It’s a common misconception that only dogs with a longer coat, or show dogs need to be professionally groomed. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, each and every dog should get groomed by a professional groomer every 4-6 weeks. This will not only help them look their best, but also to feel their best.
Professional groomers are trained to watch for any changes in the dog’s body, skin and coat. By seeing them on a regular basis, it allows them to get to know your dog’s body and therefore be able to tell if there are any changes to it that may require special attention. Groomers touch every inch of the animals they groom. They can detect lumps, hot spots, sores, and parasites with their well trained eyes and hands. Early detection of changes in the body is the best protection against potential issues.
“One of the first indications that all is not well inside is a change of hair coat and skin.”– Bernadine Cruz, DVM
A professional grooming should consist of a bath, blow dry, cleaning of the ears, clipping of the nails, comb or brush out and a haircut if needed.
A dog that’s maintained every 4-6 weeks by a professional groomer will shed less, and have healthier skin and coat. This is because the groomer is trained to get all of the undercoat out during their time with the dog. And by doing so, it allows the skin to breathe, removes dander and reduces possibility of hot spots.
Breeds with short coats need regular grooming as well. Some of the worst shedding offenders are short haired breeds. Labrador Retrievers, for example, shed 24 hours a day/365 days a year!
You can even request a Furminator treatment from your groomer. This is a special de-shedding shampoo and tool. Shedding can be reduced by up to 90%, when dogs receive regular Furminator treatments! Everybody wins with that one!
Regular grooming provides physical benefits and it also promotes a healthy and happy state of mind for your furry friend. Think about it…when you are clean you are generally happier and of course healthier. How do you feel after you get your hair cut and your nails done? I bet you feel great. Our pets feel the same way after a good grooming. This is evident by the way they behave. They tend to perk up after such treatment, don’t they?
Professional grooming: not just for the privileged pooch! It’s for EVERY pooch!