It is very likely that you bathe every day, or every other day (we all have lazy weekend days), and feel weird if you miss your morning shower before work. You have to wash your hair, face, and body regularly in order to feel clean and healthy. While dermatologists believe that people shower too often, we bet you do not go long without bathing yourself.

So, why do you wait so long to bathe your pet? Pet grooming is just as important as grooming yourself. You may bathe and groom your pet once every few months and think that is good enough, but it isn’t. Grooming is important because it allows you to take care of your dog’s skins, coat, teeth, ears, nails, and eyes.

Grooming is important for both dogs and cats for many reasons. At Hillsdale Animal Hospital in Advance, we care about your pet just as much as you do! We want what is best for them and to help you keep them as healthy and happy as possible. Our grooming services can help you get your pet regular grooming, keeping them healthy inside and out!

In this blog, we are going to go over some of the dog grooming tasks you should do regularly, as well as the benefits behind these tasks! Read on to learn more and bring your dog into Hillsdale Animal Hospital today to get your pet groomed professionally. In a later blog, we will go over grooming tips and benefits for cats!

Dog Grooming Tasks

There are many tasks you should do when grooming your pup in order to keep them as healthy as possible. These include everything from clipping their nails to brushing their teeth. Let’s take a closer look at some of these tasks.

Bathing

How often you should bathe your dog depends on a few factors, including the length of their hair, how active they are, and whether or not they have any skin conditions or allergies. When it comes to bathing your dog, you want to be sure that you are not over-bathing them. Depending on your dog, they should be bathed anywhere from weekly to monthly. If you are unsure how often to bathe your pup, contact our vets! We would love to help. If your pup swims in dirty water, or rolls in some mud, you will want to clean them right away, no matter when you last washed them.

Bathing your furry friend can be difficult. While some dogs may love bath time, others run in fear at the sound of the tub water running. To make bath time easier for you and your pup, there are a few tips that you can follow.

First, you will want to keep where you bathe them consistently. If they are small enough to fit in your bathtub, bathing them at home can be the easiest choice and allow them to feel more comfortable.

Wherever you decide to bathe them, just make sure you are prepared. Buy your own shampoo, have a towel ready, and have your pup’s brush ready. If you are bringing them to a business to wash them yourself, make sure they have all of the right supplies.

You will want to wash and rinse your dog thoroughly, making sure you clean them well and rinse all of the shampoo off of them. This is a good time to feel for any lumps, cuts, or other things that may be concerning.

Brushing

Brushing your pup should happen several times a week, especially if your dog has a thick winter coat. Many dogs, like Siberian Huskies, golden retrievers, and others, have two layers of fur. The bottom layer keeps them warm and insulated during the winter. This layer of hair can often get matted underneath their other layer. This can suffocate their skin and cause issues with their coat and skin health. Brushing your pup regularly can help remove this matted fur and allow their inner layer of fur to grow back better!

Brushing is the best way to keep your pooch clean, whether they have long hair or short. Try to brush your pup weekly, at least, to help keep their coat and skin healthy. Not only is this good for them, but it will also help reduce the amount of hair you find in your home! That sounds like a win-win.

Brushing Their Teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem weird, but it is important for their dental health! While you can use different dental treats for your pup to help improve their dental health, you will likely need to brush their teeth from time to time to ensure they stay as healthy as possible. If you do not give your pup dental treats, try to brush their teeth once a week.

When it comes to brushing your pups teeth, you will need toothpaste made for pets. You can also get a special toothbrush that you stick on your finger, making it easier to brush those chompers.

If you have never brushed your dog’s teeth before, it is best to approach it slowly. An article from WebMD Pets mentions that it is best to start by massaging your pup’s muzzle. After they get used to this, dab some toothpaste on their lips so they get used to the taste. Introduce them to the toothbrush by letting them chew on it or play with it. When you finally start brushing their teeth, be gentle and relaxed about it. Don’t hold your dog down to brush their teeth. Instead, brush as many teeth as your dog will allow.

If you have a hard time getting your dog to cooperate while brushing their teeth, let us help. Our vet clinic offers dental care services for your pup! With both anesthetic and non-anesthetic dental cleanings, we can help you get your dog’s teeth clean so you don’t have to!

Check Eyes and Ears

You stare at your furry friend a lot, don’t deny it. And why wouldn’t you? They are a fluffy bundle of cuteness! But as you gaze into your pet’s puppy eyes, look past the cuteness to make sure their eyes are looking good! The eyes should be clear, shiny, and moist. If they look any different than this, be sure to talk to one of our vets!

Your dog’s ears also need to be checked. Make sure they don’t look red, inflamed, or have excessive debris in them. Another good way to ensure your pup’s ears are healthy is to smell them. For any non-dog owner, they would likely be thinking that this is gross and would never smell a dog’s ears. But for dog owners, it’s just another thing you would do to ensure your pup is in good health! Your dog’s ears should smell like nothing. If they do smell, you may have a problem. If you are worried about your pet’s ears, try to use a liquid ear cleaner for pets. It can help fight infection.

These are among the main grooming tasks that need to be done for your pet regularly. We know that you may not have the time to do these regularly. Our vet clinic can help! At Hillsdale Animal Hospital in Advance, we offer grooming and dental services that can help ensure your dog is as healthy as can be! See the infographic below to see the benefits that grooming offers to your pup. Contact us today to schedule your furry friend’s appointment or fill out our new client registration!