Posts in Category: Pet Grooming & Style
Everyone can recognize the pungent and distinct odor of skunk spray, but having your pet show up freshly doused brings that special scent to a new level. Pets, especially dogs, have a natural playfulness and curiosity that lends them to encounters with wildlife in the yard and on the trail. If a skunk is the object of your pet’s interest, the results can be nasty.
If your pet has been skunked, don’t panic! Folk remedies, such as bathing your pet in tomato juice, may abound, but many have little to no effect and some can be dangerous for your pet.
Let The Pet Experts help you with our strategies for cleaning up your pet, and saving your sanity if your pet has been skunked.Continue…
There are few things that keep members of our active community from exercising. Instead of allowing ourselves to get into seasonal slumps, goal-oriented individuals commit to gratifying challenges. Pets are typically along for the ride, but sometimes the outdoor conditions are just too extreme.
While pet owners must be aware of the dangers related to overheating, it’s equally important to adopt a routine for summer paw care. That way, you and your pet can keep on truckin’ together throughout the entire season.Continue…
What we all need is more work to do, right? We’re not talking about hard labor or even menial chores around the house, but we are referring to one of the most influential contributors to your pet’s health and vitality. Pet dental care is truly an effective measure against serious illness, but it’s sort of perceived as work. As a result, brushing isn’t necessarily part of everyone’s routine.
With The Pet Experts’ simple, effective tactics, you can seamlessly add brushing to your daily schedule for remarkable payoffs later on.Continue…
Most of us are aware of the dangers of our pets overheating in warm weather, but what about their safety in the cold? It’s a mistake to think that a pet’s fur can protect them from winter wind, rain, snow, and wind. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s too cold for your pet.
It’s true that some Northern breeds are better equipped to handle cold conditions than short haired, thin skinned breeds (like a chihuahua). But even these dogs need protection from the elements. What are your ideas for keeping pets warm in the winter? Stay tuned as The Pet Experts take you through some best practices to keep everyone in your pack safe and comfortable.Continue…
If you’ve decided there aren’t enough brooms and vacuum cleaners in the world to handle all the dog or cat hair under your furniture, on your furniture (that why they call it furniture in the first place, right?), and probably in your soup, take heart. There are things you can do to make shedding season a little easier on everyone. Continue…
If you keep your pet’s nails trimmed on a regular 4-week schedule, bravo! Not only are you filling your home with sonic balance (we always vote for less clicking on hardwood, laminate, or tile floors), but you are servicing your pet in other tremendous, healthful ways. Of course, not all pet owners are able or willing to trim their pet’s nails (it can be off-putting at first for all involved), and that’s where we come in!
This March, bring in a pet food donation for shelter animals at Magnificent Mutts and we’ll trim your pet’s nails for free! We’ll show you our tricks of the trade and you can bone up on the benefits of trimming your pet’s nails below. Continue…
Good habits in the pet grooming department are key to your furry friend’s overall health, comfort, and happiness. Pet grooming maintains your pet’s fur, skin, teeth and nails. As pet owners, we need to have the knowledge and correct tools to get the job done.
With our busy schedules, personally tending to all of your pet’s skin, fur, oral, and nail needs can leave you with a full schedule. Sometimes it is all we can do to tend to our own grooming!
Elmhurst Animal Care Center understands and is proud to offer full-scale grooming where we are committed to treating your pet like family. Together, we can support your pet’s wellness with a dedicated and complete grooming regimen. Continue…
With Spring on its way, shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her Spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent.
Just like us, pets love to be pampered. A day at the spa can be just as rejuvenating for your pooch as it is for you. Add in a fresh new look and a jaunty little bow or bandana and you’ll notice a spring in your pup’s step that lets you know he or she is feeling frisky.
How to know who to trust with your pet’s grooming
Choosing somewhere to have your pet groomed can be difficult. A plethora of grooming salons have popped up in recent years, and sometimes it can be almost impossible to tell which ones are good and not-so-good until you find out first hand. Of course, we will tell you that our groomers are the best in the area, but we would rather you come to that conclusion on your own! Here are some factors to consider when choosing a groomer for your pet:
- Does the groomer personalize services?
For instance, certain pets may require special shampoos for itchy skin, have trouble with their ears, or need their coat trimmed a certain way. Our groomers are willing to groom to your pet’s needs, not a one-size-fits-all template.
- Does the groomer require proof of vaccination?
Requiring vaccinations protects your pet. Be wary of any establishment that does not ask for this information. We require all vaccines to be documented and current at the time of your appointment.
- Does the groomer know you and your pet?
Many groomers turn and burn through many pets a day and don’t have time to get to know each client. After a grooming session or two, your pet should be greeted by name!
- Does your pet get treated like the prince/princess s/he is?
Likewise, when a groomer has many pets to groom in a day s/he is unable to take the time to pamper your pet. Our groomers take pride in treating each individual pet to a spa day, taking time to allow even nervous pets to relax and enjoy themselves!
- What kinds of hours do they keep?
Do you have to work around the groomer’s schedule or do they work with yours? We are happy to work around your day care or boarding schedules.
- Can they accommodate special requests? Do they have a working knowledge of your needs?
If you have a show or performance pet, it may need to be groomed in a certain manner. Does your groomer have an in-depth knowledge of your needs? Thinking of changing up Fluffy’s look and going with a pink coat? Can your groomer accomplish that? Be sure to ask!
- What happens if the pet needs medical attention?
Injuries and accidents can happen, particularly if you choose a groomer where care and experience are lacking. In the unlikely event of a problem, Elmhurst Animal Care Center has veterinarians on staff that can immediately attend to your pet. It is also convenient to have a veterinarian around so that any minor medical issues can be addressed during your pet’s grooming appointment.
Elmhurst Animal Care Center is proud to have an experienced, caring grooming staff to attend to your pets. We hope that you trust us with your grooming needs. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are just a few to help you see what a great job we do!
Ah, the dreaded butt-drag. Every pet owner has experienced it. But what does it mean? Don’t ignore it! If your dog is carpet surfing, there is a reason. Here are the most common causes:
- Anal sacs – All dogs and cat have little sacs right inside the rectum that contain a stinky fluid. Normally this fluid is expressed when your pet has a bowel movement. Sometimes the glands can become clogged or infected, however, resulting in a very irritating pressure that can be painful. You can help avoid this by bringing your pet in for grooming, which can include anal gland expression.
- Parasites – Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms can cause irritation around the rectum, resulting in scooting.
- Allergies – Allergies, in particular food allergies, can cause an itchy behind. Give us a call if you suspect this may be the case for your pet.
- Irritation – Anything irritating such as debris stuck in the hair around the rectum or inflammation secondary to diarrhea can result in your pet dragging or licking at its bottom excessively.
- Fleas – Fleas love to hang out around the back half of the animal, which can sometimes result in scooting. Fleas can also carry tapeworms, another culprit!
So next time you catch your pet dragging its rear end on your white rug, don’t yell at him or her- Make an appointment to get it checked out! Your dog or cat is trying to tell you something!
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