Top 10 Reasons for Grooming Your Dog:
1. Crust in the corner of the eyes may cause sores that can lead to your pet's discomfort. These sores can only heal after removing the thick crust upon regular grooming.
2. Long and overgrown nails can force your dog to walk on the sides of their pads. In the long run, this contributes to arthritis in the legs and hips.
3. Matted hair pulls and causes pain for your pet, creates a breeding environment for fleas and ticks, and also may create sores on your pets skin.
4. Some dog's ears have hair deep within the inner canals that need to be removed every four to six weeks. If left unattended it will cause ear infections for your pet. Also groomers will remove the hair from your pets anal areas which can serve as hosting areas for nesting fleas
5. Groomers can be your 1st line of defense when it comes to any skin conditions, ear infections or other abnormalities your pet may have. This could quite possibly extend your pets health plus save you money at the vet’s office by catching a problem before it gets too bad.
6. Dogs cool off by panting and by air circulating around and through their pads, long hair impairs that ability. This hair is removed during the grooming process.
7. Bathing your dog without first brushing can create small, tight knots referred to as pin knots. All dogs are thoroughly de-matted during the grooming process.
8. Some breeds have undercoats that build from shedding within. The outer and inner coat become thickly packed and form thick mats that are extremely hard to remove. Groomers have the proper tools and training to thoroughly remove undercoat, loose hair and cleanse skin to decrease shedding and dander.
9. A clean and well-groomed pet is just plain good hygiene. Plus while you are relaxing your groomer will create a soft, sweet-smelling and more kissable companion.
10. Your pet will be feel better and thank you!
Top Ten Reasons Why It Costs More To Get Your Pet Groomed Than Your Own Hair Cut:
1. Your hairdresser doesn’t wash and clean your rear end
2. You don’t go eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair
3. Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a sanitary trim
4. Your hairdresser doesn’t clean your ears
5. Your hairdresser doesn’t remove the boogies from your eyes
6. Your sit still for your hairdresser
7. Your haircut doesn’t include a manicure or a pedicure
8. Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head
9. You don’t bite or scratch your hairdresser
10. The likelihood of your pooping on the hairdresser is pretty slim
Top 10 Reasons to Have a Pet:
1. Pets promote social interaction. We all know the cliché of the guy with the cute dog in the park, sitting on a bench and all the passing women stopping by to pet the pooch which inevitably leads to a chat with the owner. But hey, it’s a cliché for a reason – it works!
2. Pets encourage exercise, especially rambunctious puppies.
3. Pets are non-judgmental, and (dogs) love you without condition. Cats….are a bit more finicky, but still love you if you treat them well. And neither will care what you look like or accomplished that day.
4. Pets encourage laughter and playfulness, reminding us not to take life too seriously.
5. Pets help with depression and loneliness. Someone depressed will focus on themselves. A pet gives that person an outward focus, a purpose and someone to care for. In return they get back loads of love and affection.
6. Children growing up with pets develop more empathy. This could be because children view animals as peers and understand them better than adults. They learn to read animals’ body language, and unlike adults, animals don’t pretend or play psychological games. Once children have grown, they will better be able to read the body language of people and their empathy will carry over.
7. Mental stimulation. Animals encourage social interaction which triggers memories and encourages communication.
8. Reduced blood pressure. Studies have found that having a pet actually reduces blood pressure and triglycerides.
9. Physical touch. Infants who are not touched enough, fail to develop well, both physically and emotionally. Touch is very important for the mind and spirit, however, many people are wary of touching even family members. Pets are a safer alternative for some. And in hospitals, where touch is usually scary, painful or invasive, a pet is a non-threatening and warm alternative.
10. Relaxation. Know why so many dentists and doctors have a fish tank in their waiting room? Being in the presence of an animal (unless it’s an upset grizzly) and even watching fish swim is relaxing and can help calm hyperactive children. Studies have shown that with many people it decreases heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, take some of this advice on keeping calm throughout the day.
Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet:
1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3. Your spayed female won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.