Usually, pets are pretty vocal and will be sure to let you know when they need something. Cats will meow loudly at their food bowl when it’s time to eat, and dogs will bark for their leashes when it’s time for the daily walk. When it comes to your pet’s grooming, however, they tend to wait until something is bothering them to let you know.

It is up to you to be a proactive pet parent and be on the lookout for subtle signs that your pet needs grooming. While bathing your dog at home is a good and effective option, a professional groomer takes extra steps to keep your pet’s fur/coat, skin, nails, and ears healthy. 

Here are four signs your pet is due for a date with the groomer:

You Feel Matted Fur

Matting is when a pet’s fur tangles together into knots. If you’re feeling hard bumps or rigid hair throughout your pet’s coat, they could be experiencing matting. When mattes are left untreated, they can be painful, uncomfortable, and even cause a serious health risk. 

Mattes become harder to deal with over time, so getting them sorted early on before they’re serious can save both you and your pet a lot of stress. If a knot is not easy to detangle on your own, do NOT reach for scissors. Leave the trimming, shaving, and dematting to the professionals.

You Hear Clacking Claws

When you can hear your pet walking from room to room due to their clacking claws, it’s a sign that their nails are a little too long and could use a trim.

Your pet’s nails can be worn down naturally as they walk and run on the pavement; however, if your dog doesn’t spend much time outside, their nails may need a trim more frequently. 

It’s important to keep your dog and cat’s nails trimmed to avoid vein overgrowth, which can lead to discomfort and a higher risk of injury. 

While nail trimming can be done at home, some pets like to squirm and move which makes it more difficult. If your pet is the type that tries to escape the second they see the clippers, your best bet is to go to a professional dog groomer.

You Went on a Muddy Adventure

As we officially kick off the beginning of the Fall season, we will slowly start to see more rain, which ultimately means more puddles, mud, and opportunities for your pets to make a mess.

While it’s all fun and games for your pets as they are diving headfirst into muddy puddles, they often forget the dreaded bath that comes after. It’s easy to rinse them off in the bathtub at home, but, to get all the dirt, mud, and grime out, you’ll need something a bit more thorough. 

Your Pet is Scooting

“Scooting” or “butt dragging” is a common problem among dog owners, but it can occasionally happen to some cats. 

Scooting may mean that their anal glands are clogged, and professional pet groomers can softly express the glands to relieve them. This is definitely something you don’t want to try at home. 

If your pet is currently dealing with matted fur, clacking claws, or any of the above, schedule an appointment with our PawHootz groomer today: https://pawhootz.com/pet-grooming/ 

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