Grooming

What vaccinations are required?

We require your pet be current on Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, and  Bordatella (Kennel Cough). Your dog must be free of fleas and ticks.  You can get the documentation from your vet and have it faxed (301-217-0090) to us or take a picture ( with your smart phone)of your dog’s vaccination reminder and email the photo to us at info@dogboarding.net.

How old does my puppy need to be for a grooming?

At least 12 weeks of age, provided your pet is in good health.

How often should my dog’s nails be clipped?

Dogs nails should be cut or ground every 4 weeks. You do not need an appointment for a nail trim.

My pet’s nail is bleeding! What should I do?

Occasionally, nails can be quicked as a result of the grooming process. The quick is a small nerve inside the toenail that nourishes the nail shaft so it will be healthy and grow. After nails are cut, pets can either wear away some of that nail due to their normal activity running about on pavement or in normal wear and tear. Then, the quick is exposed and can bleed. Just like if you get a paper cut or cut your own nails too short. If the nail starts to bleed, you can use a small amount of styptic powder (which is found in your pet supply store) and hold it to the nail for 15 seconds. Otherwise, you can use household cornstarch or flour.

How often should I brush my dog?

All dogs can be brushed every day. Brushing massages the skin and encourages the circulation of sebum through the coat. The sebum (oil) is what keeps the coat clean and healthy by keeping dirt away from the hair shaft. It also keeps it in good condition.

What type of brush should I use for my dog?

A brush should be chosen based on the length of the dog’s coat and what type of coat he/she has. Boxers have short hair, so a curry or rubber brush works best. Most other breeds, a pet slicker brush works best. However, it can vary by the dog and coat condition.

How often should my dog be groomed?

It depends on the breed and what type of style you would like to maintain. It can vary anywhere from 4-12 weeks.

What should I do between appointments?

All pets can benefit from routine at-home care, even if you do have your pet professionally groomed. It may vary by dog, but brushing, cleaning the teeth and ears, and trimming of the nails all should be done on a regular basis.

Why does my dog’s breathe smell?

The teeth may need to be brushed. If you see brownish buildup on the teeth, that isn’t normal. While a dog’s saliva does have some antibacterial qualities, they still do need to have their teeth brushed. Dry food is not enough to prevent the accumulation of food deposits and unhealthy bacteria in the dog’s mouth. All dogs can have their teeth brushed weekly. You can also use chews designed for dental or a gel or water additive.

What dogs need to be professionally groomed?

All dogs need grooming and can benefit from professional grooming, even if they don’t have a lot of coat and just need a bath. A groomer will be able to notice other things with your dog that are important for their health and well being, that you may overlook. We can also ensure proper care of the skin and coat, beyond what you’re able to do at home.

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