Grooming is about maintaining both your dog’s physical health and overall appearance. One benefit of grooming is that it allows you to check your dog for any abnormalities. Abnormalities can include skin problems such as dry patches, fleas and ticks. Other abnormalities that may be found with regular grooming are issues with nails, teeth, eyes, and ears such as inflammation or infection. With regular grooming if found at an early stage can be treated right away, before these issues become more serious.
Brushing and combing combined with an occasional bath is another benefit of grooming. Regular bathing, combing and brushing helps to remove dandruff, dead hair, and dirt. Regular brushing and combing also helps to bring out natural oils in your dog’s coat giving your pet a healthy shiny well-groomed appearance.
Regular nail trimming is also essential to your dog’s overall health. Your dog’s nails continuously grow and if left uncared for can grow too long. Domesticated dogs unlike dogs in the wild don’t naturally wear down their nails enough to keep up with their growth, which is why we need to trim their nails for them. Overgrown nails can chip and break creating pain for your dog which may end up requiring a visit to the vet. Additionally, nails let to grow too long can make standing and walking very painful for your furry companion. In extreme situations, nails can grow so long that they curl and become embedded in your pet’s paws.
Trimming your dog’s nails is a task that you will have to deal with thought your dog’s life. If you have never trimmed your dog’s nails before ask a professional such as a vet or groomer to show you how to do so safely or request that they trim them for you.