Give your pet the pampering spa day they need and deserve with our grooming services here at Hillside Veterinary Clinic
- Individual Care & Attentuion
- Friendly and Loving Environment
- One-Stop-Shop for All Your Pet's Needs
- Bathing and Brushing
- Clipping for a Variety of Breeds
- Ear Cleaning
- Nail Grinding
- Teeth Brushing
Our pet grooming facility in Newmarket welcomes dogs from all walks of life
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Dog Grooming Services
Grooming your dog makes him or her look and feel good. It's an excellent time for you to note any skin problems. and consult your veterinarian. Plus, you'll prevent your dog from spreading excess hair, dust, dirt and parasites inside your home. Grooming can also be another enjoyable way to spend time with your pet.
How often you need to groom your dog depends on your dog's coat and lifestyle. Some dogs need to be groomed once a week, some daily. Plan on picking up that brush and comb more often during the spring and fall shedding seasons.
Brush your dog by starting at the head and stroking with the grain of the hair. Then brush the sides from the back down to the stomach. And don't forget the paws, a hiding place for dirt.
Short-haired dogs, like beagles and Great Danes, have relatively low-maintenance coats. Begin with a slicker brush to remove any matted hair. Then use a soft-bristle brush or a hound glove with short wire bristles in the palm to remove dead hair and dirt. A soft cloth will wipe off any remaining loose hair.
How you groom a long-haired dog depends on the length of the coat. Be sure to choose the correct tools and techniques for your medium - long or doubled coated dog.
Dogs with medium-length silky coats, like golden retrievers and Irish Setters, should be brushed with a wire or firm-bristle brush. Be sure to untangle knots in the feathers.
Some dogs, like Yorkshie terriers and Afghans, have long silky coats. Use a firm, long-bristle brush on these coats rather than slicker brushes or combs that will tear the hair.
Dogs like German shepherds and Shetland sheepdogs are double-coated, with a long, coarse topcoat over a thick, soft undercoat. Begin with the slicker brush to untangle matted hair and knots. Brush from head to tail with a pin brush and then comb witha wide-toothed comb.
Poodles, poodle mixes, and some terriers should be combed and brushed frequently. These breeds also need regular professional grooming and clipping to avoid matting.
How often you need to bathe your dog depends on his or her breed and lifestyle. Check with your veterinarian about your pet's needs. Bathing indoor dogs every one to two months helps get rid of dirt and dust. However, bathing a dog too frequently removes natural oils that protect the skin and give him or her a shiny coat. Dogs with skin problems should be bathed accordingly to your veterinarian's recommendation which may include frequent bathing using special medicated shampoos.
Before you begin, gather your tools. You'll need a brush and comb; special dog shampoo; a small soft brush to use on paws and between toes; a rubber tub mat; towels; and a hair dryer (use with caution and only on a warm setting).
Brush and comb your dog before the bath. gently try to untangle matted hair. If unable to untangle it easily, consult a professional groomer.
Before washing your dog's face, put a little eye ointment (available from your veterinarian) in both eyes to protect them. And if your dog will tolerate it, some cotton in his or her ears to keep water out.
Clean the ear canals gently with a cotton ball and veterinary-prescribed ear cleaner. Do not use Q-tips because they can damage the eardrum. See you veterinarian to learn the proper technique for safely cleaning your dog's ears.
Pour only warm water over your dog from neck to tail. Apply shampoo, being sure to keep it out of your dog's eyes and mouth, and work it through the hair with your fingers. Work the shampooo down to the skin, not just through the hair, and don't forget skin folds and under the tail, neck, in between toes, etc. Dog's with skin conditions should have the shampoo applied first to the most affected areas to ensure the longest contact time.
Gently squeeze out excess water from the dog's coat, wrap the dog in a warm towel and rub. Then comb through his or her hair. Be careful when combing wet hair to avoid breakage. Make sure you detangle longer hair before trying to comb through wet hair. Doing a thorough job of brushing and detangling the coat of longer hair dogs before bathing will make it a lot easier to do than after the coat is wet. If mats cannot be removed with a comb see your veterinarian about having them removed. Be extremely careful with warm extremely careful with scissors because its very easy to accidentally cut the skin.
Be sure to dry your dog thoroughly. For adult dogs, you can use a hair dryer on a warm setting (never hot or cold) if it doesn't irritate your dog's skin. Puppies and dogs with sensitive skin should be dried with a towel. Keep the dog away from drafts for several hours until his or her coat is completely dry.