Dog grooming is an important task on your to-do list, since it helps keep your dog looking and feeling great - and healthy. However, doing it at home can get complicated. In this post, our Murfreesboro vets explain the benefits of professional dog grooming.
Having Your Dog Groomed
Your dog's grooming needs will largely depend on their breed and lifestyle. Long-haired dogs will typically require more grooming than short-haired breeds, as will dogs who spend lots of time outdoors compared to pups who spend most of their time on the couch.
That said, every animal in your care can benefit from our professional pet grooming services, which include everything to help your pup stay healthy and look their most adorable head to toe - from bathing and ear cleaning to de-shedding, teeth brushing and anal gland expression.
In this post, we'll share some benefits of professional dog grooming and why you should trust us with your pooch's bathing and grooming needs.
Benefits of Professional Dog Grooming
1. We can groom your dog safely.
Our professional pet groomers will know just how to make your dog look their best without causing injuries. Grooming your dog at home can be a messy, time-consuming undertaking. Many an owner has worried about nicking their dog's skin or paw pad during a grooming session or irritating their skin.
When you bring your pet in for a session with us, we'll thoroughly examine your dog's paws for thorns, punctures, foreign objects or cuts, and apply antiseptic solutions to any wounds to prevent infection.
2. We have experience handling all types of breeds and temperaments.
While some dogs such as Dachshunds and Doberman Pinschers have short coats that lay close to the skin and are smooth to the touch, others like Poodles have curly coats, while still others like Afghans have long, flowing hair.
No matter the length of coat or the breed, every breed needs a specific type of coat care. At Brogli Lane Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital, our grooming professionals have extensive experience in handling a variety of breed, coat types and grooming issues, from undoing mats to removing dirt and debris.
We also understand that some dogs will be anxious or fearful when being groomed and know how to keep them calm, cool and collected during the session.
3. We can spot early warning signs of health issues.
As professional groomers, we spend a lot of time up close and personal with dog's bodies and their anatomy. Grooming sessions sometimes present great opportunities to detect skin lsions, bald patches, rashes, discoloration or bleeding in the gums, lumps, skin discoloration and other symptoms or early warning signs of illness.
The earlier issues are detected, the better prepared you and your vet will be to determine their cause and treat them.
4. Leave the unsavory tasks to us.
While you might find bathing and brushing your dog easy enough, some tasks may need to be done but are far from pleasant and better left to a professional.
From removing fleas or ticks to expressing anal glands, there are some tasks that have many a pet owner typing 'pet grooming near Murfreesboro' into their favorite search engine. Our professional groomers can get the tasks most owners dread done - and let you keep your hands clean.
5. We'll have the right tools for the job.
Nothing is more annoying than being in the middle of grooming your dog and discovering you ran out of conditioner or not being able to find the brush you usually use. From special products for each type of fur and skin to grooming tools that make it easier to craft your pet's look no matter their coat type or grooming needs, our groomers will have everything required for the job.
6. Stop dreading nail trimming.
Dogs should have their nails trimmed once a month - another task most dog parents dread. Dogs also tend to not like the process, and can experience pain if a nail is cut too short. A professional dog groomer will understand how to get your dog to cooperate while cutting their nails to the appropriate size.
7. We can give your dog an enjoyable, relaxing massage.
To give a truly relaxing massage, you'd need to know your dog's muscle groups. When you drop your dog off at the groomer's, you can look forward to knocking other tasks of your to-do list while your pup gets a pleasurable massage that will have them ready to welcome you when you return. Plus, a proper massage has a handful of health benefits, including reducing stress and stimulating your pooch's circulatory system.
8. Glean valuable tips from our professional groomers.
A professional groomer will have the skills and experience to determine if your pet's skin is abnormally oily or dry, or if your pet has dandruff or other coat or skin issues, which may be linked to other aspects of your dog's health such as diet.
For dogs, healthy skin and coat point to good overall health. Conversely, hair loss or dull fur could be cause for further investigation or a change-up in your dog's daily grooming routine at home. You also may learn valuable tips on dental hygiene or at-home grooming.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding people or pets. Always follow your doctor's advice regarding asthma or other allergy symptoms.