When your dog gets professionally groomed, the groomer’s experienced eye will check your dog’s overall health.
First, your dog’s skin and fur should be glossy, soft and flake-free. Do note that different dog breeds have different types of coats, so make sure you’re familiar with the kind of coat your dog has and ensure the grooming is right for that kind of coat. If you notice lots of scratching, itching or licking, your dog might be feeling uncomfortable. Of course, grooming may help, but you might have to bring your beloved pooch to the vet if this persists. The paws and nails will also need a trim as excess fur that grows between toes and long nails needs to be clipped. A groomer might notice a wound or missing nail if you haven’t already.
Additionally, your pup’s eyes and ears will need to be checked. Usually there’s not much to be done here from a groomer’s point of view, but making sure ears and eyes are clean is a basic dog grooming step during this process.