Looking after a pet comes with many different responsibilities – feeding her, ensuring she gets enough exercise, creating her a safe space to eat… these are just some of the more obvious aspects of responsible pet care. However, something that is often overlooked is the importance and necessity of regular grooming.
Many people mistakenly believe that pet grooming is done purely for cosmetic reasons, and there is no denying the fact that it can make your furbaby look more attractive. However, there are several much more important reasons to make regular grooming one of your priorities.
Grooming can mean many different things, including brushing your pet’s fur, cleaning around his ears, trimming his claws and even cleaning his teeth. In addition to giving your animal a cleaner and tidier appearance, grooming can also provide you with an opportunity to thoroughly check your pet’s body for any unusual lumps or bumps and assess the quality of their fur. On many occasions, underlying health conditions have been initially identified during a grooming session, allowing the owners to arrange prompt diagnosis and treatment for their beloved furbaby.
While many basic aspects of pet grooming can – and should – be done at home, there are some elements of their care that should really only be undertaken by a professional groomer.
Professional groomers normally have extensive skill and experience in providing grooming treatments to a wide range of different size, breed and temperament of pet, including those that are particularly nervous or anxious. Pets that dislike certain parts of the grooming process – such as bathing or having their nails cut – can become skittish and unpredictable, and this can put both you and your furbaby at risk of injury.
By choosing to take your pet to a professional groomer who has established the best techniques for keeping animals calm and comfortable while the necessary treatments are performed, you can ensure that the process is as risk-free as possible.
Groomers can offer a wide variety of services, and often these can be booked as individual treatments or combined in a package, which often works out to be most cost effective. You will need to check with your preferred groomer exactly which services they can offer, but they will likely include:
Every pet is different, and this is reflected in the fact that there is no set frequency with which you should take your pet to the groomer. However, during your first visit, your preferred groomer will almost certainly make a recommendation, and this will be based largely on your pet’s fur thickness and length. The longer and thicker your pet’s hair is, the greater the frequency with which you should take her to the groomer, as this will help keep her fur in the best possible condition. Pets with longer hair usually need to visit a groomer every 4-6 weeks to keep their coat looking and feeling fantastic.
The other main consideration is your pet’s claws. Keeping these under control is essential for the safety of your family, other pets and your furniture! If your pet’s nails grow considerably faster or slower than her fur, you may need to schedule in one off appointments. Your groomer will be happy to discuss this with you.