Howl-O-Ween!

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Shannon Moore, NCMG  |  Espree Animal Products, Director of Grooming and Education

It’s that time of year again, for putting together your costume and going door to door Trick or Treating with all of the ghosts and goblins. This can be a fun, but stressful event for your four legged friend.  If your pooch is going to tag along with you and the kids to show off his costume, remember to keep him on a leash.  With so much activity going on, the increased traffic in the neighborhood, and all of the wonderful costumes, your pup could be a little uneasy.  Always keep him close to your side and make sure his collar and leash are secure to prevent any mishaps from occurring.  The last thing you want to do is spend Halloween at the emergency vet.

Some caring pet parents might feel like taking their pooch out in the neighborhood is too much stress for them and their loyal friend.  Since the Trick or Treaters will be ringing your doorbell all night long, it is a good idea to take precautions so your dog won’t dart out the front door.  Even if this is not normal behavior for your pet, this can be a stressful night with all of the activity.  Keeping your pet in his favorite place without having access to the front door might be a safe option.

Whatever you decide, prepare in advance for your pet so when all of the festivities begin, your pup is already taken care of.  And when it is all said and done, and the Trick or Treating comes to an end, make sure your pup doesn’t devour the left over candy.  Chocolate is off limits to our four legged friends.  Happy Howl – O – Ween!

Selecting a Trim to Meet Your Pet’s Lifestyle and Personality

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Sarah Drouin, NCMG  |  Pet Tech CPR Certified  |  The Plush Pooch  |  Delaware/Pa (484)464-2025

Do you have a summer groom and a winter groom for your pet?  I have new clients that come in and request that summer or winter “do” all of the time.  In my professional opinion, I think it is best to select a trim that suits you and your pup’s lifestyle and needs best.  Keeping more hair isn’t always the best thing to do in the winter if you can’t keep up with it.  If the coat becomes matted at the skin, your dog will not be able to get proper air circulation to help stay warm and all kinds of skin issues could come up as well.  I know, I know, the logic is that it is colder and you want your pet to stay warmer.  Your intentions are great, but can you keep up with the extra work? However, most of these pooches that get haircuts do not need to keep more or less hair depending on the weather, because they do not regulate temperature the same way humans do.

It is all about keeping the coat separated and divided so the skin can breathe in order to regulate body temperature.  What keeps them comfortable is a coat length that you can manage, a trim that is easy for your pooch to be himself, and one that allows his adorable personality to shine.  What I mean by that is, if he is a true “rough and tumbler” kind of pooch, then maybe a shorter style is more suitable for him.  If your pup prefers to stay inside and never get his precious paws damp on a rainy day, then maybe leaving a bit more coat is a better choice.  After all, he wouldn’t be caught dead outside on a rainy day.  The style you choose really should depend on lifestyle and personality.

Short trims and personality clips can still be neat and stylish.  And, it is always a great idea to do a maintenance bath in between grooming appointments. Communicating with your pet stylist about what you like and how often you plan on bringing them into the salon will help determine the best type of trim that suits your pup and your family.  After all, whether it is that “just stepped out of the show ring” trim or a “short and sassy” trim, you always want you pooch looking their best!

October is National Pet Wellness Month!

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October is National Pet Wellness Month and a great time to remind us how we can help our pets live longer, healthier and happier lives!

Although there are many suggestions that you can include in your pets wellness plan, Here are our top 5!

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1.     Schedule a veterinary check-up: Having a regular check-up can help minimize chances of diseases by getting routine vaccinations, checking dental hygiene and ears allow your vet to look for any signs of potential health problems.

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2.     Spay/Neuter: If you spay/neuter your pet, they are less susceptible to many diseases and illnesses!

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3.     Check your pet’s skin: Checking your pet’s skin regularly for dry spots, irritations, rashes, and insect bites. Doing this will help ensure that your pet doesn’t contract a serious skin disease.

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4.     Consider your pet’s diet & exercise routine: Pet obesity can lead to extensive health problems as your pet ages, make sure you know how much activity your pet needs!

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5.     Make sure your home is safe for your pet: whether you have a new pet or have had pets for years, pet-proofing is important! Many everyday objects (medicines, food, pesticides, and some plants) that can prove poisonous to our pets.