Why Pet Grooming Is So Important

 In Andes-Straley Services, Pet Grooming

No matter what kind of furry friend you have, it is vital to groom them consistently. Grooming is essentially self-care but for your pet. Things like brushing their coat and teeth, clipping nails, baths, and coat trims are important aspects of pet care. Here are the reasons why grooming is important and what could happen if neglected.

1. Fur and Coats

Animals have an instinct to clean themselves when they see fit. Even though some animals can clean themselves, like cats, they all can benefit from professional grooming. According to American Humane, fur that becomes matted can cause serious health issues for your pet. Matted fur opens the possibility of bacteria to enter the skin. Once bacteria enter the skin, it could form into a serious bacterial infection. These infections are not only uncomfortable but affect your pet’s immune system. Extremely matted animals can lose their ability to walk properly, eat, see, and go to the bathroom. The coat, hair length, and breed of your pet will help determine the frequency of grooming. Regardless of how often your pet is professionally groomed, you should brush your pets at home too.

2. Nails

Imagine looking down at your hands and having long overgrown nails. This would compromise our ability to work properly, care for ourselves, and more. Animals are the same way. Their claws are essential in daily functions. Dogs use their nails to dig, grab things, and even feed themselves. Cat claws are somewhat different than a dog’s nails. Cats have retractable nails, which allow them to choose when they use them. Cat claws are extremely important to the animal because they protect the feline. Not only that, but allow the ability to climb and enhance their instinct to hunt.

If a dog or cat has overgrown nails, it dramatically affects their daily functions. On top of that, it is excruciating for them and will affect their ability to walk. Professional groomers are highly trained to trim your furry friend’s nails. Animal nails contain nerves, blood vessels, and bone. Cut incorrectly, and they experience intense pain. Your veterinarian or groomer knows how to trim animal nails properly. Don’t stress yourself out and bring them to a professional.

3. Teeth

Dental disease is a leading cause of death in individual animals. Neglected dental care affects not only your pet’s ability to eat but their immune system as well. Bacteria can lead to plaque and tartar build-up. As a result, tooth decay, tooth loss, and infection occur. The only way to rid your pet of this is to visit a veterinary dentist. These trips can be avoided but incorporating dental care into your pet’s routine. Regular brushing dramatically decreases the occurrence of dental disease. Some pets do not allow their owners to get near their teeth, and this is where a groomer will help. Groomers and veterinarians are trained to handle even the most difficult animals. Not only that, but they have all the necessary tools to make sure your four-legged friend has healthy, pearly whites!

A day at the spa will significantly benefit your pet’s physical and emotional health. Groomers will adequately care for the three most essential things, coat, nails, and teeth. At Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital, we have three experienced groomers along with highly trained veterinarians. We provide grooming to both cats and dogs. We know that visiting the vet can be stressful for your pet, especially cats. Our hospital offers safe sedation for feline grooming. We offer a variety of services, including grooming and general veterinary care. For more information, visit us online here or call us at (423) 378-4443 today! Give your pet a spa day at Andes-Straley, and you won’t regret it!