I save costs by washing my own pet before a grooming?
All pets are recommended to be bathed and cleaned at their grooming
appointment. There are many steps to grooming, and the proper finished result
cannot be obtained unless the entire process has been finished by your groomer.
We usually do a “rough” cut, followed by a bath and dry your dog, then a final
“finishing” cut is done.
pet's coat is very matted - can you comb this out?
If your pet has minor matting, it is possible that it can be worked out. If
your pet has excessive matting, unfortunately, no. Your pet will have to be
shaved very close to the skin and start growing a new coat from scratch. Many
people believe that the brushing out process does not hurt, well it does, more
than you can imagine. It is inhumane
to put that much stress and pain on your pet just for beauty’s sake. Clippering
off all of the fur is the only humane solution to this problem.
much does it cost to groom my pet?
Grooming rates vary depending on the breed and size of your pet, the condition
the coat is in, the style of hair cut, and the behavior of your pet. A personal
consultation is required to receive a more direct quote on price. We can give
you an “estimate” over the phone, but until we see the pet it is very difficult
to give you an accurate quote. Please see our page on fees, but know that every pet is priced on a personal basis and even though your breed price is quoted at a specific rate, your dogs actual price might be higher or lower than the written quote.
you tranquilize or sedate pets before you bathe or groom them?
Absolutely not! We are equipped and trained to handle jittery, nervous dogs
without the use of sedatives or tranquilizers. If you feel you should medicate
your pet for calming reasons, that is for you and your doctor to handle and
decide. Any kind of medication or sedative should be discussed with your doctor
before administering to your pet. We feel that it is very dangerous for
your pet, and for our staff to work on a drugged pet. If your pet must be
drugged to be safely groomed, we suggest that you have a groomer who works at
the vets office do the job. WE WILL NOT WORK ON PETS WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN SEDATIVES.
I have my dog shaved during the summer months?
Not necessarily, it really depends on the breed. While some breeds benefit from
a closer clip during the hot months, some breeds can actually suffer worse in
the heat without their protective coat to keep the sun off of their skin. A
dog's coat acts as insulation against the heat as well as the cold. The key is
to keep it brushed and combed. It is actually the air that is trapped between
the individual hairs that enhances the insulating effect. Matted hair simply
traps heat against the skin. If the coat is badly matted, not only is it
uncomfortable and painful for the poor dog, it causes skin problems and sores
as well. If the coat is too badly matted to slide a comb through easily,
shaving is the only option.
do I get rid of ticks and fleas?
There are many flea and tick shampoos and preventatives available both over the
counter, and through your vet. Be sure and read the labels carefully before
applying them to your dog. Also, there are many topical solutions such as
Frontline® plus and Advantix II ® (and many others) that are applied to the dog's skin.
These are very effective. We use and suggest topical spot on products, but please consult your vet, as they are up on the newest trends in
parasite prevention. PREVENTION of these pests is much easier than removing
them. Flea and Tick collars are NOT an effective preventative! In my opinion,
the flea collars are not worthy of money spent and will not fix your problem.
If you have a flea/tick infestation in your yard, prepare yourself for battle.
A long one. What you may apply to the yard and sleeping quarters today will do nothing to
the eggs that hatch in 10 days. You must repeat your chemical application every
10 days for at least 30 days to be effective. Be sure to keep your dog off the
treated ground until it is dry. Products should be rotated (one application of
one, the next application of the other) as ticks quickly develop immunity to a
chemical if it is used over and over. Adaptable little devils, huh?
Or, you could call an exterminator and let HIM take care of it.
dog stinks even after I give him a bath! What gives?
This could be caused by any number of things, but right off the bat, check his
ears. If he has drop ears (like a hound dog), they can't get good air circulation
and become stinky really fast. If ears pass inspection, check his teeth and
breath. If they have bad breath and then lick themselves, they can get stinky
faster that you can clean them! Have the vet clean the dog's teeth, then get
yourself a toothbrush and some doggie tooth gel and brush his teeth just like
you do your own. There are special toothpastes that are flavored so the dogs
actually learn to like it! NEVER USE
HUMAN GRADE TOOTHPASTE ON PETS, AS IT CAN KILL THEM! If neither of those things are the culprit, it
could be anal glands. These are glands on either side of the rectum and are
supposed to lubricate when the dog has a bowel movement. However, sometimes
these glands get impacted and need to be drained. Your Groomer or vet can help
you with this. And sometimes, when dogs get excited or scared, like during a
bath or while being blow-dried, they will express these glands on their own,
producing a musky, and sometimes quite fowl odor which is definitely strong
enough to negate your bath! If none of these seem to be your problem, then a
trip to the vet is definitely in order. Several skin diseases can be smelled
before they can be seen.
heard onions were bad for dogs; similar to chocolate. Is that true?
Yes, especially raw ones. They are toxic and can kill your dog. Another bad
food that so many people give as treats are grapes! Also cherries, cranberries,
I give my dog Tylenol as a pain reliever?
NO!! A dog can tolerate aspirin, but NOT Tylenol. DO NOT
give EITHER product to a cat. Please
call your vet or a local emergency vet if you believe that your pet is in pain
and needs medication for it. Pain is a symptom of a problem, and you want to
get to the root of the problem instead of just getting rid of the pain. Pain
relief can often mask a serious medical problem.
trimmed my dog's toenail too short and it began to bleed... HELP!
There are many styptic powders available and you should have one on hand BEFORE
you start to trim nails. However, if you don't have any, get a pinch of
cornstarch between your thumb and forefinger and apply it to the nail. Pack it
on the end of the nail and hold the pressure for a minute or two, or until the
bleeding stops. The dog won't like having to be still that long, but be
there any kind of shampoo or conditioner that will prevent mats?
No, Sorry. BRUSH! BRUSH! BRUSH! COMB! COMB! COMB! There are a few products that
can help you out while you are brushing and combing, but non that will
magically de-mat your dog.
the best kind of hair brush to use on my long haired dog?
A "pin" brush is good if you brush daily. Otherwise, you're going to
need a "slicker" brush to remove small tangles and debris from the
coat. Your brush should have metal tines, and should not have any little “ball tip” at the end as this actually produces
static electricity in the coat and that helps to form mats in the coat. So do
all plastic or nylon bristle brushes. Sadly, this is the most common type of
brush being sold to most pet owners.
Another vital tool is a metal toothed
comb. You should always check the coat after you think it is brushed out.
The metal comb should glide through the coat with ease, not getting caught in
any small tangles. If you encounter a tangle, get out the brush and get through
it. Combs come in 3 types. Fine tooth, medium tooth, and coarse tooth. If your
dog has a silky coat, (Yorkie, Maltese) a fine tooth will work best, and if
your dog has a thick or curly coat, (poodle, bichon) a coarse toothed comb will work best. If your
pet has a medium coat, (pom, peke, cocker) not too fine and not too thick, then
a medium comb will work best for you.