Giving your dog a daily groom is a sensible idea for lots of reasons. Not only does it reduce the impact of doggy hairs and dirt around the house, it also gives you a chance to do a simple daily health check. As you brush or comb through the coat or fur, you can see if the skin underneath is looking healthy. Any unusual lumps or bumps, dry skin or rashes need to be kept an eye on. In the winter, check feet and paws for dryness or damage and that claws and nails are a healthy length. When there’s been snow, it can create ice balls around the feet and under the elbow and cause discomfort, so it’s a good idea to make sure the pads or sensitive areas of skin are not looking raw after a good long wintery walk. It only takes a couple of minutes to do these simple checks but it should be a good ‘together’ time for you and your pet.
Regular grooms are great health checks. If your pets’ coat, skin or nails don’t look healthy, always check with your vet for advice.