If you’re like most pet owners, you probably don’t think about grooming until there’s a big hairball on the living room carpet or your dog starts scratching uncontrollably. But regular pet grooming is important for your animal’s health and well-being, and offers several benefits. Here are three of them.
#1: You can prevent painful skin and ear conditions in your pet
Without regular brushing, mats can develop in long, fine, or curly fur. Over time, these clumps of fur can tighten down to the skin, causing painful sores and infection underneath. Once a mat forms, it is difficult to remove without shaving your pet because trying to cut the mat away with scissors often leads to an accidental laceration. If you find a mat on your pet, we highly recommend you visit your pet groomer to get that professionally taken care of.
Ear issues also can be minimized through regular pet grooming. If your furry pal is prone to ear infections or has a large amount of hair in their ears, regular cleaning will help remove trapped debris and hair. Plus, by cleaning your pet’s ears on a schedule, you can monitor them more closely for early infection signs.
#2: You can strengthen the bond you share with your pet
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Your four-legged friend will appreciate the extra time you spend brushing them and the additional opportunities to hang out with their favorite human.
#3: You can spot hidden health issues in your pet sooner
By paying closer attention to your pet’s ears, skin, and mouth, you can spot health issues before they begin causing serious problems. Regular brushing and bathing can reveal lumps and bumps that may hide under fur, allowing them to be monitored from an early stage or removed before they grow too large. Daily toothbrushing allows you to evaluate your pet’s oral health and notice tartar accumulation and diseased teeth when they first occur. Spotting these problems in the beginning stages means you can seek treatment earlier, which is typically easier and less costly.