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Why Grooming Your Pet Is Important

Updated on July 21, 2016

Thank Your Pet Groomer!

Pet groomers do not get enough recognition for all their hard work. There is a lot that goes into making sure that proper grooming happens. They also face possible injuries every day. Sometimes clipping a dogs toe nails turns into an alligator wrestling match. Some days there are just not enough towels in the world to soak up urine. They put a lot of hard work into their profession.

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Pet Grooming Explained

Many think of pet grooming as an exciting career. Some think it isn't necessary. Then some think it is silly that anyone would groom their dog. Pet grooming is an exciting career. Something different happens every day. It is also a lot of hard work. There is a lot of patience involved, too. Exposing yourself to possible bites, scratches, wounds, parasites, and much more are all part of the job description.

Pet grooming is much more than making a dog smell good. It is more than making a Poodle look amazing. Both of those factors do play a part. But, pet grooming is about a healthy dog. Just like us, a dog who has a poor coat or bad breath may be suffering from more. Both may be signs of an underlying health problem.

When proper grooming isn't performed it may also lead to health problems. Canines who do not have regular dental care may suffer from dental disease. Some dogs may have a coat that is not kept free from debris and dirt on a regular basis. These dogs can end up with severe matting. Matting in a dog can hurt. It can also cause skin infections.


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Pet Grooming: More Than Just Coat Care

Pet grooming is more than just coat care. With proper grooming, there are several areas that you should pay attention to. These areas are part of the pet grooming process. Their care is important. Delay in proper grooming on these areas may lead to health problems as well.

Other areas you should inspect during pet grooming include:

  • Eyes - It is important to keep your pets eyes free of debris, dirt, and discharge. Take notice of discharge, unpleasant smells, and squinting of these eyes. If you notice a change, you may need to visit a veterinarian.
  • Teeth - A scary fact is that most dogs suffer from dental disease by the time they are 3 years old. That's why proper dental hygiene is important in dogs. Daily brushing of the teeth is recommended. Also recommended is a dental check up by a veterinarian every 6 months to 1 year.
  • Ears - Many popular breeds are prone to ear infections. These can be uncomfortable. They are often painful. Some pet owners even may have thought their dog has had a stroke. Though they are just suffering from an ear infection. It is important to check your dogs ears on a regular basis. If you notice an unpleasant smell or discharge, you should contact a veterinarian.


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The Pet Groomers Process

A great pet groomer will have a process they go through before a dog is considered groom. The process is tedious. It often is messy. The pet groomer may end up with bites, scratches, and much more. At the local grooming salon I work at, we say our turn around time on a groom is about 4 hours. That time can vary.

factors that impact the pet grooming turn around time

  • Attitude towards grooming
  • Matting of the coat
  • Amount of coat
  • Specifics that pet owner has asked for at drop off

If a pet comes in matted, the pet groomer will remove matted fur prior to bathing the dog. Bathing a dog with mats will result in mats that are tighter and harder to get out. If a mat is connected to the skin, it isn't wise to brush it out. This may cause brush burn. Brush burn can lead to skin infection. The best choice is to clip the mat off and start over.

Regular coat brushing will keep fur matting at bay.

The pet will then get bathed. The bathing process can take anywhere from just a couple of minutes to an hour. Depending on, once again, coat condition. It also depends on the pets reaction to being bathed. Pets who are scared of the bathing process may take longer to bathe. During the bathing process the pet will, in an ideal situation, get a shampoo and conditioner treatment.

After the bathing process, the pet goes through the drying phase. During this phase the pet groomer makes sure the fur is completely dry. Also, they must make sure that the fur is free of any tangles and/or mats. The pet may even have his or her nails trimmed during this process. They also may have their ears cleaned or their teeth brushed.

Drying a pet during the grooming process is a tedious process. The main reason is because most pets do not enjoy the process. Nail clipping can be a scary ordeal to a pet who is not familiar with the process. One time we had a Malamute mix come in that had not had a brush ran through her in 7 months! The girl brushing her spent two hours on just brushing her.

After the drying process the hair cut begins. The pet groomer will tidy up the areas that need to be tidied. They will do the cut that the pet owner has requested. They will make sure everything is even. They will make sure that everything is clean. Pet groomers also note any abnormalities they may find. This may include chipped teeth, ear discharge, and even lumps and bumps. Then they should notify the owner so the pet owner can do what they feel is best to take care of it.

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Pet Grooming Tools That Are Helpful

To ensure proper regular pet grooming, there are a few tools that may be lifesavers for you. These tools ensure that grooming is handled in a proper way. They also make pet grooming a bit easier on you and your pet.

pet grooming tools to keep on hand

  • Nail Clippers
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste for species (dog, cat, etc.)
  • Proper hairbrush for breeds coat

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