While professional grooming is a simple way to help keep your furry friend's coat smooth and shiny, there are many other benefits to this service as well. Here, our Rochester vets talk about how grooming and bathing can keep your dog or cat's fur smooth and tangle-free as well as how it can help to ensure healthy skin and nails.

Professional Dog & Cat Grooming

Many pet owners depend on us to keep their pet's fur trimmed, healthy, and comfortable for all seasons. Regular professional grooming and bathing also keep the nails, coat, and skin looking and feeling great. But are you aware that grooming offers benefits beyond the obvious positives of looking and smelling fresh?

Your furry friend's healthcare routine should include regularly scheduled grooming sessions. This offers several benefits for your kitty or pup, from healthier eyes and skin to early detection of potential health problems.

Dog & Cat Grooming Basics

Here are some of the basic areas of care and benefits of bringing your dog or cat in for regular grooming sessions:

Feet, Paw Pads, & Nail Cleaning

Your dog or cat may grow excessive hair between their toes and paw pads, depending on the breed. To help keep these areas clean, the groomer will shave down the fur.

Healthier Skin & Coat 

To distribute the natural oils throughout the coat and keep it shiny, every dog or cat's coat should be brushed regularly. This will also encourage healthier skin. When your pet's coat is properly brushed, dead hair, dirt, and debris are removed. Brushing also allows for the removal and prevention of mats that can be the cause of serious discomfort in pets.

It also ensures even distribution of topical tick and flea preventative medicine, providing your pet full coverage against these parasites. 

Detection of Abnormalities 

Bald spots, growths, lumps, bumps, and cuts may sometimes appear on a pet's coat and skin. During the grooming session, our groomer will do a thorough inspection of these, paying special attention to the ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, and paws. This is another step in the process of ensuring problems are detected as soon as possible, so they can be treated early. 

Grooming a Cat or Dog With Special Circumstances & Needs

Certain cats and dogs may have behavioral concerns that make grooming and bathing a more difficult task. Senior pets may also have special physical needs as they age, while others are aggressive or fearful and need their groomer to use special tactics or practices while styling their fur. Our cat and dog groomer is experienced in handling pets with numerous and will be able to keep your friend safe during a grooming session. 

Caring For Your Dog or Cat's Ear

Some pet breeds are more likely to have hair grow deep within the ear canal. If this is true for your pet, their ears will need special attention with a monthly ear cleaning to help keep infections or irritation from occurring if bacteria gets trapped inside the ear.

We can let you know if we see redness or discharge so you can decide whether to have our vet determine whether the area is infected. 

Proper Treatment of Skin Conditions

We use a range of special shampoos for dogs with skin sensitivities, irritations, allergies, and parasites such as fleas and ticks. Our professional dog and cat groomers even have shampoo for dogs that have been sprayed by skunks.

This attention to the skin is important as many pet owners are unaware of what to look for when it comes to skin concerns.

Tools for Proper Cat & Dog Grooming 

From adjustable grooming tables designed specifically for pets to special clippers designed to get those errant nails and hair, our pet groomer has several tools on hand to make grooming safer and easier. This gives our clients peace of mind and saves you the time and frustration of effectively doing the job yourself. 

Ensuring a Stress-Free Bath

A dog's grooming routine should include monthly baths to ensure their coat is clean. We can complete this task in our special tub. We have different-sized tools we use based on dog breed and needs that can help us get this task done faster than you could at home, reducing the stress for your pup, and eliminating time spent and frustration for you.

 These are just some of the benefits of professional grooming sessions. If you have specific questions or needs, our dog and cat groomers will be happy to address them.

Pet Grooming & Bathing at Ridgemont Animal Hospital

Treat your furry friend to a Hydrosurge bath and brush out! These cat and dog grooming sessions in Rochester will have your pet looking their best.

The Hydrosurge Bathing System deep cleans and massages your pet's skin to remove loose hair and leave your pet feeling great!

Baths can be scheduled by appointment Monday through Friday. Drop-off time is between 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Pickup times will be scheduled at your convenience on the same day.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Would you like to schedule your furry friend in for a spa day? Contact our Rochester vets to book a grooming and bathing appointment.