Five Good Reasons to Groom Your Dog

Grooming your dog isn’t just about aesthetics (although it certainly does help her look her best!). There are many more benefits to grooming your dog regularly—learn about them below from your Essex-Middle River, MD veterinary professional.

Healthy Skin

Regular brushing and occasional bathing keep your dog’s skin healthy and free of grime. It will also smooth out the fur and avoid tangles and mats, which can pull and stretch the underlying skin quite painfully. If mats are allowed to persist, some dogs’ ability to walk may even be affected! Ask your vet to recommend a good-quality canine brush and a dog-formulated shampoo for you to use.

Moisturized Fur

Simple brushing keeps your dog’s fur moisturized, because it spreads natural skin oils through the coat to keep the hair healthy. This way, your dog’s skin and fur doesn’t dry out and shedding is greatly reduced. For many dogs who seem to shed excessively, regular brushing is a key part of the solution.

Allergy Control

Do you or a member of your family suffer from allergies to your dog? Regular grooming is essential for keeping allergic reactions to a minimum, because it reduces the amount of allergens (fur, dander, fleas, dirt, pollen stuck in your dog’s coat, etc.) in your home. Combined with other allergy-control methods like air filters, grooming can greatly reduce the reactions of allergy sufferers in your home. Ask your vet about other ways to cut down on the allergens your dog produces.

Topical Health Checkup

Grooming time doubles as a golden opportunity to give your pooch’s body and skin a quick once-over. Run your hands over your dog, checking for lumps, bumps, bruises, lacerations, rashes, or anything else that looks or feels out of the ordinary. If you find anything, give your vet a call for peace of mind.

Quality Bonding Opportunity

Don’t discount the opportunity that grooming time provides for great pet/owner bonding. The relationship you can have with a dog is one of the great joys of life; spending time together is simply the best way to fortify and strengthen that relationship. Many dogs—and their owners—come to look forward to regular grooming sessions because of the bonding experience they provide!

If you would like a recommendation on a good pet brush or shampoo, or have further questions regarding your dog’s grooming regimen, call your vet in Essex-Middle River, MD. We’re here to help!