Grooming your dog is a vital part of keeping them healthy and happy. Grooming is also an area that pet parents have many questions. Therefore, we have decided to share our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dog grooming and hygiene. 

If you do not have a veterinarian and are looking for one near Las Vegas, NV, we would be happy to see your loyal canine companion. We invite you to reach out to us by phone at (702) 213-4513 or email to schedule an appointment with our skilled team.

How important are grooming and hygiene for my dog's health?

Grooming is vital for your dog’s health and keeps them looking and feeling their best. Your pet could suffer from skin problems, ear conditions, and infections without proper grooming. Grooming your pet regularly can also uncover certain health issues in their earliest stages when they are easier to treat.

Do all dogs require grooming?

Yes, all dogs require grooming. However, the amount and type of pet grooming your dog needs will vary depending on their breed, coat type, and other factors. 

At a minimum, all dogs require basic grooming, including: 

  • Baths
  • Nail trims
  • Teeth brushing
  • Ear cleaning

Some breeds require complete shave-downs during the summer, and some need weekly trims throughout the year. As veterinarians, we’re here to help you understand your dog’s grooming needs and encourage you to give us a call at if you need assistance. 

Can I groom my dog at home?

If you have a short-haired dog, you may be able to groom them at home. Some breeds need help from professional groomers, though. Regardless of your dog’s breed, size, or coat type, visiting a groomer is often easier than grooming a pet at home. 

Do I need special grooming tools? 

You’ll need a few tools to groom your dog at home.

Essentials of a dog grooming kit include: 

  • Dog wash / shampoo
  • Dog nail clippers
  • Brushes and combs that are suitable for your dog’s coat type
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for dogs
  • Dog ear cleaner

Depending on your dog’s breed and coat type, you may need additional tools. Only use products made specifically for dogs to ensure your canine companion’s safety. We also recommend investing in high-quality tools you can trust. When it comes to taking care of your dog, buying quality products is worth the extra expense. 

How does regular pet grooming contribute to good health for my dog?

Grooming your dog regularly lowers the risk of broken claws, skin disease, and ear infections. In long-haired dogs, it also prevents matting and enhances your dog’s overall comfort. Since dog grooming is a hands-on activity, it provides an excellent opportunity to feel for unusual lumps or bumps and look for external parasites, including fleas, ticks, and ear mites. Failure to keep up with your dog’s grooming needs could lead to severe health problems. 

How soon should I start grooming my dog?

We recommend scheduling your dog’s first grooming appointment when they are 12 to 16 weeks old and have received all of their vaccinations. Until then, there are several things you can do to prepare them for the experience. Touch your puppy’s feet and pads regularly to make them less reactive to nail trims. Play with their ears to get them used to being handled. Gently brush their fur. Be sure to introduce your pup to new people, too, so they aren’t afraid of people outside of your household. Keep your interactions positive and offer up praise and treats. The earlier you introduce your puppy to different people and experiences, the better they’ll likely tolerate grooming.

How often should I groom my dog?

Every dog has different grooming needs. A short-haired dog who spends most of their time indoors may just need a bath and a nail trim every four to six weeks. On the other hand, a long-haired dog might need a trim every two to four weeks. We will help you get your canine companion on a grooming schedule that keeps them looking and feeling their best. 

If you still have questions about grooming your dog, our team would be happy to help. Reach out to us by calling (702) 213-4513 or sending an email to We look forward to speaking with you!