HEALTH & HYGIENE
Anal Glands, Matting, and Dental Hygiene
Many people are concerned with the health of their pets. Here is some basic information I can offer as a certified groomer.
Anal Glands: Anal glands should be checked often for any dog that is overweight, has dietary issues, or is getting older. Signs that your pet needs his or her anal glands treated include excessive licking the rear end, and redness or swelling around the sphincter. Expressing the anal glands can be very risky and cause the animal to need surgery or worse. It is always best to visit a vet to get your pet treated properly.
Matting: A dog with mats in their coat is common, so don't worry. Many pets also have hair between the pads of their paws. Hair gets tangled if not brushed often, which turns into mats after some time. Thick haired dogs need to be brushed at least once or twice a week to reduce the amount of mats. Any long or thick haired pet should be groomed every 4-6 weeks to maintain a healthy coat.
Teeth Cleaning: As a certified groomer, I do not offer dental cleaning as a service. The most effective process is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as they have the proper tools and products to remove tarter and excess plaque. Build up of plaque can lead to heart issues among other illnesses.