The Theory of dog grooming
What exactly does dog grooming mean?
Dog grooming refers to both the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog, as well as a process by which a dog’s physical appearance is enhanced.
- Washing and drying
- Trimming the hair
- Cleaning the teeth
- Clipping the nails
- Cleaning eyes
- Cleaning ears
- Checking for parasites
Why Groom Your Dog Regularly??
Grooming is one of your dog’s basic needs together with food and water. Just like when you get clean, trim your nails, or do your hair and you feel better, your dog will feel better when their grooming needs are attended to. In addition to connecting with your dog,
Grooming has several health benefits:
- Brushing leaves a clean and shiny coat.
- Keeping the nails trimmed ensures that your dog will walk comfortable.
- Brushing your dog’s teeth reduces tooth decay as your dog ages.
- You will save potential huge veterinary bills due to neglect or unnoticed problems.
- Regular grooming creates an unbreakable bond between you and your pet.
- You will become familiar with your pet’s body which will allow you to quickly recognize problems with his/her health.
Grooming has several social benefits:
- If your dog looks great, he/she will also feel great!
- No one wants to pet a dirty dog. When your dog is clean you will want them around more.
- Grooming your dog eliminates the spreading of disease in your home and your community.
- Keeping your dog clean also says something about YOU.
Having a well groomed dog says to others that You CARE about your dog and that you are a RESPONSIBLE dog owner!
What happens if you don’t groom your dog regularly?
- Your pet will become dirty, stinky and very unhygienic.
- The coat will lose its protective and regulating function.
- Mats will form which will pull your dog’s skin and restrict free movement.
- A matted coat will not dry properly.
- A matted dog can suffer all of the following:
- Hotspots and sores
- Fungal infections including ringworm
- Moist eczema
- Maggot infestation
- Urine and faeces burns
- Eye and ear infections
- Severe itching
- Ticks and fleas will go unnoticed and infest your pet and home.
- Ingrown nails will cause infection and disturb the balance.
- Lumps and bumps will go unnoticed and may be fatal.
- Your pet will have to be shaved down to the skin and will be left feeling very naked and unhappy.