Pet Grooming Important for Better Pet Health & Hygiene

By January 28, 2013 Uncategorized

If you think that professional pet grooming is only for show-dogs, think again. Professional grooming offers a number of important health benefits for all types of dogs and cats.

4 Professional Pet Grooming Benefits

Here are four reasons why our Burlington animal hospital recommends professional cat and dog grooming services for all our pets:

#1: Keep skin and coats healthy. Regular pet grooming is important for all pets, especially if your dog likes to play outside or roll in the mud. Dirt, allergens and dander can build up in your pet’s fur. Not only is matted fur unhygienic and smelly, but matted fur is also an invitation for fleas and other parasites. Regular baths keep your pet clean and smelling fresh.

#2: Help nervous pets relax. Bathing an anxious dog can be quite a challenge! Trimming nails on a nervous pet can be even more difficult. Anxious pets may squirm or try to escape. This increases the risk for cutting the nail quick, which is incredibly painful and causes bleeding. Professional groomers are fully experienced with nervous or anxious pets. These groomers can help pets relax and enjoy their grooming experience. Pets will be happier and safer, thanks to a reduced risk for escape or injury.

#3: Manage allergies. Are you or a family member allergic to dogs or cats? Individuals with mild allergies can still happily share their homes with pets as long as these pets are regularly groomed. Regular grooming also helps to combat pollen and ragweed allergies. When pets play outside, these allergens can attach to their fur. The allergens are then deposited on the carpet, bedding and furniture when pets come back inside. Regular baths cuts down on allergens so everyone can breathe easy.

#4: Professionally trim fur. It’s easy to “over-trim” while giving your pet a do-it-yourself haircut. This exposes your pet’s skin and increases the risk for a burn. Whether you prefer your pet with a fancy haircut or simply a summer trim, professional dog grooming is safer than cutting your pet’s fur at home.

When was the last time that your pet was professional groomed?

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • It’s rather sensible that I should take my dog to a pet groomer since they will keep her skin and coat healthy. I think I’ll schedule her appointment every month to help her relax and to have her ears cleaned. It’s a good thing that you said that it would help manage allergies as well since my brother has an allergy to the dog for some reason.

  • Yomi Oni says:

    Short, simple and informative. I had never even thought of how grooming can “help nervous pets react” which actually makes a lot of sense. Also, the tip on how shorter hair on your pet can be a bad thing is another thing I had not previously considered. The points seem so simple and basic but it’s shocking how many pet owners actually have no clue.

  • Jack says:

    Great write up! I recently started a new pet grooming business and I think the most overlooked point is #2 using treats for me has always helped nervous and anxious dogs relax

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