Consider not washing your hair, trimming your nails, or cleaning your teeth for several months. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many dogs whose owners have not been educated on the significance of proper grooming.
Owners’ busy schedules make it tough to maintain a regular grooming practise. Mats, impacted hair between the paw pads, ear problems, lumps and bumps, skin infections or irritations are just a few of the things that may go unnoticed, so working with a professional groomer will help keep these things under control.
Dog Grooming Frequency
A regular grooming programme is critical to your dog’s health and well-being. Regular grooming is beneficial to all dogs, whether they have a short hairy coat or a long flowing coat. It not only keeps coats clean and manageable, but it also aerates the coat, promoting healthy growth and assisting your dog in regulating their body temperature. Long-haired canines and those who lead an active lifestyle require more frequent grooming. The frequency with which they are groomed is determined by a lot of criteria, including their breed, hair length, skin condition, general health, and how dirty your dog gets! Some breeds require more frequent grooming than others.
A dog’s coat does much more than only define his or her colour. The coat acts as an insulator between your dog’s skin and the outside environment. It keeps them safe from the sun and heat in the summer, the cold in the winter, and cuts and abrasions. As a result, proper grooming techniques, coat length, and coat care are critical to your dog’s ability to control its temperature and protect itself. Dogs have numerous sorts of hair, and each type need a particular level of care. Your dog’s coat will be smooth, short, silky, curly or wavy, wiry, long, corded, combination, double, or heavy depending on the breed. Nutrition, hormones, and seasonal changes all have an impact on their hair development. Hair is typically shed by dogs in the early spring and early autumn. When shedding, stray hair can accumulate. If your dog’s coat is not effectively groomed on a regular basis, it can develop heavy matting, causing pain and skin irritation.
Skin problems are among the most common health issues in dogs. In most cases, constant scratching, biting, or licking is caused by parasites, illnesses, allergies, stress, food, or environmental issues, or a combination of these. If not, it could simply be dry skin. Itching is harmful to skin health regardless of the cause. The outer layer of skin on a dog is not as thick as that of people, and it has a distinct pH level, making the skin not only sensitive but also sensitive to absorbing undesirables. Using human-grade treatments will upset your dog’s skin acid layer, producing an environment in which germs, parasites, and viruses can thrive. Never use human shampoo, soap, conditioner, or perfume on your dog to avoid this. The skin of a dog is dependent on the hair and oils on it to stay healthy. Grooming your dog on a regular basis promotes healthy skin and helps prevent difficulties caused by matted hair, which serves as a breeding ground for a number of skin ailments. If you observe any abnormalities in your dog’s skin, or if your dog starts scratching, licking, or biting sections of its body excessively, you should take him or her to the doctor as soon as possible.
Cleaning your dog’s ears is an important aspect of his or her grooming routine. All dogs’ ears should be cleaned on a regular basis, however some dogs require more frequent and thorough cleaning than others due to genetic predispositions to ear infections. Dogs with large floppy ears have insufficient airflow to the ear canal, which can hasten an ear infection. Other dogs have an overabundance of glands in their ear canals, which produce a lot of secretions that must be cleaned on a regular basis. When cleaning the ears, we concentrate on the external ear canal because ear wax and debris can readily accumulate around the ridges. Never clean a dog’s ears past this point, and never use a cotton bud to go down into the ear canal. You should take your dog to the vet if he develops an ear infection. Certain breeds, in addition to washing, require their ears to be plucked due to heavy hair growth in their ear canal. This must be done with caution to avoid irritating or injuring the dog. This is something that should be left to a skilled groomer, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
When your dog produces a click-click sound when walking, it’s time to trim their excessive nails. Most owners are terrified of trimming their dog’s nails, especially if their dog has black nails. If your dog’s nails grow too long, they might break and bleed, causing severe discomfort and illness. Overgrown nails can sometimes curve backwards into the dog’s pad, causing severe pain and infection; this is especially common in the dew claw. Long nails can also induce an uneven gait, which can lead to bone injury. It is critical not to cut the ‘quick’ (the living section of a dog’s nail with blood vessels and nerves running throughout) as this will cause the nail to bleed. This is plainly seen in white nails, but with black nails, cutting must be done in phases to avoid the quick. If you are not comfortable cutting your dog’s nails, take them to a groomer.
Why Professional Grooming with Lew’s
We are a professional grooming studio with a large range of tools, products, and equipment intended specifically for use on our canine companions that you may not have at home. We are completely capable of clipping nails, cleaning and plucking ears, bathing and brushing your dog, and offering the appropriate cut to make them look and feel their best. Every pet parent had a bond with Lew’s groomers, and we are more than delighted to help you care for and maintain the health of your favourite canine.