"Grooming helps pets look good and it’s good for their health."
Firstline - July 16, 2012It turns out a regular fluff of the fur or a trim of the nails is good for pets’ health. According to Animal Hospital of Onslow County’s Dave Altman, DVM, pet owners who view grooming merely as a way of making their animals look and smell nice may not understand the veterinary necessity of such procedures. Altman says grooming is also an essential part of preventive care. And, he says, regular grooming can prove invaluable for early detection and prevention of many health problems.
Bathing and hair care procedures.These allow the veterinary team to learn a lot about the current state of a pet's health, making it easy to examine the skin for any signs of trouble such as hot spots, lumps, or obvious infections. The team can also determine whether the pet suffers from flea, tick, or mite infestations. Altman says the mere act of bathing can do wonders for the skin by removing pests and cleansing the skin surfaces of oils that serve as bacteria.
Most pet owners trim their pets’ nails to preserve furniture and flooring, but this kind of grooming can also preserve a pet’s health. However, indoor pets do not wear their nails down as easily, so the nails get longer until they eventually catch on something and tear away from the paw. This is not only painful, Altman says, but it gives bacteria a chance to enter, especially if the pet licks the wound. So regular nail trimming can help prevent this type of injury.
Skin and Coat Issues.
The relationship between diet and skin and coat health cannot be ignored. If you notice itchy, flaky, dry or red skin, and/or a dull coat, ask us about how nutrition can influence these conditions. We would be happy to discuss healthy food choices for your pet.
Your groomer is your first line of defense when protecting your animal. By scheduling your monthly appointments you can make certain that your beloved dog or cat is getting the best care possible!