Grooming is a very important aspect of animal care. Many dogs and cats require regular brushing to keep their coats manageable and tangle free.
Use a slicker brush or moulting comb to remove dead hair and knots. Brushing should be done weekly for normal coats and daily for heavy-coated breeds.
It is important to keep your pets nails short to avoid them becoming ingrown or causing them an injury by catching on carpet wool, tree roots, etc. Supply cats with a scratching post and walk dogs regularly on a surface that will help to wear them down. When trimming your pet's nails, always use clippers designed for animals and avoid cutting the sensitive nail bed. Nails should be trimmed on a monthly basis. Let us show you the best way to trim your pet's nails.
Most pets are susceptible to dirt and wax build-up in their ears. This can lead to ear conditions such as bacterial and yeast infections and middle ear problems. Always use an ear solution designed for animals and make sure that the ear is properly dried afterwards. Many longer haired breeds such as poodles and maltese terriers also require the hair in the ear canal to be removed. Ear care should be done by an experienced person on a monthy basis for standard breeds and weekly for breeds prone to wax build up.
Bathing makes your pet clean and fresh. Never use human shampoos or wool mix as these are too harsh for their skin. Skin types can differ from pet to pet, from excessively scaly and dry to greasy and pungent! There are many different types of shampoos on the market so it is best to consult us at DRVC to select the best shampoo for your pet's skin type. We can also work out a bathing routine for your pet. Over bathing can strip the natural oils from the skin and lead to skin sensitivity. Under bathing can lead to unwanted odours and build up of grease and yeast. We have a full range of medicated shampoos & conditioners as well as natural & soothing products for animals with sensitive skin. Dr Moss' favourite is the Dermcare aloveen conditioner - it has a coconut smell (reminds him of Pina Colada!).
Clipping long haired breeds should be done every 6-10 weeks. This ensures that their coat never becomes too shaggy or knotted. Pets with excessively long hair are prone to attracting dirt and debris if not maintained and can conceal fleas, ticks and skin conditions. Matted coats need to be shaved so it is best to avoid letting your pet's coat get out of control! Regular, consistent grooming will cut down on the expense of one or two major strip outs and be more comfortable for your dog/cat!
Hydro-bathing - Full Service
When you have your dog hydro-bathed with us, we will also trim their nails, clean debris way form their eyes, clean out the ears and express their anal glands - all included. Your pet is then given a flea rinse, blow dry and conditioner to smell fresh. Also, because our vet nurses are doing the bathing, any medical conditions can be brought to your attention & the vets may be able to examine and treat your pet while they are here for the hydrobath.
We also provide medicated baths for pets with mites, ringworm, yeast and other conditions.
Contact details for local pet groomers can be given as well if full clipping / grooming is required.