Since your pet now has a longer coat, it becomes harder to see problem areas. The good thing about having your pet groomed year round, is that a groomer goes over each individual spot on your dog. So we notice new growths, scars, cheat grass in the toes, broken toenails, trouble areas, that would otherwise be missed. Noticing trouble spots, whether it be any of these things listed above or something else, like ear infections, is only one good reason to stay on top of grooming. Growths are a part of a dog getter older, and they all get them. But being on top of what they look like and size are very important. So if they are growing rapidly and you do not notice we can let you know to see your vet.
Throughout Winter, pets go out and get wet constantly, along with shedding regularly, which results in matting. If not cared for until Spring or Summer, those small matts which could have been taken care of very quickly and painlessly, can turn into an all over body pelt. Especially if brushing and combing are not regular habits at home. When brushing you must be sure you are getting below the top layer, and not just brushing the guard hair. That is why a good slicker brush and fine tooth comb is a definite need in your home grooming routine. Pelting can become very painful for the animal. It pulls on the skin, and in bad cases, leaves sores, and scars. I have found open wounds under matting, that owners had no idea was there, infected from the months past.