How important are grooming and hygiene for my dog's health?

Grooming is essential. There are many skin conditions, ear conditions, and infections that can come about without the proper treatment and proper grooming techniques. So grooming is vital to a lot of different breeds' success in having a healthy life.

Dr. Antonio DeMarco
GoodVets - Kansas City

Do all dogs require grooming?

All dogs require some type of grooming. Grooming can involve just bathing, nail trimming, and teeth brushing. You can get as involved as complete shave downs in the summer with certain breeds and grooming with certain doodle cuts every few weeks. All dog breeds require some degree of grooming, whether a mild or more involved amount of it.

What do I need to do when grooming my dog?

Grooming at home can be an option. Some dogs need more professional help from an actual groomer, but bathing at home—nail trims, ear cleaning, and proper pad treatment can be the little things that we can do at home with grooming.

How does regular grooming contribute to the good health of my dog?

From a doctor's perspective, if we regularly groom, we have fewer broken nails, ear infections, and skin diseases in terms of infections from matting. So proper grooming can improve the health of your dog overall.

How soon should I start to groom my dog?

That's a good question for a groomer, but from a veterinary standpoint, anything we can start to do when they are younger can help with how the dog reacts to the grooming experience. Touching feet for nail trims, beginning to touch ears, getting them used to ear cleanings, basic bathing techniques—these all help to get them used to the whole process, which can help the groomer later on, when they are cutting, shaving, and enlisting the different techniques that need to be used.

What should I do for my puppy's first grooming?

Good question. Many groomers handle puppy cuts, especially on the face of some of these really hairy dogs. Nail trims are vital, so you want to get them used to that and decrease the unlikeness of them reacting badly to those things.

How often should my dog be groomed?

Every breed is different. I have a short-haired dog that probably needs to be bathed every four to six weeks but doesn't need much more than that and the nail trim. And then we have some of the dogs that come to our groomer that get in every two to four weeks. And that is a recommendation based on a groomer.

What dog grooming services does GoodVets provide?

Here at GoodVets, we provide full-spectrum grooming. We do have a groomer. Each hospital has unique individual grooming things that they can do, from just bathing to grooming. So I would consult your local GoodVets or your local animal hospital for more information.

If you still have other questions and you'd like to reach out to us, you can call us directly at (816) 239-8853, you can email us, or you can reach out on Facebook. But please do reach out, and we'll get back to you as fast as we can.

Dog Grooming - FAQs

Dr. Antonio DeMarco
GoodVets - Kansas City

Is there such a thing as bathing a dog too often?

Yes, you can bathe a dog too often. Dogs naturally have some oil production in their skin and their hair coat to keep them nice and healthy. If we strip that too frequently, you can cause dry skin, itching, and further problems. So I try to limit it every one week to two weeks for bathing.

Is it better to groom your dog at home or have it done by a professional groomer?

Every dog is different. Some dogs need professional grooming help. Some dogs can just require bathing and nail trims at home. I would consult your veterinarian and your groomer for more advice.

Does my dog need to be vaccinated and on flea control to go to the groomer?

Great question. Here at Good Vets, we have a list of requirements to get our services with grooming or just our bathing services. Each grooming facility and hospital may have different requirements, so check with them, but I would advise having them up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm, flea, and tick prevention.

If my dog has behavior problems, will they be welcomed by a groomer?

This is another good question that we often run into. Some dogs get very nervous or anxious in those situations. Sometimes we need medical intervention to help them calm down with their anxiety. Sometimes here at Good Vets, we try to do some fear-free practicing. Each dog has specific things and requirements they may need. Talk to your veterinarian and with the groomer to find the best answer for your dog and situation.

If you still have other questions and you'd like to reach out to us, you can call us directly at (816) 239-8853, you can email us, or you can reach out on Facebook. But please do reach out, and we'll get back to you as fast as we can.

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