Brush & Bath include:
Shampoo, Conditioner, Ear Cleaning, Nail Trim, Blow-Dry, Brushed out / Fluff and Undercoat Removal Grooming includes: Styled Haircut plus everything under Brush.
Anal glands are internal scent glands — some people refer to them as “anal sacs.” They are located between the layers of muscles that makeup the rectum and, when all is working right, they are naturally expressed,through the duct that connects the gland to the outside, each time a dog has abowel movement. This is another way that a dog can mark their territory and leave a “smell signal” for any other dogs that may pass by their feces. Squeezing that’s done during anal gland expression, especially when done externally, can lead to inflammation which could result in scar tissue formation, further narrowing an already narrowed anal gland duct. Frequent anal gland expression, when it is not needed, can also weaken the surrounding muscles and result in a pet that cannot express their glands in a normal way. Anal glands are an internal organ that are under the jurisdiction of the vet. While we do check the region during the bath, in case of redness, swelling, or ulcerations, we will always refer you to your vet for this procedure.
Shaving Short and Natural Coated Dogs
The hair (or coat) of cats and dogs protects and isolates their body helping to keep the pet’s inner temperature. A healthy coat prevents the body from wasting warmth and protects the pet against mosquitoes. The coat also acts as a protection against ultraviolet rays, heat, cold, humidity and all external agents. So essentially, a healthy coat, according to the breed, keeps the pet healthy.
Each kind of coat has in fact its particular needs and a good groomer should be able to identify these needs and then give the right information on the matter.
Coat protects skin. Many essential metabolic activities take place at skin level, for example the peripheral aromatization of estrogens and androgens. The Cutaneous Immune System, or skin, is one of the most important immune defenses against microorganisms, allergens and parasites.
The skin glands produce a protective layer, which plays a fundamental role as a physical and chemical barrier for substances which are useful for the skin defenses. It is called the superficial hydrolipidic layer and it is made out of lipids resulting from the decomposition of the horny layer, capable of a better antibacterial activity than lipids produced by skin glands.
The PH of dog skin (in healthy dogs) is around 6.5 to 7. This varies slightly depending on the area of the body. A lower PH (slightly acid) has more bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity.
Short coats have the least amount of protection of any other type of coat. Double or natural coats also have a layered system of protection. Once we remove this protection by shaving the animal, we have taken away every chance of protection that the animals skin has to keep the body healthy. Shaving kills the primary hair that is the only type of hair that can properly carry the natural oils that are necessary for survival. Shaving also raises the low critical temperature (the lowest temperature that the body can survive if encountering trauma) so in essence, we take away everything that helps keep a short or double coated animal healthy. There are several options we have to maintain a shedding coat. Hydration is the key. If the skin is well protected, healthy and hydrated, this is the best case scenario for a minimally shedding coat.
De-shedding treatments are very deep and healthy for the pet and can remove up to 95% of loose hair. We recommend this procedure instead of shaving.