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How Often Should You Groom Your Pet
How often your pet should be groomed is really a function of the type and size of pet you have, as well as how your pet relates to you and other. The industry standard says that pets should be groomed every 4 to 6 weeks. However, if your pet is mostly indoors and receives consistent brushing you may go significantly longer than 6 weeks between grooming visits. Also, If your pet is primarily outside, you may not be as concerned about his or her general smell as you would be if he or she were indoors.
Again, in cases like this, you may elect not to groom your pet as often. Conversely, if you have long-haired or larger pets, especially if they spend a lot of time indoors, you may want to groom your pet nearly once a month to maintain his or her looks and smell within your home. Additionally, if your pet has a specialty contour to his or her grooming cut such as Poodles, Terriers, etc.; you may desire more frequent visits to ensure that the shape/look you desire is maintained. Much of this comes down to personal preference. However, we would caution that waiting too long between visits can create a situation where the hair coat deteriorates and in some cases develops mats. In addition, regular grooming addresses other health concerns such as ear cleanliness, swollen anal glands and other issues, which if ignored for long periods of time, can cause pain or irritation and possibly more extensive, and therefore, expensive work at the groomer.
How should I groom my pet between visits
Brushing Your Pet
Invest in a high quality brush. For most dogs we recommend that you brush the hair coat vigorously one to two times
per week; however, longer-haired dogs will often require more frequent brushing. Doing so will help keep his or her
coat looking shiny and healthy. It will also prevent the development of mats in the hair coat which are both painful and
expensive to have removed.
Bathing Your Pet
Generally, if you have your dog groomed consistently you may not need to bathe your pet at home. However, if your
pet is outside a good deal or has longer hair, he or she may become dirty or develop a smell that requires an immediate
bath. When bathing, be sure and use a high quality pet shampoo and remember to RINSE ALL THE SHAMPOO OUT.
Otherwise, your pet may develop itching or flaking.
Fleas and Ticks
Check your pet regularly for fleas and ticks. Be sure that you are using a high quality Flea & Tick treatment with a
RESIDUAL affect such as Frontline Plus. Such products not only kill fleas and ticks that may already be on your pet,
but actually prevent fleas and ticks from living in the skin coat and potentially in your home for months at a time.
Ears are a problem spot for many dogs. We clean your pet’s ears each time you visit us, but it is a good idea to check
them every now and then to be sure no infection develops in this often warm and moist environment. Infection and/or
heavy scratching of the ears by your pet is an indication that he or she may need ear medications/treatment from the vet
and not merely a standard ear cleaning.
Nail clipping may be a task best left to us. However, if your pet easily holds still for you, you may elect to try keeping
his or her nails clipped between visits.