The Bath – Your pup will be bathed thoroughly with an appropriate dog shampoo (deep clean, flea & tick, oatmeal, etc), conditioner, and finishing spray. If your dog is large or hard to handle at bath time, or you just don’t want to deal with all the mess of bathing your dog at home, give us a call.
Nail Trimming – This is one of most dreaded activities, by both dogs AND owners. Many dogs are fearful about even having their paws touched because unfortunately most of them have had their nails cut too short in the past. There is a nerve that grows inside each nail and it MUST be avoided in order to prevent pain and bleeding. If you want to trim the nails yourself, be sure and locate the nerve before clipping. You can use a flashlight to “back light” the nail if the nerve is hard to see. For dark nails, cut the tip and then very small slivers until you see the pulp. You must leave space between the nerve and the end of the nail to avoid causing pain. Most dogs need their nails trimmed about once a month. When the nails grow too long it can not only affect their gait, but the dew claw is curled and can grow back into the pad, causing severe pain. If your dog’s nails are “clicking” when they walk, most likely they need to be trimmed.
Ears – This involves a natural solution to clean out all accumulated “gunk” (if you don’t know what that means consider yourself lucky), and also remove the inner hair on the little ones if needed. Definitely not something your pup is thrilled with, but necessary to maintain good health. If you just don’t want to be the one providing this unpleasant experience, give us a call.
Anal Glands – For those of you that don’t know that anal glands even exist…your dog has glands at his back end, not unlike a skunk (and just about as potent). The fluid helps mark their scent when they go to the bathroom, and that’s when they are typically emptied or “expressed”. However, many dogs’ glands become swollen or impacted and must be expressed manually (another one of those necessary evils.) It becomes very uncomfortable for them and will only get worse if not taken care of. How often this is needed just depends on your dog. Some need it done monthly or even more often, while some rarely have a problem. Sometimes a diet of soft food can cause the glands not to express on their own. Dry dog food will sometimes help, but not always. If your dog is scooting across the floor, or licking “back there” a lot, most likely his glands are impacted. If ignored, the area will become swollen and very irritated, and you may pay the price by having a most obnoxious odor permeate throughout your home.
- Small Dogs (up to 20 lbs) – $40 (Add $5 for double or thick coat)
- Medium, Large, & EXTRA Large Dogs – $60 (Add $5 for double or thick coat)