Why is important to keep your pet groomed regularly

matted dog Not grooming your pet regularly will cause some health issues in your dog. For those dogs that require haircuts, it’s even more important to maintain regular grooming to avoid any matts causing health issues.

Matting refers to densely tangled clumps of fur in your pet’s coat. If your pet is not properly and/or frequently brushed. loose and live hair become embedded in large masses. Matts can sometimes be combed out, however if left too long, it can be impossible to remove without seriously harming your animal.

Matts can be formed in outer coat as well as deeper undercoat.  The most common mistake is not recognizing that your pet has severe matts form in the undercoat and are unnoticeable because of the heavy outer coat. Which is the main cause of dogs getting shaved down at the groomers without options.

Severe matting can be extremely painful to your dog. Brushing only causes live hairs to be pulled out of the skin with excruciating pain. Even mild matts can be very painful to brush out.  Matting can deny regular air circulation and when skin is denied the air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes quite unhealthy. Skin can turn dark pink or red, and open sores are apt to form emitting foul odors. Even organic matters such as branches, and plants can be tangled in the matts irritating the skin.

 

6 main reason why your dog should be groomed regularly

 

  • matted bodyDead, loose hairs should be removed regularly and through brushing. Grooming should be done on a regular basis every 4-6 weeks. After 8-10 weeks, a coat may become too dirty and matted to maintain (depending on breed and lifestyle of your dog)
  • When dogs are hot they cool off by panting and by air circulating their pads, a quick trim or cut can allow your dog to cool down easier, as well as keeping them from licking and matting their paws over irritation.
  • Eye tears can cause stains and crusts in your dog’s eyes causing sores which can lead to your pet’s discomfort, eyes should be wiped and trimmed regularly to avoid any issues.
  • Nails are a meant to be cut every month, especially if not exercised regularly. Long & overgrown nails force your dog to walk in the side of their pads, and in a long run this will contribute to arthritis in the legs and hips, or even splayed toes causing infection and pain.
  • Dog’s ears have hair deep within the inner canals that need to be trimmed and cleaned every 4-6 weeks to avoid inflammations, and ear infections.
  • Keeping your dog’s sanitary areas cleaned will keep your pet bacteria free, and avoid poop to be carried home stuck in their behind.

 

-Roberta L. High Paw Love