If you're one of the 46.3 million households that own a dog or the 39.9 million that own a cat, you probably already know the importance of brushing your pet regularly. Especially during these summer months, grooming is a preventative strike against shedding. However, professional grooming won't just help your carpets, but actually has even more benefits for your pet's health.
Grooming your pet at home can help build a relationship with your furry friend, but it's important to remember that you may not have the same resources and knowledge that a professional pet groomer does. So before you take out the clippers, here are five benefits that come with professional grooming for dogs.
Healthy Skin and Coat
Professional pet grooming involves using dog-specific shampoos that are designed to keep their skin and coat healthy. The process of scrubbing, blow drying, and brushing removes dead skin and excess hair, allowing a dog's skin to breathe and continue to produce new, healthy hair.
Contrary to belief, dogs shouldn't smell bad. The "dog" smell that everyone is so used to is usually just the result of a dirty or not properly groomed dog. Dogs don't enjoy smelling bad any more than you do, so make sure a professional groomer is working to keep the dog smell out of your house and your dog's hair. The result will be a happier pooch and a happier home.
Every clump of hair that comes out in the groomer's brush is a clump of hair that won't end up on your couch. A lot of excess hair is removed in the blow drying and brushing phases of grooming, which means less hair around your home and on your furniture.
Like humans, dogs have ailments that can sometimes be spotted by physical examination. A groomer may be able to pick up on skin issues or even an internal issue if something doesn't feel right on your dog's skin. Professional grooming is just as much a part of pet health care as visits to the vet.
If your dog has a fine or curly coat, it's important to be on the lookout for mats, which are tangled balls of fur that can pull on your pet's skin and result in discomfort and pain. Over time, these mats can turn into sores or hiding spots for ticks and fleas. Quality veterinary care will recommend regular grooming to avoid this.
Just as every dog owner has a responsibility to take their dog for walks every day, they have a responsibility to keep up with regular grooming. Remember: pet health care is more than simply scheduling regular veterinary visits!