Canine Comfort

Benefits Of Brushing Your Pup During The Summer Months

by Vanessa Davis // July - August - September 2023

Summertime often translates to more time spent out-doors, and this goes for both us humans and our furry friends. If you’re a dog owner, I’m sure you’re familiar with the scent of a wet dog who just enjoyed a dip in the ocean, or the sight of a pup who just rolled in a post-rainshower mud puddle. Grooming your dog is important year-round, but especially in the summer months. Specifically, brushing your dog daily offers several benefits for your dog’s physical and emotional well-being. Following are some key advantages.

Healthy Coat: Regular brushing helps maintain a clean and healthy coat for your dog. It removes dirt, debris, and loose hair, preventing mats and tangles from forming. This promotes good air circulation, reducing the risk for skin issues and allowing natural oils to distribute evenly.

Bonding Time: Brushing your dog daily creates a special bonding experience. Dogs enjoy attention and physical contact, which strengthens the bond between you and your furry friend. It also provides an opportunity to check for abnormalities, such as lumps, bumps, or skin irritations, which can be addressed promptly.

Shedding Control: Many dog breeds shed their fur, and some more than others. Daily brushing helps minimize shedding by removing loose hair before it falls out around your home. This can be particularly helpful during seasonal shedding periods when dogs tend to lose fur more excessively.

Preventing Matting: Regular brushing reduces the prevalence of mats and tangles in your dog’s coat. Mats can be uncomfortable and painful for dogs, pulling at their skin and potentially leading to skin irritations or infections. By brushing daily, you can easily detect and address any tangles or mats, keeping your dog’s fur in optimal condition.

Improved Skin Health: Brushing stimulates skin and promotes blood circulation, which can improve the health of your dog’s skin. By distributing natural oils, brushing daily keeps the skin moisturized and reduces dryness or flakiness. A healthy coat and skin are essential for your dog’s comfort and well-being.

Early Detection of Health Issues: While brushing, you have the opportunity to examine your dog’s body more closely. Checking frequently for ticks, fleas, skin infections, or unusual growths can help catch potential hazards before they become detrimental. Detecting such issues early gives you a chance to address them promptly and seek veterinary care if necessary.

Remember to choose the appropriate brush or comb for your dog’s coat type, and use gentle, soothing strokes during the brushing process. Ensure that you are brushing the coat to the skin without actually brushing the skin itself, which causes irritation. If you’re hesitant about the specific needs of your dog’s coat, consult a professional groomer to ensure that you have the proper tools and technique to keep your pup happy and healthy this summer.

Vanessa Davis

Founder and CEO of Dirty Dogs Spa, with locations in Wake Forest (929 Heritage Lake Road, Suite 500) and Raleigh (Stonehenge Market, 7490 Creedmoor Road).