The Value of Dog Grooming

“You mean people pay you to wash dogs; ha ha imagine that”

People’s conceptions about dog grooming are changing; where once people imagined that only fancy show poodles needed grooming, now most people realise that all dogs require a certain amount of maintenance, from the smallest Jack Russell to huge hairy Newfoundlands. Most of our work is the average ‘Joe Soap’s’ pet dog. That ‘little fella’ that digs up your garden or helps out by taking the clothes off the line for you. A lot of our clients are pedigree breeds but just as many are cross breeds.

A large portion of the general public believes that grooming a dog is just popping the dog in the bath 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. If your groomer is competent, then from the moment your dog enters the salon with you it is being assessed, but you are probably not even aware it is 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. For example you might not notice your four legged friend standing with a more arched back, which could possibly indicate a back/disc problem. A foul smell can be anything from a dirty bum to an ear infection or a piece of stick caught between the dog’s teeth. While your pet is being groomed we handle every square inch of their body.

We can be an early warning system, bringing to your attention lumps, bumps, sores, old wounds, torn nails and skin problems. Sometimes we might find restricted movement in joints and limbs which can be early indications of conditions that vets can help provide relief for. The list is endless.

We can offer advice on a huge variety of problems connected with your pet, such as training, diet, exercise, choice of dog, boarding and maybe even helping you to deal with the passing of a pet.

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 ear will then be cleaned and if your dog requires veterinary help to treat an infection you will be advised of this. His teeth and gums will be looked at to see if you need to consider some dental treatment with your vet or whether giving Fido a bone to chomp will keep his teeth clean. His nails will be checked and trimmed if necessary. Large hard plugs, which can form from hair and dirt between the pads (which must 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 suits you, your pet and his lifestyle, keeping him comfortable until his next grooming session. His collar will be checked for wear and tear, to make sure it is still performing safely.

This is only a brief summary of a dog’s 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 that your hairdresser does not give you a pedicure/manicure or any of the extras doggies get and most importantly your hairdresser only concerns themselves with the hair on your head!