|WELCOME TO PETS R BEST DOG GROOMING
I AIM TO GIVE YOUR DOG A ONE-ON-ONE,
CALM AND STRESS-FREE GROOMING EXPERIENCE.
Dog Grooming Services
- Full Blow Dry
- Professional Catering Staff
- Specialist Clipping – All Breeds
- Nails Trimmed
- Warm Hydrobath
- Full Coat Deshedding
- Eyes and Ears Gently Cleaned
- No sedation
Pets R Best open Monday to Sunday inclusive – 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Hello! I am the owner, operator of Pets R Best, Matthew O’Shaughnessy. I am a fully qualified dog groomer, with over ten years experience in the field.
I can offer your dog:
I cater to all breeds and sizes and all types of styles; your dog washed, dried, clipped and scissored to the highest standards.
- A modern fully air-conditioned and heated environment,
- A happy, calm and stress-free experience at my salon,
- Longer appointments for your dog’s comfort. We enjoy playtime between washing, drying and grooming in my enclosed backyard. This will lead to maximum enjoyment for your dog.
Their nails and ears will be trimmed and cleaned; with a squirt of cologne and a bandanna or hair bow, your dog will look his best!
Why Does My Dog Need to be Groomed?
Grooming or pet grooming is a vital part in the well-being and healthiness of a dog, which can improve their lifespan. All breeds require daily grooming, how much depends on the breed, age, or health of the pet. Regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. It is important to note that while many dogs shed, others (such as the poodle) do not shed or moult as profusely, and require grooming by a professional very 6-8 weeks maximum.
The main reasons for daily grooming include:
- Decreased chance of various health problems, such as thrush, scratches, other skin problems,
- General cleanliness of the dog,
- Monitoring of the dogs health by checking for cuts, heath, swelling, lameness or changes in temperament; all of which could be indicate of illness,
- Forging of a closer bond between dog and owner,
- Reducing infestation load of external parasites on skin.
What is the Difference between Grooming and Clipping?
Many pet owners can be confused about the difference between grooming and clipping. “Grooming” covers a variety of procedures, including bathing, combing, brushing, nail clipping, plucking hair from ears, clipping and parasite control. Whereas “Clipping” on its own is generally only done to dogs whose hair continuously grows and is considered only one step in the grooming process. There are many benefits to grooming your pet including improved appearance (and smell). Increased comfort and improved health.
Grooming a Dog That Sheds
Dogs with heavy coats shed all the time, though the main shedding seasons are in the spring and fall, when a new coat comes in. Brush these dogs often, and consider using a shedding blade (the tool isn’t half as scary as it sounds!) to pull out dead fur (a groomer or vet can show you how) so it doesn’t cover furniture and clothes; this process is called deshedding. Without regular grooming, an undercoat can mat down painfully against a dog’s skin. A good deshedding is done during and after a bath, for the dogs that need it. In the interim, you can use a shedding blade or a product called the Furminator, which removes insane amounts of fur from your dog. Be careful and follow directions if you choose to use the Furminator’s blade – it’s sharp and should be used with extreme caution.
When Your Dog Hates Grooming…
Don’t butt heads with your dog by hovering, grabbing or holding his body against his will.
If a dog struggles when you groom him, don’t give up, or he’ll learn that fussing equals freedom!
Practice positive desensitization techniques with lots of treats. Let him sniff the comb, reward him with a treat; touch various parts of his body with your hands and tools, reward him with a treat; move him into grooming positions, reward him with a treat…
How Do I Keep My Dog Looking Good?
Your dog needs regular 4-8 week appointments with a groomer and regular brushing between appointments. This kind of regular attention enables your groomer to devote more time and effort to beautifying your dog, rather than de-matting and trying to salvage a neglected coat.
Why is My Dog Scratching All the Time?
Your dog is most likely suffering from fleas, allergies, dry skin or fly bites. For example, dry skin can be caused by using the wrong shampoos and fly bites are more common at certain time of the year. Please feel free to discuss any of these issues with me.
What is Wrong with My Dog’s Ears?
It is quite common for dogs with long, “floppy” ears to suffer ear infections. Signs of ear infection include redness in the ear, a yeasty smell in the ear, continuous scratching of the ears, and they may be tender to touch. Please feel free to discuss any of these signs with me.
Why Should I Trim My Dog’s Nails?
Nail trimming is essential for maintaining good health. If a dog’s nails are allowed to grow, they will curl over into a spiral shape; walking will become increasingly painful to the dog as they grow, putting pressure on the dogs toes (a bit like walking in shoes that are too small). Uncut nails may curl so far that they pierce the paw pad, leading to infection and debilitating pain. If one does not trim a dogs nails on a monthly basis, the quick will grow along the nail, making it nearly impossible to cut properly. Owners may choose to trim nails themselves or may opt to take their pet to a groomer or veterinarian.
General Tips for Nailing Cutting
If you choose not to use a groomer for your dog’s nail care, I’d much rather you file than file than snip, and so would your vet. But if you’re comfortable with clippers, I’ve outlined some basic pointers below to make things easier. Please ask your vet or groomer for a tutorial before you trim at home, since it’s easier to explain these steps live and in person than it is on paper.
Nail growth varies with each dog based on his exercise routine, the surfaces he runs on, the shape of his feet and whether his nails touch the ground. At a minimum, they’ll need to be trimmed every four weeks.
Use a nail clipper suggested by your vet or groomer. Clippers fall into two categories. The first resembles a scissor or hedge trimmer, with sharp blades that curve around a nail. The second is referred to as a “guillotine,” and the nail fits into a n opening that lets you squeeze the blade down onto it. I should add that while they’re popular, I don’t personally like these clippers since they can pull a nail and make your dog jumpier than he already is. It takes a steady and cautious hand to use guillotine-style clippers without injury or concern.
Why Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?
It is necessary to brush your dog’s teeth to clean the film and food from your dog’s teeth to prevent decay and freshen their breath. At Pets R Best teeth brushing is done in the bath, with their own personal toothbrush, which I file away for future use. I use a canine cinnamon and tea tree toothpaste to freshen your dog’s breath.
Is Being Groomed Stressful for My Dog?
Going to the groomers is a big day out for your dog. They are used to playing, sleeping and spending their days in familiar surroundings. It is a big day out for your dog having a bath, drying off, getting clipped, concentrating and standing still. I aim to make this experience for your beloved pooch as calm and stress-free as possible. Your dog’s welfare and happiness is my first and most important concern!
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