The importance of grooming

Come on, admit it. Scruffy-looking dogs are cute. There’s just something about a disheveled pooch which makes it seem even more loveable.

However, as much as you might like the unkempt look, it is still imperative to keep on top of your dog’s grooming, mainly for their health.

Why should I groom my dog?

Firstly, all dogs whether short-haired or long-haired need regular grooming – just like us humans.

You wouldn’t dream of chucking away your hairbrush. Most of us here at the Dogs’ Home agreed that a few days without brushing would cause us to look like we’d been dragged through a hedge backwards. And forwards. And backwards again.

So why wouldn’t dogs be the same? Brushing helps prevent a canine’s fur from becoming matted – knots which could end up causing discomfort or could even get stuck on branches and other objects.

If you don’t brush your dog’s coat, it also allows for the natural oils on their skin to build up, potentially causing blocked pores, cysts and other skin issues. Brushing will instead distribute these oils across your pooch’s body, helping to keep their coat looking and feeling its best. 

What else?

Grooming provides an opportunity to give a dog a quick health check-up. Look for any abnormalities, such as lumps and bumps, ticks and fleas, skin changes or injuries. If your dog pulls away, winces or yelps when they’re usually fine with being groomed, it could be a sign something is wrong.

It also gives a chance to check their teeth, eyes, ears and paws to ensure they’re all in tip-top condition.

Do I need to go to a professional groomer?

Brushing can easily be done at home. For short-haired dogs, the PDSA recommends doing this at least doing this once a week, while rough or longer-haired dogs should have their coats brushed much more regularly.

Some breeds also need their fur clipping as part of their grooming routine. This is best left to the professionals to help prevent injuries and dodgy haircuts.