Things To Let Your Groomer Know
There are a few important things to let your groomer know. Information that they should take note of such as medical history, past bad grooming experience or if your pet may or may not be aggressive etc.
Your pet’s medical history is important. This allows your groomer to know what they should take note of. For example, we groomed a cat with asthma once. In between the grooming, it needs to use the inhaler to help with its asthma. Or for example, we had a few special cases of dogs with hip displacement, spinal issues or patella. These allow us to help minimise any discomfort or inflicting any pain.
Past Bad Grooming Experience
A bad grooming experience may traumatise your pet. Even if it’s just a simple nail clipping may change your pet’s behaviour towards grooming. That is why most groomers always emphasise on positive grooming experience. And of course, choosing the right groomer is important too.
Signs of Aggression
Aggression can come in any form. They may snap when they’re scared or stress. Or if they’re in pain, such as from an ear infection or a recovering injury. Sometimes, it may be just their character and personality where they may snap without warning or reason. So do let your groomer know beforehand. As once the groomer is injured, they may be on medical leave for a few days till the injury recovers.
Sensitive Skin/Skin Issue
Pet’s with sensitive skin or any underlying skin issue need special care too. Especially when it comes to products being use during grooming. Such as allergic to certain ingredients such as ear cleaner that contains alcohol. Little information may help your groomer avoid any unnecessary physical and emotional stress.
Do remember to inform your groomers. Even small little details help make a pleasant grooming experience for both pawrents and fur babies.
Often times, we get pet owners asking us what’s the difference between freeze dried and air dried pet food? And which is better in terms of nutritional values.
Firstly, they are both raw food that has been processed either by freezing or air drying method. These methods are making it convenient for raw feeding to your pets. It is good for owners who do not wish to handle raw meats and contaminate them during the process. Owners who would wish to transition their pet to raw diet may opt to feed either freeze dried or air dried pet food to their pet for a start.
Freeze drying removes moisture from the meat without moving the food from its raw state. It is first frozen at low temperature and pressured. During this process, reassured that the product is never taken out beyond the freezing point.
Products like K9 Natural, Primal, Woof and Raw Rawr are a few popular freeze-dried in the market.
Air-dried is a process where moisture is being removed through evaporation. Like freeze-dried food, it retains all the nutritional values of the ingredient so that your pet gets all the benefits of the raw food.
Products like Ziwipeak, Wellness Core Air-dried and Absolute Air-dried are a few popular choices in the market.
Both are equally good in our opinion. Our dogs tried most of the brands and we would say so far no allergies. In fact, our Shih Tzu’s skin got better after we switched over from kibbles. But of course, we avoid duck as he is allergic to it.
So if you would like to give your pet a new healthier diet, we would recommend freeze dried or air dried. Do a trial and error as each dog reacts differently. What might be suitable for our dogs might not be suitable for yours.
Cat Ear Infection
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Cats don’t generally develop an ear infection, but when they do, it could cause discomfort and possible deafness.
If they are in contact with other cats with ear mites, chances of them having the same infection are high. An underlying medical problem may cause an ear infection too.
- Overgrowth of yeast or bacteria, or both
- Wax buildup in the ear canal
- Thick hair in the ear canal
- Food or pollen allergies
- Autoimmune diseases
- Tumors/polyps within the ear canal
- Ruptured eardrum
- Improper ear cleaning
- Foreign bodies such as bristle from grass
- Environmental irritants
- Diabetes mellitus
- Black/yellowish discharge
- Redness/ swelling of the ear flap or ear canal
- Waxy Buildup
- Discharge from ear canal that resembles coffee grounds which is the symptoms of ear mites
- Foul odor
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of balance or disorientation
If your cat has ear mites, yeast or bacterial infections, your vet will treat it with anti-parasitics, antifungals or antibiotics. These medications come in the form of ear drops.
However, if the infection has reached the middle ear, the vet may prescribe oral medication or injectable antibiotics.
Your vet may clip off the fur around the cat’s ear canal to help with cleaning and drying of the ear canal. Once you’re home, apply medication as instructed. If unsure, get the vet to demonstrate to you how it should be done.
However, if your cat is having chronic infection, the vet may prescribe a medication that helps to reduce the swell in the ear canal. Sometimes a surgery is needed to remove swollen tissue that has narrowed or closed the ear canal.
Cats with diabetes or weak immune system are prone to getting an ear infection.
Check your cat’s ear regularly to make sure there’s no redness, swelling or foul odor. Clean when necessary. A healthy ear should be pale pink and have no visible debris, odor, minimal or no ear wax.
Get your vet or groomer to show you how to clean your cat’s ears. As regular checks and cleaning help prevent painful ear infection in your cat.
Canine ear infection is usually caused by bacteria or yeast. Their ears are mostly vertical, moisture and debris are easily retained in the ear canal. Ear mites, excessive hair, moisture or wax, foreign bodies, allergies and hypothyroidism can be the contributing factor that leads to an ear infection.
- Scratching of the ear or area around the ear
- Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
- Odour in the ear
- Crusts or scabs on the inside of the outer ear
- Hair loss around the ear
- Rubbing of the ear and surrounding area on the floor or furniture
- Head shaking or head tilt
- Loss of balance
- Unusual eye movements
- Walking in circles
- Hearing loss
How To Prevent Ear Infection
We can’t 100% prevent an ear infection, however, we could minimise the chances of your dog getting one. Like they always say, prevention is always better than cure.
- Always check your dog’s ears for any abnormalities. Such as foul odour or redness around the ears.
- If your dog’s ears appear dirty, gently use a cotton and ear solution prescribed by your vet to clean the area. Your vet will advise on how often you should clean your dog’s ears.
- It is important to keep your dog’s ears dry after a swim or a shower. Moisture trap in your dog’s ear canals is where bacteria thrive and grow and will lead to an infection.
- For dogs with excessive ear fur around the ear canal, it should be removed. You may seek help from the groomer or vet to show you how this is done.
When Should Your Dog See A Vet
If your dog shows any sign of the above symptoms, it is best to seek treatment. Ear infections can be painful and uncomfortable to your dog. Any delay treatment may cause more harm to both the ear canal and middle ear.
With the right diagnosis and medication, your dog will recover fast in no time.
Anaesthesia Dental Scaling
A non-sedated pet is usually not tolerant to a thorough inspection in its mouth. It will tend to fidget a lot and using of sharp instruments can be dangerous. Dental scaling on an awake pet can be a painful experience and may cause unnecessary stress. And if there is a need to extract a loose or decay tooth, it is out of the question for a pet that’s fully awake.
Anaesthesia has several benefits when it comes to your pet’s dental care. It includes:
- Immobilizing your pet to ensure its safety and cooperation during the procedure.
- An x-ray can be easily obtained if needed.
- A thorough examination can be done at all angles and surfaces of your pet’s teeth.
- Allow scaling to be performed under the gum line where periodontal disease is most active.
- Pain management.
Non-professional Dental Scaling
The demand for a non-professional dental scaling (NPDS) is on the rise. With owners who are worried and concern about putting their pets under anaesthesia, they turn to NPDS for their pet’s dental cleaning. An NPDS gives pet owners a false sense of security about their pet’s oral health. This procedure is usually done at a grooming salon and is often referred to cosmetic dental scaling.
Firstly, NPDS is performed by a untrain pet groomer or owner of a pet shop. Secondly, problems such as tartar build up below the gum line and gingivitis isn’t addressed during an NPDS procedure. Thirdly, most oral disease happens below the visible surface of your pet’s mouth which will go unnoticed during NPDS.
Usually, NPDS procedure does not deal with gum problems or other risks to your pet’s overall health that can be developed from a disease that starts in the mouth. Pets that undergo an anaesthesia free dental cleaning for years end up with significant dental disease. This requires multiple teeth extractions as they age.
Anaesthesia Concerns and Worries
Anaesthesia will never be 100% safe. Certain factors such as allergic or adverse reactions to drugs cannot be eliminated. Veterinary practices are well-equipped to safely monitor patients and handle any problems that they may encounter.
Consult your vet if you would like to know more about anaesthesia dental cleaning. Do the necessary health check and tests before you make the final decision.
Home Pet Grooming
Home pet grooming (also known as house-call) is where we bring the salon over to your place. Grooming for your pet will done from start to finish at the comfort of your home.
Recent years, there’s been a rise in demand for home groomers. Owners gave us the feedback that it’s convenient, especially for those without their own mode of transport.
Why Choose Home Pet Grooming?
There are many reasons not to choose home grooming for your pet. However, there are more reasons for you to engage us as your pet’s groomer.
- Suitable for seniors, puppies/kittens, and pets with special needs. They require more time for the grooming session and may need to take a break every once in a while. Home grooming suits their every need where owners can help hold the pet or supervise nearby without needing to leave the premises.
- One to one attention given. Your pet gets our 100% attention from start to finish. Unlike grooming salon where they groom more than one dog in a time frame, your pet will receive our undivided attention for those hours you booked with us.
- Cage free environment. Your pet gets to roam about the place before and after the session. No more waiting for its turn to be groomed or to be picked up in a cold hard cage.
- Reduces stress and anxiety. Traveling or unfamiliar environment may cause stress and anxiety in your pets. By choosing home grooming, all of these will be reduced greatly. Your pet may feel relax and comfortable more compared to when they’re at the grooming salon.
- Need not worry about transportation. Getting a cab can be a headache as not all drivers will fetch you and your pet especially since we’re in a multiracial country. Sometimes the additional transportation cost may be out of your budget. Home grooming allows you to have a worry free mind from all of these issues.
- You need not leave your home. Home grooming allows you to stay at home where you can either supervise the grooming session or get busy with your own chores.
- No more waiting. At the grooming salon, your pet may need to wait for its turn even though you have booked for a specific time slot. The waiting could last for hours till they are ready to be picked up by owner. With home grooming, your pet gets to start its session immediately once we get ready our equipment.
If you’re keen to try out our home grooming service, text us at (+65) 9758 3568 to make an appointment.
Pet grooming is where the hygienic care and cleanliness of the pet are met. It may go through a process where the pet gets a total makeover to enhance its breed’s beauty. The pet may be prepared for show competition or just a normal pet clip.
Grooming can be performed by professionals or owners themselves, depending on the skills and needs required. Basic requirements such as daily brushing, weekly shower, and ear cleaning can be performed by owners at home. However, professional help may be required when it comes to styling.
Each breed requirements are different. And that is where professional help comes into the picture in providing your pet the grooming it needed. Many may still be confused between the basic groom and full groom (grooming terms used by groomers), and this post will explain it all.
Basic grooming is recommended for short coated breeds (Jack Russell Terrier, French Bulldog etc) or long coated breeds whose owners wish to maintain them in tip top condition in between full groom session. It is advisable to schedule a session at least once a month.
- Nail trim and filing
- Ear cleaning
- Trimming of paw pads and hygiene areas
- Shower and fluff dry
- Teeth brushing
- Express anal gland
Full grooming is recommended for long coated breeds (Poodle, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier etc.) as they require professional help in trimming their fur. It is advisable to schedule a session every 4 to 6 weeks.
- Nail trim and filing
- Ear cleaning
- Trimming of paw pads and hygiene areas
- Shower and fluff dry
- Teeth brushing
- Express anal gland
Although the grooming term may not be frequently used by owners, it is ok to ask us to explain the differences again. We will be glad to assist you and advise on which your pet requires.