It is a pet owner’s responsibility to maintain good skin and coat condition for their pet. One of the five animal welfare needs as stated in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is " the need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease". This includes regular brushing and combing to prevent your dog from becoming matted, which could lead to pain, suffering and disease from the mats; in worse cases dogs have had limbs removed from serious matting . The comb should be able to run freely through the coat.
With regular grooming either at home or in a salon the coat should always be matt free. Most dog parents think that brushing their dog with a brush is sufficient, however after brushing you should comb through to make sure the comb runs through the coat without snagging. The matts generally form at the base of the fur, next to the skin which a brush will just 'run over', hence, owners think they are brushed. Regular grooming will promote the following advantages for your fur baby.
If grooming your dog becomes more of a chore than a pleasure then why not bring them along to Bloomingtails Grooming so we can do the had work for you!
If you chose not to groom your dog it can cause a dull or greasy coat which leads to itching. Shedding hair will mean more loose hair around your home. It can also cause the following:
Many pet owners don't realise how much grooming is a vital part of owning a dog when they buy or rescue their four legged friend. In the days when dogs were feral, pack animals they would groom themselves from the environment they were in e.g. rubbing themselves in dirt or brushing themselves when passing through bushes. Now that the dog has become our family pet, they are unable to do this and it is up to their humans to do it for them.