While you may be experienced at grooming your pet at home, there are various benefits to taking your dog to the groomer. Having your pet professionally groomed can help you save time and energy. Whether you have a fluffy or long-haired dog, or one with lots of energy or behavioral issues, grooming at home can be a daunting task.

What Does a Professional Grooming Include?

When you take your pet to be groomed, your pet will typically be brushed, bathed, and dried, and their fur will be trimmed. They will have any mats combed out before bathing to make lathering them with soap easier.

Your dog will have its ears cleaned to remove any buildup. The groomer will also check the ears for signs of infection. After washing, they are dried off, and then they will be trimmed, clipped, or shaved depending on their needs or your request. Typically they will be trimmed over the eyes, on the bottoms of the feet, and at the tips of the ears as needed. The groomer will then brush their teeth and trim their nails.

How Often Does My Dog Need to be Groomed?

It is recommended that you have your dog professionally groomed once a month. The frequency will vary based on the breed, type of coat, and length of your dog’s coat. If you have a younger dog or a puppy, we recommend that your brush the dog more at home or have them more frequently groomed to desensitize them to being handled, so they are well-behaved at grooming sessions as they grow up. Between grooming sessions, you can brush your dog once a week to help reduce shedding and prevent mats.

Benefits of Taking Your Dog to the Groomer

There are a variety of reasons you should take your dog to the groomer, including:

Groomers Will Fit into Your Schedule
With the busy everyday grind, you may find it difficult to fit grooming your dog yourself into your schedule. The great thing about groomers is that they are typically located locally, and you can drop them off, go run some errands, and pick them up later. You may even be able to utilize a grooming shop or in-house groomer at your doggie daycare, boarding facility, or veterinarian’s office. You may even be able to find a mobile grooming service that will come directly to your home to complete grooming services.

Groomers Have the Proper Tools
A professional groomer will have the right scissors, brushes, various clippers, and even an adjustable grooming table to accommodate dogs of all sizes, things that the average dog owner doesn’t have at home.

Your groomer will also have the right shampoos for dogs with different conditions such as irritations, skin allergies, and fleas and ticks. Your groomer will also know the best way to trim and cut your pet to make them look their best!

They Will Handle the Grosser Side of Grooming
Removing fleas or ticks, shampooing a muddy or a skunk-sprayed dog, or cleaning anal glands is gross, and it is not something many of us would want to do. When you use a professional groomer’s services, they will handle tasks like this, so you don’t have to!

Groomers are Well-Trained to Handle Dogs
If you have a dog that becomes anxious when they are groomed, they may need to be sedated for grooming. While this cannot be done at home, your local groomer can handle this task. Your groomer may also notice an unrecognized injury or lump and can bring it to your attention. If you have physical limitations such as back pain that prevent you from lifting your dog, a professional groomer can prevent you from having to handle your pet for grooming.

How do I Find a Groomer?

Talk with your friends or ask your veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro for dog groomer recommendations. You can also complete a Google search for “dog groomers near me” to help you find local groomers to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more!