The first grooming visit for a pet can be a wonderful, calming and fulfilling experience, if done correctly. There are many breeds such as poodles, yorkies, schnauzers and shih tzu’s that will require regular grooming throughout their lives to help maintain their health and appearance. The best idea is to start getting your pet used to the groomer when they are young so they can learn that grooming can be fun and exciting and not overwhelming and scary.
Start your pet out with regular visits to your Veterinarian to make sure they are healthy and up to date on all important vaccines. This will get them used to the car ride and teach them that trips can be fun! Give your pet small treats for good behavior and make sure everyone gets a chance to pet and adore him/her. You can also take your pet for a visit to the groomer so they can have the chance to smell and hear what goes on in the grooming room in a typical day. Again, reward your pet for being calm, curious and relaxed.
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A physical exam is important because it gives the veterinarian a chance to thoroughly examine your pet from nose to tail and to see if there are any changes or abnormalities in your pet’s overall health. Each of the following body systems are examined:
Use lukewarm water
Use a mild/gentle shampoo for pets (aloe/oatmeal, etc.)
Rinse from tail to head to minimize shaking
Dry in a warm area
Dry off face, around eyes, and dry out ears (use ear cleaner with a drying agent)
Human shampoos can irritate the skin, and bathing your puppy too much can cause dryness and flakiness. This also is a great time to check for fleas, ticks, and possible skin problems.
We know that pet food choices are intimidating. How important are protein quality, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, arginine, lysine, taurine, probiotics, and nucleotides? It can be confusing; what is important and what is hype? Let us guide you through the process. We carry several brands of food that we trust and know completely.
You will quickly see that comparing pet foods is difficult. What food is best at what life stage or state of health? Do you change foods for pregnancy, post-surgery, after kidney or liver disease is diagnosed, diabetes, bladder stone, or cancer? Usually there is an ideal food for each situation. We can help you with this important decision.
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