Warning! Please do Not give your pets anything made in CHINA! Read the label if it says Made in China, don't buy it and if it says Distributed by some well known company-do Not buy it because it too is made in China but the company is hiding the fact tha
How to Choose a groomer- Talk with several groomers ask questions, check references, inspect their shop or mobile vehicle. Many groomers are inexperienced so make sure you know who is grooming your pet! After doing your homework it should be easier to se
In Memory of our 15 year old beagle Brandy, "Scrubadubdogs has sponsored 4 beagles at the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees, NJ. We have donated $200 per dog to help them get adopted.
As a Mobile groomer and a lover of all animals I would like to encourage you to support your local animal shelters either by adopting a pet or by volunteering, donations, food, money, beds, toys etc. Everything helps. Remember many shelters run on donations alone and they do wonderful work. We at Scrub-A-Dub Dogs, have donated time to train dogs and puppies, donated money and volunteered our grooming services at no cost. With the economy today more and more pets are being abandoned or surrendered by those that can't afford them. More help is needed. When we rescue a pet, we have done a great thing but they too have helped rescue us in return, with loyalty, affection, love and more! We hope that should you adopt a dog or puppy that you will keep them groomed for their health and overall appearance and comfort. A matted, flea infested dog is not a happy dog. Brushing their teeth is one of the most significant things you or your groomer can do to help prolong your dog’s life. A percentage of our grooming fees are donated to various animal shelters. We hope to be able to afford to continue to do this, even with the economy and recent high prices for gas!
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It is an unfortunate fact that many white or light colored dogs have under-eye discoloration called “tear stains.”This discoloration is unsightly and can make the dog appear to look dirty, ungroomed, or even sickly; despite the grooming effort you make to remove them. And longhaired white dogs are not the only dogs affected by tear stains – other breeds like the Shih-Tzu, Poodle, Cocker Spaniel, Bulldog, Shar-pei and even some of the larger breeds, like the St Bernard and Newfoundland suffer from tear staining.
Why Does My Dog Get Tear Stains? - find the possible solution below in red, Nestle Bottled water.
In general, your dog’s tear stains are usually due to an excess of bacteria or yeast growth. This is usually due to an unpleasant organism called “red yeast” which produces those reddish-brown facial stains and unpleasant odor your dog may be dealing with. The bacteria and yeast thrive in a moist environment, so the tear ducts in the eye are a perfect place for the bacteria and yeast to grow.
Another cause of the tear staining may be due to allergies to a particular dog food or the environment, especially if you notice the tear staining occurs during a specific season. It may also be aggravated by the pH of your dog’s drinking water or the mineral content within it. Try Nestle bottled water; it has been filtered of all minerals and impurities and most importantly has the proper pH level for dogs. I attribute this factoid to Dr. Lisa of "House Paws" mobile veterinary services. Dr. Lisa services our local area in South Jersey. I recently groomed a Bichon that had no tear stains and was told about this factoid by the owner of the dog that it is because of the Nestle brand of bottled water she gives her pet. Wow; so simple to try! Let me know if it works for your pet too!
Finally, genetics may also be a cause of the tear staining. Over breeding with some dogs suffering excessive tearing due to the shape and structure of their eyes or physical deformities of their face or tear ducts leads to a bloodline that may suffer from excessive tearing. Whatever the cause is, it is best to always take your dog to a trusted vet for a general examination first if you notice excessive tearing and tear stains. The vet will detect any serious problems – such as tear duct infection or blockage.
Determining the cause of excessive staining is very important as no matter how effectively it is removed, it will just return if you do not discover the reason for it and tackle the source of the problem.
However, it always helps to keep the dog’s face clean all the time, particularly the hair underneath the eye. Wipe this and other areas of the face several times a day by dabbing with some warm water or dilute lemon juice or salt water, taking extreme care not to get anything into the actual eye. Also keep the hair around the eye trimmed.
How to Keep Hair Out of the Eyes
Pet Stores and “Online” pet stores carry specialized commercial products for dealing with tear stains but these often only lighten the stain’s color, never completely removing the stain. Unless your dog is a show dog, this is not really a serious issue. However, you can also try some home remedies which can be just as effective. The most common one is a mixture of equal volume milk of magnesia, and peroxide, plus cornstarch, made into a paste and very carefully and gently rubbed into the area of the stain, around the eye. Leave to dry and then rinse thoroughly, taking extreme care not to splash anything into the dog’s eye or allow any solution to wick through the facial hair and into the eye area.
You may need to repeat this application over several days if the stain is stubborn. Another option is to use a mild solution of bleach designed for human hair (usually hydrogen peroxide) – however, this is a very harsh treatment and best left to the experienced groomers or breeders.
*As most tear stains are due to an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast, your best option for eliminating them completely is to control and eradicate these organisms. One way is to add a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to your dog’s drinking water, thus changing the pH and preventing the yeast and bacteria from growing. Another option – which can be discussed with your vet – is to put your dog on a very low dose course of antibiotics which will eliminate bacterial overgrowth. However, this is very much a last resort and should not be used for continued treatment. It should also not be considered for puppies that have not got their adult teeth yet, as the antibiotics can cause the new teeth to stain yellow.
**** Before trying any of the suggestions in this article, Always consult with your dogs Veterinarian first!
***Before trying any suggestions in this article-Always go with the least invasive treatment first and give it some time to work before moving on to the next option – never use multiple treatments at the same time.
***** Scrub-A-Dub Dogs does not endorse or recommend that you try any of these remedies without first consulting with your Veterinarian and is therefore not to be held liable if you try any of these “remedies”. It is ALWAYS the owners’ responsibility to discuss any treatments or remedies with your Veterinarian and follow his or her Professional advice.
Poisonous Food List for Cats and Dogs Updated: 04/30/2011
by Dawn Forster for Earth Clinic, LLC
As pet owners we often like to share with our pet all of the things that we ourselves enjoy in life, including food. However, there are a couple of reasons that you should always be very careful when considering introducing special treats to your pet.' The first reason is that the food you want to share may not be a particularly healthy food item and therefore you should think twice about allowing your pet to acquire a taste for something they shouldn't have. Secondly and most importantly, although you may very well enjoy a particular food yourself, it might actually be very poisonous for your pet.
The following is a list of foods that your pet should avoid as they are all poisonous to some degree.
Note: Two detoxifying formulas sent by our readers follows this list.
Alcoholic Beverages: Any type of alcohol can be poisonous to your pet and aside from intoxication, can cause a coma or even death.
Apple Seeds: Can have varied effects on pets.
Apricot Pits: Can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Cherry Pits: Can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Candy containing the sweetener Xylitol: Can cause liver damage and even death.
Chocolate: Although pets should never have any type of chocolate, milk chocolate is not nearly as dangerous for animals as semi-sweet or unsweetened bakers chocolate. Chocolate poisoning can cause irregular heart rate and rhythm, restlessness, hyperactivity, diarrhea, vomiting, panting, muscle tremors, abdominal pain, bloody urine, increased body temperature, seizures, coma and possibly even death.
Coffee: Can result in increased breathing and heart rate, restlessness and affects the central nervous system.
Grapes: Large amounts of grapes can be poisonous to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and kidney damage.
Hops: May cause panting, elevated temperature, increased heart rate, seizures and possibly death.
Macadamia Nuts: Can cause vomiting, lethargy, hyperthermia, abdominal pain, stiff joints, lameness and tremors.
Moldy Foods: Can have varied effects on pets including vomiting and diarrhea.
Mushrooms: Different types of mushrooms can have varied effects on pets such as, depression, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, tearing, hallucinations, defecation, liver failure, seizures, drooling, urination, kidney failure, heart damage, hyperactivity and in some cases, death.
Mustard Seeds: Can have varied effects on pets.
Onions and Onion Powder: Can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Peach Pits: Can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Potato Leaves and Stems: Can cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
Raisins: Large amounts of raisins can be poisonous to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and kidney damage.
See Snopes Report for Confirmation: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp
Rhubarb Leaves: Can cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
Salt: In large quantities can cause electrolyte imbalances.
Tea: Can have varied effects in pets.
Tomato Leaves and Stems: Can cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
Walnuts: Can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, as well as respiratory issues such as sneezing, breathing and coughing.
Yeast Dough: Can be dangerous as it will expand and result in gas, pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
NOTE: If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) PoisonControlCenter at 1-888-426-4435. This is 24 hour a day hotline. (Note that in some cases a consultation fee may be charged to your credit card.)
* Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional veterinary prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your veterinarian before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your Veterinarian can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your pet's unique needs or diagnose your pet's particular medical history.
Tue, 03 May 2011 2:34:04 pm
this is the first time i have used scrub a dub dogs and i will definitely use them in the future. they did a great job with my long haired pomeranian and new exactly what i wanted. they really know what they are doing when it comes to grooming and would recommend anyone to use them for their pets grooming needs. very pleased with results and would give them a 5 star rating.
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Urgent: New Policy concerning elder dogs and dogs with health issues!
You must know and let me know of any problems related to your elder dogs’ health, such as heart issues, arthritis, kidney problems, seizures etc. Check with your Vet., that it is OK to groom your dog, if you are not sure! If you have and elder dog or one with health issues You must sign a release form stating that it is ok to groom your dog.
There are inherent risks with grooming elder dogs or any dog, if they have any health issues!
We strive to provide as stress free a grooming experience as possible but grooming any dog especially an older dog is stressful and could result in the dog not feeling well, vomiting from distress and anxiety to even death. When a dog is in its last years or year of life they are very susceptible to heart failure, so I urge you to err on the side of caution and if your dog is not well, please forgo any and all grooming. A bath may be ok, followed by towel drying only but check with your Vet. First!
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2. You don't go for weeks at a time without washing your hair.
3. You don't roll in nasty things before seeing your hairdresser.
4. Your hairdresser doesn't have to clean your ears.
5. Your hairdresser doesn't have to de-mat your hair.
6. You sit still for your hairdresser.
7. Your haircut doesn't include a manicure or pedicure.
8. Your hairdresser only cuts the hair on your head.
9. You don't try to bite or scratch your hairdresser.
10. The likelihood of you pooping or peeing while your hair is being cut is slim. We hope!
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