Around 70% of Americans have a pet.
No wonder! Domesticated animals bring humans so much joy, company, and happiness. But, caring for a dog is a big responsibility that requires a lot of time and effort.
Making sure your dog is properly cared for requires more than just a quick walk and a bowl of food. This is a lifelong commitment to looking after a furry friend.
Are you properly grooming your pooch? In this article, we'll look at signs that it's time to get your dog professionally groomed. Let's get started:
1. Your Dog Is Starting to Smell
Has your pup rolled in something unpleasant on one of your daily walks? Or, maybe they are just a little stinky this month?
It's recommended that you wash your dog whenever it begins to smell. We recommend that you wash your dog every 6-8 weeks at the minimum to keep their skin and coat healthy, and shedding to a minimum. But, if you live in a small apartment and don't have a garden, this is a tricky process to complete on your own!
Our professional dog groomers have the tools required to bathe your pooch at home properly. Afterward, your furry baby will smell a lot better and cuddles can recommence.
2. Your Pooch Is Always Shedding
If you have a heavy shedding dog breed such as an Afghan Hound or Golden Retriever, you'll be used to seeing large balls of fluff floating around your home.
But, if this is happening a lot more than normal and you're seeing an increase in the fur around your home, it's time for a blowout and/or trim. Chat to your groomer about how they will resolve this shedding issue. One option is a shedless treatment which helps reduce shedding and maintains a healthy coat. It also keeps the hair shaft strong and healthy to prevent excessive hair loss.
Dogs usually shed more in spring as they get rid of their winter coats. To preempt a lot of vacuuming, take your dog to groomers as soon as the weather begins to get warmer.
3. Your Pup Has Itchy or Flakey Skin
Is your doggo always itching and scratching? This is a clear sign that it's time to speak to a professional groomer. Perhaps your pooch has fleas or is struggling with a skin condition.
A groomer will be able to advise you on products that you can use to alleviate the itch for your pooch.
The simple answer to your dog's scratching may be that it simply needs to visit the groomers more regularly to remove dead skin and fur. But, it is also a good idea to chat to your vet next time you visit so they can examine your dog's skin closely.
Caring for a Dog Takes Priority
Of course, there are many more signs that it's time to take your dog to the groomers. For example, its claws may be too long, or fur may be completely covering its eyes.
Don't wait to see a professional as an unkempt dog may be feeling uncomfortable. Caring for a dog is an expensive, lifelong job, but it's worth it for the love and company that your pooch provides you with.
Are you looking for an in-home pet groomer in Portland? Get in touch today and give your pooch the VIP treatment it deserves!
Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is an all women led and operated Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon.