Not all of us who have pets have the luxury of giving them their own individual themed birthday parties, nor do we get them fur extensions, or give them a pedicure every once or twice a week.

For some of us, a regular brushing session is enough for the whole week. Many people also have this misconception that getting their pets groomed is something that’s not necessary.

However, that’s not true at all. It’s absolutely necessary to groom your pets and make sure that they are clean and healthy. It’s beneficial for everyone present in the house, and most importantly for your pet.

With proper grooming, you can eliminate mats, ticks, fleas, shedding, and stop other severe health conditions developing that you may have had no idea about. So, fret no more because we are giving you an in-depth look at how important and beneficial regular grooming is.

Detection and Prevention

Taking your dog to a professional groomer will benefit you greatly. It’s the best way to detect any problems that your dog might have, and early detection is very important as if you catch it early treatment is likely to be shorter and easier – of course depending on what it is.

The groomer will look for rashes, lesions, inflammation, lumps, or infections that any normal dog owner could miss. You’ll be able to prevent any major health conditions or catch an underlying problem, which you might have had no idea about.

So, the earlier a problem is found, the quicker you’ll be able to treat your dog and nurse them back to health.

Taking care of your dog and taking preventive measures also means visiting the vet, putting your dog on a proper diet, getting their dental health care, and regular exercise. Create a grooming routine if you have to, but remember to follow through with it.

Maintaining a Healthy Coat and Fur

Maintaining a healthy coat and fur for your dog means that you have to groom them frequently. They can’t just jump into the shower and clean themselves as we can.

Plus, it’s not even ideal to give them a regular bath. Regular bathing will cause their natural oil to fall out, and it will also damage their coat.

What you can do is brush them. Any responsible and seasoned dog owner will know that brushing your dog benefits them greatly. It will help to avoid mats in their fur. They can make the hair knot up, or pull on their tight skin, which will cause them discomfort and pain.

Mats can also cause ulcers and abrasions. Brushing will bring out the natural oils in the fur and remove any dead hair, dirt, and dandruff. Your dog will have a healthier shine to their coat and will also feel healthy themselves.

Whilst brushing your dog is great it is also useful to comb them through with a fine comb as this can reveal fleas that you may  not be aware of.

Taking Care of their Nails

When it comes to grooming, you must not forget about their nails. Uncut nails can lead to joint pain, as it means the dog may not be walking with pads in alignment. This is quite a common problem in dogs. Trimmed nails will keep them from curling, and will stop germs from getting stuck in there.

If you do decide to do this, invest in some proper nail clippers that are made especially for dogs. This will make cutting their nails much easier and will also make it less painful for your dog.  If you are nervous about this ask your vet for advice.

 

The obvious advantage of grooming your pet yourself is that you can save money – but there are some cons as well – find out more here.

Benefits of Regular Grooming and Brushing

If you’re still sceptical about how regular grooming can benefit both you and your dog, here are a few other ways it can make your life easier.

Having a well groomed, clean, and nice smelling dog around the house means that your house will be less likely to have bad odors gathering in your home. Regular grooming also causes less shedding from your dog.

You don’t have to vacuum clean your house every day if you keep up with the grooming. You’re also eliminating and preventing fleas and ticks from settling in as well.

The best part is, a good brushing session will make you bond with your dog, and who doesn’t love creating good memories with their dogs?

Positive Behavior

The most important part about regular grooming is that it affects your dog’s mental health as well. A good looking, good smelling dog with a nice haircut will make your dog feel

This can affect their mental state and thus their behaviour as well.

Final Thoughts

There are lots of benefits from regularly grooming your dog. Take some time out of your busy day and give your dog a good brushing session. You’ll have a stronger connection with your tyke.

We hope that these benefits which we mentioned helped you, your family, and your dog to lead a healthy and safe life!

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Liz Walden

Liz has a passion for all things cat and dog, and was one of the first in Australia to bring Pet Insurance to the market. She has headed up Petsecure marketing for the past 10 years, and is committed to promoting and supporting the amazing work done by rescue groups around Australia, and those who work to promote a better life for all animals

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