Poodles N Pooches Dog Grooming Service in Bromely, West Wickham, Orpington, Locksbottom

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All dogs need and appreciate regular grooming. Grooming not only helps your dog look his best but also keeps him clean and healthy. These sessions not only stimulate the circulation and improve muscle tone, but also give you the opportunity to check for any potential problems such as lumps, bumps or mats or external parasites. Other benefits also include the removal of excess hairs from his coat that may end up on your furniture or carpet and of course the chance to spend extra time with your dog, therefore increasing the bond between the two of you.


Coat condition is also a good indicator of overall health and an ideal opportunity for you to notice any changes in your dog’s coat.
Normally, the coat should be sleek and glossy. Consequently, if there are any changes, this may be an early sign of health changes and we would advise discussing these changes with your veterinary surgery.

Certain breeds may require more grooming than others. For instance, longhaired dogs may require clipping on a regular basis as well as a daily routine. Basic equipment may differ with each coat-type as well. Longhaired dogs may need a long tooth comb, whereas short-haired dogs may need a coarse brush. However, grooming may be quite painful for some dogs, particularly if they are not used to being groomed or are experiencing health issues. Even if you think you are being very gentle your dog may feel otherwise. This can lead to a negative experience for your dog and make the sessions worse each time you attempt to groom him.

In cases such as these a soft grooming mitt or rubber brush coupled with some tips, should make this experience easier for both of you.
If you experiencing difficulties, please email our team for advice.

Grooming checklist:

Brushing:
We would suggest grooming your dog at least once a day. A ten-minute session is normally adequate for most short-medium breeds of dogs. However, a long-haired dog may require slightly longer.

Feet & Nails:
Examine your dog’s feet daily (particularly long-haired breeds), to check for any matts or foreign objects between the toes (burrs/grass-seeds). Nails may need to be clipped if not being adequately worn down by daily activity. This may be something that you can do at home, however should you need any assistance, your vet will be able to provide you with some tips.

Skin:
Run your hands over your dog’s coat to check for any lumps, bumps or matts. Should you find anything out of the ordinary, please discuss this with your vet.

Fleas:
It is uncommon to find adult fleas on living on your pet as they prefer the to live in the environment and then periodically jump on your dog for food! However, you may find small black particles on your dogs skin, these may be deposits of flea dirt. If your dog has fleas, we would suggest discussing a flea-control program with your veterinary surgery.

Ticks:
These are small white parasites that gorge on your dog’s blood. They can be easily picked up from certain park areas or places that have dense vegetation. If you find one of these, they need to be removed very carefully so as to disconnect the whole part of the tick. Your vet will be able to do this