Grooming

Washing and Grooming

We all know we should do it, but what does grooming really do for your pet besides making them look pretty?

Grooming is an important part of pet care. Depending on the breed, age, and health of your pet, grooming may even need to be a part of you and your pet’s daily routine. Many breeds require less grooming than this, but regular grooming always helps to keep your pet healthy and comfortable. Some breeds like Poodles don't shed their hair effectively and require grooming by a professional every 6-8 weeks. Long haired cats can particularly benefit from regular grooming as it helps prevent the formation of knots in the coat and hairballs in the stomach.

In general terms, a clean pet is a happy pet. No hair in the eyes, clean fur and skin and clipped nails all make for a pet that is comfortable. But adverse, serious side effects occur when we neglect to groom our pets. If we don’t tend to our pet’s grooming needs on a regular basis, we encourage a variety of issues which can lead to expensive vet bills and difficult or even aggressive behaviour from your pet.

Long hair is the culprit of a variety of discomfort and skin issues. Hair hanging over your pet’s eyes can restrict vision altering the pet’s capabilities and behaviour. When long hair is not brushed and washed regularly, pets often suffer matting and can load your pet with extra weight. 

Matting of the hair can be painful and cause many skin conditions. Severe matting restricts blood flow, pulling tightly on a pet’s skin and making a simple pat painful. In some cases, matting can be so severe that it restricts body movement leading to deformity.

Overgrown nails can be very painful, with long nails growing into the paw pads and causing infection. Long nails can cause your pet’s toes to bend and create a walking disfigurement.

Double coating from irregular brushing leads to extra coating, causing your pet to suffer heat stress.

Grass seeds will not be easily detected if you are not hands-on with your grooming, undetected grass seeds can lead to abscesses and severe infection.


Fleas, ticks and mites are some of the most common parasites that can be fatal to your pet and they thrive on dirty and untreated bodies.

Dental disease can lead to bad breath, teeth loss, reduced appetite and if untreated can cause organ damage to your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. 


All of these issues can be detrimental to your pet’s mental wellbeing, due to the discomfort and pain they can cause. By tending to your pet’s grooming needs on a regular basis you can optimise your pet’s physical and mental health.

Benefits of pet grooming include

  • A pet that looks and smells nice all the time, plus your best friend will be free from discomfort, feel great and behave well.
  • Reduced risk of eye, ear, skin, teeth and nail infections, ensuring your pet is free from pain and disease!
  • Easy vet checks as your pet will be more comfortable and used to being handled, especially around the face, feet and tail. Less         stress for all involved!
  • Increased sociability as grooming becomes a positive experience and easy for both you or your groomer and your pet.
  • Lower medical bills as regular grooming will prevent disease and catch many health issues before they become an emergency.

Grooming at Home

We encourage you to also engage in regular grooming with your pet at home. There are numerous benefits of regular grooming, for example:

  • Decreased chance of skin problems
  • Optimal skin cleanliness and comfort for you and your pet
  • Improved monitoring of health issues like the presence of lumps or skin lesions, pain, or changes in temperament
  • Enhanced behavioural routines with obedient submission during grooming periods
  • Closer bonding with your pet through regular contact

What happens if my pet’s nails get too long?

If a pet's nails are allowed to grow too long, they can split, break or bleed, causing soreness or infection in your pet’s feet and toes. Long nails can get caught and tear, or grow so long that they can curl backwards into a spiral shape that can make walking very painful for dogs (it's a bit like walking in shoes that are too small). Cats are able to retract their claws so this is less common for them, however cats do still need to have their nails regularly clipped (especially if they don't get much natural wear and tear).

Uncut nails may curl so far that they corkscrew all the way round and pierce the paw pad, leading to infection and debilitating pain. Nails should be inspected and/or trimmed on at least a monthly basis. If not, the quick can grow out with the nail, making it nearly impossible to cut properly. It is very important not to cut the quick of a nail as this is rich in nerve endings and very painful for the pet. If you do accidentally cut into the quick, pressing the nail into a bar of soap will effectively stop the bleeding. For pets with long quicks, in puppies and kittens with such short nails, or those with black nails which hide the quick, using a nail file can be a safer way to remove the sharp tips

Our Professional Grooming Services

We offer a full range of grooming, clipping and washing services for cats and dogs of all sizes and breeds.

Our professional grooming service has many specialised grooming tools like brushes, clippers, stripping combs, slicker brushes, rakes and dryers. These tools enable us to tailor the grooming service to the particular needs of your pet, for an overall optimum result. We also wash your pet (if appropriate) with a suitable shampoo and conditioner. This makes all the difference in the grooming stage and really brings out the shine in your pet's coat.

So, come and visit or make an appointment today.