A clean, well-groomed pet, is a happy pet. We often recommend that you maintain a thorough and regular grooming regimen for your pet, to maintain both its happiness and health.
Missing a regular groom is bad for the animal in several ways. Here are some side effects of irregular grooming.
- Long hair and matting
If left unattended, long hair can cause a range of uncomfortable and even serious issues for your pet. Hair hanging over their eyes can lead to restricted vision and altered behaviour, while un-brushed hair can lead to matting. Matting, in turn, can become very serious, causing blood flow restriction and even become so serious that it restricts your pet’s normal movement.
- Overgrown nails
Be sure to clip your dog’s nails, as overgrown nails can damage their paws, and put strain on their toes, making walking a painful experience for them. If you are unsure how to clip your dog’s nails, consult a grooming or medical professional.
- Grass seeds
If you’ve had a long day in the park, or if your dog loves to run though tall grass, make sure to check for grass seeds that might be stuck in their fur, and even worse, become lodged in their eyes or nose. A pet losing an eye due to a grass seed infection is not unheard of.
Regular grooming helps to prevent and identify the presence of ticks, mites and fleas in your dog. Be sure to check your pets thoroughly and at regular intervals for signs of these pests, as they can have a serious and long-term impact on your pet’s health.
- Dental disease
It’s a misconception that pets don’t need thorough dental cleaning. Teeth that are not cared for can cause your pet to have difficulties eating, and can cause them general pain throughout the day. Even worse, untreated dental issues can cause damage to your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. Be sure to consult your vet if you are unsure of their dental health, or if you feel that you are unable to attend to dental health yourself.