How to keep your pet parasite free

The warm months have come and with the dog days of summer come parasites that can keep your pet from enjoying them. Many pet parents now use topical treatments such as K9 Advantix and Frontline to protect their pets from these pests, but recent studies show that most pet parents are not applying these products properly. This means that their pets are not being properly protected, and it’s an issue that can be easily fixed.  Dr. Greg McDonald from Expert Village has a great instructional video showing how to properly apply topical flea and tick preventative that can be viewed below:

These same studies also show that some pet parents are applying topical treatments directly after their pet has been groomed, which also renders the product in effective. Why is this? When a pet is bathed the natural oils in its coat are somewhat removed (quality products, like the ones we use at D’tails, do not fully strip the coat of oils). These oils are how the topical flea and tick preventative moves from the application site to cover your entire pet, protecting them completely. If applied when your pet’s natural oils are lower than normal the preventative may not be as effective. If you wish to apply topical preventative after your pet has been groomed, the best course of action is to apply 48 hours after their grooming appointment.

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This is Doodles a 15 year old Schnoodle (that’s a Schnauzer poodle mix), but don’t tell her how old she is ’cause she won’t believe you!

Before:

After:

Doodles is done with a #5F a/o (1/4″ an inch) with poodle feet and a shaved face.


Emily Rose is a light cream colored Miniature Poodle available for adoption through the Rosholt Small Dog Rescue.  She is about 2 years old and is a total sweetheart. She has lots of energy and would do best in a home with another dog to play with. Her neck and back-end were very matted due to lack of care from her previous owner so we decided to give her a stylish Modified Dutch trim with a mink collar. The rest of the hair on her body was left about 3/8 of an inch long to be easy to care for while still fluffy.


This is Peanut a handsome Bichon Frise in a lamb cut.


Which one to choose?

In a previous article we discussed how to find a good groomer, but how do you choose which kind of shop would work best for you and your pet? Below I’ve outlined some of the commonly cited pros and cons of several types of grooming salons so that you can determine which works best for both of you!

Commercial Salon

Pros:

  • Open more hours than most other salons
  • Multiple groomers to try-out
  • Someone to groom your dog if you groomer becomes ill

Cons:

  • Many dogs there at once
  • Possible wait time for your dog in a kennel
  • Less one on one time with your pet and the groomer
  • Have to drop off and pick up your pet
  • Pet spends more time away from home

Home-based  Salon

Pros:

  • Homey atmosphere
  • Usually single person operations so your pet always has the same groomer
  • Often one on one appointments
  • No large amount of dogs in one area
  • Groom usually takes less time
  • Low stress environment

Cons:

  • Have to drop off and pick up your pet

Mobile Salon

Pros:

  • Groomer comes to you
  • One on one appointments
  • Groom takes less time
  • Grooming done in your home
  • Low stress environment

Cons:

  • More expensive than Home or Commercial Salons
  • Usually less flexibility with scheduling

Have something to add from your experiences? Leave me a comment and I’d be happy to add it!


Since this month is National Pet Dental Health Month I thought  I would share with you some information the American Veterinary Medical Association has on regular dental care for your dog. From the AVMA’s dental health website they site three easy steps to taking care of your pet’s dental health.

STEP 1: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet’s teeth. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup. The Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an organization initiated by the American Veterinary Dental Society to guide consumers, appears on products that meet defined standards for plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats. For further information on the VOHC or their product standards, visit www.vohc.org.

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups. These are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet’s dental health routine. Your veterinary health care team can help you schedule the appropriate visits.”

Here is a video from the AVMA about how to properly brush your pet’s teeth:

So where do you buy the supplies to start brushing your dog’s teeth regularly?

You can purchase them at your local pet store or online at places like PetEdge. The main thing to focus on is getting an enzymatic tooth paste, this works with the natural enzymes in your pet’s mouth to better clean their teeth. Also make sure that you get a soft toothbrush or finger brush specially designed for your pet’s teeth (animals’ gums are much more sensitive than humans so this is essential).

Hopefully we can all take these simple steps to help our pets live healthier happier lives. Post links of your pet’s stunning smile in the comments section so we can raise awareness on this serious, and overlooked, health care issue.


I thought I would share with you one of my clients per week, so you might have ideas for hairstyles for your own dogs! This week’s client is Emma Daisy.

Emma Daisy is a 10 month old Cockapoo.

I used a 3/4″ comb all over, and hand scissored everything else. Mom really likes her with a large beveled foot.