Do you bathe your canine pal at home, or do you take him to the salon? There are quite a few benefits to taking Fido to a beauty salon. Convenience is the obvious one: you get to drop off a stinky pooch, and pick up a clean, fresh-smelling one a few hours later. No muss, no mess! However, another reason to consider going to a groomer: medical grooming. A local vet offers some insight on medical grooming, and goes over some of its benefits, in this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX pet hospital.
All of our animal companions are unique, so their care regimens should never be one-size-fits-all. That also applies to their grooming needs. Some pups need a bit more than the typical bath and brushing regimen. For instance, some pooches need ear hair trims. Others may need to have their anal glands expressed. These procedures should only be performed by trained professionals.
Taking your furry friend to the groomer is not a replacement for veterinary care, and should never be treated as such. However, groomers do have training and experience in spotting abnormalities, and may sometimes notice things that even the most loving and attentive owner may miss, such as small lesions, skin irritation, lumps, bumps, or sensitivity, and may alert you to a developing issue that needs veterinary care. While there are no guarantees that a groomer will catch something, it’s definitely a potential plus. Early detection and treatment are always beneficial!
Nail trims aren’t technically medical grooming, but they are very important to your pup’s health and comfort, and are something that you can work into Fido’s grooming appointment. If your canine friend’s nails are too long, he’ll adjust his stride and stance to compensate for the discomfort, which can strain his bones and joints.
Many animal clinics—such as ours—have groomers on site. This can make things really easy for you, as you can schedule Fido’s checkup and bath at the same time. Who doesn’t love one-stop shopping? This also makes for easy communication between your pet’s vet and groomer. That can be very helpful in ensuring that your four-legged friend is getting the exact type of medical grooming he needs. It also means that anything your groomer notices can be looked at ASAP.
Do you want to schedule a grooming appointment? Please contact us at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX pet hospital.