How Often Should I Groom My Pet?

Having your pet groomed is an  important aspect to keeping it healthy and looking good. Grooming keeps your pet clean and is good for their paws, skin, coat, ears, and other parts of the body. Here at Dallas Mobile Pet Spaw, we’ve had pet parents ask us how often they need to groom their dogs. The truth is, there’s no universal answer. The frequency of grooming depends on various factors that are peculiar to your pet. In this article, we’ll review a few of those factors and explain why grooming is so important.

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Consider Your Pet’s Coat

The nature of your pet’s coat is a major determinant of how often they should be groomed. Short-haired pets, for instance, only need to be groomed every season which is about four times per year. This is because their hair is less likely to become matted or collect dirt. For pets with long hair, double coats, or thick undercoats, you need to have them groomed more often. 

 

Aside from the length, the condition of your pet’s coat will also determine how often you need to have them groomed. Pets with a coat that gets tangled and matted easily (such as silky-coated pets and pets with curly and wavy coats) will need more frequent grooming at least once every 4 to 6 weeks. Frequent grooming can also help reduce shedding.

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Allergies

If your pet has allergies that affect their coat or skin due to grooming (or a lack of it), you need to adjust the frequency of grooming accordingly. Some pets’ allergies may help with more frequent grooming, while other pets may experience more irritation caused by grooming. Pay attention to your pet’s symptoms and speak to your veterinarian or an expert pet groomer in Dallas for insights about a routine that would work best for your pet.

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Your Environment

If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, then you will need to have it washed and groomed more often. This will help get rid of dirt, pollen, and bugs that they might pick up on their coats. Pets that spend most of their time indoors won’t need as much grooming as those that live primarily outdoors.

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Your Budget

Some pet groomers are more expensive than others, which means you need to determine how much you’re willing to spend. If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to go for routines that maximize each session. You may also learn simple techniques that you can use to keep your pet’s coat clean and healthy on your own at home.

At Dallas Mobile Pet Spaw, we are passionate about helping  your pets remain healthy and happy. This is why we offer mobile pet grooming services. Our groomers can come to you anywhere in Dallas to give your beloved pet a good wash and to trim and brush its coat. Schedule an appointment today to get your pet’s coat neat and shiny.