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April 2014 Update

Posted by [email protected] 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!

Expanding & Moving Soon

Posted by [email protected] 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 by [email protected] 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.

Tear Stain Solution

Posted by [email protected] 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.

Pet your Pet

Posted by [email protected] on October 24, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Pet Your Pet – Pet and rub your pet often and all over. Not only will they enjoy the attention, but it will enable you to easily determine if they have any bumps or lumps that could be indicators of infection or disease. These growths are much easier and less costly to remove if taken off when smaller than a quarter, so actually petting your pet can help your ability to detect these anomalies early.
“Being a pet owner is not only a joy, but it’s also a responsibility,” Pasternak added. “They depend on us for everything and ask for nothing in return but our love and attention. The best part is that keeping them healthy is a lot easier and affordable than allowing them to get sick. Our goal is to eliminate economic euthanasia and we hope that every pet owner can help us accomplish that by doing their small share in helping all our pets live longer and healthier lives.”