Some pet owners don’t understand how important it is to regularly groom their dog. They view grooming as more of a luxury rather than an integral part of keeping their pet happy and healthy. Grooming is more than just brushing your dog’s coat every once in a while — it includes looking after your pet’s skin, eyes, nails and teeth.

Regular bathing and brushing not only keeps your dog clean but also helps keep their skin healthy and their fur off your floor. Frequency of baths will depend on the breed. Some dogs are prone to matting and will require more grooming than other dogs. Always consult with your vet if you need guidance on bathing schedules.

When you take the time to groom your dog, you also have an opportunity to assess their overall health. Dangerous lumps under the skin are often hidden by fur and are only discovered during bathing and brushing. When cleaning teeth, you could discover sore or bleeding gums; and while trimming nails, you might notice an issue with your dog’s paws. Alerting your vet to these issues early can help them find the underlying cause and keep your dog healthy for years to come.

Grooming is also a way to make your dog comfortable with humans touching their nose, mouth and paws. Getting into a regular grooming routine when they are a puppy will help make them more relaxed when they visit the vet.

Another way to keep your dog healthy is to schedule regular vet appointments. Did you know that affordable pet insurance is available through Hudson’s Bay Financial Services? You can earn up to 4,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you enrol, and health coverage includes up to 80% reimbursement for veterinary costs, including X-rays, hospitalization, surgery, dental care and prescriptions.

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Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is happy to offer coverage for your pet through Petline Insurance — Canada’s largest pet insurance company.

1 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.