Common Concerns

Common Health Issues & Concerns

 

Flea and Ticks:

Fleas can cause medical problems in pets including flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, hair loss due to scratching, and secondary skin irritations. Ticks also cause serious infections to pets such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. These diseases can be transmitted to humans.  You should not use flea and tick repellents on very young kitten and puppies. They are too small and frail for the powerful chemicals. The best way to prevent, and remove ticks and fleas is to give them a regular bath and passing a fine comb through their fur. Also, it is best not to let them out in the yard until they’re old enough to wear a flea collar or use an insect-repelling shampoo or powder. If your pet comes into our facility with fleas, we will use a flea shampoo during the bath at an extra charge. We also provide flea and tick treatment to help prevent further infestation. It is recommended to use flea and tick prevention every 3-4 weeks all year around.


Periodontal disease:
Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth causes gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows and the gums recede further, exposing sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces and the bony tooth sockets Left untreated, the infection spreads deep into the tooth socket, destroying the bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens and falls out. 
With our tooth brushing service, we will attempt to scrape any excessive tarter off your pets teeth, brush them, and give your pet some minty breath spray. We also offer products that can help reduce tarter with and without brushing. If teeth are bad enough, we will recommend that you visit your veterinarian for further treatment. 

Matting:

Matting happens more often with long-hair dogs during seasonal shedding due to the fact that excessive hair is not removed. Regular and frequent grooming, especially brushing, is absolutely necessary to not only prevent mats, but to keep your pet’s coat and skin healthy. Severe matting can be extremely painful to your dog during brushing, this only causes live hairs to be pulled out of the skin with excruciating pain. Even mild matting can cause your pet a great deal of pain. Matting can cut off blood supply to legs and deny regular air circulation. Skin denied fresh air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes quite unhealthy. It can turn dark pink to red, and open sores are apt to form emitting foul odors. Even organic matter, like weeds and stickers, can become embedded in the skin. Matts have been known to contain stool of the pet and even fly larvae that further irritate the skin. Remember, sometimes these mats and their consequences can be completely hidden from view. The term “dematting” simply means to rip the matts from the dog’s skin. Many groomers will do this with no regard for your dog’s comfort in order to make money. We do not do that. If your pet is matted, we will always recommend shaving your pet down to prevent any irritation and discomfort. 


Tear Stain Build Up:

Tear stains are a common occurrence on many dogs and cats that are characterized by dark reddish, brown crusty discoloration around a pet's eyes, muzzle, and even paws. Tear stains are difficult to eradicate and frustrating to pet owners because of the negative cosmetic consequences. Tear stains also cause skin irritation, eye irritation, discomfort for your pet, and even a foul odor. Environmental, genetic, and bacterial agents, or a combination thereof may contribute to causing tear stains. We offer a facial scrub to help get rid of the brownish tint on your pets eyes! An easy way to prevent build up and irritation is to wipe away excess tear stains with a warm wet cloth daily. 

Shedding:

We provides services that help significantly reduce the shedding that comes from your pet. For our full service de-shedding treatment, we spend time before the bath brushing out the hair, after the bath blowing out hair and a finishing brush out to ensure that most of the loose and lingering hair is removed. Regular de-shedding treatments can help reduce shedding up to 80%. If the shedding treatment does not work as much as you want, we will suggest a shave down to completely eliminate shedding for a period of time.