The Importance of Grooming to Pet Health

Anyone who has had a long-haired cat or extra fluffy dog knows the importance of grooming and how it can impact a pet’s health. 

Many of PAWS NY clients have trouble keeping up with grooming their pets, which is why we work to provide volunteers to routinely help with such tasks, in addition to cleaning out litter boxes and helping walk dogs. PAWS NY also partners with local groomers across NYC to handle the bigger tasks like haircuts and baths.

Romeo Grooming Harlem Doggie Day Spa
Brian from Harlem Doggie Day Spa with PAWS NY Pup Romeo

Grooming & Pet Health

Regular brushing is beneficial for all pets, keeping their coats free of tangles and shiny, plus it also helps stimulate blood flow to the skin. Additionally, it’s important to make sure your pet’s nails are trimmed on a regular basis. The American Kennel Club has a great guide for how to trim your dog’s nails safely and the ASPCA has a guide for cats as well.

Additionally, pet owners should monitor things like dental health and clean ears! Checking a cat’s ears for wax and debris can help keep infection away, and brushing a pet’s teeth can help prevent health issues down the line. Consult your veterinarian for support with any of these grooming issues.

Muffin Sugar grooming Animal Loving Care
PAWS Pup Muffin Sugar before & after her groom with Animal Loving Care in Brooklyn

Professional Groomers

Professional groomers aren’t just worried about appearances. Not only do they help clean and prevent matted fur—which can contribute to other health and hygiene issues—but they also pay attention to any underlying health issues that you may not be able to see under all that fluff! We’re so grateful for our Grooming Partners Animal Loving Care, Uncle Shawn’s Pet Care, Ciao Bow Wow, The Pet Maven, and more, who provide discounted services to our clients to help them keep their pets clean and healthy!