Why have your dog groomed in the first place?

Why do you wash and brush your own hair? For the same reason as a good groom…to reduce mats and tangles, remove debris and dead hair and to stimulate the scalp. In addition, a nice cut looks good.

As with most anything, regular maintenance on almost anything avoids unexpected bills. Maintenance for your dog relates to the same thing. Regular grooming is an important part of your dog’s general health. Depending on the breed, age, and health of the dog, grooming may be a daily activity. Many breeds require significantly less grooming than this, but regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. It is important to note that while many dogs shed, others, such as the Poodle do not shed as profusely and should be professionally groomed every 4-6 weeks maximum.

We often hear the request to ‘just shave them down’. A shave down is not considered a groom and should only be exercised in the case that a dog is so matted and neglected that there is no other option to save its coat. In addition to creating stress by the putting the dog through the trauma of grooming them just once a year, to simply shave him or her down actually opens the opportunity for trouble. A dogs coat acts as insulation in the winter and as air conditioning in the summer. With no coat they are susceptible to sunburn and heat stroke.

One thing people don’t think about is that indoor dogs need groomed more often due to the environment we place them in. The amount of household cleaners and chemicals in our homes and atmospheres is really detrimental to your dog. Bleach for example can actually burn the pads of your dog’s feet. Dust mites, laundry detergent and central heating can all affect your dog’s skin and coat. Regular grooming can help alleviate these issues and maintain a comfortable trim so your dog can deal with the climate changes alone more easily. We will alert you to skin problems, hot spots, flea bite dermatitis and allergies that may be caused from household cleaners.

That old unwanted hair, undercoat should be removed in addition to dead skin to assist in reducing those ‘dust bunnies’ all over the house. If shedding hair stays in, it can cause itchiness, dandruff and hot spots because the skin cannot breathe. We know how to deal with individual coats as not all should be clipped either. A Pomeranian, for example can actually go into shock if its coat is clipped too short and the hair may never grow back properly again. A Terriers coat may be destroyed if clipped incorrectly and should include a mixture of hand scissoring and carding. Some people think that if they clip their Lab it will reduce the shedding. Instead, clipping a Lab will actually increase their shedding.

A healthy coat should be glossy and pliable, without excessive oiliness or dandruff. We are educated on using the appropriate type of shampoo to suit your dog’s coat type and skin condition. Our healthier natural and organic shampoos and conditioners contain no DEA’s, sulphates, propylene glycol or petroleum based ingredients.

Many people don’t realize that most dogs, especially dogs with longer hair, actually need their coats groomed often to prevent clumping and irritating itching. Grooming at home in between professional grooms will also help in maintaining excessive undercoat, removing dead hair and help stimulate the skin. This will also reduce unwanted mats and also act as a bonding session for both you and your dog. Imagine if you had to walk around with mats under your armpits? Ouch!

We will get to know your dog when we visit on a regular basis and can point out anything untoward to you. Set your best friend up on a regular grooming schedule and have a happier, healthier pet.