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Why it’s Important to Groom Your Dog

Dogs require regular grooming. Otherwise, they start to stink, their fur gets matted, and their nails begin to click on the floor. While those may seem like important reasons to groom your dog, they’re just for starters. Read on to learn more reasons you should groom your dog, how often your dog needs to be groomed, and why you should consider taking your dog to Beechwold Vet for grooming. 

What Are the Benefits of Grooming My Dog?

There are a number of great reasons you should groom your dog:

  • Healthy Skin and Coat. Brushing your dog’s fur removes dead hair, dirt, and dandruff. It also spreads your dog’s natural oils throughout its fur for healthy skin and a shiny coat.
  • Healthy Feet and Posture.  Long nails actually cause your dog pain, because they put extra force on your dog’s nail bed. Additionally, long nails can realign your dog’s joints, compromising its weight distribution and alignment. Unfortunately, that makes your dog more susceptible to injuries, particularly if it’s older.
  • Better Smelling. Let’s face it. Nobody enjoys eau de Fido. Regular bathing and grooming will keep your dog sweet-smelling.
  • Early Detection. By grooming your dog regularly, you’ll be more alert to problems like ticks, fleas, dry patches, infections, skin lumps, and inflammation. Early detection will keep your dog safe and healthy.
  • Less Shedding. Dog grooming will cut down shedding, helping you to keep your clothes and furniture fur-free. Or more fur-free, anyways!

As you can see, regular dog grooming will not only keep your dog looking and smelling clean, but it will also help you take the best possible care of your dog’s health.

How Often Should I Groom My Dog?

The American Humane Society recommends the following dog grooming schedule:

  • Bathing. You should aim to bathe your dog every 2-4 months, unless it’s particularly smelly or dirty. Bathing your dog more often than that will dry out its skin and strip oils from its fur.
  • Brushing. Regardless of your dog’s breed, you should brush its coat every couple of days.
  • Feet. You should trim your dog’s foot hair as needed.
  • Nails. Dog’s nails should be clipped about every two weeks. If you can hear them clicking on the hardwood floors, it’s time for a clipping.
  • Ears. Gently clean your dog’s ears about once a week.
  • Teeth. Clean your dog’s teeth 2-3 times a week.

Does Beechwold Vet Offer Dog Grooming Services?

Yes, we’re pleased to offer extensive dog grooming services. Many pet parents prefer to bring their dogs here for grooming because we have all the right tools on hand, we can offer more “difficult” dogs mild sedation, and we handle the yucky stuff like anal extraction, so you don’t have to.

How Can I Schedule a Grooming Appointment for My Dog?

To schedule your dog grooming appointment at our Columbus office, please call 614.268.8666 during normal business hours. For your convenience, we’re open until 6:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 3:30 on Saturdays.