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Dog Grooming - Grooming Tips For Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Dog Grooming by Kim

Orchard Road Animal Hospital offers exceptional dog grooming done by our experienced groomer Kim.

Grooming provides comprehensive treatment for one price based on breed and weight. This will typically include:

  • bath, shampoo and conditioning (available with hypoallergenic products)
  • blow-out with a forced-air dryer
  • inspection and cleaning of ears
  • trimming of nails (dremel available for $2 per foot)
  • external checking and expressing of anal glands (internal expressions by vet techs are available per request at an additional cost)
  • shaving out of feet pads (breed specific) shaving out of privates (breed specific).

Where many shops provide grooming at various stations, Orchard Road Animal Hospital assigns all of your dog’s grooming to one person. Our grooming is also limited to a certain number of dogs per day so that each receives greater attention. As a result, your dog quickly becomes comfortable with both the groomer and the procedure.

If any problems or medical concerns are noticed during grooming of your dog, Kim will halt the groom so that you can be notified. With your permission, your dog can then be brought to the treatment area for immediate care.

 

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Kim began her career back in 1998 at Orion Kennel Club in Lake Orion, Michigan. She moved to the Chicagoland area for her husband's work in 2009. She started here in September of that year. It was a slow start, but she is proud to have been able to serve her clients well. She can't imagine doing anything else. She looks forward to another 10 years here at Orchard Road Animal Hospital!

To make an appointment with Kim, learn more about our services, or to request an estimate, please contact us at (630) 844-0100.

How does grooming overall contribute to my dog's health?

Overall, it's extremely important. Pay attention to the simple things like keeping the nails trimmed so that the toes don't splay when they walk. Make sure your dog doesn't have knots in their hair, which can pull and make them uncomfortable. You should also ensure that the dog doesn't have matting in the back end, which can attract debris and odors, make sure anal glands are emptied, and that they don't have discharge around the vulva prepuce. All of these grooming tasks contribute to the dog's comfort, which positively affects overall health.

 

Dr. Cheryl Distajo
Orchard Road Animal Hospital

How often should my dog be groomed?

Much of that depends on the breed of dog you have, although you have to monitor every dog's nails. You should trim the dog's nails about every six to eight weeks unless they walk a lot and wear them down. We also have a few dogs that bite their nails, which is amazing, but very few!

If you have a long-haired dog in weather where they collect snow or mud in their hair, they should also have their hair groomed about every six to eight weeks. If you have a short-haired dog that doesn't require much care, they don't have to be bathed quite so much—perhaps a couple of times a year. But as they shed, we have to make sure we're brushing out all that matted hair so that they stay comfortable, too.

If I have a short-haired dog, do I have to take it to the groomer, or can I do it myself?

You can do it yourself. You have to make sure that you are looking into your dog's ears, trimming their nails, and making sure if they're licking or scooting that you empty their anal glands. But you can bathe your dog. They may look a little funny, but you can bathe your long-haired dog at home too.

I just got a new puppy. When should I start the grooming process?

You want to get puppies used to grooming behavior, which means getting them used to the sounds and the brush's feels. And when you do nails at first, just get the tips. We don't need to go too short, as you don't want them to get scared. Right when you get a puppy, begin handling and brushing, but they don't usually see a groomer until after they're fully vaccinated, which is after four months of age.

What kind of services do we offer as far as grooming goes?

We do have a professional groomer here named Kim, who does a fantastic job. But she does it by appointment only, and she fills up fast. We also have this wonderful staff of technicians and assistants that can do nail trims, express anal glands, clean ears, and remove a few mats as needed.

If you still have other questions and you'd like to reach out to us, you can call us directly at (630) 844-0100, you can email us, or you can reach out on Facebook. But please do reach out, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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