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A large portion of the general public believes grooming a dog is just popping the dog in the bath and running a clipper over them and that's the grooming procedure complete. This could not be further from the truth. Your groomer is a very valuable addition to your dog's life. From the moment your dog enters the salon with you, it is being assessed but you are probably not even aware of it happening. Many health problems and issues can be brought to an owner's attention. Living with your dog day in day out it can be difficult to notice small changes. A foul smell can be anything from a dirty bum to an ear infection. While your pet is being groomed we handle every square inch of their body. We can be an added early warning system by bringing to your attention lumps, bumps, sores, old wounds, torn nails, skin problems, restricted movement in joints an limbs which can be early indications of conditions that vets can help provide relief for...The list can be endless!!
So your little friend is being groomed today. Did you know that while he is being worked on that his ears will be checked and any excess hair, which can lead to problems, will be removed. The ears will then be cleaned and if your dog requires veterinary help to treat an infection you will be advised of this. His nails will be trimmed and can be filed down if requested. Large hard plugs which can form from hair and dirt between the pads which feel like walking with stones in your shoes will be removed for your dogs comfort. All around his privates will be clipped and cleaned for ongoing hygiene at home. His skin and coat will be assessed for the most suitable shampoo. His coat will be attended to whether he is being brushed out or put into a clipped style. Your groomer needs to base their decision on how to best maintain his coat in a style that suite you, and your pet, and his lifestyle keeping him comfortable until his next grooming session.
This is only a brief summary of a dogs day out at the groomers...we haven't even mentioned anal glands............
So next time you collect Fido and wonder about his day and the price you pay bear in mind your hairdresser dose not give you a pedicure, much less touch anal area or any of the extras doggies get...and most importantly they only concern them selves with the hair on your head!!
I hope this may help you understand what all a groomer does while your loved pet is at Pretty Paws.