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Bringing your pet in for regular pet grooming services here at Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic can do more than just keep your pets smelling fresh. Our professional groomers are also trained to notice any skin or coat symptoms that may indicate underlying health problems. Your pet’s specific personal hygiene needs will vary from other pets depending on whether you have a cat or a dog, and whether your pet is a long-haired, curly-haired or short-haired breed.
While your pet may at first be reluctant to submit to a regular pet bathing and brushing routine, making it a regular habit is a healthy choice that he or she will gradually learn to enjoy. We can help even the most nervous pet relax and look forward to these appointments. Pets also learn to associate our pet grooming services with feeling cooler, cleaner and more comfortable.
When pets are not regularly brushed, a number of health issues can develop, or not be caught in a timely manner. Matting can be a very uncomfortable and problematic condition of the skin and coat. When the coat is not regularly brushed out, oils, dirt and hair knots can tangle the hair and tug on the skin. Fleas, ticks and other pests can get into these mats, causing more problems for you and your pet. Long- and curly-haired breeds are particularly susceptible to these problems and need more frequent brushing and pet bathing than short-haired breeds.
We can catch health problems before they become advanced when you bring your pet in for scheduled grooming. During brushing, bathing and trimming, we always watch out for any unusual lumps or masses as well as any skin irritations that could indicate allergies or insect bites. We also pay attention to any signs your pet may have ear trouble, or trouble with his or her toe pads. If we notice anything, we can bring it to your attention and then you can discuss a course of action for treatment.