Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch

Why Groom?

There are many reasons why your pet should be groomed regularly.

Grooming does not necessarily mean shaving! Taking your dog to a groomer can sometimes just entail a simple bath, brushing and trim.

Grooming is an important part of dog care. All Breeds require daily grooming, how much depends on the breed, age, or health of the pet. Regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. It is important to note that many breeds require grooming by a professional every 6–8 weeks.

The main reasons for daily grooming include:

  • decreased chance of various health problems, such as thrush, scratches, and other skin problems
  • general cleanliness of the dog
  • creates a bond between the pet and the owner
  • reducing infestation load of external parasites on skin.

Bathing This can be carried out once a week to once every 12 weeks depending on the breed of the dog.

Matting  If a pet is not regularly brushed any type of moisture e.g. bathing, dew on the grass, swimming or bathing can make mats impossible to be removed from some coat types. Once a slightly tangled coat is wet and allowed to dry without brushing or blow drying the fur shrinks and this becomes extremely tight.  Combing our this type of mat is extremely hard on the animal. The only alternative is to shave it off and let the coat grow out again.

There has been a case where the dog had to have his feet amputated because the matting had got so tight on his limbs  that it cut the circulation off to it’s paws.

Nail Triming A dog that constantly walks on hard surfaces will naturally wear down his nails.  However pets that are not walked on a hard surface may suffer from overgrown nails.  Over time long nails on the ground places excessive pressure on bones and tendons and may cause discomfort to the pet. This could also result in the nail growing back into the pad causing severe discomfort.

Ear Cleaning Cleaning the ears of a pet is beneficial as this prevents any bacteria and dirt from building up and could cause the animal to get an infection.

Pad Trimming Trimming of the pads is essential because mats can cause discomfort between the toes and pads and can trap moisture causing skin irritations. Also a clean foot does not tract as much dirt and mud into an owner’s home.