Like humans, pets need to groom too. Grooming has several advantages to the owner and the pet as well. Professional groomers’ advice that pets be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks for the maximum and efficient result. Depending on the breed of the pet after 8 to 10 weeks without grooming the coat may be too dirty and matted to properly clean and maintain.Grooming pets can begin as early as three weeks old. Beginning this early allows the pets to grow accustomed to the grooming to avert resistance at an older age, especially the nail clipping and the ear cleaning.
Reasons To Groom Your Pet.
Wash Off Dirt And Smell
Professional groomers use a combination of special products to bath the pet. These help discard of old hair, dirt, and smell from the skin preventing skin diseases. The bath also allows the groomer to feel and lumps on the skin that may go unnoticed. In the case of a very dry skinned pet, the groomer should advise on the shampoo and conditioner to use to relieve the skin.
Matted hair is used to refer to densely tangled clumps of fur in your pet’s coat. Matted hair, especially on long haired dogs, can be very uncomfortable. It also provides a perfect breeding condition for parasites not to mention that it is very irritating. Severe matting can cause reduced blood flow due to the excessive pull on the skin. In extreme cases, it may lead to restricted movement and hence deformity. At times if the fur is heavily matted it is advisable to trim it. However, this should be done by a professional groomer to avoid cutting too deep into the fur exposing too much skin as this may lead to skin burn.
Brushing is very beneficial to pet regardless of the breed. It helps remove dead hair, dandruff and if done regularly it helps bring out the natural oils in the pet’s fur as well as spread it evenly on the coat giving it a healthy-looking sheen.
Keep Private Parts Clean
Sanitary cleanliness comes highly recommended to good hygiene. Trimming the fur on the private parts of your pet helps keep it clean longer by preventing stool from sticking on it and drying urine quickly from fur. It also helps avoid bacterial infections.
Keep Pet Well Cooled
Panting helps dogs cool off and also by allowing air to circulate their pads. Long air may hamper these capabilities.Double coating due to irregular brushing may lead to extra layered coats which causes overheating.
Crusts around the corners of the eyes can be very irritating and led to tears which only causes more eye stains and a non-pleasant stench. Sores also tend to develop below these crusts and can only be visible during grooming.
Dental hygiene is also paramount during the grooming exercise. Dental diseases can lead to bad breath, reduced appetite, loss of teeth, and if the condition goes untreated may cause other severe conditions like damage to the pets’ internal organs such as the liver, heart and kidneys.
Avoid hefty expenses that are incurred for surgeries caused by anal glands bursts due to filling up.This cost notwithstanding the pain and trauma to the pet is unbearable.
During grooming the pets get nail clipping done to cut back on the long nails that otherwise led to uncomfortable walking styles and may eventually develop to arthritis.
Long tool nails may overgrow to the paws and hence led to infections and discomfort.
Hairs deep in the pets’ ear canal also needs to be removed. This exercise prevents infections that may be expensive to treat surgically not to mention painful and irritating to the pet. Also, prevents bad odor emitted through the skin.
Grooming creates a stronger bond between the owner and the pet especially if the owner performs the grooming –at least by brushing. It also helps the pet to be more friend and enjoyable to cuddle.
Grooming pets can control mild allergies. This grooming is helpful as it controls the ragweed and pollen allergies that are as a result of the pets playing outside. The pollens are attached to the pets’ fur and then deposited on the living space. Regular grooming can be used to reduce the allergens and hence led to a happy coexistence.
By regularly grooming your pet it creates a more enjoyable and relaxing experience for your dog.
It is a good practice to keep your pet happy and healthy.
There can be adverse effects of neglecting to attend to your pet by an act of grooming. As cited above there are numerous advantages to regularly groom your pet either personally or by a trained professional groomer.