Fall and winter are the time of year when some owners start slowing down on the time between grooms on their pets so they won’t get so cold. It is important to remember that just because the temperature drops, the pet’s need for grooming does not.
It is important to remember that part of the regular grooming routine is getting the nails done, ears cleaned, sanitary shave, hair off the pads of the feet and anal glands expressed. It is always important to remember to remove any mats and keep you friends clean and happy.
So as cooler temperatures arrive, don’t forget the importance of proper care for your pet.
Every groom entails:
- Cleaning Ears
- Toe Nail Trim
- Anal Glad Expression
- Trimming Foot Hair
- Sanitary Clips
- Trimming Around Eyes
Medical reasons for Grooming are as follows:
1. Ear Cleaning Certain breeds like poodles, terriers, Shih Tzus, Maltese and a few other breeds grow hair in their ear canals that can cause problems if not cleaned or plucked out on a regular basis. It needs to be done to keep moisture and debris from building up and causing ear infections. When we groom, we look for waxy buildup, redness, odor or anything that looks abnormal. We report it to the doctor and the owners so an examination can be done.
2. Toe Nail Trims are a very important part of the grooming process. Other than the fact that no one likes to be scratched up by their pet, they need to be trimmed on a regular basis because they can grow long and get caught in carpeting or cracks and become torn and painful and infected. They can also grow into the pads of their feet and become swollen and infected and end up requiring antibiotics. It can actually cause arthritis because they walk tenderly due to the pain and they limp or walk crookedly.
3. Hair on the bottom of the feet if left to grow too long can become matted between the pads and become very sore. It is comparable to you walking with a pebble in your shoe. It can trap moisture and debris that can lead to infection. It can also lead to arthritis. We also look for redness between the pads and salivary staining on the feet as it could be a sign of allergies.
4, Anal Glad Expression The anal glands are scent glands located on each side of the anus. The fluids often need to be expressed or they can become impacted and sore. They can also rupture and cause serious health issues. One of the signs this needs to be done can be the dog scooting on their rump across the carpet.
5. Sanitary Clip is important to keep clean and allow them to potty without problems. It keeps their britches clean.
6. Hair Around Eyes must be trimmed in many breeds in order to keep the hair off the eyes. When the hair rests in the eyes, it can wick the tears onto the face and cause skin infection, and it can also cause serious and painful sores on the surface of the eyes.
We see the pets up close and personal and find lumps, infections, skin issue and other medical and dental problems that pet owners may not notice. Groomers pretty well cover the dog from head to toe. This can be a very important part of health monitoring for your dog.
It is very important to keep the animals free of mats. Routine brushing is required to maintain your pet’s coat. If you pet does become matted, do NOT use shears to try to get them out. We have to sew up many cuts by owners every year. Take your pet to an experienced groomer to take care of the problem.
Never bathe a pet that is matted. The reasons for this are the mats will get tighter. The pet’s skin cannot get clean, the shampoo can get trapped in and under the mat and cause skin irritation and infections. Matting can also make it difficult to spot lumps, skin issues, or fleas and tick infestations.
Speaking of flea and tick shampoos: Flea and tick shampoos are obsolete and there are no good parasite shampoos by today’s standards. There are many safer and better ways to control fleas today, and the best thing is to get personal advice from one of our veterinarians or technicians to obtain the best possible flea and parasite control.
We always offer a $5 First groom discount. We also have very special rates for first grooms for new puppies. The first groom should be done at around ten weeks of age. These are usually limited grooms that are meant to help get your pet aquainted with the grooming process.
Call 417-782-7387 (PETS) or come by with questions, we are always happy to help you with your questions about grooming and any other pet care and health care needs. You can also visit us on Facebook, or contact us via email.
Prepared by Sherry Pierce, Master Groomer
Learn more about Sherry here: http://www.mainstreetpetcare.com/team/sherry/