Grooming Care and News from the Spa

Taking the stress out of pet care.

It's a Dog's Life Pet Spa takes pride in all aspects of pet care. Here you will find the latest updates from our team of caring groomers, tips you can us at home and even a bit of fun.

Dog Grooming

The Top 10 Reasons why dog and cat grooming costs more than getting your haircut.
As seen in Suddenly Saskatchewan Magazine

10) Your hairdresser doesn’t wash your rear end.

  9) You don’t go eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair.

  8) Your hairdresser does not give you a sanitary trim.

  7) Your hairdresser does not clean your ears.

  6) Your hairdresser does not remove the ‘Boogies’ from your eyes.

  5) You sit still for your hairdresser.

  4) Your hairdresser doesn’t include a manicure and pedicure.

  3) Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.

  2) You don’t bite and scratch your hairdresser.

       And Finally

  1) The likelihood of you pooping on your hairdresser is pretty slim.

Dog Grooming Tools

Grooming Basics

The Matted Pet

If your pet has not been combed and brushed every few days, they may already be in trouble! The tangling mats of hair can be so extensive that it can not be combed out and regular brushing can become painful. Further, matted hair can prevent needed airflow from reaching the skin of your pet. The extra scratching and clawing at the mats and can lead to bruising and skin irritation.

Severe matting forms a kind of pelt on your pet that can be sheared off in large pieces. Moisture on a matted dog or cat can make the matting even worse. The matted fur shrinks as it dries like a felted wool, adhering more tightly to the skin and trapping in stale moisture. This also further irritates your dog or cat and can lead to injuries and an unhappy pet.

The matted hair must be cared for while grooming and can take extra time and force a groomer to shave effected areas. The delay on the table can make your pet impatient and working with a matted animal is stressful to both the pet and groomer. The added stress can increase the chances of injury from sharp blades and biting pets. Matted hair shaving can also mean a more uneven coat that leads to even more time on the bench. Something that can make your dog or cat restless and harder to control.

If you notice your pet’s hair becoming matted, and act quickly, a properly trained and caring groomer may be able to save the coat by dematting effected areas. Removing mats takes time and a great deal of patience and is often uncomfortable for you pet. Quality groomers will work on badly matted hair in sessions to lessen the frustration for your dog or cat. The extra time and care can lead to additional fees and longer or return visits to fix the issue.

Prevention of hair mats is vital to your pet’s well-being. Therefore, it is important to brush and care for your pet’s coat every few days. Take time to check for matting and debris that is stuck in the hair. The professional groomers at It’s a Dog’s Life Pet Spa are more then happy to review brushing tips with you on your next visit.

Canine Hairdresser

Basic Pet Care

The Shedding Coat

Shedding is seasonal and unavoidable. As a rule, the heaviest shedding occurs every spring and fall and related primarily to changes in the duration and intensity of sunlight. House dogs while out of direct sunlight are exposed to long hours of artificial light and it sometimes seems as if they never quit shedding.

Most dogs shed at least once a year and do not shed their coats evenly. Some have a double coat composed of a long outer of ‘guard’ hairs and an undercoat of softer or shorter hair for warmth. When a dog with this type of coat begins to shed, the inner coat may come out in a patchy fashion and your dog may look quite tattered and moth-eaten!

Dead hair next to the skin is irritating and can lead to an itch/scratch cycle that can damage the skin and cause further problems including infections. If left alone for too long, excessive matting can occur and will make it very painful for the dog or cat to be brushed out.

Regular and proper grooming and washing can be the difference between a good coat and an excellent coat. Keep brushing your pets between visits to the groomer and you and your dogs and cats will be happier. It’s a Dog’s Life Pet Spa would be more then pleased to help your dogs and cats achieve an amazing coat and beautiful look, especially through the shedding process.