Grooming your dog regularly is essential to their health and wellbeing, but bathing and grooming your dog at home can be stressful for both you and your pet. Taking your dog to a professional groomer can yield better results and eliminate the chore from your own routine.
Affordable Animal Hospital in Covina now offers dog grooming services. We strive to address all of your concerns regarding your furry friend, and now our clinic can be your one-stop shop. Forget buying expensive brushes and shampoos and leave the grooming to us.
Common Dog Grooming Services
Your dog’s breed and size will determine their specific grooming needs. Some dogs have particular needs depending on the length and thickness of their fur. The climate you live in can also impact your pet’s skin. Though grooming can vary, most packages will include:
- A bath, typically in combination with conditioning treatments, anti-flea and anti-tick treatments, and more
- Brushing or de-shedding treatments
- Haircut, if needed
- Nail trimming
- Teeth brushing
- Eye and ear cleaning
- Anal gland expression
In addition to general grooming and cleaning, our staff is trained to check your dog’s skin, ears, mouth, and eyes for abnormalities. Our Covina dog grooming staff can help you create a custom grooming treatment based on your dog’s breed, size, and other needs.
Benefits of Professional Dog Grooming
Some dog owners may think they can save money by grooming their dog at home. However, taking your dog to an experienced dog groomer has many advantages:
You won’t need to buy any expensive supplies. The dog groomer has all the tools needed to maintain your dog’s appearance. They also have a deep understanding of your dog’s unique needs based on their breed, and will use the appropriate grooming supplies. You only need a few common, inexpensive items like a brush and toothbrush.
Once the puppy is old enough to receive its first set of core vaccines, they will need additional injections until reaching sixteen weeks old.
Worry-free Nail Trimming
Trimming your dog’s nails can be stressful. Many owners aren’t sure what length to trim the nails, and dogs don’t typically enjoy their paws being handled. Dogs can get nervous and try to get away, which can result in trimming their nails too short. Groomers are trained to handle anxious dogs, and know exactly how short to cut their nails.
Maintaining Good Health
Groomers are trained to look for symptoms of a variety of health concerns. Infections, parasites, lumps, and skin dryness or discoloration can be identified by a trained professional but may be hard to detect on your own.
Let Someone Else Handle the “Gross” Stuff
If your dog goes outside, he or she will inevitably get messy. Running through the mud, getting sprayed by a skunk, and other unpleasant grooming issues are handled by someone else. Expressing the anal glands is also important to your dog’s health and should be performed by a professional.
Providing Helpful Advice
After grooming and assessing your pet, a groomer can also offer helpful advice. A simple dietary change can improve dull, thinning fur and dry or oily skin. Other day-to-day maintenance tips can keep your dog looking and feeling its best between grooming appointments.
Preparing Your Dog for Its First Grooming Appointment
Dogs can be nervous around new people or places, and sometimes object to having their paws touched. Preparing your dog for grooming appointments, especially the first one, will improve their overall experience.
Start exposing him or her to tools commonly used by the groomer like a brush, hair dryer, and nail clippers. Start bringing your pet to the groomers at an early age, or perform grooming maintenance at home on a regular basis. Your pup won’t be as nervous if the tools and practices are commonplace.
You can also reward your dog with treats for positive behavior before and after their appointment. A positive experience will reduce anxiety for future visits.
How often should I get my dog groomed?
The frequency of grooming appointments will depend on your dog’s breed, hair length, activity level, and environment. Dogs with long or thick hair may need to be brushed and maintained more often than dogs with short hair. Your dog should not be washed too often, though, as bathing them can strip their fur of beneficial oils.
Most dog owners can wait one to three months in between grooming appointments. Our Covina dog grooming professionals will be able to recommend a grooming schedule after your pet’s first visit.
Should I try to groom my dog myself?
Dog grooming is more involved than simply trimming nails and brushing fur. Dog groomers are trained to make your dog feel comfortable, check for certain health problems, and provide any breed-specific care. Our groomers will also work with your schedule. You can set appointments that work best with your schedule, and simply pick up your dog when they are finished.
The time and supplies associated with grooming at home is not significantly more cost effective than getting your dog professionally groomed. Although some at-home maintenance is encouraged in between grooming appointments, you should still bring in your furry friend as recommended by the groomer.
What to Do In Between Grooming Appointments
A few general practices will keep your dog healthy and happy in between trips to the groomers. Prevent matting by brushing your dog’s hair approximately once per week.
Just like humans, oral hygiene is also important for dogs. Ideally you should brush your pet’s teeth every day. Start brushing as a puppy to reduce anxiety or discomfort.
Wrinkly dogs should have skin folds checked and cleaned weekly to alleviate bacteria or infections. Clean their ears around once per week with a moist cotton ball.
Keep an eye on your pet’s skin and fur, and report any changes or areas of concern to your groomer.
Dog Grooming in Covina
Affordable Animal Hospital Covina is already your best resource for vaccinations, spay and neuter services, dental care, and more. Our animal hospital is a clean and safe environment for your beloved dog. Our staff cares deeply about dogs, and our groomers are no exception. We are proud to be a resource for everything related to your dog’s health and wellbeing.