Healthly Pet

Why do Groomers Ask for Shot Records?

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

Groomers all over the country are tightening their policies and asking for updated vaccines for your pet.  But why do groomers ask for shot records and what preventative medicines are they looking for?  Here’s an inside look at what pet care professionals are thinking.

medicine pet vaccines shot records

Continue Reading…

The Green Bean Diet for Overweight Dogs

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

The green bean diet for overweight dogs seems to be the answer to quick weight loss for obese pets.  However, like many things, there are rules to follow and important things to know to keep your pet safe while on this diet.  If your pet is overweight, you will want to read below and see if this diet works for you.  As always, call your veterinarian to see what they think.

Continue Reading…

Kickoff To Flea Season

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

The transition from summer to fall is a favorite time of year for many…lower temperatures, football, and, of course, pumpkin spice.  It’s also the favorite time of year of our not so close friend, the flea.  As last week marked the kickoff to football season, so does it mark the kickoff to flea season.  Booooo!!!

Did you know that we fight a $4 Billion war on fleas?  Here’s some information and ways to help you win this yearly battle.

Fleas Are No Joke!
  • Fleas thrive when the temperature is between 65-80 degrees and with low humidity.  Most pet owners assume that fleas start to die off when temps cool.  Groomers and vets agree that this assumption is what leads to an infestation when the pet owner stops giving the preventative treatments.
  • Once fleas have found a happy home, it becomes extremely difficult to eliminate them completely.
  • If your not convinced, check out our other article on fleas…Fleas, Ticks and Bugs…OH MY!  PART 1
Continue Reading…

Read This Before You Purchase Your Next Pet Shampoo

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

With the thousands of choices of pet shampoos on the market, it still surprises me how many people ask for Oatmeal shampoo or use Dawn Dish Detergent when bathing their pet.  Being a Professional Groomer and also a Shampoo Distributor, I thought it was time to provide pet owners with all of the options to choose from to help make a more customized shampoo purchase for your pet.

Step 1 – Choose between a Natural vs Unnatural Product

The first decision you need to make when purchasing pet shampoo is whether or not you want a natural product or a chemical based one. There are pros and cons for both so you need to decide which is best for you.

  • Chemical or Synthetic Shampoo
  • Pros – long lasting scent, super cleaning abilities
  • Cons – You are applying chemicals directly on your dog and your hands.  Considering the vast number of allergies in the canine world, many dogs have reactions to the synthesized ingredients
  • Natural Ingredient Shampoo
  • Pros – safer ingredients for your pet’s skin and coat and your hands
  • Cons – your pet will not smell like the bottle for very long. They will smell clean and fresh but not like “berries” for weeks afterwards.
  • Disclaimer on Natural Products
    Like human made products, All-Natural does not necessarily mean natural. Look at the ingredients – if you can pronounce it, its natural. Also keep in mind the term Organic could be a farce as well. Organic products must be listed with a percentage of organic ingredients.  For example, Tea Tree Oil (75%).  No percentage in the ingredients?  Not Organic.
Continue Reading…

This Book Changed My Opinion About Dogs And Separation Anxiety

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

Milo’s mom was so upset (and rightfully so).  Her precious Lab who is normally the most well-behaved dog in the world, destroyed her window frame, window treatments and curtains one afternoon while the family was at church.  Milo’s mom confessed that Milo has been doing things like this lately but this was by far the worse incident and she is lost as to what to do.  Being the ‘expert’ I am, I diagnosed Milo with separation anxiety. After all, he is a Labrador and they love to be around their pack!

A few months later, I followed up with the family and found out that Milo got progressively worse and they had to give him away.  I was heart-broken!  Soon after, an amazing book found it’s way into my hands and changed my thoughts about separation anxiety.  I misdiagnosed Milo!!  And so did all of the other experts!  Please read this book and educate yourself if your dog is exhibiting separation anxiety – it may be something completely different!

Separation Anxiety vs Containment Phobia by Karyn Garvin is the book I am referring to and one in which I believe all pet owners should have.  As the title suggests, there is another condition that effects 10-15% of the canine population known as Containment Phobia.


Continue Reading…