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Brushing, bathing and clipping aren’t just about good looks — they’re a must for good health.

When it comes to your pup, grooming is more than just a beauty regimen; it’s actually about good healthcare. Imagine never clipping your nails or brushing your teeth. Yuck! While the beauty consequences of not grooming are kind of obvious, just think about what it will do to your pet’s health. It’s fairly easy to tell when a person is sick — they moan, groan and head for the chicken soup. But when your dog is sick, the signs can sometimes be a little more subtle. Keeping him on a schedule of routine grooming is a good way to practice preventative care and to notice any subtle problems early, before they become more serious.

When most people think about grooming their pet, they tend to think about their dog’s teeth last. But the fact is, 80% of dogs 3 years and older are affected by gingivitis, a gum disease that can move through the bloodstream to vital organs, potentially leading to more serious complications. So make sure you have his teeth brushed on a regular basis and professionally cleaned by your vet as needed.

A matted coat is a bad, bad thing. Regular professional grooming and daily brushing will keep this fur free of mats that can cause sores and lesions. Also known, as hot spots. Plus, parasites, such as fleas and ticks, can go unnoticed beneath a matted coat.

If your new friend is a longer-haired breed, you’ll have to brush his undercoat to keep it from building up. Most long-haired breeds have an undercoat, which is the softer fur inside his coat (kind of like nature’s long johns for the pet world). If the undercoat builds up, it can prevent him from properly regulating his body temperature. Brushing also prevents excessive shedding (which is nice, unless you want your entire wardrobe looking like angora), so it’s well worth your time.

Nail clipping is the grooming detail that makes many a pet parent cringe. This is why many parents leave the nail trimming to the pros. Unclipped nails can get snagged and even torn from his paw! Yowch! Untrimmed nails can also make his paw “splay” which can lead to posture problems, hip problems or even leave him lame. In addition, long nails can damage your floors, furniture and carpet. With the right tools and a little instruction, you can certainly clip his nails, yourself – If you would like to do it yourself, I would   be happy to show you how. And, of course, I would also be perfectly pleased to do it for you.

Bathing not only gets out the aroma of whatever he might have rolled around in, it also keeps his skin clean. Dirty skin can be oily, causing your little one to scratch and lick himself, resulting in sore spots and hairless patches. A good shampoo and proper conditioning will keep his skin healthy and make his coat easier to brush. A dog’s skin has a different pH balance than ours, so your shampoo won’t do for his “do”.

Bashful of the brush? Head for the grooming salon. Often pet parents want grooming overseen by a pro. Regardless of how hands-on you are in maintaining your pup’s hygiene, you should have him groomed professionally every 4-8 weeks. As a well trained reputable, professional Pet groomer I will make sure all of your pet’s hygiene needs are not only done, but also done right. So it’s really a necessity to schedule regular, head-to-tail grooming appointments to keep your little one looking and feeling his best.

Like grooming your pup? Good for him!

Between professional grooms, you’ll want to take care of your dog’s coat, teeth and nails to maintain his good health and keep him looking great. Not only is it one of the best ways to strengthen the bond between the two of you, but regular home grooming will also make visits to the grooming salon much more enjoyable for him. And once he gets accustomed to how it feels to be brushed and trimmed by kind and knowing hands, he’ll really enjoy it. There are some grooming procedures that are best performed by trained professionals.

Happy Tails provides a free puppy introduction, this will include introducing your new puppy to the sights and sounds of the grooming environment, ie; the clippers, scissors, and the sound of my voice. I will also give you a mini training session on how to take care of your little addition.

Please call for an appointment. (604) 575-7199.

I look forward to meeting you and your new puppy.