Top Benefits of Grooming Your Pets

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Grooming your pet may not be at the top of your list of priorities, but as a responsible pet owner, it can be one of the most important ways to look after them. As well as keeping your pet clean and presentable, keeping them well-groomed can provide a variety of benefits for both you and your adorable furbaby.

We have compiled a few of the top benefits of grooming your pet in order to keep them happy and healthy.

Keep your long-haired pet’s coat under control

If you have a medium or long-haired pet, matts and tangles in their fur can become a significant problem. Matting can pull harshly on your pet’s skin and cause discomfort, and if they aren’t dealt with promptly, they can be impossible to brush out and require cutting instead. Daily brushing is recommended for long-haired pets, as this can help to prevent matting and tangles along with regular trims to your pet’s coat.

Maintain your pet’s hygiene

Regular grooming can be beneficial for maintaining good hygiene in your pet. Even just brushing your pet helps to remove loose hair, dirt, and dead skin from your pet’s fur. It can also bring out natural oils which can assist in maintaining a healthier coat. Regular washing will keep your pet clean and improving their hygiene will have a positive impact on their overall health and wellbeing.

Prevent and treat fleas, ticks, and other parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can be harmful to your pet and it is important to seek treatment for these issues as soon as possible to prevent further irritation. By washing, brushing, and clipping your pet’s fur routinely, it provides you with an easy opportunity to look for fleas and ticks and have them treated promptly before they can cause unpleasant symptoms and affect the health of your pet. Cleaning your pet’s ears will also give you an opportunity to spot mites and other issues.

Detect and treat health issues

Regular grooming can make it easier to spot any abnormalities on your pet’s skin or body. Skin issues, such as heat spots or rashes, can be difficult to spot if you’re not checking and inspecting your pet’s coat and it is important to catch these problems early on so that you can get them treated promptly. You’ll also be able to see or feel any lumps, bumps, or other unusual occurrences on your pet’s skin, enabling you to take them to your vet to have them assessed.

Grooming keeps your pet’s eyes and ears in good condition

Your pet relies on their ears and eyes just as much as you do. Unfortunately, both can be affected by infections if your pet isn’t properly groomed. Dirty ears are more prone to infection and left untreated, these can be painful and affect your pet’s hearing. This is something that could potentially put them in danger, for example, if they can’t hear approaching traffic or hear you calling their name. Long hair hanging over your pet’s eyes can also pose a problem. Not only can long hair in their eyes cause discomfort and restrict their vision, but it also makes them more likely to develop eye infections such as conjunctivitis.

Avoid paw problems

Most pets wear their claws down by walking and playing, but sometimes they can’t achieve enough wear in this way. Excessively long claws can be difficult and painful for your pet to walk on, and if they grow long enough, they can grow round into your pet’s paw pads, causing severe pain and infection. Prolonged periods of time spent on overgrown claws can also lead to health problems later on, such as bad posture or arthritis. By trimming your pet’s nails regularly, you can avoid these issues and keep your pet comfortable.

Prevent dental diseases

As important as it is to take care of your pet’s coat, skin, and nails, it is equally as important to look after their teeth. Without the proper care, it is possible for your pet to develop a dental disease that can lead to toothache and tooth loss. You can brush your pet’s teeth using special veterinary-approved toothpaste and a human or pet toothbrush. Your vet will be happy to show you how.

For more benefits of grooming your pet, or advice on how to keep your pet well-groomed, please speak to our knowledgeable veterinary team at (317) 434-1600.