Choosing a Pet Style.

Choosing the Perfect Pet Style Makeover

by Michelle Howard 6.13.09 (Continued...)


Some things you may want to focus on are:



Ears – If you have problems with getting food or tangles in them you may want to have them short for easy care.  Be sure to notify the groomer of any ear infections, allergies, or sensitivities.  Special products can be used to clean and dry the ears inside.  The ear products used can only routinely clean and dry the ears, and cannot be used as a substitute for an ear flush and possible medical treatment that may be needed for chronic ear problems. 

Head / Top knot – Try to take into consideration as to whether you normally keep the topknot hair in a barrette or rubber band and never down, or if you would rather have the hair to fall naturally into place without getting into the eyes. 

Let the groomer know if you would like the head to be rounded, blended into the body, larger and more pronounced, or a specific shape (a terrier head is squared off instead of fluffy and rounded, etc.). 

Tail – When clipping a pet short there are different tail shapes that you may want to consider such as a cipher, carrot, slick to the tail, or gradually blended natural tail.

Paws – Especially with poodles, try to be as specific as possible if you want closely shaved poodle feet or “teddy bear” feet, and if you would like the toenails showing or not.

For older dogs and cats, and/or cracked paws- a paw pad-moisturizing treatment can be added to soothe, moisturize and protect the feet.   

Nails – There are several things to think about with toenails.  Some nails have “quicks” that have grown out extremely long and cannot be cut short without bleeding. 
(Ask your groomer to check them).  If this is the case, the quicks will have to be cut back short and cauterized at a veterinarian’s office.  After this is done- regular nail trims will have to be done to maintain the nail’s shortness so that it does not reoccur. 

To soften sharp edges after clipping the nails, you can request filing or dremeling them to a rounded edge.  Dremeling keeps the nails short 30% longer than just nail trims alone.  It also prevents nail cracking, injuries from scratching and damage to hardwood floors.

Skirt Length – When making a decision on the length of the skirt, consider the time that you have available to spend brushing and combing out the pet.  A long flowing skirt is beautiful, but not practical if you can never have the time to maintain it.  A shorter skirt can be just as beautiful and easier to care for.

Skin - Give the groomer a “heads up” on the pet skin’s condition and if you would like a flea, conditioning, or medicated treatment added to the bath.  Allergic pets will only worsen if you do not communicate sensitivities to the groomer ahead of time so that they can use only hypoallergenic products.  Spa treatments can only help soothe the skin and are not capable of “curing” skin ailments that require veterinary care.

Teeth - A routine dental check up by a veterinarian is necessary for beautiful healthy teeth. Regular brushing during grooming appointments is an excellent preventative measure.

Bringing a picture of the style that you want for your pet is helpful, but remember that the groomer cannot be a miracle worker.  Don’t be shy about the explaining the desired “look” that you would like your pet to have.  Most groomers love a challenge, or to try something different.  They will consider all of the factors involved (condition of the pet, timeframe, and work involved) and help come to a reasonable compromise between your expectations and what is possible.


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