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Eliminate The Pet Hair From our Shedding Pets

by Beth Teyber on 08/03/18

Dogs not requiring frequent clipping have a double coat that shed.  Leaving hair around your home, auto, and clothing.  These pets require shedding tools to remove the undercoat.   For years the FURminator (long hair DeShedding comb or brush), has been our best tools that removes the dead fur from our dogs. Until now, I would like to introduce the NEW and IMPROVED CLIPPER VAC DeSHEDDING TOOLS.  unlike the FURminator,  The Clipper Vac DeShedding Tools are much quieter and do not have any blades that causes the new healthy hair to break or get cut,  Does not cause balding in our pets, The Clipper Vacs suction lifts up the healthy hair and removes only the DEAD unwanted Shedding hair from our Beloved pets. The new DeShedding Clipper Vac Shorty and The Rake and Vac Pro are now available at MY SALON. Stop by and test out the NEW TECHNOLOGY.      

Grooming problem dogs St Petersburg

by Beth Teyber on 07/12/15

Grooming problem dogs

Dog groomers face a variety of problems every day from dogs that hate to be groomed and bite, as well as dogs that have extremely matted hair because of a lack of brushing and bathing. Grooming your dog and brushing your dog on a daily basis can be a challenge with so many other distractions.

Dealing with problem dogs is always a consideration when you’re taking your dog to be groomed for the first time or changing grooming salons. Making sure your dog is getting the kind of care it needs can be time consuming and that’s where Piccadilly Pet Salon can help you.

Finding a great pet grooming Salon can be hard!

Having your beloved dog groomed at a new pet grooming salon can be an emotional decision, so if you're a new pet owner looking to groom your dog, here are a few things that you should be concerned with.

How often does your dog need bathing?

The more active your dog is, the more bathing and grooming your dog will require. Your dog’s hair texture is a deciding factor in how often your dog needs grooming and bathing. Curly hair of breeds like schnauzers and west highland terriers will need more baths than long haired dogs.

Remove dirt and debris from your dog’s skin
Continuously removes dead hair
Will enhance your dog’s appearance, if that’s important for you

Tip: Regular brushing will reduce the need for frequent baths

Tip: make sure you use a dog shampoo for dogs. Shampoos for humans are acidic and your dog’s skin is ph. neutral so using a dog shampoo is important..

Brushing your dog’s hair is extremely important

The amount of brushing your dog needs will depend on its environment and level of activity; an active dog requires more brushing. Your dog should be brushed at least every other day to reduce matting.

Dog behavior while being groomed can be a problem

If your dog is being groomed for the first time or dislikes grooming, you need to make sure you schedule grooming sessions for when your dog is relaxed and keep grooming sessions short and then gradually lengthen the sessions until your dog becomes comfortable with being groomed.

We handle many dogs that are extremely nervous that come to love being groomed after 3 or 4 sessions where the dog is not being rushed.

Most matted hair on dogs is from entanglements on a dog's topcoat or undercoat, especially if your dog loves playing in water. Long haired coats are also susceptible to mats. It’s important to choose the right brushes for grooming, because the wrong brush can weaken your dog's coat and cause matting.

We suggest using your fingers and working with matted hair from outside in and then brushing it apart gradually. You can clip mats out with blunt nosed scissors if brushing is causing your dog too much discomfort.

A dematting spray is a useful; apply it to make the mat removal process easier.

Safety concerns

We use bite proof gloves and muzzles for extremely anxious dogs.

We also use gentle, secure restraints, with quick release restraints if we need to release the dog quickly.

Piccadilly Pet Salon is a Clean, Calm, Shop

Pet groomers can’t be frantic, If they are, it's a good sign the groomer is inexperienced.. Excessive barking in a pet salon should ring alarm bells.

Hard to handle dogs

Always ask how the groomer handles difficult dogs. Groomers should never use a drug to calm a dog down, because, they’re not qualified to do so. This should only be done with a qualified veterinarian.

Please call us anytime with questions if you have a problem dog at 727-525-9799

Schnauzer ear cleaning

by Beth Teyber on 06/25/15

Schnauzer ear cleaning

Schnauzer ear cleaning and grooming can be more involved, because Schnauzer’s have hair in their ears and their floppy ears are a great environment for yeast infections as well as other ear problems.  

Yeast and bacteria in your Schnauzers ears is very common in Florida with our hot humid conditions, which is the perfect environment for growing yeast and other bacteria’s that causes ear infections.

Ear infections are serious and if you have the infection treated right away, your dog can experience pain, problems with balance, and hearing loss. We recommend inspecting your Schnauzer's ears weekly and taking the proper steps to make sure the ears are kept clean.

This really is the perfect example of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, because ear infections can be very hard to cure if left unchecked.

There are plenty of behaviors and symptoms that will alert you to ear infections:

  •  If your dog is constantly tilting there head from side to side…
  • Constantly scratching one or both of their ears…
  • Constantly pawing at their ears…
  • Any signs of inflammation or redness and bleeding…
  • Your dog is constantly shaking their head…
  • If your Schnauzer ears smell bad and have more earwax than usual…
  • If your Schnauzer dog yelps in pain if you rub their head and ears…

If your Schnauzers experiencing any of the signs you should have their ears checked.

Most Schnauzers don't like having their ears checked or cleaned but, the more often you do check them they’ll become accustom to your ear inspections.

 Care of hair in your Schnauzers ears:

The hair in your Schnauzers ears will grow every month and removing this excess hair is part of the grooming process for Schnauzers. If your dog’s hair becomes too long in their ears, wax and dirt will build up build up and create the perfect environment for infections and the growth of yeast in the moist inner ear.

One of the biggest problems caused by poor ear maintenance is, air can’t circulate through the ear canals to keep them dry. Moisture trapped in the ear canal creates the perfect place for bacteria to grow.

The Schnauzers Ear Cleaning involves:

Making sure you have a high quality ear wash solution, ear powder for dogs, cotton balls and clean tweezers and Q tips.

Inspecting your dog's ears is the first step and if your Schnauzer isn’t used to ear inspections, you’ll get resistance, but this will slowly go away as your dog becomes accustom to ear inspection and you rid the dogs ears of painful infections.

Always inspect your Schnauzers inner and outer ears, checking excessive wax, dirt, mites, fleas, inflammation, discharges and bad smells. Your goal is to make sure your Schnauzer's ears will always be pink and free of odors.

The next step is to remove excess Inner ear hair, by using your tweezers to pluck the excess hair out of the inner ear canal. You can use your fingers if you don’t have tweezers. Don’t pull on the hair of the ear flaps, only the hair inside the ear canal, removing only enough hair to let air circulate in the ear canal.  

There are some good anti-fungal and anti-bacterial products to get rid of smelly ears and heal topical infections. Call us anytime and we’ll recommend just the right product for your Schnauzers ears.

The next step would be using a Q tip or cotton swab to clean the outer ear canal. Moistening a cotton ball with dog ear wash solution, but be careful not to insert the Q tip into your Schnauzer's ear canal, which may cause damage to your dog’s ear drum.

If there are no visible signs of wax buildup or a foul smell, lightly swabbing your dog’s inner ear will be all that’s needed.

If a more extensive cleaning is needed we recommend that you check with your dog’s groomer or veterinarian. They will add a solution and gently massage the base of the ear to distribute it into the problem areas. Your dog will shake their head after a cleaning and this is completely normal.

Make sure you dry your Schnauzer's ears with a soft towel or a blow dryer on its lowest setting, to ensure you don’t burn your dog’s inner ears.

Weekly inspection of your Schnauzer's ears and inner ear hair is a good idea in Florida’s climate.

Please feel free to call Beth Teyber anytime at 727-525-9799 with questions. Beth has over 50 years of grooming and breeding and loves Schnauzers. 

Dog nail trimming St. Petersburg Florida

by Beth Teyber on 10/30/14

Does trimming your dogs nails make you more nervous than your dog? 

We have all read or experienced about how a dog can sense it when you're nervous and that's usually the case when it comes to trimming your dogs nails. 

If your dog doesn't spend much time outside, then her nails will need to be trimmed around once a week or at least once a month.

There is probably no one thing that cause dog owners more grief than the thought of trimming their dogs nails, so they seek a professional groomer, which in some cases may be the best choice if you and your dog are emotionally spent after a nail trimming wrestling match. 

Remember this if you take your dog trimmed on daily walks on pavement or concrete, you probably won't need to trim your dogs nails and the walks will do are great for you and your dog!

What kind of nail trimmers do you need? 

There are a lot of dog nail trimmers to choose from. Make sure the nail trimmers are sharp and the right size for your dog. Nail trimmers for dogs should be concave at the cutting edge, to avoid crushing the dogs nail. 

Dull blades or cheap dog nail trimmers will split your dogs nail instead of making a clean cut. If your dogs nails are short you could file them or use a pumice stone to shape the tips of the nails. 

You can use a dremel if you're really nervous, but this can take longer to slowly burr down the nails.

Because there are so many different types of nail trimmers, a one time visit to a professional groomer may be a good idea. She can show you the right clippers for your dog and how to use them.  

The nail clippers should be concave at the cutting edge, to avoid crushing the nail. Cheap nail trimmers will split your dogs nails.

Here are a few ideas to help you and your dog! 

To make the nail trimming for your dog a positive experience and don’t trim all the nails at once. Start with one nail and then give your dog a reward and stop for a few moments if your dog is nervous. 

TRY THIS:  hold the handle of the nail trimmers flat against your dogs toe pad and cut straight across the nail, this will make it unlikely you will cut your dogs nails too short.

If a shorter nail is needed, cut the dogs nail at a 45° angle of the quick. (The quick is the pink area within the nail where the nerves and blood vessels are, just like our nails.) 

Does your dog have black nails? 

Look at the bottom of your dogs nail; notice that the tip the dogs nail separates into a triangle shape with two outer parts and there's no quick here and it's safe to cut the tip of the nail off. 

If this seems hard you can try cutting straight across from the pad, rather than attempting to cut up at a 45° angle. You can also use gentle pressure with the nail trimmers, and if your dog reacts to the pressure, you're probably too close to the quick, so move the clippers further down the nail.

If you cause your dogs nails to bleed...

You can use a clean bar of soap and run it under the damaged nail. The soap will stop the bleeding. If your dog is really nervous about nail trimming, call us and we'll show you how to effectively trim your dogs nails. 

If your dog is older...

Older dogs have longer quicks and harder nails nails. Try clipping your older dogs nails right after bathing, when the dogs nails will be softer. 

When trimming your dog’s nails remember to keep the treats nearby and take time to clearly see the quick beneath the nail.

We hope this helps and call us anytime at 727-525-9799 and we'll gladly help you with clipping your dogs nails.