Help your clients keep their pets groomed for good health

I’m on my way to the AVMA convention, where we’ll be presenting the 2014 Nationwide® | Purdue Veterinary Price Index, an update to the inaugural report that covered 2009-2013 we presented at the 2015 North American Veterinary Community conference. I’ll have an update here on the blog and an executive summary to share after the presentation, which covers 2009-2014, on Monday, Lunchtime Connection A, 2-3 p.m. in Exhibit Hall Booth #1239. Please join us or drop by our Nationwide/VPI booth, #1203.

Since today’s my travel day — I host a dinner for the  leaders of the VBMA on Friday night  — I’m just doing a short post, again pointing out the incredible resources for your clients that can be found in our Pet HealthZone. This time, it’s an article that helps pet-owners keep their dogs clean and groomed, with links to an entire library of how to deal with grooming challenges.

While it’s not something that’s talked about much in veterinary medicine — aside from our veterinary dermatologist colleagues — we all know that it’s important to keep pets groomed for good health. And it’s sure more pleasant for a clinician when a dog doesn’t come in a matted, smelly mess, right? So it’s good preventive and wellness advice to offer clients, who will enjoy the benefits of a well-groomed pet.

From our latest group of grooming tips:

There are a variety of shampoos you can use for home dog grooming. Some shampoos enhance color, such as shampoos for white fur, while others are used for medicinal purposes and skin conditioning. Some are created to tackle fleas and ticks. There are also special shampoos for puppies, and even waterless shampoos you can use on short-haired dogs.

A number of pet shampoos are scented, although be wary of scented shampoos because some can irritate a dog’s skin. Skin conditions are one of the top three conditions suffered by dogs and cats. Ask your veterinarian about the safety of a particular scented shampoo.

The shampoo you choose depends on your dog’s coat and medical condition. Again, just be sure to check with your veterinarian before making a selection.

You can access our Pet HealthZone articles on grooming here.