Because we see our dogs every day, it can be difficult at first to determine if they should see a groomer. This is why our Pittsboro vets share some of the early signs that it's time for your dog to go to a groomer and why having them groomed is important.
Why You Should Take Your Dog To A Groomer
We usually know when we have to make an appointment with our hairdresser just by looking in the mirror, but what about our adorable pups? Grooming is important for our dogs to stay healthy and happy.
Bringing your pet for a professional grooming session not only helps keep them from smelling bad but it also allows your groomer to keep ticks, fleas, and other pests from taking hold of your pooch.
Grooming will help keep your dog's skin, coat, and nails in optimal condition and help them look and feel their best.
Signs Your Dog Needs To Be Groomed
Below we have listed some of the signs that show your dog needs to see a groomer.
Your Dog Has Dirty, Matted, Or Dull Fur
One of the first and most easily recognizable signs that your dog needs to see a groomer is the presence of dirt or matts on their fur. Even though outdoor activities such as playing and running help to keep them in shape, dirt, mud, and debris can build up on their skin and fur, making them dirty. You may even notice an unpleasant smell.
Matted fur is more than just uncomfortable for your dog. Pests and debris can harm their health, and dirt gets trapped in their coat, which could lead to skin damage, bacterial infections, and diseases.
No matter if your dog has taken a bath in the mud or if it has built up over time, our professional groomers are available to clean their coats and make them healthy and shiny once again.
Your Dog's Nails Are Too Long
Do you find that your dog spends most of its time running around on soft surfaces or the grass? While some dogs can trim their nails naturally by walking on roads, sidewalks, and other hard and paved surfaces, if they spend a lot of their time on grass, their nails will eventually grow too long, which could make it painful for them. It's time for a trim if you hear clicking sounds when your dog walks on hardwood or laminate floors.
Nails should be kept neat and trimmed. During a grooming session, our groomer will designate a time to examine your dog's nails and trim them if necessary.
You Notice Signs Of Parasites Or Pests
It can be easy for pests such as fleas and ticks to find homes deep within your canine companion's coat, whether or not your dog's fur is matted. This could have a negative impact on their health and cause skin damage. Keep an eye out for signs like excessive scratching, irritated skin, and sores, as well as checking your dog for parasites and other pests.
If parasites are not found and treated as quickly as possible, they can gradually get worse, feed off your dog, and even spread to other pets or members of your home. As their condition worsens and the parasites feed on your dog's blood and nutrients, your pooch may gradually become more fatigued and weak. Diseases transmitted via parasites could also be deadly. That's why any pests must be spotted early.
Your Dog's Ears Smell
Dogs' ears are self-cleaning, but wax can sometimes build up in the ear canal, or an infection can occur. If this is the case, you may notice an odor if you go to smell your dog's neck. Our professional groomer can clean your pup's ears and let you know of any suspected infections.
Your Dog Is Scooting
Clogged anal sacs can be unpleasant for both you and your dog — and painful for your pup. On either side of their behind, dogs have two small anal sacs containing a fishy-smelling, foul liquid normally released when they poop.
Usually, a bowel movement triggers the anal sacs to empty. But fluid can build up if the sacs aren't working properly, and the glands can become inflamed. The liquid could solidify, hindering its release. This can lead to pain and discomfort for your dog.
At a professional grooming appointment, the groomer will gently express the glands to release the contents, bringing relief to your dog. A thorough bath will follow the procedure.
How Frequently You Should Take Your Dog To The Groomer
If you're wondering how often you should groom your dog (or take the easy route and have a professional do it), Your dog's breed, coat type, hair length, and lifestyle will largely dictate their grooming needs. Long-haired dogs will likely need more grooming than short-haired pups.
Dogs who spend lots of time outside will also need more grooming than couch potatoes or pooches that spend time lounging inside. In most cases, regular grooming should be done about once a month.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.