Many people groom their dogs to keep them looking and smelling good, however, grooming your pets has many more health benefits than this, as an example many groomers utilize medicated shampoos for dogs. Below are 5 benefits of regularly grooming your pet.
Check For Fleas & Parasites
By getting your pet groomed regularly, your groomer will check for fleas and parasites in places that you may not notice. If your groomer does detect something, they can either provide flea treatment or refer you to a veterinarian that can help. A trip to the groomer can keep your pet from dealing with undetected and uncomfortable fleas.
Trimming your pet’s nails regularly is important for your pet’s comfort and health. However, you may find your pet gives you a hard time sitting still if you try to trim them yourself. This is where a professional groomer comes in! Groomers can easily trim your pet’s nails keeping them comfortable and avoiding future health issues, such as arthritis.
Excessive shedding can cause your allergies to act up and create a need for constant cleaning in your home. Getting your pet groomed regularly removes dead fur, causing your furry friend to shed less.
Prevents Ear Infections
Not only do groomers shampoo your pet and trim their nails, but they also will clean your pet’s ears. Removing the dirt from your pet’s ears will help prevent future ear infections.
Keeping your pet clean and healthy helps improve their mood and makes for a happier pet! Just like how you feel good when you take care of yourself, so does your pet. Taking your pet to a groomer regularly can also improve your pet’s socialization skills.
Whether you have a dog or long-haired cat, it is important for your pet’s health and cleanliness to get them groomed regularly. If you live in the Buffalo, NY area, turn to McClelland Small Animal Hospital for all of your pet grooming needs. We will make sure your pet is comfortable while giving them a good clean! Contact us to schedule an appointment for your furry friend.
Be Smart & Proactive!
Keeping your pet protected from the hot summer sun is just as important as keeping yourself protected. Although we only have a few months of beautiful spring and summer weather, it can get pretty hot in Buffalo. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure that your pet is kept nice and cool, especially when outside.
When you take your dog for a walk or anytime you let him/her outside, remember to cool your dog down when you cool yourself down to avoid heat stroke, sunburned food pads, dehydration, and more. We put together some tips to help you help your pet stay healthy in the heat:
- If you have a blacktop driveway, don’t let your dog lay on top of it. Asphalt heats up quickly and can lead to burning of the skin and foot pads.
- Make an appointment with the groomer to give your pet a fresh cut. This will keep your pet cool with much less fur or hair to deal with during the hot summer months.
- Have access to water at all times. It’s important to keep your furry friend hydrated at all times when you’re outside and inside, especially if your home doesn’t have air conditioning.
- When the outside conditions are high and dry or humid, avoid exercise or excessive physical activity with your dog.
- Have a pool? Let your furry friend take a dip! You can even turn the sprinkler on or hose them down with cool water.
- Never leave your dog in a parked car. The temperature inside the car can skyrocket, putting your dog in danger of having a heatstroke, or worse.
- Always find shade for your pet to lay under.