The Important Link Between Grooming and Pet Health
Pets depend on us for food, shelter, medical care, and companionship, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take care of themselves. Self-grooming, for instance, is just one of the many incredible, inherited features of our animal friends. However, they sometimes need our help to finish the job. Incomplete (or non-existent) grooming can negatively effect pet health – but not if we can help it!
About Looks and So Much More
Pet grooming certainly adds a nice touch to your pet’s appearance, but the regular experience goes way beyond bows, fresh smells, and less hair. Indeed, the benefits of pet grooming are far-reaching.
If we told you that routine pet grooming appointments are one of the quickest ways to detect disease or developing health conditions, would your pet receive the professional attention they need? We hope so!
But it’s Not Easy
Sure, some pets detest car trips, haircuts, and water. Training them as early as possible is a fantastic way to ensure positive, long-term acceptance. Even if you don’t currently own a young animal, getting your pet accustomed to grooming can still impact lifelong pet health. Practicing certain techniques at home is equally important.
Casting the Net
Even if your pet appears relatively clean and well-kept, they can still receive plenty of wonderful benefits from regular grooming, such as:
- Brushing – Scheduled brushing throughout the week removes dirt, debris, mats, and even parasites. The action distributes the skin’s oil, which helps keep the coat looking shiny. Plus, cutting back on the amount of hair they ingest while self-grooming reduces hairballs. Bonus: regular attention to the skin allows for the early detection of any problems, like unusual lumps or bumps.
- Bubbles – While you don’t want to bathe your pet too often, removing accumulated dirt and germs from their coat is vital to pet health.
- Nails – When nails are ignored, pets can suffer injury or ingrown nails. Regular trimming can also ease symptoms of joint pain and osteoarthritis and reduce scratches on hardwood floors.
- Eyes/ears – Some pets experience more than their fair share of ear and eye infections, but with regular attention to these sensitive areas, many problems can be prevented. Ears should always be clean and free of odor. Eyes that do not appear clear and bright require professional attention.
- Teeth – Periodontal disease can be found in the majority of cats and dogs. That’s why staying on top of developing dental problems is a major tenet of pet care. Don’t wait until you notice foul breath. With regular grooming, your pet doesn’t have to suffer the painful symptoms of gum disease.
Pet Health All Year Long
With the holidays on the horizon, our groomers book up quickly. If you want your pet looking and feeling their best in family photos, consider the following services we provide:
- Coat conditioning and cologne
- Blow dry (hand fluff or brush out)
- Hair trim
- Anal gland expression
- Nail trims