Apr 15, 2024 | By, For Pet's Sake

Fleas, fur, and funk: 5 signs it’s time for a groomer visit and a few at-home grooming tips

Having a shiny and clean coat is one of the many ways to show love to our pets, which includes regular bathing, haircuts, and nail trims. At-home grooming is an option for many pet owners for its convenience and price; however, it is important to take your pet to the groomer when needed.

Luckily, cats are self-grooming, and dogs usually need professional grooming every six to eight weeks, depending on their size, breed, and activity level. Still, there are times when your furry friend’s coat may be too much for your average at-home clipper. Here are a few warning signs your pet needs a spa day, as well as a few at-home grooming tips.

Signs your pet needs to be professionally groomed

  1. Matted fur: Like humans, your pet’s hair also needs to be detangled, which, if not regularly done so, can lead to debris buildup, causing infections and other parasites. Prevent matting and tangling by brushing your pet’s fur constantly, especially after baths, and take them to a professional groomer to ensure all tangles are removed.
  2. Overgrown nails: Sufficient walks and exercise should naturally keep your pet’s nails trimmed; however, if they grow too long, it is time for a groomer visit. Long, overgrown nails can hinder your pet’s movement and cause them pain.
  3. Fleas and ticks: A fresh shave can remove fleas, ticks, and other parasites stuck in your pet’s fur, preventing them from spreading to other parts of their body. Signs of pests include excessive scratching, red or inflamed skin, and sores. Eliminate further health issues and prevent potential spreading by cutting infected areas immediately.
  4. Smelly ears: Ear wax build-up emits an unpleasant smell, and professional groomers can deep clean your pet’s ears to prevent further infections.
  5. Poop buildup: Constipation and other bowel buildups can leave your pet smelly and in pain. If the issue persists, take your pet to a vet immediately.

At-home grooming tips

If your pet is between groomer visits, here are a few at-home tips to hold you over.

Whether you’re giving your pup the beauty treatment for a dog show, trimming your cat’s nails, or simply detangling the stubborn furs of a Goldendoodle, your pet will look and feel fabulous with consistent at-home grooming and scheduled professional visits, and your carpets, couches, and wallet will certainly thank you.

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