When we think about our dogs’ health, and we are sure the groomers follow us will understand, most dog lovers don’t consider grooming a critical component to a dog’s health. If that’s you, don’t panic. That’s what these articles we post are for; to educate you further to be able to provide your dog with the best life possible.
In this article, we are going to discuss the grooming process as an introduction to the grooming world.
All breeds require some type of grooming, but there are some who require more than others depending upon their breed, age, and/or health.
The First Visit to the Dog Groomer: What to Expect
During your first visit, a good groomer will ask for information about you and your dog. The information on the form will likely include:
- Your family veterinarian
- Your cell phone number
- An extra emergency contact
- Your dog’s history
- Vaccination requirements
If you bring in a puppy, she should have, at minimum, her first two sets of vaccinations completed.
What Kind of Tools are Used in Dog Grooming?
There’s nothing really out of the ordinary used to groom your dog. The type of tools used may vary depending upon coat type, matting in the fur, etc. Common tools include:
- A variety of brushes to suit your dog’s unique coat
- Grooming tables
- Shedding blade (to remove dead hair- not used to cut the fur)
- Specialized dryers
Do Groomers Only Take Care of Fur?
No, groomers do much more than simply care for your dog’s coat. The groomer also does nail trims to prevent pressure while walking. Uncut nails can lead to curling over the toes. Curling leads to pain, infection, and potentially puncture wounds in the paw pads.
Dental care is also often a part of the grooming process. Dogs rarely allow their teeth to be brushed by their pet parent, so groomers are often sure to make this happen.
Depending on your groomer, she or he may add perfume or ribbons to your dog’s lovely ‘spa day’ once she’s done.
How Long Does Dog Grooming Take?
Generally, you can expect the grooming process to be an average of 2-3 hours (dependent upon your dog).