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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?

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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.

November 2012 update

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Amazingly blessed, I now have established over 500+ happy, satisfied and repeating clients hopefully you will give myself the opportunity to groom your baby and become another client of mine. I have taught my husband the art of beginner grooming and he is now my bather & prepper. He loves pets just as much as I do and we work well together as a team. With him I am able to book many more furry babies in a day now that I have his help. He is gentle and loving with the animals and has been bathing and prepping the pets for me now for about a year. I trust in him and together we have established a routine that works. I am so blessed to be able to have him working with me and together we make your pet welcome, happy and also smell fresh, clean and fabulous. I look forward to hearing from you soon so call me for your next grooming appointment.

 

 

Pets Helping with Homework

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Your family pet can help with homework!

Studies show that when a child reads to a dog, he or she improves and, often, excels.

Organizations like Delta Society, Intermountain Therapy Animals, and Therapy Dogs International harness that power by bringing trained dogs into schools and public libraries to foster reading.

Even if your pet isn’t specially trained to help with homework, you can apply the same principles those organizations use at home. “The reason kids improve and even excel when they read to a dog is due to a combination of things,” says Bobbi Carducci, co-director of the Young Voices Foundation and author of Storee Writer Gets a Dog.

Help with Homework through Companionship

“Some kids are afraid of making a mistake when reading. A pet won’t laugh or scold if you make a mistake or have trouble pronouncing a new word. That takes a lot of the pressure off. And, having a warm, calm, friendly dog by your side is very relaxing. Even very tense children show signs of relaxing when a favorite pet lies down beside them and dozes off,” says Carducci.

If your child dislikes or struggles with homework, encourage him to talk it over with or read his assignments to the family pet. Not only will it motivate your child to complete assignments, but your dog, cat, or guinea pig will love the extra attention.

Help with Homework through Setting

Start by dedicating a space for your child to do his or her homework every day. “It doesn’t have to be large space or a fully outfitted office. A corner of the bedroom furnished with a comfy throw rug, an oversized pillow and maybe a lap desk is all you need,” says Carducci.

“Just make sure there is enough room for your child and the dog to stretch out.”

Help with Homework through Focus

Reading assignments are a natural place to begin this exercise. Allow your child to choose a book or assignment to begin. Set an amount of time—Carducci suggests five to 10 minutes to start—and leave your child and pet to work together for that amount of time.

“When the session is over, ask your child one or two questions about what she read, but don’t push if she's reluctant to talk about it at first. Once she feels comfortable, she will begin to open up and may even begin to ask for more books to read,” Carducci says.

If your pet is motivating your child to read, expand to other types of assignments. Encourage your child to talk through math problems, rehearse presentations, or recite spelling words with your pet.

Carducci cautioned that not all kids and pets make a great homework team. “It takes a pet with a calm, even temperament, one who will sit quietly with a child while he or she is reading or studying,” she says.

However, with practice—and lots of treats—your child and your pet can learn to enjoy homework time together.