There may be times when you’ll be so busy that you just cannot get time to groom your pet yourself. But don’t feel bad – taking your pet to a professional groomer has its benefits. Spoil your pooch or furball at our professional grooming salon and see the difference.
October 14, 2019
Contrary to popular belief, many shorthaired dog breeds shed an incredible amount of hair – more so than some of the longhaired breeds. The groomer uses a rubber curry brush on shorthaired coats and the dogs usually love it. This brush leaves the coat silky smooth, massages the skin and gets rid of a lot of loose hair.
Your groomer works closely with every part of your pet’s body. Therefore, they will notice any lumps or wounds that might need medical care – and that you may have missed – and notify you of them.
If you have a longhaired dog, the coat needs regular attention to keep it free from mats. A groomer who is presented with a severely matted animal is placed in a difficult position. Removing all those knots will take hours of work, but more importantly, it will be uncomfortable – and perhaps even painful – for the animal. An ethical groomer would not do this and would probably rather suggest that the coat gets shaved. This might leave you disappointed, and can be avoided with regular upkeep of that glorious long coat.
Many owners are hesitant to clip their dogs’ nails. It is quite daunting because accidentally cutting into the quick of the nail is painful and causes a lot of bleeding. Your groomer can do this for you, and they will know that they should also cut the dewclaw – something that is often forgotten by owners. A dewclaw (the nail just above your dog’s paw) left to grow will eventually curl to the front and grow back into the dog’s paw, which can be very painful for him.
Your groomer can handle those nasty things that you might be a little too squeamish to do. These include cleaning inside the dog’s ears, brushing his teeth, cleaning tear stains, expressing the anal glands when needed, and removing hair around the dog’s anus to prevent poop from getting stuck in the hair.
Then again, you can do it yourself, especially if you have some experience in bathing and grooming your dog. There is a wide variety of grooming equipment available from www.familypetcentre.co.za, or visit our shop in Centurion, or the new store in Fourways.
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