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My dog is a big furry dog with a lot of shedding fur. Should I shave it in the Summer?
Not necessarily. Any double coated dog such as German Shepard, Husky, Samoyed, Golden Retriever, etc. does not necessarily need to be shaved. Fur acts as insulation for a dog. As long as you groom and remove all the undercoat (fluffy loose stuff). The outer hair helps to protect and cool the dog. If your dog is constantly in the water, (lake, pool, river) then sometimes shaving is a better option to help the skin breath and dry out. If a double coated dog is always wet and has a hard time drying the skin can become irritated, stinky, and unhealthy. However a big note to keep in mind is that any double coated dog that is shaved runs the risk of damaging the coat in a way that it may grow back in thicker, fuzzier, patchy, and just not the same. Some grow back just fine and some do not. It is always a gamble and there is no way to tell which pet will or won't grow back fine.

How often should I get my pet groomed?
It depends on the type of dog and type of coat. Most dogs need to be groomed every 4 to 8 weeks.

How do I de-skunk my dog?
Our friends at the Humane Society have answered that question for us, click here.

How often should I get my dogs nails trimmed?
We recommend about once a month to maintain a desired length.

How often can I bath my dog?
As long as you use a shampoo designed for dogs you can bath as often as once a week. Frequent bathing my require a conditioner so you don't dry out the hair as well as the skin of the dog.

How do I get a tick off of my dog?
Our friends at the Humane Society have answered that question for us, click here.

What are some Summer safety tips?
Our friends at the American Kennel Club have answered that question for us, click here.

Should I leave my dog’s hair longer for winter?

Most people think they need to leave their dog’s hair longer for the winter to keep the dog warm. That’s not always the case. Longer hair can sometimes make a dog colder, like when snow sticks to the fur and creates snowballs, making the dog wet and colder. Unless you leave your dog outside for long periods, short or medium length hair is better. So, if your dog just goes outside to potty or goes for a long walk, longer hair could be more harmful than shorter hair. For extra warmth without the sticky snowballs, try a sweater or coat. We offer a nice selection in our boutique.

My dog scratches a lot in winter. Is there something I can do?
Many dogs suffer from dry, itchy winter skin. A good oatmeal bath and oatmeal conditioner will help alleviate the itchiness. The trick is to lather the shampoo on your dog’s coat and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. Repeat with the conditioner and let it sit for another 10 minutes, then rinse.

Should I treat my pet for fleas in the Fall?
Yes, Fall is upon us and that means Flea Season. If you have not been treating your pet for fleas this summer; fall is the most important time of the year to do so. As it becomes cooler fleas will look for a host to live on for the winter, also known as your best friend. We highly recommend using topical monthly treatments such as Frontline® Plus or K9 Advantix®. We carry both products in our boutique for your convenience or most pet stores and Veterinarians also carry them as well. The best and most economical way to avoid a flea infestation, which can be costly and time consuming, is Prevention! However; if you find that you already have a flea problem, we offer flea baths that will kill any fleas, eggs, or larva on your pet. Feel free to contact us if you ever have any questions concerning the treatment for fleas or prevention.

Do you groom cats?
Yes, we bath, blow dry, and brush out cats. We also trim their nails and clean the ears. Some cats may require matt removal and this may sometimes require shaving.

Questions and Answers from Canine & Feline Design
  Some people request the lion trim for their cat. While shaving a cat is not ideal, for cats that can no longer take care of their own coat it can make life a lot cleaner for both the cat and the owner.

Why is grooming important for cats?
Grooming, in addition to improving appearance, is important for preventing matting and hair balls. Grooming your cat also gives you an opportunity to closely examine your cat’s coat for injuries or illnesses you might not normally see.

What are the benefits to my home and family when I groom my cat?
Grooming helps keep shedding and dander down; dander is the leading cause of allergies in humans. During the grooming process, Canine & Feline Design also cuts a cat’s nails, which can reduce damage to furniture, draperies, clothing, and other belongings.

How often should I groom my cat?
We recommend every 3 months, although it can vary by breed and a cat’s activities. A long haired cat will need it more frequently than a short haired cat, as will a cat that frequents the outdoors.

Can indoor cats get fleas?
Yes, indoor cats can get fleas through various means: through open doors or windows that are low to the ground, when someone walks in from outside and carries fleas in on their shoes or clothes, or when your cat comes into contact with another pet animal that has fleas.


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