Dog Grooming

Have a Dog with Special Needs? What Your Groomer Needs to Know 

Photo Credit: Handicapped Pets

Photo Credit: Handicapped Pets

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and that includes special needs dogs. Some have only three legs, others can have weight concerns and still others might have an internal health problem. Because that can affect how the dog lives her life, you may be wondering how that may impact the dog’s grooming session. 

Communication Sets Up A Successful Grooming Session

When setting up your pet's appointment, we suggest speaking with our Master Groomer Joel to discuss your dog's needs. Joel has over 15 years of experience and has groomed thousands of dogs. He knows how to adjust a grooming service accordingly.

Issues that we should know about include: 

  1. Recent surgeries the dog has had that affect movement or care in any way, such as hip surgeries. 
  2. Any health concerns that have an affect on the dog. Examples include recent injuries, trachea issues or heart issues. 
  3. Weight issues for both overweight or extremely thin dogs.
  4. Any changes related to age, such as incontinence
  5. Injuries or handicaps, like missing legs, blindness or deafness. 

Knowing about any of these issues can help us better care for your dog while we are grooming her. For instance, a heart problem might mean we need to take measures to not spook the dog with blower noises, which could put stress on the heart. Missing legs can affect how we harness your dog while grooming. We can also prepare ahead of time to transfer, lift and support the dog safely before, during and after grooming.

Mobile Grooming is Less Stressful for Your Special Needs Dog

If you have a dog with special needs, mobile grooming is typically the least stressful grooming option. The fact that we come to you means less travel. Your dog can stay near her home, and she won't have to face the noise, sights and smells of a building full of many other animals and strangers. 

If your pet has a health issue, you may wonder if loading your dog into a van is a good option. We encourage you to talk to Joel about this when you schedule your appointment. But rest assured, we are experts at lifting dogs of all types into the van for grooming. 

Ready to schedule a low-stress grooming option for your furry friend? Call us at 844-484-7666.

What to do When Your Dog Gets Sprayed by a Skunk

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An 11-year-old Weimaraner we groom loves to chase skunks around his backyard. After a few stinky encounters, the Weim's humans decided it was time to build a fence around the property to keep the skunks out. 

However, Weimaraners tend to be persistent and determined, and our client's dog dug a hole under the fence, allowing the skunks back into the yard. It wasn't long before the skunks burrowed themselves into a cozy home under the porch. And not surprisingly, it wasn't long before the Weimaraner got sprayed right in the mouth. 

Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence. Dogs usually attack the skunk head on and try to bite them. The normal defensive reaction from the skunk is to spray the dog. 

In this case, it took almost 4 months to get rid of the smell. Not a pleasant situation by any standard. 

Why Does the Smell Last So Long?

Once sprayed by a skunk, it can take up to 6 months before the dog is completely "odor free." The rancid scent from the skunk is absorbed into their glands. When they breathe or sweat, the stench then emanates from them again and again until it is entirely out of their system. 

While everyone at some point or another experiences the repulsiveness of driving by a skunk on the road after a full blast, you don’t realize how bad the smell can be until your family pet gets sprayed. This is especially true for dogs who enjoy poking the bear (or skunk in this case). 

Three Things to Do AFTER a Skunk Attack

It is essential to know a few things to protect yourself before and after a skunk sprays your dog: 

#1. Getting Rid of the Smell 
If you take away one nugget from this article, let this be it: If your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, we're available 7 days a week for emergency grooming. Call us ASAP at 844-484-7666. We will use specialty products to diminish the smell as much as possible.

For pets who have been sprayed in the mouth, we can also recommend an enzyme for the water bowl to help neutralize the smell safely. 

If you want to DIY the skunk smell, we want to caution you not to spray your dog's head with tomato, vinegar and other homemade concoctions. It could end up in your dogs eyes, causing permanent damage. At The Tailored Groomer, we know how to safely treat your dogs head while protecting the eyes.

Also be careful not to over bathe your dog. This may seem counter-intuitive. After all, if you bathe your dog two or three times, surely it will help eliminate the smell, right? In reality, it dries out your dog's fur and won’t do any more to get rid of the skunk smell. It can also put your dog at risk for a skin infection.

#2. Call Animal Control
If you see skunks in your backyard, call animal control right away. Skunks like to burrow themselves underneath porches, decks and in other hiding spots. Once they are nestled in for safety, they are difficult to remove. 

And as you can imagine, if you try to remove them, they'll defend themselves by spraying you. 

Animal control understands how to handle a skunk without scaring them. Let the professionals do this before your determined Weimaraner does. 

#3. Do Not Use Bleach or Smoke to Out the Skunks
Some people try to use bleach to get rid of the smell outside their home. However, skunk spray combined with bleach creates mustard gas. This is another good reason to hire a professional to take care of the problem. 

Additionally, do not smoke out the skunks. Skunks will just burrow further into their hole upon smelling smoke. 

Remember, if your dog has a run-in with a skunk and loses, don't spread the stink to your car. Call The Tailored Groomer at 844-484-7666 to come out to your home come to your home so you can start breathing easy again.

How to Ease Your Puppy or Kitten into a Grooming Routine

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Even for playful puppies and curious kittens, that first grooming appointment can be a stressful experience. At The Tailored Groomer, we'll work with you to introduce your young pet to grooming in methodical, easy stages. We'll acclimate them to the process and make them feel at ease being groomed.

When should you start having your puppy or kitten groomed? When they reach 3 months old. By this time, they have weaned off their mother and they’re going into a rapid growth phase. Before 3 months, their fur does not typically get too matted, so it's fine to wait a bit. 

Once they are 3 months old, we find that the following sequence works best for grooming puppies and kittens:

First 3 Grooming Sessions for Puppies and Kittens

1. Get your pet acclimated.

During the first appointment, our goal is to gently introduce your pet to the grooming environment. We start by grooming only the "face, feet and fanny." 

For puppies, we use scissors to manually trim the fur. We don’t use the clippers to cut their fur yet because it can scare them. Instead, we turn on the clipper to get them used to the sound and we let them feel the vibration. We don't apply the cutting blade.  

Because kittens need to grow their fur out, we typically bathe and brush them during their first appointment with the groomer. We don't clip their fur at this age.

2. Test their comfort level.

On the second visit, we will try to groom your puppy using the clippers. If your puppy shows any signs of being scared, we will stop immediately.  

For kittens, we may cut their nails or clean their ears. If needed, we may provide a sanitary trim to their fanny or undercarriage.

We are aiming for a low stress experience for you and your pet. In our experience, a slow and steady approach works best.

3. Decide if the vet can help.

You will know at the third visit whether or not your pet is able to adapt to a full grooming treatment. If they are comfortable, we will treat them to our premium service. If they are still nervous, we may recommend taking your pet to a vet that has a groomer. They are better equipped with the medical material and equipment to sedate your pet safely in order to groom appropriately.  

We never recommend giving your puppy or kitten medicine to calm them for grooming. Leave dispensing medicine to the veterinary professionals. Otherwise, your pet might have a bad reaction, which will increase their stress levels even more. 

At Home Grooming Tips Before Your Pet Hits the 3 Month Mark

If your puppy gets dirty before it's time to bring them to us for their first grooming appointment, we recommend the following tips: 

1. Before you give your puppy or kitten a bath at home, do some research first so know what to expect and how to properly bathe your pet. Check out this video from Vet's Klinic TV:

How to bathe your puppy for the first time. ©Vet's Klinic | www.vetsklinic.co.uk | www.vetskitchen.co.uk

2. Try dry shampoo or use aloe vera wipes before washing them to make sure you remove bacteria or microscopic slime on your pet.

3. Use the correct shampoo and conditioner for your puppy's breed. For example, a Shih Tzu has different needs from a Lab. Although the video doesn't show this, we don't recommend wetting your dog's fur or applying shampoo directly to the fur. This will create a sludge that makes it harder to get them clean. Instead, we recommend mixing 1 part of shampoo with 15 parts water and then apply that solution to your pet's fur. It will result in a cleaner puppy!

Special Savings for New Puppy & Kitten Parents

We want you and your new pet to have good experiences at the groomer. To help you make your visits more affordable, we offer special grooming discounts for puppies and kittens 6 months and younger. Call us for details at 844-484-7666. We are here to help you with any grooming questions you have for your puppy or kitten. 

Grooming your pet regularly should reduce shedding by at least 40 percent

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Does it seem like your home is being taken over by pet hair? If so, it's that time of year. Dogs and cats shed their coats two to four times a year, and early winter is one of those high-shedding periods.

The good news is: Grooming your dog or cat monthly will reduce shedding by at least 40 percent. Having your pet groomed every 6 to 8 weeks will reduce shedding by 10 to 20 percent. 

With our grooming services, we include a de-shedding treatment at no additional cost. Mention that your pet is shedding a lot, and we'll use a special shampoo and conditioner with aloe. And for pets with long fur, we'll use the FURminator shedding tool to remove even more of the dead fur.

While you'll see a reduction in shedding after the first grooming service, you'll see the maximum benefit after multiple grooms.

What can you expect from one of our premium pet grooming appointments?

As soon as you meet Master Groomer Joel C. Burton, you'll know your pet will be in safe and competent hands. Joel has more than 15 years of grooming experience and has even tested his skills in more than 10 grooming competitions.

During the grooming appointment, your beloved pet will be pampered and gently treated to ALL of the following:

  • Bathing Beauty Shampooing 
  • Massage-In Bathing Beauty
  • Thorough Rinse
  • Scissor Finish
  • Brush Out Knots & Tangles
  • Gentle, Towel Dry for the Face
  • Blow Dry for the Body
  • Brush & Fluff Dry (depending on breed)
  • Grinding Toenails (dogs only)
  • Lion Cut (cats only)
  • Clean Eyes & Ears
  • Teeth Brushing (dogs only)
  • Blueberry Towel Treatment (helps with tear stains)
  • Light Fragrance (with your approval)
  • Stylish Bandana (with your approval)