FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Quick reference of the most common questions asked by our clientele

Dear Charmaine,
How often should my dog be professionally groomed?

Answer- This depends on several factors like the breed of dog, the type and length of the coat (long, short, double) and whether the dog is an indoor or outdoor pet. If the dog has a skin problem (allergies) or a coat problem (oily/dry) it will also affect the frequency of grooming. Whilst your dog's coat may look clean, the accumulation of dead hair and dust can lead to skin irritation. For example- weekly for a full coated Maltese, 4-6 weeks for Poodles and Pet Trimmed Shih Tzu and Maltese, Bichon Frise, Schnauzers, Terriers and Spaniels.

Dear Charmaine,
How often should I brush my pet between salon visits?

Answer- Brushing is advisable at least 3 times per week to help keep coat clean and free of matts. Regular brushing removes debris, prevents tangling and stimulates healthy hair growth. Brushing is also a great bonding opportunity for you and your pet, allowing you and your pet quality time together. Your dog will also look and feel great afterwards and also remember to give them their favourite food or toy treat to make their grooming session fun!

Dear Charmaine,
How often should my pets nails be trimmed?

Answer- Puppy's nails should be trimmed every 2 weeks, older dogs nails should be checked and trimmed if needed monthly. As the nails grow so does the quick, if the nails are left for a long period of time without regular trimming you are only able to trim back the nails a little at a time. Cutting the quick is painful for the dog and it is best left for an experienced groomer. This service is free with a complete grooming appointment, Small Dogs $5, Large Dogs $10 for in between grooming appointments.

Dear Charmaine,
How often should my pets ears be cleaned?

Answer- Ears should be checked and cleaned weekly. Cleaning the ears with a dog specific ear cleaner on a tissue or cotton ball helps reduce the build up of wax and debris which can lead to ear disease. Do not attempt to clean the inner ear canal at any time (No cotton buds). In many breeds, such as the cocker spaniel, the excess hair needs to be clipped away from around and inside the ear flap to allow for better air circulation because their long hair can fall into their food bowls. In other breeds such as poodles, the excess hair in the ear canal needs to be removed to prevent build up wax, debris and to increase air circulation.

Dear Charmaine,
Are you trained to give veterinary advice?

Answer- Through my studies, I am trained to recognise certain problems in which I would provide simple pet care advice or encourage owners to seek prompt, proper veterinary attention. Better to be safe than sorry - see your vet.

Dear Charmaine,
Do you sedate or restrain the pets you groom?

Answer- I do not sedate pets nor do I groom pets that have been sedated by their owners. My main technique in working with pets is to work with them- not against them. Pets are reassured with kind words, treats and by not rushing them. My specialised hydraulic grooming table allows me to wok around the pet with the minimum of lifting and pulling of pets limbs. Keeping your pets safety and comfort in mind.

Dear Charmaine,
What do you feed your dogs?

Answer- I feed my dogs "Bone and Raw Food" (BARF Diet).
My dogs get a mixture of raw meaty bones and the BARF rissoles. My dogs also get healthy table food scraps and training treats. Apart from the many health benefits, my dog's stools are smaller and virtually odourless from feeding them a diet free of processed food.

Dear Charmaine,
I would like to become a dog groomer, What do I need to do to start.?
Answer -  Read this page on  "How to become a Dog Groomer". It should give you some good advice in knowing where to start.

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