4 Reasons to Groom Your Dog

When you’re busy, remembering to groom your dog may be low on your list of priorities. But letting it lapse can cause a flurry of furry problems for you and your pet. Here are reasons it’s important to stay on top of your pet's grooming routine:

Reduces pain: Without regular brushing, dogs get mats in their fur, which aren’t only an aesthetic problem—they hurt! What’s worse is that dogs naturally hide their discomfort from humans, so it’s easy to assume a big, close-to-the-skin dreadlock isn’t bothering them. When the knot gets tight enough, it begins pulling the skin—resulting in a painful pinching sensation. Help your pet stay comfortable by brushing regularly (how often depends on the breed; a Yorkshire Terrier, for instance, requires daily brushing, but a Labrador Retriever should be fine with a once-a-week session). Also, long nails (those that click-clack on the floor) can cause your dog discomfort.

Saves money: Groomers usually charge more when a dog is brought in riddled with tangles because it takes additional time and effort for them to do the job. This also means more stress for your dog. Make it easier on everyone (and your wallet) by keeping up with maintenance in between visits.

Finds hidden medical concerns: Grooming requires you to pay a close attention to every inch of your dog’s body making it a great opportunity to notice any changes or irregularities, like bumps or cuts, and to check for parasites. AKC Family Dog, for instance, recently ran an article about several groomers who discovered medical issues on their clients’ dogs, and all were able to be resolved because they were caught in time.

Prevents medical issues: Another important aspect of grooming—brushing your dog’s teeth—can actually help prevent major illnesses. Most dogs over the age of 3 have periodontal disease, which can cause diseases in the heart, liver, and kidneys.