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Pet Hygiene and Health

By Dr. Al Townshend We define the word hygiene as the practice of maintaining health and preventing disease, primarily through cleanliness. Our pets are no exception, their health and happiness are, in large part, dependent on hygiene and the sanitation of their environment. Keeping our pets clean and healthy is also an essential factor in […]

Personal Hygiene for Both Dogs and Cats

Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to the hygiene of dogs and cats, understanding the importance of addressing proper hygiene issues begins with a basic understanding of the significance of each item. Oral Hygiene Oral Hygiene is an essential part of the care for every pet. The mouth is a gateway to the body. Diseased […]

Nail Trimming

Dr. Al Townshend Like our nails, the claws of dogs and cats grow, and if they are not worn down or trimmed, they will cause problems. Without regular care, a pet’s claws can alter an animal’s ability to walk comfortably. Eventually, they can grow into the pads of the feet, causing pain, infection and lameness. […]

Do I Need to Clean My Pet’s Ears?

Dr. Al Townshend It is estimated that approximately 20% of dogs have some form of ear disease. Fortunately, cats have far fewer issues with their ears. The most common ear problems for dogs and cats is infections. Preventing problems begins with your daily observations of the pet and regular inspection of the ears. Dogs Problems […]

Understanding Grooming Scissors

When grooming your dog at home, your most important tool is a pair of scissors. Scissors are to a groomer what a paintbrush is to an artist. Scissor style, quality, size, weight, cutting ability and tension vary, and each variation results in a different “feel” in your hand. When contemplating the purchase of scissors, consider […]

Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

What you need to know about trimming your dogs nails Most dogs need to have their nails trimmed monthly as adults, and more frequently as puppies. This can vary however, as a dog who spends his days indoors on carpet will need them trimmed more frequently than one who spends a lot of time walking […]

The Shedding Challenge

Does your dog or cat shed like mad? Is hair all over your house, your car and your clothes? Lets face it, pets shed. At least once a year, dogs and cats “blow” their coats, losing all the old hair and growing new. Female pets often blow their coats following a heat cycle, pregnancy or […]

The Importance of Grooming

All dogs require regular grooming for their comfort and well being. Each dog’s coat type will determine the amount and frequency of grooming, but some elements are common to all dogs, such as nail trimming, tooth brushing, ear cleaning and brushing. Monitoring Health through Grooming Regular grooming also has some less obvious but no less […]

Grooming Tips for Winter

Hair Care There is a common misconception that your dog needs to keep all of its hair for warmth in the winter. However, most of our canine companions don’t need this protection from the cold, as they spend a majority of their time inside where it is warm, with us. For those times when your […]

Common Grooming Supplies

Here are some common grooming supplies that you should keep close for your pet. Ear Cleaner Be sure to use cleaners that are specifically made for your dog or cat’s ears. Do not use alcohol, which can dry and irritate the delicate skin inside the ear, or mineral oil, which can create a greasy mess […]

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