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The Importance of Dog Grooming

| Articles | May 3, 2013

Dog grooming is an important part of pet ownership. It goes more than just a beauty regimen. It stretches as a healthcare.

Humans brush their teeth. They take a bath at least once a day. They comb their hairs, cut their nail, and visit salons, spa, and parlors for grooming. Humans do these things to keep their body clean and healthy. But imagine all these removed from their routine. Can you see the picture?

The result to humans when grooming is removed is the same with dogs. As was mentioned earlier, dog grooming is more than just a beauty regimen. Dog grooming also keeps your dog healthy.

It’s pretty easy to see if humans are sick. They are pale, and weak. However, for dogs, it is quite different. Signs of sickness are not very evident. Thus, spotting if your dog is sick or not may be different from spotting a sick human. The point here is, since dogs may not seem to show some signs of sickness compared to humans, extensive care and regular grooming routine is required. This will keep you from guessing if your dog is well or not. Regular dog grooming routine will keep you confident that your dog stays healthy and clean.

On the other hand, when you see a subtle, yet clear manifestation that your dog is becoming sick; respond to it quickly by brushing its teeth, giving him a bath, and visiting a veterinarian.

Why is tooth brushing important to dogs?

Unknown to many, even to some dog owners, dogs as young as 3 years old can have gingivitis if they are not given regular tooth brushing. Gingivitis is a gum infection that affects the bloodstream to the vital organs of your dog’s body that could potentially lead to more serious health problems. Thus, making sure that your dog receives a regular brushing of teeth will prevent this from happening. To further keep the chances low, have vets check your dog’s teeth periodically.

Why is coat brushing important to dogs?

If for you, combing your hair is important, what more to your dog? Fur covers the entire body of your dog while your hair only covers the top of your head. Thus, your dog requires more brushing than you do. What’s the point of doing this? Dogs – especially dogs with long coat – that do not receive regular brushing can develop matting. And this is a bad thing. Matts can cause lesions and sores. Also, un-groomed dogs can acquire parasites such as ticks and fleas underneath their matted coat.

Why is nail clipping important to dogs?

What would you feel if you don’t cut your nails of your fingers and toes for years? Have you seen the man with the longest fingernails on television? What discomfort would that bring to you being unable to do your daily task with long fingernails? Same thing goes with your dog. If your dog has long nails, it could not run well. They could even hurt themselves. Make sure that nail cutting is part of your dog’ grooming routine will keep your dogs active.

Why is dog grooming important? If until now, the answer is still unclear to you, then know this; grooming is as important to your dog as it is important to you.

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