Regular Grooming Is More Than Looking Good

Here’s why grooming is more than just making sure your dog looks and smells good.

Everyone wants to look their best—including your dog! There’s nothing wrong with putting your best paw forward and strutting your stuff at the dog park. Grooming will ensure your dog looks sharp, but there are other benefits that come along with this routine, and they have nothing to do with looks.

When you make grooming part of your daily or weekly routine, your dog gets a lot more out of the practice than a perfect fur day. Here are a few reasons why you should groom your dog faithfully.

Comfort Level

Regular grooming is important for keeping your pooch comfortable in his own fur. This is especially true for long-coated canines. Matted and tangled isn’t fun or comfortable, so you’ll need to brush him every day. Pay special attention to the hair around the elbows, on the tummy and between the legs, as these areas are particularly prone to matting. If you’re not prepared to brush daily, take him to a professional dog groomer to get his coat clipped or shaved.

All-Around Good Health

Would it surprise you to learn that grooming is essential for your dog’s overall good health? It makes sense; it works for humans too. You should be brushing your pup’s teeth every day to help keep them free from plaque. If your dog has poor dental hygiene, it can lead to gum disease and serious infections. Cleaning your dog’s ears is also important, especially in breeds with large, floppy ears. Dirt and gunk can build up, leading to painful and smelly ear infections. And while regular bathing is important for skin health, bathing your dog too frequently can be detrimental. Giving your pooch a bath every two to four months will do the trick, unless he gets himself into a messy situation.

Bonding Time

There’s nothing like a thorough brushing from your favorite human to release the stress of a busy dog day. Even if your dog has short fur, brushing him once or twice a week is like giving him a massage while the two of you bond. He waits patiently for you to come home from work and is never too tired to show you love; return some of that extra attention in the form of a brushing session. Brushing can be therapeutic for newly rescued dogs as well, as it may help him trust you and help form a stronger bond.

Checking for Abnormalities

Dogs can get all kinds of lumps and bumps on them without you noticing. The perfect time for a full-body physical is when you’re grooming him. Run your hands over your dog as you brush him and check the gums for any lumps or inflammation. The majority of bumps that you may find on your dog are benign and nothing to worry about. However, it’s always best to check with a veterinarian, just to make sure. After all, it never hurts to be cautious when it comes to the health of your beloved pooch.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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