How often should I get my dog groomed?
Although we love our dogs and want the best for them, taking their hygiene completely in our hands is not the best option. Bathing them may be easy, but you might not know what kind of shampoo is best for your dog, let alone how to properly trim its coat or clip its nails. The groomer must know about the characteristics of each breed's coat, the delicate areas and the type of blade to use, which cannot be done by just anyone, if they do not know the profession.
For this reason, the best and safest thing to do for your dog is to take them to a dog groomer. But, how often is it necessary?
If you want to take your dog you should know first that frequent bathing of dogs is not recommended because it is bad for the health of their skin. Depending on the dog and the products used, some dogs can be bathed weekly. However, sometimes owners go to the extreme of wanting to bathe them daily to keep them “healthier”, which is not necessarily true and could even cause severe damage to their skin. And then we also have some professionals who suggest 1 or 2 times a year...
Although there are extremes at both ends, the general consensus is once per month. Of course, there are exceptional occasions when a bath is necessary. For example, if your dog wanted to rub itself in a mud puddle, if it was in contact with any substance that could irritate its skin and cause discomfort or if your dog suffers from a dermatological condition the veterinarian may recommend more frequent medicated baths.
Your groomer and veterinarian can help you recognize your dog’s needs and advise you on the best course of action.
If you don’t take your dog to the groomer, it’s more probable that its hair will become tangled and overgrown. Besides, it is necessary for hygienic and aesthetic reasons.
During the summer the heat increases and your dog is more prone to fleas and ticks, but with a good grooming service you can prevent these parasites from sticking to your dog.
Some breeds tend to accumulate more hair during winter seasons. When winter finishes, this extra fur can become irritating, tangled and cause your dog to overheat, but proper grooming will relieve and refresh your pet.
As we know, each breed has special needs according to its skin type. Dog grooming salons like My Dog Spot have professionals who know how to identify the right products for pet care. In addition, it is advisable to have your pet's coat checked regularly by a professional to rule out any possible skin disease.
Dog groomers offer important services such as ear cleaning and anal gland expression. If you aren’t 100 percent sure how to do these things properly, you should bring them to a professional. Doing it incorrectly can cause harm to the dog.
You can also learn some grooming tips to brush your dog at home, for example. How often and what tools to use varies widely depending on the breed so you can learn about home grooming care from experts. Our groomers at My Dog Spot who will be happy to teach you!
As you can see, there are many benefits you can get from taking your dog to the groomer even if you haven’t been before, or prefer to do most of the work yourself. We know that grooming isn’t just a bath or a haircut, it’s part of the comprehensive care and wellbeing of your pet.
In summary, there’s no one set rule for how often you should groom your dog, because it depends on his or her individual needs and lifestyle. Does he have a coarse straight coat or a curly soft one? Do you like to go to the beach or prefer to walk around town?
Knowing how to choose your groomer is also important so you and your dog have the best possible experience.
At My Dog Spot we provide a professional, personalized grooming experience for your pet that takes into account his or her needs and well-being, establishing a good relationship between the groomer and your dog. We have packages, and individual services to fit your needs. Contact us if you are interested!