Pet Grooming: More Than Just a Pretty Coat

Pet Grooming: More Than Just a Pretty CoatWhen you think about pet grooming, what do you picture? The standard poodle with poofs, bows and a prissy strut ready for the doggie runway? Many people think dog grooming is only for show dogs or the prissier breeds. But grooming is important for every dog — and cats too! Here’s why.

Why Grooming Is Important

Getting your pet groomed isn’t only about presenting a pretty pup or cat to the outside world. Grooming provides a time to check your dog from head to toe and identify a variety of potential health concerns. Having your pet groomed on a regular schedule allows a groomer to find and address these concerns before they become major issues.

Groomers obviously care for your pet’s coat — thoroughly washing, brushing and trimming as needed. This alone reduces hairballs in cats and matting and other conditions in dogs. But many people think this is all that happens during a trip to the groomer — there’s much more!

What Groomers Check

Groomers get your pet clean and styled from head to toe, so it makes sense that during this time, they scan for potential concerns. Groomers check:

  • Skin – Groomers get your pet clean down to the skin and get a good glimpse of what’s going on under all that fur! They look for fleas, ticks and any areas of irritation, which can be symptoms of allergies, parasites, dry skin, etc.
  • Ears – Groomers clean ears and remove wax and build up. They will check to be sure there is no odor, redness or excessive buildup, all of which can denote allergies and infections. It’s a good idea to check your dog’s ears for any of these symptoms regularly on your own, as well.
  • Eyes – Groomers carefully clean the area around the eyes and check for redness, discharge or inflammation. Eye infections are rather common and are best caught in the early stages!
  • Teeth – Some groomers brush teeth, inspect gums for signs of inflammation or report on tartar buildup. Many veterinarians recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth daily. There are special oral supplies for pets available at pet specialty stores.
  • Nails – Groomers will trim your pet’s nails to prevent them from getting too long, cracking or breaking, or becoming ingrown.

Making Time for a Grooming Trip

If you’re like many of us, taking your dog to the groomer gets trumped by meetings, kids’ sports and general errands. Maybe it’s easy to drop them off on the way to work, but leaving mid-day to pick them up and cart them home is just too much. Let Errand Works help you out! Drop your pet (weighing 25 pounds or less) at the vet or groomer, and leave the carrier for us. We’ll handle the pickup and drop your pet off to you wherever is most convenient!

Pet Grooming: More Than Just a Pretty CoatCheck a few things off your to-do list with our extensive service offerings. Not only can we simplify the grooming process, but we can handle prescription drop off and pick up, grocery shopping, dry cleaning runs and even accompanying seniors to medical appointments. Call us today to get started!

Errand Works, LLC, is licensed, bonded and insured. Every errand runner must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each errand runner is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the surrounding areas.