Dogs feel better after being groomed because it helps remove any dirt, debris, or mats from their coat, as well as stimulates the skin and hair follicles. This can improve their overall appearance and make them more comfortable.
Grooming should be done on a regular basis, depending on your individual dogs’ needs. There are some common health problems that can be avoided or fixed if they are caught early, such as mats in the coat, overgrown nails, and dirty ears. Let’s explore this further.
Table of Contents
- What Is Grooming And Why Is It Important For Dogs?
- What Should I Do If I Just Can’t Manage Grooming On My Own?
- Are There Red Flags I Should Look For When Vetting Groomers?
- How Much Does It Generally Cost To Have A Pet Groomed?
What Is Grooming And Why Is It Important For Dogs?
Grooming is the process of cleaning and caring for a dog’s coat, skin, nails, and teeth. It is an important part of your dog’s overall health and should be done on a regular basis.
How Should I Do To Keep My Pup’s Coat And Skin Healthy?
There are a few things you can do to keep Fido’s coat and skin healthy. You should bathe them regularly, using a shampoo that is specifically made for dogs because their skin is very sensitive.
Do not use human shampoo.
Your dog’s skin has a very different pH and the mismatch could cause drying and discomfort. Fido should be shampooed around two or three times a year, depending on their breed and coat type.
You should also brush your dog two or three times weekly to help remove any mats in their fur, which could become very painful later on if not removed. Regular brushing will also help with seasonal shedding.
What Should I Do To Keep My Dog’s Teeth Healthy?
Just like with humans, it’s important to keep a pet dog’s teeth clean and healthy. This can be done by brushing their teeth regularly with a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste.
Starting Fido as a puppy helps to establish a habit that’s much harder to do once they’re an adult.
For dogs that simply won’t cooperate concerning toothbrushes, you can also give your dog chew toys and treats designed to help clean their teeth as they chew. There are also tooth wipes and water additives that can keep Fido’s chompers pearly white.
How Can I Keep My Pup’s Ears Healthy?
Dirty ears can be a common problem in dogs and can lead to infection if not cleaned regularly. Granted, some dogs do not require a lot of upkeep in this area, and for those pups, too much cleaning can actually lead to infection.
It’s best to get to know what is “normal” for your furbaby, check their ears regularly, and be aware of any worrisome symptoms like a yeasty smell, or ear flapping.
If there are any worrisome symptoms you should have your veterinarian examine your pup in order to establish how to best treat their ears. If your dog’s ears are healthy, but just in need of a cleaning, you can generally manage on your own.
A saline solution is an excellent choice for cleaning Fido’s ears. Otherwise, you can buy special ear cleaning solutions at pet stores, or from your vet, or use baby wipes specifically designed for cleaning delicate skin.
Cotton balls and pads are fantastic for removing the cleaning solution, but never use cotton swabs as they can push wax and dirt further into ears, or damage eardrums. Be sure to get all the wax and dirt out of the ear canal, as well as from behind the ears where dirt and hair often accumulate.
How Do I Keep Fido’s Nails Trim?
Nail clipping is another habit that is much easier to establish as a puppy. Puppies are much easier to handle and get used to having their nails trimmed more quickly than adult dogs.
Clipping your dog’s nails at home can be a bit daunting, but it’s a task that can easily be mastered with a little practice.
If you have an older dog that has never had their nails clipped before, you will want to take it slow and steady. It may help to have a friend or family member help calm your dog while you clip their nails.
When clipping your dog’s nails, always cut straight across the nail, just below the quick. You should be able to see the quick as a pinkish-white stripe in the center of the nail. If you cut into the quick and cause bleeding, use a styptic pencil or powder to stop it.
What Should I Do If I Just Can’t Manage Grooming On My Own?
When looking for a reputable dog groomer, it’s important to do your research. Ask your friends and family for recommendations, or check online reviews. Don’t forget to ask Fido’s veterinarian for recommendations, or to check with professional organizations in your area.
Once you have a shortlist, make sure to visit each groomer’s location in person and take a look at their facilities.
A groomer should be licensed and insured, and they should also use safe, gentle grooming techniques. Be sure to ask about any special services the groomer offers, like dematting or anal gland expression. It’s also important to find out how much experience the groomer has with your breed of dog.
Are There Red Flags I Should Look For When Vetting Groomers?
Some red flags that may indicate a groomer is not reputable include:
-Groomers who refuse to allow owners into their facility while their dog is being groomed.
-Groomers that use unsanitary or unclean equipment for cleaning ears or nails.
-Groomers that don’t ask about your pup’s vaccination status. Ideally, they should require proof of rabies vaccination before they groom your dog for the first time.
How Much Does It Generally Cost To Have A Pet Groomed?
The cost of in-facility grooming can vary wildly, but generally speaking, expect to pay at least $50 for most regular upkeep services. If you are getting additional specialty grooming done on top of regular care (i.e., de-shedding, sanitary clip, teeth cleaning, anal expression, etc.), you can expect to pay $30 to $50 more. For reference, mobile grooming services are typically slightly more.
All of that said, some breeds may cost as much as $120 for a standard grooming service.
Grooming services also vary their prices depending on the breed, or the exact service being done. Prices also vary depending on whether your dog is an adult or a puppy, and how often they are groomed.
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.