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Signs Your Dog Needs Grooming

Does your dog need a haircut? We see our dogs every day, so it can be tricky at first to tell if they should see a groomer. This is why our Scottsdale vets share some of the early signs that it's time for your dog to go to a groomer and why it's important to have them groomed regularly. 

Why You Should Take Your Dog To A Groomer

We usually know when we need to see our hairdresser by looking at our reflection in the mirror, but what about our adorable pups? Grooming is an important part of keeping our canine companions healthy and happy. Bringing your pet in for a professional grooming session on a regular basis not only keeps them smelling good, but it also gives your groomer the opportunity to keep ticks, fleas, and other pests at bay.

Grooming will also help keep your dog's skin, coat, and nails in optimal condition, as well as help them, look and feel their best!

Signs Your Dog Needs To Be Groomed

Below we have listed some of the signs that show your dog needs to see a groomer. 

Your Dog Has Dirty, Matted, Or Dull Fur

The presence of dirt or mats on your dog's fur is one of the first — and most obvious — signs that he or she needs to see a groomer. While their outdoor activities like playing and running help to keep them in shape, dirt, mud, and debris can accumulate on their skin and fur, making them dirty. You might even smell something unpleasant.

Matted fur makes your dog more than just uncomfortable. It can be a detriment to their health as pests, debris, and dirt can get trapped in their coat, which could lead to skin damage, bacterial infections, and diseases.

Whether it's built up over time or your dog has taken a bath in the mud, our professional groomers are available to clean their coat and make it healthy and shiny once more.

Your Dog's Nails Are Too Long

Does your dog spend the majority of its time running around on the grass or soft surfaces? While some dogs can naturally trim their nails by walking on roads, sidewalks, and other hard and paved surfaces, if they spend a lot of time on grass, their nails will eventually grow too long, making it painful for them to walk. It's time to get your hardwood or laminate floors trimmed if you hear clicking sounds when your dog walks by.

Nails should be kept neat and trimmed. In a grooming session, our groomer will designate time to examine your dog's nails and trim them if needed.

You Notice Signs Of Parasites Or Pests

Whether your dog's fur is matted or not, it can be easy for pests such as fleas and ticks to find homes deep within your canine companion's coat. This could cause skin damage and negatively impact their overall health. In addition to checking your dog every day for parasites and other pests, keep an eye out for signs like excessive scratching, irritated skin, or sores.

Parasites can gradually worsen, feed on your dog, and even spread to other pets or members of your household if not discovered and treated as soon as possible. As their condition worsens and the parasites feed on your dog's blood and nutrients, your pet may become increasingly fatigued and weak. Diseases transmitted by parasites have the potential to be lethal. That is why any pests must be identified as soon as possible.

Your Dog's Ears Smell

Dogs' ears are self-cleaning, but wax can accumulate in the canal or an infection can develop. If this is the case, smelling your dog's neck may reveal an odor. Our professional groomer can clean your dog's ears and notify you if any infections are suspected.

Your Dog Is Scooting

Clogged anal sacs can be unpleasant for both you and your dog — and painful for your pup. On either side of their behind, dogs have two small anal sacs that contain a fishy-smelling, foul liquid that's normally released when they poop.

A bowel movement usually causes the anal sacs to empty. However, if the sacs aren't working properly, fluid can accumulate, and the glands can become inflamed. The liquid may solidify, preventing its release. This can cause your dog pain and discomfort.

At a professional grooming appointment, the groomer will gently express the glands to release the contents, bringing relief to your dog. The procedure will be followed by a thorough bath.

How Often Should I Take My Dog To The Groomer

If you're wondering how often you should groom your dog (or take the easy route and have a professional do it), Your dog's breed, coat type, hair length, and lifestyle will largely dictate their grooming needs. Long-haired dogs will likely need more grooming than short-haired pups.

Dogs who spend a lot of time outside will require more grooming than couch potatoes or pooches who spend most of their time inside. Grooming should be done about once a month in most cases.

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.

Contact our Scottsdale vets today to make an appointment for your dog's grooming session or to learn more about the services we offer.

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