Since we see our pups every day, it can be difficult to tell if they should see a groomer. Because of this, our Gilbert vets are here to share some of the early signs you should be on the lookout for that it's time to bring you dog into a groomer and why it's important that you have them groomed routinely.
Why You Should Take Your Dog to a Groomer
We intuitively know when we have to make an appointment with our hairdresser by the way we look in the mirror, but it may be a bit more difficult to tell when it comes to our canine companions. Grooming is a key part of keeping our dogs looking and feeling their best. Not only do regular grooming appointments keep our furry friends from smelling, but also gives a groomer the chance to keep pests like ticks or fleas from taking up residence on your dog.
Grooming will also help keep your dog's skin, coat, and nails in optimal condition, as well as help them, look and feel their best!
Signs Your Dog Needs to Be Groomed
Below we have listed some of the signs that show your dog needs to see a groomer.
Your dog has dirty, matted, or dull fur
One of the first — and most easily recognizable — signs your dog needs to see a groomer is the visibility of dirt or matts on their fur. While all of their outside activities such as playing and running helps to keep them in shape, dirt, mud, and debris can build on their skin and fur, making them dirty. You might even notice an unpleasant odor.
Matted fur can do more than make your dog just look uncomfortable. Mats can actually be bad for their health as dirt, debris and pests may become trapped in their coat much more easily, leading to bacterial infections, disease and skin damage.
Whether it's built up over time or your dog has taken a bath in the mud, our professional groomers are available to clean their coat and make it healthy and shiny once more.
You notice signs of parasites or pests
Whether your dog's fur is matted or not, it can be easy for pests such as fleas and ticks to find homes deep within your canine companion's coat. This could cause skin damage and negatively impact their overall health. In addition to checking your dog every day for parasites and other pests, keep an eye out for signs like excessive scratching, irritated skin, or sores.
Parasites gradually worsen, feeding on your dog and potentially spreading themselves to other people or people in your home. If parasites aren't found and treated as quickly as possible, they can seriously affect your pup's health, draining their blood, energy and nutrients. Parasites are also capable of spreading deadly diseases with their bites. Because of this, they should be spotted and treated as soon as possible
Your dog's ears smell
While dog ears are self-cleaning, wax can sometimes build up in their ears or infection may take hold. If this happens, you will generally notice an odor. Professional groomers can clean your dog's ears and let you know if they suspect any infections.
Your dog is scooting
Clogged anal sacs can be unpleasant for both you and your dog — and painful for your pup. On either side of their behind, dogs have two small anal sacs that contain a fishy-smelling, foul liquid that's normally released when they poop.
Generally, bowel movements will trigger your dog's anal sacs to empty. Fluid can build up if the sacs aren't functioning properly though and your dog's glands may become inflamed. The liquid they hold may solidify, making it more difficult for your dog's anal glands to express their contents. This can lead to pain and discomfort for your dog.
At a professional grooming appointment, the groomer will gently express the glands to release the contents, bringing relief to your dog. The procedure will be followed by a thorough bath.
Your dog's nails are too long
While some dogs naturally trim their nails by walking on hard surfaces like roads, rock and sidewalks, pups that spend all day running around on soft surfaces can have their nails grow uncomfortably long.If you have hardwood or laminate floors and start to hear the clicking of your dog's nails when they walk around, it's time to bring them in for a nail trim.
Nails should be kept neat and trimmed. In a grooming session, our groomer will designate time to examine your dog's nails and trim them if needed.
How Often Should You Take Your Dog to the Groomer
If you're curious about how often to groom your dog (or bring them in for professional attention) the breed, coat type, hair length and lifestyle of your pup will dictate their needs. Long-haired dogs will likely need more grooming than short-haired pups.
Dogs who spend lots of time outside will also need more grooming than couch potatoes or pooches that spend time lounging inside. In most cases, regular grooming should be done about once a month.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.