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Signs Your Dog Needs Grooming

Because we see our dogs every day, it can be tricky at first to tell if they should see a groomer. This is why our Kennesaw vets share some of the early signs that it's time for your dog to go to a groomer, and grooming them regularly is important.

Why You Should Take Your Dog To A Groomer

Grooming is essential for keeping our canine companions healthy and happy. Just like we can tell when we need to visit the hairdresser by looking in the mirror, it's also important to pay attention to our furry friends' grooming needs.

Regular grooming not only prevents our pets from developing unpleasant odors but also allows groomers to check for and address issues such as ticks, fleas, and other pests.

Moreover, grooming helps maintain the health of your dog's skin, coat, and nails while ensuring that they look and feel their best.

Signs Your Dog Needs To Be Groomed

Below, we have listed some signs that show your dog needs to see a groomer. 

Your Dog Has Dirty, Matted, Or Dull Fur

One of the first and most easily recognizable signs that your dog needs a haircut and to see a groomer is the visibility of dirt or mats on their fur. While all their outside activities, such as playing and running, help keep them in shape, dirt, mud, and debris can build upon their skin and fur, making them dirty. You might even notice an unpleasant odor.

Matted fur makes your dog more than just uncomfortable. It can be detrimental to their health, as pests, debris, and dirt can get trapped in their coat, which could lead to skin damage, bacterial infections, and diseases.

Whether it has built up over time or your dog has bathed in the mud, our professional groomers are available to clean their coats and make them healthy and shiny once more.

Your Dog's Nails Are Too Long

If your dog spends most of its time running around on soft surfaces or grass, their nails may grow too long, making it painful for them to walk.

While some dogs can naturally trim their nails by walking on hard surfaces like roads or sidewalks, keeping an eye on their nail length is important. If you have hardwood or laminate floors and hear clicking sounds when your dog walks, it's time for a trim.

It's important to keep your dog's nails neat and trimmed. Our groomer will examine and trim your dog's nails during a grooming session if needed.

You Notice Signs Of Parasites Or Pests

It's important to regularly check your dog for pests like fleas and ticks, as they can easily hide in your dog's fur, whether matted or not. These pests can cause skin damage and negatively impact your dog's overall health. Look for signs such as excessive scratching, irritated skin, or sores.

If left untreated, parasites can worsen and spread to other pets or even members of your household. They can also lead to fatigue and weakness in your dog, and diseases contracted from parasites can be deadly. Spotting and treating any pests early is crucial to prevent these issues.

Your Dog's Ears Smell

Dogs' ears are self-cleaning, but wax can sometimes build up in the ear canal, or an infection can occur. If this is the case, you may notice an odor if you smell your dog's neck. Our professional groomer can clean your pup's ears and inform you of any suspected infections.

Your Dog Is Scooting

Dogs have two small anal sacs on either side of their behind that contain a foul-smelling liquid. This liquid is normally released when they poop.

If the sacs aren't working properly, fluid can build up, and the glands can become inflamed, leading to pain and discomfort for your dog.

At a professional grooming appointment, the groomer will gently express the glands to release the contents, bringing relief to your dog. A thorough bath will follow the procedure.

How Often Should I Take My Dog to the Groomer?

If you're wondering how often you should groom your dog (or take the easy route and have a professional do it), Your dog's breed, coat type, hair length, and lifestyle will largely dictate their grooming needs. Long-haired dogs will likely need more grooming than short-haired pups.

Dogs who spend a lot of time outside will also need more grooming than couch potatoes or pooches who spend time lounging inside. In most cases, regular grooming should be done about once a month.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Contact our Kennesaw vets today to make an appointment for your dog's grooming session or to learn more about our services.

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