Often times grooming can magnify any underlying issues and although rare. There are several situations that can arise after the grooming process. These problems generally occur in pets that are not groomed frequently, have allergies and/or are matted. To avoid these issues, it’s very important to get your pet groomed frequently, maintain coat at home and tend to any seasonal or food allergies promptly.
We have compiled the most common and have explained below:
Bleeding nail–We are always very careful and try not to cut a quick, however, occasionally, specifically with pets who’s nails are not cut every 4 weeks the quick can be deceivingly long or pets that are not fond of getting their nails cut. We always will try to tell you if we bled a nail but often times its minimal and we may forget.
Often times we have not cut the quick but have gotten close to it and after the pet goes home and runs around, specifically, on pavement or sidewalk the quick may open up and bleed. If this happens please don’t be alarmed and apply either cornstarch or flour to the nail and bleeding should stop.
Shaking head–This usually occurs in pets that have an excessive amount of ear hair that was plucked or shaved. This can be prevented if groomed every 4 weeks.
Licking/Chewing–allergies, clipper irritation–This usually occurs in pets that have to be shaved down due to matting. It occurs mostly in groin and stomach region as these areas are very sensitive. It also may appear during allergy season or in pets that have skin or food allergies. It is very important you do not allow your pet to scratch at any irritations as they can create a large problem including infection.
Skin/Clipper Irritation–This is again caused most prominently in pets that have been shaved down and do not get groomed every 4-6 weeks. If we notice any irritation, we will let you know at checkout.
Temperament Change– Many people have had experiences where their pet has to be shaved down and think their pet is embarrassed. Animals don’t feel embarrassment but instead feed off the emotions of their owner. If your pet has to be shaved down it’s very important you act as if nothing has happened. Again, it’s advisable to get your pet groomed frequently and maintain your pet’s coat in between grooming to prevent matting. De-matting is another cause of stress during the grooming process and we will not demat any pet if it causes them stress.
Scooting/ Chewing at rear–The rear and private areas of a pet are very sensitive. Many times pets’s that have to be shaved close due to matting in these areas will lick or scoot to relieve itching. Please do not let your pet lick these areas. Pet’s who’s anal glands were expressed may also scoot after grooming.
Eye Irritation/allergies–The grooming process may further irritate any allergies that affect the eyes as we do use water and shampoo on the face. We are always beyond careful washing faces but even a tiny bit of water into an already irritated eye can make the situation worse. Please let us know at check-in if your pet has any food, environmental or skin allergies.
How to get the Groom You Want
We understand you have a picture in your mind of how you want your pet to look. We want to achieve this picture to the best of our ability but there are a few guidelines that may help you and us achieve what you want.
1. Please, do not rush your groomer-We understand that you are busy and have things to do and if you have any time constraints the day of your pet’s grooming we will try to accommodate you to the best of our ability. But rushing your groomer is not advisable as often times we need extra time for certain pets and/or cuts.We will also call you with a heads up when your pet is within ½ hour of being done or any specified time that is convenient for you if needed.
2. Maintain at home and get your pet groomed frequently–If you have specific ideas of how you want your pets cut to look,specifically, if you want the coat longer than ½ inches then the coat must be maintained at home in between grooms. We can always advise you of a manageable cut if requested.
3. Be realistic in your expectations -We know you may want your Westie to look like the Caesar dog or your Standard poodle to be in a show cut Continental but many times your pet may not have the same coat quality, being maintained properly at home or may have temperament issues that make certain cuts difficult. We will always try to meet your expectations but certain circumstances may prevent that from happening. The most common is the aging dog…while your once younger pet had no issues getting groomed he/she may now have difficulty. As a pet ages so does their body and mental health. We will never force a senior pet to stand for lengths of time just for the sake of a specific cut. We will always choose the pet’s best interest before a requested cut. Humanity Before Vanity is our motto.
4. If your pet is a puppy or a senior –We want your pet to have the best possible experience while getting groomed. Puppies are new to the experience and may be nervous of new sounds, distractible or wiggly. We let puppies go at their own pace at first and we may not be able to get the exact cut you are looking for at first. As pets age and get into being a senior they may have trouble standing, have neurological problems, health issues and coat changes. Due to these factors your pet may not be able to get the cut that they had been getting all of their life as we want them to be safe, secure and stress free.
5. Please be on time for your appointment or call us if you are going to be late to better accommodate you and your pet. If you are changing anything in terms of the cut and someone else is dropping off, please make sure they know exactly what you want done. If we have to contact you, it may delay your pet’s grooming