Dog grooming isn’t just a cosmetic choice for your animal. The truth is that basic grooming is necessary for your dog’s good health and happiness. No one would dare to call showering a purely cosmetic choice. If they do, then they may need a reevaluation of their life goals. Keeping your dog groomed is like any of the little grooming we do every day. We wash ourselves, we trim our nails, we comb our hair, etc.
Your pet can’t do these things themselves, so you have to make sure that they get done. I guess one can’t say that it isn’t cosmetic at all. Bathing and beautifying your beloved pet is obviously going to be about making them look nice. Hence it’s about cosmetic choices. This isn’t a bad thing. The way that your dog looks is a real factor in how they feel and how they are treated. A house dog doesn’t need to be pampered in Beverly Hills’ latest fashion, but it shouldn’t look like a stray. If you don’t want the neighbor’s children to run away from your pet, you should take the time to make them look friendly and presentable.
There are plenty of practical issues too. Most of them are actually shared with their human counterpart. The fur is probably one of your biggest concerns. Keeping them clean and brushed will limit the matting of their hair. This should reduce the amount that forms into painful clumps on their back. It will also have the benefit of keeping their coat effective against rain and snow. Their fur is all they have for basic warmth. Letting their fur become dirty and matted will only limit its effectiveness against the elements. Grooming will also ensure that their hair doesn’t block their vision. This may not be a problem for some breeds with shorter hair. Others are not so lucky. Any dog with long fur will experience growth that eventually blocks their vision. Dogs can’t brush it away like a human could either.