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Grooming Saves Money on Vet Bills

Vet bills can stack up quickly! Your dog and cat will often need more veterinary care than just an annual vaccination. Grooming is one of the best ways to save on vet bills. It is also a fantastic preventative health care routine.

Brushing:

Brushing is not only a nice way to spend some quiet time with your dog, and a relaxing treat for him. It can also help you prevent some ailments. When you brush your pet regularly you will help prevent hot spots, rashes, matted fur and even broken nails. Your pet can actually develop hot spots from matted fur. In extreme cases, matted fur has actually lead to lameness.

Brushing will also help you notice if your pet is developing any of these issues and gives you time to treat them before the escalate and require veterinary attention.

What to look for:

  • Hot spots in areas of matted fur, or short broken fur from excessive licking
  • Black dots in the ear, which could be ear mites
  • Black dots in the fur, along the skin, which could be fleas
  • Irritated skin
  • Broken or split nails
  • Matts between the pads of their feet

If you see potential fleas, ticks or mites you can get Frontline Flea and Tick Prevention and Treatment. If you have trouble trimming your pets claws, you can bring them into the vet for a nail trim. You are more likely to have to do this with cats rather than dogs.

Dental

As you are giving your pet their brush, make sure to look at their teeth as well. You want to make sure their gums are pink and moist and their teeth look healthy. Daily teeth brushing will help reduce tartar buildup but also help reduce other dental diseases, which can affect your pets overall health.  If you notice a lot of tartar, cavities, or loose teeth, it may be time to take them to the vet for a dental checkup.

Regular grooming saves money because it prevents problems from developing and helps you spot problems as they develop instead of when they require veterinary treatment. The condition of your pet’s fur is one of the best indicators of their overall health, so help keep them healthy!

If you need to take your pet to the vet, another way to save money is to check out our promotions and get some great savings.