To clip a dog or not - that is the question!

Grooming your dog is important. It cuts down on shedding and smells and keeps your dogs' skin, hair, nails and ears healthy.

Grooming is also a good way to cut down on allergies.

It's very important to have your dog groomed regularly to save any matting of its coat. A dog whose coat is matted, full of dead hair and smelly is an unhappy, unhealthy and often flea loaded dog. Matts start when dirt and debris get caught up in the dogs' coat. They then start rubbing and scratching the area which further entangles the hair and enlarges the matt's. As air cannot circulate through the knots fleas are in heaven, accordingly sores and rashes then form.

Heavily matted dogs can have their leg; feet and head movements restricted and in some cases pinching of the skin can cause great pain. In turn this pain may cause the dog to exhibit aggressive behaviour such as biting. Attempts to remove the matt's May also prove to be painful, pulling at the skin.

In order to avoid these dramas the following grooming frequencies are recommended.

Stripping will remove any loose , woolly undercoat that sheds constantly. This will result in a coarser coat with shedding reduced by 75%. Regular hydrobath with blow drying will remove any loose undercoat that will stop any matting.

NOTE :  A double coated dog should never be clipped!!!

See Dirty Dogs website for more details about clipping or for a mobile hydrobath service in Sydney call them on 02 4621 4240