The average time between grooming’s is from every 5 to 8 weeks. This of course depends on breed, how long you like to leave the hair etc. We have several clients who come in every two weeks, alternating a full groom and a bath and brush. It comes down to how fresh and clean you like your pet to look and smell.
Will my pet be sedated for the grooming process?
We never use sedative ourselves. If your pet gets stressed when getting groomed, you can give them a Benadryl to help calm them. In some cases sedatives are necessary, but should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Why does my pet shake or seem nervous to come in to your salon?
Animals are very intelligent. In a lot of cases pets come in and “put on a show” for their owners and as soon as they leave bounce and romp around having a blast with other pets. Some pets are very nervous creatures. If this is the case with your pet, a change of scenery can cause a little anxiety. They know that visiting the salon can be associated with separation from there owners and exposure to various equipment such as dryers and clippers. It usually subsides after coming in and getting aquatinted with the staff as well as other animals. Think of how you or maybe your school mates were when you started school for the first time. Some kids were very outgoing and could care less they were meeting new people and in a new environment, but others were very shy and it took a while for them to warm up. We take the time to build rapport with your pet, ensuring that they are comfortable and happy, because we hate seeing them shake and be nervous too.
If my pet is matted, can they be brushed out as opposed to being shaved down?
In some cases, if your pet has small tangles rather then tight mats they can be brushed out. In most cases however, if you waited a long period of time between grooming’s, your pets fur will become too tightly matted. You cannot cut through mats, you have to cut under them. Therefore if the mat is tight on the skin, we have to cut under it which results in the fur being cut short. Brushing mats out is very painful to your pet. It can cause brush burn from too much pulling and scratching with the brush. If you want your pet to have a long coat, it is a good idea to get them in every 4 to 6 weeks.
What kind of brush and comb is best?
A simple slicker brush will do the trick. Obviously you want to be mindful when using it it because it does have metal bristles, but getting your pets coat brushed out to the skin keeps it from getting matted. A comb with small to medium teeth is good for going through the coat after you have brushed it to make sure you didn’t miss any tiny pin mats. Remember, brush everywhere! Think of what would happen if you only brushed half of your hair. The other half would eventually get matted up.
Is it important to have my pets anal glands (scent glands) expressed and is it difficult to do?
YES, It is very important! If these glands are not emptied out, they may become impacted which is extremely painful. It may also cause an infection which could result in your pet getting the E-Coli bacteria.
It is not difficult to do, but it can be a bit tricky. You must be careful not to squeeze or pinch the glands because this may result in bruising. The contents within the glands is very stinky and can squirt in all different directions. You can try this at home, but we would be more then happy to take care of the issue where we have a tub, with soap and water.