Grooming

Grooming is not just about making your pet look nice and pretty by caring for their coats. There are also health, emotional, and physical benefits for your pet.

The long and short of it:

  • Brushing your pet’s hair everyday is an essential part of every pet’s hygiene; it reduces shedding and promotes healthy skin.
  • Natural oils are spread throughout the skin to reduce dandruff and dry skin.
  • Brushing promotes stimulation of blood flow which helps a lot in improving the blood supply to the hair follicles of your pet’s coat.
  • Mats are very irritating, cut off circulation and cause pain to your pet. Pets mask discomfort – do not be fooled –they hurt.
  • Dental diseases should be taken seriously because infections form the mouth can be the start of all infections on other body parts.
  • Keeping toe nails short and blunt, often prevent injuries, splitting and bleeding nails, including subsequent expensive emergency room visits.
  • Regular combing with flea combs can help detect the efficacy or need for a better flea control program.
  • During the summer season, a pet with a thick coat of fur may become overheated. Some pet breeds need regular brushing to get rid of excess hairs and spread healthy oils to the coat.

A clean pet is a healthy pet. There are many reasons why every pet owner should groom their pet and be aware of unique needs your pet may have. Different breeds need different care. It is an essential part of pet ownership that must not be ignored for the sake of your pet’s health and welfare.

Do you ever take the time to thoroughly exam the inside of your pet’s ears or mouth?  -If you don’t, would you know the symptoms to watch for if your pet had an ear or tooth infection? Do you want to wait for such symptoms to become obvious or would you rather catch the problem before it reaches that point? Not many pet owners would choose the first option.

To stay abreast of your pet’s current health condition you need to do more than just observe his or her day-to-day behaviors. Spending a few minutes grooming your pet on a routine basis gives you the added bonus of really “getting in close” and making sure that everything looks, smells, feels, and even sounds right. Having a “heads up” on any illnesses or medical conditions potentially makes getting such things under control easier and less expensive, as well as have a greater chance of a successful outcome – all benefits in their own right.

Grooming your pet isn’t just a matter of finding hidden medical problems; it’s a way to maintain old Duke’s or Ms. Sassy’s health. Think of it as spending your current time on preventative medical treatments in place of spending your money in the future for medical “repair” bills. That’s a short-term benefit with a long-term potential.

Grooming your dog presents the two of you with a unique bonding experience. Over time, old Duke might loosen up a bit more than he would otherwise. He might be calmer and more content in situations that use to cause him to react in a less-than-positive manner. That’s a potential long-term benefit for everyone who encounters your dog, whether it’s your veterinarian, postal delivery person, babysitter, or Aunt Martha.

Being in close contact with your dog has long-term implications for you as well. According to numerous studies that have been conducted, pet owners experience “fewer minor health problems and better psychological well-being”; dogs in particular have been identified as “preventative and therapeutic measures against everyday stress (www.deltasociety.org/dsc020.htm). A regular grooming session with your dog could therefore be considered a great form of preventative medicine for your own health.

If these sound like good reasons to you to get the flea-comb and slicker brush out along with your doggy nail trimmers and fingertip toothbrush, get to it and get grooming. Old Duke won’t just open up and say “Ah.” Both of you might also be saying “Ahhh….now that feels good!” -Heidi Walsh, petcaretakers.com

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