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What You Should Know About Dog Grooming

What You Should Know About Dog Grooming

Professional dog grooming is important in making your pup look their best and giving your vet a chance to identify any health concerns your dog may have. Today, our Richmond vets discuss the importance of professional dog grooming appointments and what you can do at home.

Professional Dog Grooming

Many pet owners depend on us to keep their dog's fur trimmed, healthy, and comfortable for all seasons. Regular professional grooming sessions also keep the nails, coat, and skin looking and feeling great. But were you aware that grooming offers benefits beyond the obvious positives of looking and smelling fresh?

To ensure your dog's overall health, it is important to incorporate regular grooming sessions into their healthcare routine. This will provide numerous benefits for your furry friend, including healthier skin and eyes, as well as early detection of any potential health issues.

Our professional pet groomers in Richmond can help you achieve these benefits with regular grooming sessions.

Feet, Paw Pads, & Nail Cleaning

Depending on your dog's breed, they may grow a lot of hair between their toes and paw pads. To keep these areas clean, it's important to have them trimmed and shaved by a groomer.

Healthier Skin & Coat 

Regular brushing is essential for maintaining a shiny coat and promoting healthy skin in dogs. It helps to distribute natural oils evenly and removes dead hair, dirt, and debris. This also prevents mats and knots, which can cause discomfort and pain for your pet.

Additionally, brushing ensures that topical tick and flea preventative medication is evenly distributed, providing full coverage against these parasites.

Detection of Abnormalities 

Bald spots, growths, lumps, bumps, and cuts may sometimes appear on a dog's coat and skin. During the grooming session, our groomer will do a thorough inspection of these, paying special attention to the ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, and paws. This is another step in the process of ensuring problems are detected as soon as possible so that they can be treated early. 

Caring for Dogs With Special Circumstances & Needs

Sometimes, dogs can have behavioral problems that need to be addressed during grooming sessions. Additionally, senior dogs may require special care due to physical limitations that come with aging, while some dogs may exhibit aggression or fear and require special approaches from the groomer. Our experienced pet groomer has the expertise to handle dogs with various needs and will ensure your furry friend's safety during the grooming process.

Dog Ear Care

Some dog breeds are more likely to have hair grow deep within the ear canal. If this is true for your pet, their ears will need special attention with a monthly ear cleaning to help keep infections or irritation from occurring if bacteria gets trapped inside the ear.

We can let you know if we see redness or discharge so you can decide whether to have our vet determine whether the area is infected. 

Proper Treatment of Skin Conditions

We use a range of special shampoos for dogs with skin sensitivities, irritations, allergies, and parasites such as fleas and ticks. Our professional dog groomers even have shampoo for dogs that skunks have sprayed.

Proper skin care is vital, especially since many pet parents are often unaware of different skin conditions. 

Appropriate Tools for Proper Grooming 

Our pet groomer has a variety of tools at their disposal, including adjustable grooming tables and specialized clippers for nails and hair. This ensures safer and easier grooming for your furry friend, giving you peace of mind and saving you time and frustration.

Stress-Free Baths 

It is important to maintain a regular grooming routine for your dog, which should include a monthly bath to keep their coat clean. Our facility provides a special tub for this purpose, and we use various tools based on the breed and individual needs of your dog to complete the task efficiently. This not only reduces stress for your furry companion but also saves you time and frustration.

 These are just some of the benefits of professional grooming sessions. If you have specific questions or needs, we will be happy to address them.

Dog Grooming in the Richmond Area

Is it time for your dog's monthly grooming session? One day each week, you can bring your pet in for a professional grooming session. We'd love to meet your dog, assess their needs and help keep them looking and feeling great. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog due for a professional dog grooming session? Contact our Richmond vets today to book an appointment for your pup.

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