paying special attention to the ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, and paws. This is another step in the process of ensuring problems are detected as soon as possible, so they can be treated early.
Caring for Dogs With Special Circumstances & Needs
Some pups have behavioral issues. Senior pets may also have special physical needs as they age, while others are aggressive or fearful and need their groomer to use special tactics or practices while styling their fur. Our pet groomer is experienced in handling dogs with numerous and will be able to keep your pooch safe during a grooming session.
Dog Ear Care
Some dog breeds are more likely to have hair grow deep within the ear canal. If this is true for your pet, their ears will need special attention with a monthly ear cleaning to help keep infections or irritation from occurring if bacteria gets trapped inside the ear.
We can let you know if we see redness or discharge so you can decide whether to have our vet determine whether the area is infected.
Proper Treatment of Skin Conditions
We use a range of special shampoos for dogs with skin sensitivities, irritations, allergies, and parasites such as fleas and ticks. Our professional dog groomers even have shampoo for dogs that have been sprayed by skunks.
Proper skin care is vital, especially since many pet parents are often unaware of different skin conditions.
Appropriate Tools for Proper Grooming
From adjustable grooming tables designed specifically for pets to special clippers designed to get those errant nails and hair, our pet groomer has several tools on hand to make grooming safer and easier. This gives our clients peace of mind and saves you the time and frustration of effectively doing the job yourself.
A dog's grooming routine should include monthly baths to ensure their coat is clean. We can complete this task in our special tub. We have different-sized tools we use based on dog breed and needs that can help us get this task done faster than you could at home, reducing the stress for your pup, and eliminating time spent and frustration for you.These are just some of the benefits of professional grooming sessions. If you have specific questions or needs, we will be happy to address them.