April showers bring May flowers – and with those flowers comes one thing, pollen. Humans are not the only ones affected by pollen and the seasonal allergies it can cause. Animals, including our beloved dogs and cats, suffer from hay fever and allergies just like we do. And, unfortunately, their suffering is just as miserable as ours. (more…)
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With Spring on its way, shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her Spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent.
Just like us, pets love to be pampered. A day at the spa can be just as rejuvenating for your pooch as it is for you. Add in a fresh new look and a jaunty little bow or bandana and you’ll notice a spring in your pup’s step that lets you know he or she is feeling frisky. (more…)
How to know who to trust with your pet’s grooming
Choosing somewhere to have your pet groomed can be difficult. A plethora of grooming salons have popped up in recent years, and sometimes it can be almost impossible to tell which ones are good and not-so-good until you find out first hand. Of course, we will tell you that our groomers are the best in the area, but we would rather you come to that conclusion on your own! Here are some factors to consider when choosing a groomer for your pet:
- Does the groomer personalize services?
For instance, certain pets may require special shampoos for itchy skin, have trouble with their ears, or need their coat trimmed a certain way. Our groomers are willing to groom to your pet’s needs, not a one-size-fits-all template.
- Does the groomer require proof of vaccination?
Requiring vaccinations protects your pet. Be wary of any establishment that does not ask for this information. We require all vaccines to be documented and current at the time of your appointment.
- Does the groomer know you and your pet?
Many groomers turn and burn through many pets a day and don’t have time to get to know each client. After a grooming session or two, your pet should be greeted by name!
- Does your pet get treated like the prince/princess s/he is?
Likewise, when a groomer has many pets to groom in a day s/he is unable to take the time to pamper your pet. Our groomers take pride in treating each individual pet to a spa day, taking time to allow even nervous pets to relax and enjoy themselves!
- What kinds of hours do they keep?
Do you have to work around the groomer’s schedule or do they work with yours? We are happy to work around your day care or boarding schedules.
- Can they accommodate special requests? Do they have a working knowledge of your needs?
If you have a show or performance pet, it may need to be groomed in a certain manner. Does your groomer have an in-depth knowledge of your needs? Thinking of changing up Fluffy’s look and going with a pink coat? Can your groomer accomplish that? Be sure to ask!
- What happens if the pet needs medical attention?
Injuries and accidents can happen, particularly if you choose a groomer where care and experience are lacking. In the unlikely event of a problem, Naperville Animal Hospital has veterinarians on staff that can immediately attend to your pet. It is also convenient to have a veterinarian around so that any minor medical issues can be addressed during your pet’s grooming appointment.
NapervilleAnimal Hospital is proud to have an experienced, caring grooming staff to attend to your pets. We hope that you trust us with your grooming needs. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are just a few to help you see what a great job we do!
Keeping your pet’s teeth pearly white is an important (and oftentimes overlooked) component of responsible pet ownership. Many pets never receive any dental care at all, but all pets can benefit from a comprehensive dental care plan. This includes the following components:
- Annual oral exam
Starting around the age of 1 year, all pets should undergo a complete dental examination to find and address any problems. By examining your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity thoroughly under general anesthesia we can be sure that we don’t miss anything.
- Periodic comprehensive dental cleanings
Most of us visit the dentist multiple times per year. We recommend that pets receive a dental cleaning including ultrasonic tooth scaling, polishing and a fluoride treatment under general anesthesia. For many pets this needs to be on a yearly basis. Each pet’s individual needs should be discussed at their yearly examination.
- Home dental care
This is important as well! You can help aid your pet’s dental health at home by utilizing prescription dental care diets, recommended toys and treats, and by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly (daily is recommended). To brush your pet’s teeth use a veterinary or soft toothbrush with an angled head. Never use human toothpaste but rather an enzymatic veterinary toothpaste. At first you should start slowly to avoid upsetting your pet- make tooth brushing a positive experience! If you need help or more information or a demonstration, please let us know.
By providing your pet with the above preventive dental care measures, you are taking an active role in reducing the incidence of dental disease in your best friend and keeping that smile around for years to come.
Keeping up with the grooming basics doesn’t have to be a big event. Make sure you keep up with the following and your pet will be in tip-top shape.
- Coat: Depending on your pet’s hair, this may require minimal attention to daily care. Brushing helps to prevent mats and spreads out natural coat oils. It can even minimize hairballs. Most animals require brushing at least once a week, but longer haired critters may need to be brushed daily.
- Ears: Examine the inside of your pet’s ears frequently to catch symptoms of a problem such as pain, discharge, or redness early on. Your veterinarian can show you how to gently clean the insides of the ears and recommend a good cleanser.
- Eyes: Gently cleaning the corners of the eyes with a damp cloth can prevent buildup. Products may be recommended for animals with tear-staining. Also, be sure long hair on the face is not irritating the eyes- if so it may be time for a professional trim.
- Teeth: Many of our pets have dental problems. The best way to ward these off is by brushing their teeth regularly. Veterinary toothpastes and brushes are available- never use human toothpaste! Your vet can demonstrate how to take care of your pet’s pearly whites.
- Nails: Too-long nails can cause un-natural stresses on the foot, break or snag, and even grow into the paw pads. Animals require frequent trimmings to keep their feet healthy. Trim with clippers made for animals and avoid cutting too much and cutting the blood vessel in the nail.
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