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Grooming

Professional Groomer – Jennifer Bozman

Our animal hospital offers full service grooming for both dogs and cats. Please feel free to contact our professional groomer at 770-945-9555 to make an appointment for your pet to be groomed today! You may even stop by, or request to speak with our groomer during your pets visit. It is VERY important to start out grooming both puppies and long haired kittens as early as 16 weeks of age in order to acclimate them to the entire grooming process. We have included some helpful information for at home care in order to keep your pet(s) in shape in between professional grooming visits. We look forward to hearing from you and working with your pet!

-Prices vary according to species/breed
-Pets must be current on vaccines

Which Tools, Equipment and Supplies should you use for Dog Grooming?

Different tools have different functions to perform.

As professional dog groomers know, formation of mats and tangles is a very common problem in many dogs. Mats and Tangles can actually mean big trouble for any dog owner. Ask me!!

So the best way out of this is to prevent them from forming in the first place. And doing this is simple: just comb and brush your dog regularly. If and when you see any mats and tangles, use a detangle solution and comb with a medium-toothed comb.

The other important grooming activity that every dog parent has to do regularly is:

Brushing

So, let’s talk about brushes. Now there are at least six different types of brushes available in the market, each having a specific function.

  • Brush, Large Pin – this brush is commonly used for regular brushing of long-coated large dogs.
  • Brush, Small Pin – this type of brush is used for brushing long-coated small dogs.
  • Brush, Rubber – this brush is designed for use on short-coated dogs.
  • Brush, Slicker – this brush is used for nearly every breed of dog to release dirt and pull loose hair form the dog’s coat.
  • Brush, Bristle (soft, medium, and stiff) – these brushes are sued on different short-coated breeds, for regular brushing and to remove the undercoat of certain long-coated breeds.
  • Brush, Boar’s Bristle – this brush works great for removing the undercoat of long-coated breeds and also helps in getting rid of mats in the undercoat.

Most people think that dog grooming means brushing ONLY.

However, grooming also includes bathing, cleaning eyes and ears, clipping nails, clipping hair etc. besides brushing.

Nevertheless, brushing does form an important and integral part of grooming. Also, you can’t pick up any brush and start brushing. Mind you, only by choosing the correct brush and knowing the correct technique of brushing can you hope to accomplish the benefits of brushing your dog or puppy.

How to Make Your Dog look Bright & Radiantly Healthy?

Another important aspect of Dog Grooming is to clean his face, teeth, ears, eyes and nails.

Here are the 3 basic steps to clean your dog’s face .

  • Gently wash the skin around the eyes using a fresh piece of moistened cotton or make-up remover pad for each one. If you notice any discharge or inflammation, contact a vet for advice.
  • Hold open the ear with one hand and gently clean inside the flap with a small piece of moistened cotton or a make-up remover pad. Use a fresh piece for each ear. Do not probe too deeply into the ear canal.
  • Loose facial skin must be cleaned regularly with damp cotton. This prevents dirt, dead skin, and bacteria from collecting in the folds and causing irritation and infection

Does Your Dog Shed too much?

Imagine this: you have some friends over and you can’t offer them a single sofa chair to sit. Why? Because all the sofa chairs are full of your dog’s shedding!! It’s no wonder; therefore, the one thing that drives most dog owners mad is shedding.

Dog owners often make a mistake when it comes to normal shedding and excessive shedding. They often misunderstand the two and as a result the dog suffers.

Normally most breeds will shed seasonally. And you shouldn’t make any effort to thwart the process.

Many dog breeds possess a “double coat” which is nothing but two layers of coat called a topcoat (long “guard hairs”) and an undercoat (a layer of thick, downy fuzz next to their skin under the guard hairs). The undercoat acts as an insulator and grows thick during winters so that they shed and be discarded during spring and summer.

Generally the male dogs only shed heavily in spring and summer. But the females frequently shed at the time of their estrus or heat cycle also. However, the males have splendid and better quality coats than their female counterparts.

CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT: 770-945-9555!