Wellbeing, Health & First Aid Guidance

Your dog isn’t healthy if he doesn't look good outside. A lackluster coat or one that's plagued with external parasites and sores is just the tip of the iceberg. If he looks icky outside, he probably feels icky inside too. That's because the coat mirrors his health.


His outward appearance can be a signal of internal problems that no amount of brushing can fix. Grooming is more than just having him look good - it's vital for his health and it's more than just having a bath, it includes combing, trimming, keeping his ears clean and clipping his nails.


The benefits of dog grooming extend far beyond just making your dog look prettier. It's a known biological fact that grooming improves the mental state of your dog, improves their behaviour, it’s important for their health and most importantly, is a protection for YOU, your children and grandchildren.


Eliminating the spread of dirt and disease


Dirty dogs track dirt into your home and get dirt on your clothing, furniture and carpet.


Ungroomed dogs are more likely to be infected by internal and external parasites, such as fleas and ticks, can harbour dangerous diseases such as typhus and Lyme disease, which can make you and your family sick. If your dog is ungroomed, she may carry funguses such as ringworm that young kids and the elderly can pick up.


Keeping your dog clean and free from these problems, through good grooming, eliminates many potential health problems.



Sociability benefits too...


When your dog is clean, you want him around you more so you can bond and enjoy each other’s company. Sure he likes to play in the dirt and roll in stinky stuff, but he also likes how it feels to be clean just like us humans, and although he doesn't care how he smells - you do!


You are less likely to enjoy having a dirty, smelly dog around; but a clean, refreshing one is definitely a more enjoyable companion.


Your Dog Spa employs trained professional dog groomers that work within the strict guideline of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and whilst we are not vetinarians (and not able to give any form of medical advice and or treatment) - we are able to offer guidance and information on basic animal welfare.


Take a look at this this page for further information on cost effective preventative care, including:


  • The importance of having a matt free dog
  • Vaccination against common parasites
  • Practical pet first aid and what to do in an emergency

The Importance of Having a Matt Free Coat

Brushing and combing regularly enables you to examine your dog’s skin and check for fleas, ticks, lumps and bumps, foreign bodies (such as grass seed), or mats.


Why Are Matts A Serious Problem?


Matts are densely tangled clumps of fur in a dogs coat and can form in both the outer coat as well as the deeper undercoat.


You may not be aware of it, but matts are a serious problem and can be detrimental to your pet’s wellbeing. They can be become so tight it can tear the skin, cut blood circulation off to extremities, and deny regular air circulation. Skin denied fresh air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes unhealthy. It can turn dark pink to red and open sores are apt to form, emitting foul odors. Matts have been known to contain the stool of the pet. Even fly larvae that further irritate the skin and over time can cause serious infection.


Remember - sometime these matts and their consequences can be completely hidden from view.


Removing Matts.


Throughout the grooming industry, the term "dematting" simply means to rip the matts from the dog’s skin. Many groomers will do this with no regard for the dog's wellbeing. Your Dog Spa will not remove matts that will hurt your dog. Please do not ask us to do so as we will not compromise our professional standards - severe matts will be shaved but only after consulting with the dog's owner.


Prevention - dead loose hairs should be removed regularly by thorough brushing. This is especially important for long haired dogs and when dogs shed seasonally. Brushing also aerates the fur and skin. Keeping your dog’s hair at a manageable length also helps to prevent matting.


Therefore regular professional grooming is essential, as Your Dog Spa pays particular attention to the areas where matts quickly form.

Vaccination Against Nasty and Potentially Deadly Parasites 

By vaccinating your dog, you decrease their chance of getting serious and preventable illnesses.


There are many different types of parasites that can have major health consequences for your dog and are easily prevented by regular use of veterinary approved products. There are two main types of parasites:


1. Endo-parasites: A parasite that lives its full cycle or part of its cycle inside the dog - e.g. a worm


2. Ecto-parasites: A parasite that lives outside the dog’s body - e.g. flea or mite


Click here for a list of the main parasites, plus helpful information on how to recognise them and suggested treatments. See attached PDF of parasite table.

Practical First Aid for Your Dog & What to Do in An Emergency

Your Dog Spa - Disclaimer

Even with the best precautions and supervision, accidents can happen and here at Your Dog Spa we are fully trained to OCN Level Three Pet First Aid Certification and a professional first aid kit is permanently on site.


Should your dog become sick whilst in our care, their welfare is our only concern and the appropriate First Aid will be administered, however, in the event of an emergency veterinary care may be sought.


Unless it can be clearly shown that Your Dog Spa is liable, all veterinary costs incurred will be the responsibility of the owner. All owners will be asked to complete / sign a customer registration form which confirms their consent for appropriate veterinary treatment to be given. Your Dog Spa is uses the award winning Feldon Veterinary Centre in Bedworth - for further information visit: www.feldonvets.co.uk


Helpful First Aid Tips To Remember


Different situations require a different approach and it is essential to assess the situation by quickly identifying the following information:


- Is your dog in further danger?

- Will you be any danger if you help the dog?

- Can your dog be restrained?

- Can you move your dog from further risk or harm safely?


Assessing the initial situation is critical - evaluation can be categorised as follows:


Very Severe - Must act immediately or the animal may die

E.g.: the heart has stopped, breathing is obstructed due to air blockage, bleeding from main artery or acute allergic reaction to a sting or substance


Severe - Must act within one hour or the animal may die

E.g.: deep cuts with considerable blood loss, established shock, head injuries or breathing difficulties


Serious - Must act within 4-5 hours otherwise more serious problems will develop which could be life threatening

E.g.: bone fractures that punctuate the skin, spinal injuries and early stages of shock


Major - Must act within 24hrs to prevent further damage

E.g.: fractures with no obvious skin injury (simple fracture), prolonged vomiting or diarrhea, foreign bodies in the skin


Initial First Aid Management is Critical - Six Key Stages to Remember


  • Assess the situation and keep calm - note any obvious injuries
  • Contact your veterinary practice - for advice and pre-alert arrival
  • Ensure your own safety - restrain the dog so no one is bitten
  • Stop and cover any obvious bleeding - use a sterile dressing to avoid cross contamination
  • Make sure the dog is able to breathe - if blocked, try to clear
  • Treat for shock - keep dog calm ensuring the surrounding area is quiet and maintain the dog's body temperature by using a blanket or coat to keep it warm.

The health management information contained within this website has been created to help readers be better informed about the wellbeing of their dog.


While we try to keep the information up-to-date and correct, there are no representations or warranties, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in this website for any purpose.


The information is not to be substituted for the medical advice of a licensed veterinarian and the reader should consult with their own vet on any matters relating to the health and wellbeing of your dog or pet.