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It's More Than A Bath: 4 Reasons You Need To Take Your Dog To The Groomers

by Christy Adams

If you have a dog, it should be going to the groomers about once a month. You may think that you can provide all the grooming your dog needs, right at home. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily true. While you can bathe your dog at home, you can't provide the added benefits that a professional groomer can provide for your dog. Here are just four of the reasons why you should take your dog to the groomers about once a month.

1. Helps Maintain Healthy Skin and Coat

Bathing your dog is like washing your own hair. While you don't have to give your dog a bath every day, you do need to bathe them often enough to remove the dirt and allergens that can build up on their skin and in their fur. If you don't have your dog bathed often enough, their skin and coat may suffer. That's because dirt and oils can build up, leaving your dog with an uncomfortable layer of grime. Not only that, but the stimulation your dog will receive during its bath will help improve circulation.

2. Helps Monitor Issues With Ears, Eyes, and Teeth

If you're not taking your dog to the groomer at least once a month, you're missing out on the opportunity to catch health problems early on. During your dog's grooming session, the groomer will check their ears, eyes, and teeth. This gives the groomer a chance to check for ear infections, eye disorders, and tooth and gum troubles. Where your dog is concerned, early detection is key to avoiding serious health problems.

3. Helps Prevent Foot and Toe Problems

When you take your dog to the groomers, their nails will be trimmed to a proper length. Long nails on your dog might not seem like a big deal, but it actually is. In fact, long nails can lead to foot damage, especially if the nails get caught in the carpet. Not only that, but those long nails can interfere with the way your dog walks, which can lead to foot problems and pain. To avoid those problems, be sure to take your dog to the groomer at least once a month.

4. Helps Keep Your Dog Socially Active

If your dog doesn't get out much, it might miss out on the social stimulation. Unfortunately, a lack of social stimulation can cause your dog to become nervous, especially in social situations. One of the many benefits of monthly grooming visits is that they'll help keep your dog socially active. They'll spend time in a social setting, being pampered and cared for.

For more information, contact your local pet grooming service today.