A dog relaxing after being groomed.

Many pet owners don’t realize that grooming your pet is an essential part of overall pet health and wellness. It might not seem like regular baths, nail trims, and coat brushing can impact your pet’s health, but it can. True Care Veterinary Hospital is here to help you realize what happens if you do not groom your pet and how it can affect their health.

Why Is Grooming Important?

Pet groomers are often the first to notice something off about your pet because they are working so closely with the coat and the skin. They can see skin problems, ear issues, or even cysts that owners might miss. They can also spot signs of fleas and ticks that others might not see, or notice spots of matted hair that could eventually cut off circulation. Groomers can let you know if something looks off so you can schedule a wellness visit to get your pet checked out before a small issue turns into a big health problem.

Helping the Skin and Fur

Brushing and washing the fur is important to keep it healthy and free of tangles. Brushing spreads natural oils and encourages a natural shine for the coat. Brushing can also get rid of clumps of hair that could cause hairballs in cats. Without regular brushing, pets (especially dogs) are susceptible to matted fur that could eventually cause infections.

Caring for Nails

Regular nail trims are important for both dogs and cats because they promote paw health. Nails that grow too long can get stuck on carpet or upholstery and tear off, which is very painful. Pets also have difficult walking if their nails are too long, which, if it is a regular occurrence, could lead to eventual problems with hips or knees. You should get your dog’s nails trimmed every 3-4 weeks, and your cat’s nails every 2-3 weeks.

A Chance to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Regular at-home dental care is an important element of overall oral health, but many pet owners have difficulty brushing their pet’s teeth. If you schedule regular grooming appointments, the professionals can brush your pet’s teeth and help prevent issues like periodontal disease that could eventually cause larger health issues.

True Care Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer a full-range of veterinary services for the pet patients of Howell. Our entire team is dedicated to helping your pets feel their best. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, please call (732) 677-2180.