There are many factors to consider when estimating groom time. The condition and length of coat, the size and tolerance of the dog, length of time since the last groom and between groom at home maintenance. Maintanining the coat at home is the secret to shorter groom time. For example a Collie that comes in to the shop twice a year can take 3+ hours verses the Collie that is groomed every 8 weeks.
All dogs have a certain doggy odor, but sometimes an owner might notice an unusual scent coming from his dog's ears. Determining the cause of the odor helps the owner figure out how to get rid of it. Dirty Dog ears that are dirty can start to smell. The best way to prevent this is to bathe your dog regularly and wipe its ears weekly.
Infection Ear infections can produce a nasty smell around your dog's ears. Your vet can diagnose an ear infection and prescribe medication to clear it up.
Breed Certain breeds, such as basset hounds, spaniels and bloodhounds, are prone to having smelly ears. This is because their droopy ears do not get as much air circulating around them as shorter-eared dogs.
Rolling Dogs love to roll in smelly things like dead birds or cat feces. If your dog's ears smell bad, it's possible it has rolled in something unsavory and needs to be bathed.
Dried Food Dogs with long ears often drag their ears on food and water bowls or along the ground as they walk. This can lead to food and dirt becoming stuck to the dog's ears, which can start to smell if not cleaned off immediately.
Brushing your dog's coat on a regular basis helps its skin stay healthy and pest-free. The dog will look and feel better, and you will strengthen the bond between you. Breed Requirements Coat care for most short-haired breeds is a simple matter of weekly brushing and bathing every few months. Long-haired breeds might require daily brushing and monthly professional grooming. Curly coated breeds need regular clipping.
Effects of Neglect: Neglecting the coat of your long-haired dog can cause painful matting. If the dog is shaved to remove the mats, it might feel itchy and scratch its skin raw. Wrinkly dogs like boxers and Shar-Peis can develop dermatitis if their skin folds are not cleaned regularly.
Benefits to Your Dog Brushing: your dog distributes natural oils in its coat that keep the skin healthy. Regular attention to the coat will remove burrs and tangles and help you spot ticks and fleas. It allows early detection of cuts, lumps or skin conditions that are best treated early.
Benefits to You Brushing your dog regularly establishes trust and physical closeness and controls shedding and dander, which can cause allergies.
Fun Fact: Even hairless breeds require grooming. Their patches of hair need to be combed daily to prevent tangles, and their bare skin needs to be washed, oiled and protected from sunburn.
Source: "The Original Dog Bible"; Kristin Mehus-Roe; 2005
Unfortunately the warm weather and humidity create the perfect environment for fleas. The Lazy Dog can help with treating your pet but that is only half the battle. The treatment of your home and yard will help take control of the situation. If a clean pet is returned back into an environment that has not been treated then the fleas will only return to the pet for their next meal. In just 30 days, 10 female fleas under ideal conditions can multiply to over a quarter million different life stages.
Optimum temperatures for the flea's life cycle are 70°F to 85°F and optimum humidity is 70 percent.
Newly emerged adult fleas live only about one week if a blood meal is not obtained.
Breaking the cycle with an Insect Growth Regulator , not just killing the few adults is the secret to flea control.
Completely developed adult fleas can live for several months without eating,
as long as they do not emerge from their cacoons.
So, as you can see it is important to work together to get your pets flea problem under control! Call and schedule your pets flea bath today!!!
I have found that one of the common complaints this time of year is constant scratching. The bitter cold can be brutal on our dogs, as well as us!! But we can help. We have a few products that have shown great success in alleviating winters harsh realities. Hot Oil treatments soothe that irritated skin. Then following up with mild but effective shampoo that is coat specific and we can even use conditioner to help with static and fly aways! There is never an extra charge for any of these additional services. Call today for an appointment
Remember when using rock salt or any type of salt product to melt your ice that your dog's pads are VERY sensitive to it and will burn their feet. There is specially made ice melt just for the safety of pets so put it where you need to and keep the rock salt away from your pets.