Alternatives to De-clawing

Problems behaviors? No need to de-claw.

Try nail tips instead. Their are a few brands on the market but in my experience the Soft Paws brand works the best. A small rubber tip is gently attached to your pets nail with a non toxic adhesive. They typically last 4-6 weeks per application. They are commonly used for cats and also available for dogs.

Your cat can still scratch with Soft Paws allowing normal stretching and scratching behavior to continue without damaging your home or furniture, or causing discomfort for family members.

Disclaimer- I do not promote the use of these as an accessory, however I do feel they are humane alternative to de-clawing when all other options have been exhausted.   Professional application is important to insure your pets safety. 


How does scheduling work?

I schedule Monday thru Friday, Cage Free, one on one grooming sessions. I dedicate the entire appointment to working with your pet (not juggling phones, scheduling, or watching other dogs). Your pet gets my full attention for the entire appointment. I only offer one on one grooming sessions, which allows me to offer “cage free” services. After making an appointment, on time drop off and pick up is required (not early or late just on time).  If you are late dropping off, please call to prevent an unnecessary trip here. More than likely we will have to reschedule the appointment to prevent running into the next client’s appointments throughout the day. This will include a $35+ missed appointment fee per pet on your next visit should you decide to reschedule.  Repeat tardies will be addressed and may not be accommodated in future. I understand this kind of scheduling does not work for everyone.  If you need to leave your pet longer that the allotted appointment time, there are many groomers in the area that will gladly keep your pet longer if that better suits your needs. Out of respect for each clients time, I ask that you make arrangements for your pet to be dropped off at their appointment time and picked up promptly at the scheduled pick up time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation so I can continue to offer this personalized service for your pets.

Book now for the Holidays

Appointments are going fast for December, and January, book now to reserve an appointment for your pet. 



It’s that time of the year…… Foxtail Season

Foxtails can become a health hazard for dogs and other domestic animals, and a nuisance for people. In dogs and other domestic animals the foxtails can become irreversibly lodged. Foxtails can also enter the nostrils and ear canals of many mammals. In all these cases, the foxtail can physically enter the body and muscular movements or, in the case of nostrils, air flow, can cause the foxtails to continue to burrow through soft tissues and organs, causing infection and physical disruption, which in some cases can result in death. In humans, foxtails can go through clothing, particularly fabric shoes and socks, causing discomfort to people while walking.

Foxtails are a problem beginning when the grass inflorescences begin to disarticulate, and ending when the spikelets or spikelet clusters are mechanically abraded or incorporated into the soilturf, or leaf litter. In some habitats, this can be a matter of weeks, but in others it may require months, especially if different species flower and fruit at different times during the season.

Foxtails that have progressed no further than surface lesions may be removed and the lesion treated with antiseptic and bandaged if necessary. Once a foxtail has passed beneath the skin, dogs are often treated with systemic antibiotics, and the foxtail either allowed to encyst and degrade, or in the case of actual or imminent organ damage, removed surgically. However, surgical removal can be problematic, since foxtails cannot easily be imaged by x-ray or ultrasound. Foxtails imbedded in the nostrils can migrate into the nasal turbinates, causing intense distress, and in rare cases into the brain. Foxtails in the ear canal can puncture the eardrum and enter the middle ear, causing hearing loss.

Combing of fur removes foxtails along with burrs and other detritus, but potentially the most dangerous foxtails are found in areas easily missed: the axillae, between the toes, and in nostrils and ear canals. Occasionally they can even lodge in the conjunctiva under the eyelid.

Many wild barley species are weeds in disturbed habitats, and their growth is encouraged by foot traffic of humans and domestic animals. Control methods consist of restricting traffic to established paths, and eradication of wild barley by mechanical removal or herbicide. Some other foxtail-producing grasses, especially needlegrasses, are dominant species in stable grassland habitats. Control attempts in these cases can actually be counterproductive, creating disturbed habitats where wild barleys may thrive.


What happens at puppy’s first grooming appointment?

For first time puppy grooms I like to get them comfortable with being handled and introduce them to the grooming experience without forcing them to stand still long enough for an all over trim. What that includes is nail trimming, ear cleaning, brush-out, gland expression (if needed), tearless facial scrub, warm massaging bath with all natural eco-friendly products, fluff dry, light face trim, feet, and sanitary trim, as well as teeth brushing. In my experience this approach makes for better future experiences and helps puppies feel more comfortable and happy about coming back to see me. Ultimately the goal is to set them up for positive grooming experiences throughout their lifetime.