Just like your pets rely on you for their food/water, shelter and playtime they also rely on you when it comes to their grooming upkeep.
Our on staff groomer suggests setting aside 5-15 mins or more per day, or every 3 days, for a mini groom session.
Your pet sitter will also be happy to assist you in brushing your pet! They can let you know if they see anything out of the ordinary and provide you with some suggestions and point you in the right direction.
5 things to look for when doing light grooming at home:
Find somewhere that is comfortable for you and your pet and somewhere that’s easy for you to clean up any fur.
1. Teeth and Gums: Check for any tarter, redness, soreness and loose or broken teeth. Brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis will help with tarter buildup and keep their chompers healthy, however, brushing needs to be done on a regular basis. Once a month will not make a difference. Your groomer or veterinarian can help you with acquiring the proper tools.
2. Eyes: Check for any redness or swelling. Any tearing should be dried up as often as possible. If left to sit on the corners of the eyes dirt and gunk can build up and cause skin irritation and infections. You can use a tissue or wash cloth and warm water to wipe clean. Avoid chemicals as it will irritate the eyes. If your pet’s eyes water a good deal, speak to your veterinarian, it can be signs of an eye irritation or allergies.
3. Ears: Using a gentle cleaner (witch hazel, alcohol free pet ear cleaners) moisten a cotton ball or q-tip and wipe out any dirt. Q-tips are great for the tight folds in a dogs ears, just do not stick down in the ear canal as it can damage your pet’s ear. Make note of any smells or redness. Drop eared dogs tend to suffer from nasty yeast infections. Speak with your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual. Ear infections left untreated are painful, can damage the ear and in some cases infection can spread to other areas of your pet. Check your pet’s ears if you notice them shaking their heads a lot. Vigorous head shaking can cause a hematoma in your pet’s ear.
4. Nails and Pads: Your pet’s nails should be trimmed regularly on a 4-8 week schedule depending on how quickly they grow. Long nails can be painful, they can snag on things and tear or break causing unnecessary pain. Leaving nail trimming for the groomer is a great idea if you’re uncomfortable doing them on your own. If you have a long haired dog check the hair in the pads. They can become matted and get bits from the yard stuck in them again causing some discomfort as well as trapping moisture and causing infections.
5. Body: Speak with your groomer on the proper tools for your pet’s coat and on how to properly brush and comb. Your groomer will be happy to assist you in the upkeep of your pet! When you’re brushing and combing take note of the condition of the skin. Dryness, redness, flaking, unusual growths or fleas or ticks.
Knowing your pet from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail strengthens the relationship between you and your pet.
5 Tips on finding a professional groomer
1. Ask your pet sitter, family/friends or your veterinarian for their recommendation.
2. Speak with the groomer in person, make sure to ask questions, groomers understand your concern for your pet and they should be happy to talk with you. They want nothing but the best care for your fur baby! A pet groomer with pet cpr and first aid training is a wonderful bonus!
3. Find out what kind of products they use, do they tailor their services to your pets individual needs?
4. What is all included in their services? Remember a pet grooming is more than a haircut it’s an entire spaw package for your pet (nails, ears, bath, haircut, teeth and so much more) so don’t be upset if the price is more than your own haircut!
5. Take your pet with you so they can do an assessment and you can see how they interact with your dog.
Most importantly, go with your gut. If the salon or groomer makes you uncomfortable try somewhere else.
Has it been a while since your dog’s nails have been trimmed? Don’t worry, here are 5 reasons NOT to trim those nails.
1. I walk my dog all the time. The concrete keeps them filed short enough.
2. The nails are so dark, I can’t see the quik. I don’t want to hurt them.
3. They squirm too much. They just won’t let me do it.
4. I like hearing their nails go clippity clack on the floor. That way I always know where they are.
5. My dog grooms himself. I see him chewing on his nails all the time.
You didn’t really think I was going to advocate NOT trimming your dog’s nails…did you?
Your pet’s nails should be trimmed on a regular basis. The nails in the picture above are almost to the point where the dog’s toes will start to twist to the side in order for the dog to walk. The photo below has gotten to the point where the nail has curled under and is poking the pads. Imagine walking around with a marble in your shoe. That would not only be uncomfortable, but it would start to really hurt after awhile.
If you have trouble cutting your dog’s nails, take them to your vet. For a nominal fee they will trim their nails for you. You can also have your groomer trim them when your pet is getting groomed.
If you are able to trim their nails, but it’s been a while and they are really long…trim them as far back as you can without cutting the quik and continue every week until they are back under control. The weekly trimming will chase the quik back so you can continue taking small amounts off each week.
As pet sitters in Mesa, AZ, when we see our client’s nails getting too long we will mention trimming them and even ask if they’d like us to trim them during one of our visits. That’s no additional charge to our client…just another FREEbie we offer.