There’s something about a just-bathed or brushed pet that makes us want to give him or her extra snuggles. Our pets seem to enjoy the feeling of being well groomed also, and who can blame them? We all enjoy the feeling of being clean and looking nice.
Regular pet grooming is about so much more than stunning good looks (although that’s a great benefit!). It can also have a serious impact on your pet’s health and wellness so we want to be sure you know the benefits of regular pet grooming.
Why Is Grooming Important?
While it is certainly wonderful to snuggle a freshly brushed and bathed pet, the importance of home and professional grooming goes beyond comfort. Grooming can actually provide you with the opportunity to catch illness or disease early, and may prevent other serious health problems for your pet.
- Skin – A pet’s skin is sensitive, and tangles and mats can pull, tear, or restrict airflow. Grooming also affords you the chance to observe any issues with the skin that could be related to allergies, or to disease, such as lumps and bumps. Brushing also allows you to spot any external parasites such as fleas and ticks.
- Nails – Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed is extremely important. Nails that are allowed to grow too long can be painful and may become ingrown. Longer nails can also contribute to arthritis of the knees and hips in older dogs.
- Ears – Your pet’s ears should be clean and odor-free. Dirty ears are likely to lead to redness, inflammation, or a foul odor in the ears that indicates infection.
- Teeth – Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is a key element in preventing dental disease, which can lead to a host of other health problems for your pet. Make tooth brushing and oral inspection a part of your regular grooming regimen.
Summer Pet Grooming Tips
A summer trim is great but many pet owners mistakenly believe that shaving or clipping a pet’s fur very short will keep them more comfortable in warm weather. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, shaving puts your pet at risk for sunburn and other heat-related dangers. How much to clip a pet’s fur depends on the breed. Our professional groomer can assist you in finding the right summer cut for your pet.
Besides a trim, regular brushing and bathing will help your pet keep his or her fur and skin healthy and promote air circulation through the fur.
Meet Our Groomer!
Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic is proud to employ a talented and hardworking pet groomer who our grooming clients adore. Brittney Boswell has been grooming dogs and cats professionally for 6 years. She has executed many different types of cuts, including mohawks and fur dying, but her favorite cut is the fun “Asian Fusion”.
Brittany is currently working on becoming a master cat groomer. In her spare time, Brittany can be found enjoying the company of her family.
If you haven’t had your pet groomed in a while, there’s no time like the present! Give us a call to set up an appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your pet!