Something you should know
No matter the dog, the first step in grooming is to appraise the pet’s overall condition.
- Does the skin and coat appear healthy?
- Does the pet have a foul odor?
- Does the skin appear red or inflamed?
- Does the pet scratch or itch?
- Are parasites present?
- Is the coat filmy, oily, dry or limp?
- Is this an active, outdoor dog or pampered princess?
- Is the pet bathed weekly or is this visit to a pet grooming salon its first in six months?
The conditions that we find will help us communicate to the owner what we can or cannot do for their pet.
The Anatomy of a Mat
The typical mat consists of numerous coarse guard hairs, crisscrossing one another. Some coat types get matted and tangled easier than others. Factors that cause matting are dirt, static, moisture, friction or compression. Dirt, dander and other debris that get caught up in the fur will literally hold the hair shafts together. If a pet is not brushed on a regular basis, any type of moisture – bathing, dew in the grass or swimming – can make mats impossible to remove with some coat types. Combing out this type of mat is extremely hard on a pet. The only alternative is to shave it off and let the coat grow out again. Each animal has its own pain tolerance level so we must always choose humanity before vanity when choosing a method to remove any mats. Like you, we want the best for your furry family member.
What is Carding & Hand-Stripping?
These are ancient grooming practices are used to mantain the proper coat texture of many harsh, broken coated or flat coated breeds. This correct texture helps protect the dog's skin. Stripping tools are used to literally pull out the dead or blown coat from the roots. As a result of this method, the hair will be harder than a clipped coat and brilliant in color. A stripped coat will take between six to twelve weeks to grow back depending on the dog and type of coat. On some dogs, the carding and hand-stripping process can be lenghty requiring rime and experience to do it properly.
How often should toenails be trimmed? This depends on the dog and its lifestyle, but most pets benefit from having their nails trimmed every four to six weeks. Dogs that constantly walk on hard surfaces will naturally wear down their nails. Professional Pet Stylists work mostly on house pets that are rarely expose to an enviroment that will naturally wear down the nail. Long nails present a potential health problem. Unattented nails may grow long enough to cause the entire tendon and bone structure of the foot and pastern to weaken. The striking of long nails on the ground places excessive pressure on bones and tendons and may cause discomfort to the pet. In active dogs, the nail may break off and expose the soft and sensitve underlying flesh, or quick, which is quite painful. On smaller pets, the nail tends to grow in a cricle and, if left unattented, back into the foot pad. What about Fleas?
Fleas are very hardy, blood sucking creatures that have been around for about one hundred million years. Flea bites are really painful and can cause severe allergic reations in pets, leading to intense scratching, irritated and inflamed skin.Fleas cannot fly but they can jump 150 times their own lenght. They can easily hop on your pet - or on you. Even if you don't see a flea, if you see your pet scratching all over it could be that he is reacting to flea bites.To control fleas, you not only have to treat your pet but his indoor and outdoor enviroment as well.A variety of products can be use to combat this unwelcomed guest such as: flea shampoos, flea combs, sprays, collars, powders, dips, oral and topical products.By working with your pet care professional and following their recommendations about products and their correct usage, and by diligently treating and protecting your pets and their surroundings, you and your pets can kiss the ferocious flea goodbye