Affordable Professional Pet Grooming Services

Dogs & Cats, Professional Pet Grooming at Very Affordable Pricing Fit for Today's Economy!

Grooming Tips & Info

Disclosures, Information & Grooming Tips

view:  full / summary

2014 Vacation Closing Dates

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

We will be CLOSED for Vacation Friday August 1 to Monday August 11 2014

 

Please book your appointments before vacation closing!

 

April 2014 Update

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Hard to believe this month April 25th will be a year in the new location. All has been just fantastic. I can't thank everyone enough for helping us to grow as big as we have and still growing daily. Robin our new groomer is no longer new, she has been with us for 6 months now and working out well. She is a great groomer and has shown us how dedicated she is to ARFordable Pet Grooming and how her grooming abilities stand out. Robin is now opening the salon on Mondays so now we are only closed on Sundays. Soon we hope to be open 7 days a week. We are working on possibly haveing a few days during the week where we will be open late into the evening. Just a few future possibilities we are working on. We Thank all of you again for making ARFordable Pet Grooming grow, we thank you for the referrals, we couldn't do it without you!

October 2013 Update

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Business couldn't be better, Thanks to all of you who continue to bring your furry family members to us. The recent move to our new location is just what we needed! Now with more room, more equiptment and growing clients I have finally hired a great groomer to help with the growing clients throughout the day. I have to say, it wasn't easy trying to find a groomer with the same qualities, perfection & standards in grooming as myself. I actually went through 3 or 4 groomers in a very short amount of time and not one of them could groom to our satisfaction and I let them go. I needed someone who not only was professional but someone who cared about the quality of their work, someone that was a team player, someone that treated yoru babies as if they were their own, someone who was willing to grow with us as well. Now, Finally, Thank God, I have found Robin Cuddy a great, professional groomer, grooming to our quality standards & satisfaction she is just what I was looking for. She has only been with us a short time, but with her credentials, schooling, perfection and her way with the pets I know that she is exactly what I've been looking for and hopefully she will be with us for a long time to come and grow with our company. I am sure you will be as happy as I am if she happens to groom your pet(s). I believe she will be an asset to this company. Join me in Welcoming her to ARFordable Pet Grooming!

WE'RE OPEN at the NEW LOCATION

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

We are finally at our new location right off of HWY 50/East Colonial Dr. right across from the Fairways Country Club mobile home park. It is less than 2 miles from our old location on our home property. 3 tenths of a mile past Lake Pickett Rd. heading East on Colonial on the right hand side there is a little strip mall we are in the end unit. If you are familiar with the area if you are heading East from Alafaya Trail its about 4 miles from Alafaya Trail heading east on Colonial. If you need directions from your home feel free to go to the location link located on the left hand corner of this page. Once you click on the location link a map will come up. Underneath the map there is a place where you can put your address in and it will give you step by step directions as it is hooked up to Google maps. I look forward to seeing you and your babies very soon.

April 2013 Update

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

We are expanding and relocating. Starting Friday April 26th our new location will be right across the Fairways Country Club mobile home park on East Colonial.

 

Expanding & Moving Soon

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

ARFordable Pet Grooming has out grown our small facility on our home property and we have leased a building not far from where we are now. :) This is good news!! We are getting ready for the opening. It is maybe 2 miles from where we are now. Its in a little strip mall, end unit right on Hwy. 50 just across from the Fairways Mobile home golf community. There is a cash pawn, hairstyling and also a game store and now ARFordable Pet Grooming will be there too! We plan to be moved and opened by mid April no more than the end of April. Your going to absolutley love the new facility. :) I will post opening dates once it gets closer to the date. In the meantime we are still taking appointments and grooming as usual at ARFordable Pet Groomings original place of business.

What is Anal Gland Expressing

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

What is Anal Gland Expression?

Pet Grooming
Advertisement:
VCA Animal Hospitals
Get Coupon for Pet's First Visit! Locate Expert Pet Care in Your Area
vcahospitals.com

Anal gland expression is a procedure which is performed on cats or dogs when fluid inside the gland builds and the animal is unable to express the fluid themselves. A professional pet groomer may offer to perform this quick procedure if needed, but it is essential that you take your pet to an experienced groomer who can identify possible infections or situations which require veterinary care.

What is an Anal Gland?

Cats and dogs have a very small anal gland located on each side of their rectum. The purpose of the gland is for scent marking, and each time an animal defecates, or needs to leave their signature scent, a very tiny amount of fluid is expressed from the glands. Most pet owners never notice their pet’s anal glands, fluid expression or any problems with the glands. It is only when the animal seems to have difficulty periodically clearing fluid from the gland that a problem may develop.

How to Tell if Your Pet Needs Anal Gland Expression

When the anal glands become filled with fluid, and the pet is unable to express them, the glands can become uncomfortable and painful. Symptoms which are associated with packed anal glands include:

  • Dogs scooting on the floor or chasing their tail.
  • Cats and dogs repeatedly licking or chewing around their rectum.
  • A foul odor around the cat or dog’s rectum or tail area.

Anal Gland Expression and Professional Grooming Services

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is best to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will be able to tell if the anal glands need to be manually expressed or if perhaps the glands have become impacted or infected. Some pets only develop an anal gland problem occasionally or never at all, but other pets may have lifelong problems with their glands which require periodic expression.

In cases where a pet needs expression of the anal glands, the glands are pressed from each side to squeeze the fluid from the glands. The glands may also be cleared by applying pressure from the inside of the rectum to the outside of the glands. If a pet needs regular anal gland expression – and no infection is present – than a professional groomer may offer this service. The procedure can quickly be performed while the pet is groomed, and the groomer can ensure that all of the fluids have been removed from the pet's fur.

Cancellations, Rescheduling Appointments

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I will call, text or email you with a reminder of your appointment usually the day or night before, I will need and appreciate a confirmation, please confirm by either calling, texting or emailing back to me so that I know the status of your appointment and need to know if you are planning on making your appointment or are needing to cancel and reschedule at that time.

Also please try very hard to be on time for your appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule please just let me know and I would be more than happy to reschedule you at another time. Please understand that if you do not show up for your appointment this prevents me from being able to put another groom in your spot and I do have people sometimes on waiting list for any cancellations regularly. So again if you are not able to make your appointment PLEASE just let me know so that I can have someone else take your appointment time. If you need to reschedule please try to let me know 24 hours in advance, I know that sometimes this is not possible and any time is fine as long as you let me know that you are not going to be able to make your appointment. I thank you in advance for understanding and cooperating with this and honestly do appreciate it very much.

If you do not show up for your appointment, someone else looses a chance to have their pet groomed that day and I loose a chance to work and am loosing money. I want to be able to keep my prices very ARFordable as they are and if  too many continually missed appointments by you without knowledge of this, I will have to start charging a fee for missed appointments with out any knowledge and just not showing up.

Again I thank you for your cooperation with appointments!

Disclosures *Information

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Any pets with fleas will need to be given a flea bath and I will have to charge an extra $5, I cannot groom pets in my shop that have fleas without giving them a flea bath. I do not want my shop to become infested with fleas or ticks. I go to great lengths to keep my shop clean and free of fleas and ticks. So please be sure to let me know if you think or know that your pet has fleas before hand so that my price quote is correct and honest, it is greatly appreciated.

Any pets that are severly matted will be charged an extra $5. A few matts are understandable and will not be charged, but please be honest, if your pet is a little, a lot or severly matted let me know so that I too can be honest with my price quote.

Tear Stain Solution

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Causes and Solutions To Unsightly Eye Staining
by Shannon Lynnes, CMG, NCMG

As a professional groomer, I am often asked how to remove those awful eye
stains that some light-colored dogs are prone to. These dogs are easy to spot, with their
raccoon-like masks around their eyes. There are dozens of products on the market that claim
to take these stains away with regular usage. Be forewarned; they do not work. Unfortunately,
there is no magic potion that will remove the dark stains from around a pet's eyes.
Many different breeds suffer from excessive eye drainage. It is more noticeable with
lighter-colored dogs because of the hair color change that takes place. The telltale
reddish-brown stain is easy to spot, but hard to cure. As in many things, prevention is
the name of the game.

First, it is important to rule out any health problems that may be causing the eye irritation.
The purpose of tears in a dog's eye is to cleanse and lubricate the eye. If there is excessive
tearing, this may be caused by a medical condition that would need care from a veterinarian.
The first step in solving this dilemma is to rule out any health reasons for the tearing.
The reddish-brown stains are caused by iron in the dog's system. It actually dyes the hair
that color, just like a rust stain you might find on a recently laundered piece of clothing.
These stains can show up not only around the eyes, but around the dog's mouth, too, or also
in any area that he might be licking excessively. The saliva acts like the tears, staining
the rust color permanently onto the dog's coat.

One of the easiest ways to reduce staining is to give the dog only distilled water to drink.
This is an old trick used by many white poodle breeders to reduce the staining problem, and
it is usually very effective. Filtered water will not work; it must be distilled water, and
it must be given to the dog consistently. Other things can contribute to staining also.
Some of the inexpensive commercial dog foods contain high levels of food coloring, which can
also add to the staining problem as well. Feeding a premium quality food with fewer dyes and
preservatives can sometimes dramatically reduce the staining.

In addition to the unattractive appearance of the staining, often the eye matter collects and
dries around the dog's eyes, leaving a hard lump in the corner of the eye. Not only is this
unsightly, but, if left untreated over time, it can become quite odorous and the area around
the eyes can become infected. This can be horribly painful for the animal, and usually means
a trip to the veterinarian for oral and topical antibiotic treatments.

Finally, there are other common sense issues that can indeed help with the staining problem.
Keeping the dogs face clipped short is an obvious solution. If the hair around the eyes is short,
the tears then don't have anything to cling to. Also, wiping the dog's face two or three times
per day with a warm washcloth will do wonders in reducing the amount and severity of the staining.


Rss_feed