Source: DR. Marty Becker
Edited by: Gregory Kim
Contrary to what select prissy pet salons advertise, dog grooming isn't a canine luxury. It's a necessity, and it doesn't have to break the bank.
Keeping your pet well groomed not only makes for a clean-smelling companion, it also helps keep your dog more comfortable. It also allows you to spot health problems before they become serious, or even life-threatening.
How important is grooming to your pet's comfort and health? Have you ever had your hair in a ponytail that was just a little too tight? Maybe your hair was just bunched up or stuck together? A mat can feel the same way to your dog a constant pull on the skin. Try to imagine those all over your body, and you have an idea how uncomfortable an un-groomed coat can be.
Your dog doesn't need to know what a mat feels like if you keep him brushed and combed, but that's just the start of the health benefits. Regular grooming allows your groomer to look for lumps, bumps and injuries, all while clearing mats and ticks from his coat. Your groomer will recommend follow up with your veterinarian on any questionable masses you find, and you may detect cancer early enough to save your pet's life.
For some breeds, grooming is a little more involved. Breeds such as Collies, Chows, Goldens and Alaskan Malamutes are "double-coated," which means they have a thick undercoat underneath a layer of long hair. The thick undercoat can mat like a layer of felt against the skin if left untended. In the spring and fall the big shedding times you'll end up with enough undercoat to make a whole new dog. Plus, removing the old hair keeps your pet cooler in the summer and allows new insulation to come in for the winter. This is where your Aussie Pet Mobile groomer can make a huge difference.
Silky-coated dogs such as Afghans, Cockers, Doodles and Maltese also need constant grooming to keep tangles from forming. Coats of this type require so much attention that having a groomer keep the dogs trimmed to a medium length is often more practical. In fact, experts say that the pets who shed the least are longhaired dogs kept short-trimmed by a groomer.
Curly and wiry coats should to be clipped every six weeks. This will keep your pet looking sharp all year round.
Instead of struggling to wash your pet at home or at expensive cleaning facilities, schedule a visit from Aussie Pet Mobile, a full mobile grooming service. While you're at it, ask for the FURminator SHED-LESS treatment. The FURminator SHED-LESS treatment is a multi-step process that reduces shedding up to 80% when done on a regular basis. It also removes excess and dead undercoat which if left in the coat can retain moisture, cause hot spots or other irritation for your pet. The FURminator treatment is the perfect companion to our awesome Aussie Pet Mobile 15 Step SPA Grooming package.
Good grooming also provides benefits for both you and your pet. Regular grooming will keep your pet happy and healthy. A coat free of mats, burrs and tangles and skin free of fleas and ticks are as comfortable to your dog as fresh, clean clothes are to you. It makes you feel good, and the effect is the same for your pet. And, for allergy sufferers, keeping your pooch clean may make having a dog possible.
An added benefit for you: Giving your dog a tummy rub after every Aussie Pet Mobile grooming session is sure to relax you (and your dog, of course) and ease the stress of your day.
Call your local Aussie Pet Mobile and schedule an appointment today!