Mobile Grooming

Sylvano Bitencourt - Friday, May 20, 2016

Last November, I launched my mobile pet studio with the intention to broaden my market appeal to those who find it difficult to bring their pets for timely grooming. Since then I have learnt that my current clients express an overwhelming interest with this new service.

 


 

With mobile pet studio, I provide better experiences that my brick-and-mortar studio can ever deliver. Not only that I now make it possible to those who struggle to find time to go to my physical studio, I also offer less stressful grooming experience to pets with separation anxiety personalities. Your pets will not be away from home and they will not be caged at all. And for older pets, mobile grooming provides a fantastic solution for avoiding sore joints that can result from transportation to and from grooming facility.

 

After a thoughtful consideration, I have decided to be completely mobile. To my current clients, this decision will be an added benefit to you. I am providing the same great service I always strive for, and I will bring the best grooming experience for your pets at the comfort of your home. I truly believe I have added a great value to all of you. And there will no extra charges for all my current clients and those who become my client by June 25th, 2016. To all new clients afterwards, there will be reasonable surcharge to come to your location depending upon the distance I will need to travel.

 

Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Anal Sacs and the Wellbeing of Your Pets

Sylvano Bitencourt - Thursday, March 24, 2016

I pay a lot of attention on the wellbeing of pets their owners entrusts me to groom. I feel obligated to share my knowledge with my clients parents if I find anything that looks out of the ordinary. I love pets too. And after all these years I obtain valuable informations on how to keep my pets healthy.

 

When you drop off your loved one(s) to me to groom, I check everything that I know is important. If i find something concerning, I share my findings with you. I am looking at the skin and coat condition. I check the inside of the ears. I check their teeth and smell their breath. And I also check and clean their anal sacs if necessary. Why checking their anal sacs is important? To best answer this question, I would like you to read the following professional opinion from Dr. Brian Hunter from Hunter Veterinary Clinic:

 


 

Located on either side of the anus, anal sacs, or anal glands as they are frequently called are found in most animals. In skunks they provide defense, and in many species they are used as a scent marker to communicate who is using a given territory. In our domestic dogs and cats that usefulness has been lost and for some pets they are a source of irritation, and occasionally infection.

 

Normally the anal sacs are compressed, and some of this stinky material comes out when a pet has a bowel movement. However for some, particularly older animals, the material becomes too thick to pass, or bacteria make their way into the sac and the pet scoots or licks the bottom trying to relieve the pressure. If unsuccessful in emptying the sac, an abscess may form which may subsequently rupture and bleed.

 

Your groomer will usually be able to express the contents of the anal sacs when your pet is groomed. However, there are a few animals where due to body shape, or the dry consistency of the material where they can’t be successfully emptied from the outside and your veterinarian will need to empty them with internal rectal pressure. Those patients may need more frequent emptying to prevent problems from developing. In rare instances the problem anal gland can’t be resolved, or an abscess has formed and surgical intervention may be necessary to treat the problem.

 

Should you have any question about this article, you can contact Dr. Hunter at 509-327-9354.
 

 

Why Nail Trimming is Important

Sylvano Bitencourt - Saturday, March 12, 2016

 

Trimming nails is an important part of the grooming process to keep your pet comfortable and healthy. Nails that are allowed to grow too long can become ingrown, especially the dewclaws located on the inside of the leg since they don’t get worn down. The claws of older cats that don’t have the outer sheath removed by normal sharpening behavior are also at increased risk of becoming ingrown and painful. A few cats are born with extra toes, termed polydactyly, and those claws are also at greater risk to become ingrown. In addition, excessively long claws are at increased risk of breaking, which in turn can lead to infections of the toe. Finally, long claws can lead to deformities of the feet as the claw causes the toe to turn and not align normally.

 


As a general rule the nails should be trimmed if you can hear the feet click on the floor when they walk, or about every 2-3 months for indoor dogs that don’t spend much time on pavement. Plan on checking your pet’s nails monthly to see if foot care is needed.

 

All puppies should be trained as early as possible to accept handling of the feet and restraint for nail trimming. Giving treats for calm, relaxed behavior while the feet are being handled will make for pets that will better accept nail trimming in the future.

 

This article is contributed by Dr. Brian Hunter of Hunter Veterinary Clinic. You can contact Dr. Hunter at 509-327-9354.

 

What will you do?

Sylvano Bitencourt - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Not only because of what I do professionally, but I love our four legged friends with my soul. When I take care of my clients, I treat them as a Star, every pet every visit. But I would like to share with you my other Passion which is to promote pet adoption.

 


 

We all love our pet companions and how they get so excited when we come home or when they get a new toy, but the sad truth is that there are still a lot of dogs and cats in our local shelters. These animals still need our love and help as much as our pets at home.

 

Operation Santa Paws was founded in 2001 by Justin Rudd to collect toys, treats and supplies for animal shelters. Over the years it has grown into a well-known project that many communities participate in.

 

If you are interested in donating to Operation Santa Paws, but cannot collect supplies they always welcome monetary donations. Over the last twenty years I have adopted dogs and cats. They all have become the Big Joy in my life and family life. So what will you do this Christmas? I would like to encourage you to visit local animal shelters. The following is a list of local animal shelters:

 

  1.   - Spokane Humane Society  (509) 467-5235 
  2.   - SCRAPS  (509) 477-2532 
  3.   - SpokAnimal  (509) 534-8133 

 

If you like, you can also drop off your donation at my studio. I will personally deliver them to the local shelter of your choice.

 


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