Groomers Frequently Asked Questions


 These are just a few that are commonly asked, there is never a ‘stupid’ question when it comes to the health and well being of your pet- so ask away!


         Q: My dogs nails seem long, did they get cut?

          A: A dogs nails are similar to ours. The white/clear hollow tip is what is removed when trimming leaving the pink quick or nerve uncut. Black colored nails are trimmed in the same way only they are more difficult to see the quick. If a dogs nails grow untrimmed for a period of time the quick grows out with the nail making a shorter cut impossible without cutting through the nerve. Cutting the nerve or quick would be like cutting your nails so short you cut into the fingertip. Frequent visits to trim a little at a time will help the quick recede to a normal length without cutting the quicks.


          Q: His nails are sharp, didn’t they just get trimmed?

          A: Even though the nails were trimmed shorter there is now a freshly cut edge on the nails that will remain sharp for a few days. Most groomers offer nail grinding, but for large dogs, puppies and dogs that refuse to have the dremel used,  their nails can still be sharp. A long walk on concrete can help to natualy file the nail. Or if your dog is more comfortable with you touching his feet a simple nail file can do the trick.


          Q: My puppy just got his first haircut, why is his coat different now?

          A: As a young dog ages many things will change as he grows into an adult. Eye color will change, size and yes the coat type, length and color. For instance Poodle puppie’s coats are cotton-like and straight, but the adult under coat will be curly and a thicker texture. Breeds like Yorkshire Terriers and Dalmations will change color as the adult coat grows in. Many Terrier breeds will have a soft puppy coat, but can easily change to thick and wiry as the get older. If you are looking for a certian lenght or coat type it’s very important to do research on the breed and see the parents if buying from a reputable breeder. This will help to determine the desired adult coat.


          Q: Why can’t I leave the bows in until the next groom?

           A: Finishing bows come in many different styles, most being attatched with a rubber band. As a finishing touch these bows are not meant to be kept in for a long period of time, maybe a few days to a week at most. A formal top knot is done in a few steps with the bow or hairclip attatched separately from the banded hair. This style will stay in longer, however it is still necessary to un-do the hair and give the scalp/skin and coat a rest after a good brush out before putting the hair up again. Re-usable bows and clips are a good choice because they allow you to keep the hair brushed out and are easier to put in again. If bows attatched by rubber bands are used continusly and are only removed at each visit to the groomer the result may be damaged, thinning hair, bald spots, skin issues and/or matting. Besides, no one likes a tattered unsightly bow hanging around for weeks! Most groomers are happy to assist you with new bows until the next groom.


           Q: I use a brush, but why is the coat still getting matted?

           A: With as many different breeds there are almost as many different coat types. Make sure you are purchasing the correct grooming tools for your dogs needs. When using a brush you may feel like you are getting a good brushing, however depending on the style you’re using you may only be brushing the very top of the coat leaving everything underneath to possibly mat. Another instance is when using a slicker brush it’s very easy to brush right over small tangles that will get harder to brush out next time. Using a comb in combination with a brush is your best bet. A comb gets all the way down to the skin ensuring all the coat is brushed and catches all the tiny tangles that will get missed using only a brush.


          Q: Why are there still stains under my dogs eyes?

          A: Tear staining is a problem for lots of breeds. This can occour for many reasons, diet, allergies, breed or medical issue. Talking with your vet is the best way to determine what is causing the excessive tearing. As for grooming, tear stains are just as they sound- a stain. Sometimes they can be successfully washed out or trimmed out. With older stains, sometimes not. Keeping the eye area clean and wiped daily at home can also help. Often a yeast bacteria is what is causing the reddish stain to discolor the coat. This bacteria can be transfered to the mouth, beard, feet or anywhere else by licking.


          Q: My dog just had a bath, but he still has an odor?

          A: Certain breeds can be prone to over growth of yeast bacteria that will give areas like ears, feet, face or chest a foul or musky odor and often discolors the coat with a reddish tint. Any breed is suseptable. Yeast loves a moist, warm area, so the most recognized are drop-eared breeds, wrinkled/excess skin breeds and Retrievers (their drop-ears and love of water makes them ideal!). A quick visit to your vet can help to alieviate the issue. As for grooming, a bath (or many) will not remedy the problem or get rid of the smell. Certain deodorizing or de-skunk shampoos might help, but will only cover the odor.


          Q: Do you express anal glands?

          A: Yes, we will express anal glands as necessary. All dogs are different and some require them to be released more often than others, so they may not be expressed every visit. Groomers usually only do external expression. A vet visit may be necessary if there is an issue such as discoloration, thickness or trouble with expressing. If these issues are noticed at the groomer we will pass that info on to you. Vets can do an internal expression that can be more benifitial to your pet if needed.


          Q: Why don’t you offer tooth brushing?

          A: Tooth brushing can be a beneficial service to any dog. However, if this regimen is not followed on a daily basis already at home it is not a good use of the groomers time or your money. For tooth brushing to have any benefit for your dog it is something that needs to be done at least once a day from the time your dog grew in his adult teeth. The one time every 4-6 weeks their teeth get brushed at a groom appointment isn’t harmful, but is not going to be the best result. A professional tooth cleaning at your vets office is most likely your best option.

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