How to keep your Pooches teeth like a six month old puppy’s!

Sarah Drouin NCMG – Pet Tech CPR Certified- Award Winning –  www.theplushpooch.com

Brushing twice a day will keep your Pooches teeth like a 6 month old puppy’s. Healthy, clean, and in tip top shape.

Some folks who don’t have time for this can opt to do other things.

I recommend an Oral Care Gel. You squeeze the gel in the flews (lips) and once your pet starts to lick, the enzymes in the product start to kill bad breath, germs, & plaque. This will help and is sometimes easier than the toothbrush.

You can also feed a good soft bone, that your pooch can chew up and eat. Regular bones are great too! It really helps keep the teeth clean. Chewing seems to do a lot for the teeth.

Smaller breeds tend to have more issues with teeth than larger breeds. That doesn’t mean your larger breed is safe and clear.

There are some serious consequences for not taking care of your Pooches teeth. Before I go on, I want to mention that taking care of your Pooches teeth on a daily regimen, will be a bonding experience and cost you less down the road.

Serious problems resulting from not caring for your Pooches teeth:
#1 – Infection in Heart Valves
#2 – Liver abscesses
#3 – Sepsis (systemic infection that goes everywhere that the blood does–outside of the blood brain barrier)
#4 – Poor Appetite
#5 – Osteomyelitis (Bone infection)

A clean mouth = a clean bill of health! Remember taking the time to take action now, will save you thousands, but also your dog’s health from going downhill.

Achieving Healthy Skin and Coat Through Grooming and Nutrition

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

As a professional pet stylist, it is important to try to educate clients on all aspects of taking care of their pet.  Some areas of pet care, I consider myself an expert and other areas … not so much.  However, what happens when your client is following your advice on grooming.  Maintenance bathing every other week, brush outs at home using a fantastic hydrating spray, and full grooming every 4 to 6 weeks but their pet still has dry skin and appears to be itchy.  We recommended the owner take the dog to the vet to see if there is an underlying health issue.  After receiving a clean bill of health, the dog’s skin and coat are still not in good condition. So, we started looking at the type of food, treats, and supplements the owner is giving.

I always try to educate my clients on the importance of good nutrition.  It is just as important as good hygiene.  A holistically balanced diet that provides the nutritional harmony that is necessary to help your pet achieve and maintain optimal health.  Diets that have a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals that is rich in high quality protein and a strong selection of nutritious vegetables is important.  Fresher food is also more nutrient dense.  Supplements are great to add to your pet’s nutritional regime as well.  They are a smart choice to target specific conditions such as hip and joint issues, allergy support, immune support, food transition etc.

The nutritional choices you make for your pet will affect the condition of skin and coat just as much as the products you choose to put on your pet.  It is a win win for your pet  if you pay attention to both …what you choose to put on the outside and what you choose to put in your dog. Optimal health is achieved by focusing on both… the inside and out!

All For The Love Of Dogs!

for-love-of-dogs_blogShannon Moore, NCMG  |  Espree Animal Products, Director of Education and Grooming

In this day and age, so many people pick up a pair of scissors and clippers and claim to be a groomer.  Everyone chooses their own path and creates their future.  You have to work for it! Whether you choose to attend grooming school or intern in a grooming salon to get an education, it is necessary to put 100% into your education in order to become a good pet stylist.  Over time, your skills will improve and you will learn as you go.  Regardless of whether you are in the industry for 6 months, 6 years, or 25 years, you should never stop learning.  Even the most seasoned pet stylist attend seminars, go to grooming shows, or dog shows and learn a trick that they can apply in the salon.

Think about how much goes into a full service groom!  You have to evaluate the skin and coat, select the right products to use on a particular pet, the actual bath and prep, correct brushing and drying techniques, and finally the groom and finish work.  Not only is it necessary to have a really good grasp on pet care, health and safety, skin and coat, coat types, pattern trims, breed standard, profile, and the list goes on and on, you have to act like a professional.  With all of this knowledge and information, sometimes we have a tendency to forget that this is our profession.  Grooming is a skilled profession that takes a lot of tenacity and hard work. It allows us to bring out our creative and artistic side too.   The dog is like a canvas and we can artistically wield our scissors and clippers and create a masterpiece.  It is a talent that not everyone is blessed with.  It is a talent and it is our profession.

It is our responsibility to act in a professional manner, not only with the client but with the dog as well. I always tell groomers be honest and open with the client.  Let them know if there is a problem, or if you have any concerns, and let the client know why.  Remember this is their baby, they cherish their pet, and will appreciate any advice or concerns you may have.  Don’t play veterinarian, but referring to the vet is a good habit to create.  Being professional, being honest, and keeping a clear channel open for communication is the basis for creating a good relationship between the groomer and the client.  Good relationships turn into repeat business, referrals, and a solid foundation for your business. I am always grateful that we have the opportunity to have a career doing something we love…. All for the love of dogs!

The Fascination of Learning As A Groomer

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I first picked up clippers in 2006, I did not know anything about grooming. I was a former teacher and current dog trainer.  Rescuing a toy poodle, I needed to know how to groom him.  Within the same year I opened up my own shop, again not knowing anything.  As I ventured out to grooming seminars and grooming competitions I started learning how to properly hold shears, clippers, and the proper technique for bathing and drying dogs.

One thing that fascinates me about grooming is learning about different shampoos and what they are supposed to do.  I love trying new shampoos, and having four dogs I do a lot of bathing. Here is a short list of different types of shampoos:  medicated, flea, moisturizing, whitening, color enhancing, deshedding, facial, and many more.  Some shampoos will be a good degreaser, but not a good shampoo to clean the dog from dirt.  Once you have a dog clean you may have to apply a different shampoo to enhance the color (Black for instance) or to crispen a coat if it is curly (i.e. Bichon).

While you have all of these different shampoos, you have to take into account the water, is it hard or soft. The water type will affect how your shampoo works on the coat.  So, when you travel, what worked very well at home may not work when you travel.

Some shampoos work better on one type of coat and not so well on another style of coat.  Think of all of the coat types that are out there.  Drop coats, curly coats, double coats, and wire coats.  For example, what you use on a Yorkshire Terrier you would not use on a Miniature Poodle.

Something else to touch on is the dilution rate for shampoos.  A majority of shampoos is 16:1, and some  are used at full strength.   The dilution rate also relates back to your water; you may have to leave the shampoo on a little stronger than recommended.  I.e. if it says 16:1, you may have to dilute 10:1.  Some shampoos that recommend full strength, depending on the coat type, I might dilute slightly.

Not Trimming Your Pooches Nails Regularly Can Cause Health Problems!

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Sarah Drouin NCMG | Pet Tech CPR Certified | Award Winning Stylist | www.theplushpooch.com |  (484) 464-2025

I must trim hundreds of nails per month. When I tell clients that it is a necessity to trim their Pooches nails monthly, they are usually surprised.

When you let a dogs nail grow out too long/far, the vein, also referred to as the “quick,” grows with it. Therefore, you can only take off so much at a time.

I explain that they should come two weeks after the initial visit with me. This way we can take more off, as that vein will have time to recede back. This will be an ongoing process until we can get them to the desired length.

Did you know that not trimming your Pooches nails regularly can cause health problems? Such as, tiny toe fractures, arthritis, and joint deformity.

Again, this isn’t just an aesthetic problem, it’s a functional one: Compromising your dog’s weight distribution and natural alignment can leave her more susceptible to injuries, and make walking and running difficult and painful. This is especially important in older dogs, whose posture can be dramatically improved by cutting back neglected nails. It’s almost like seeing a chiropractor in just a nail visit!

By grinding away the nail all around the quick – above it, below it, and on both sides – the quick has no support nor protection, and within days it will begin to visibly recede.