Dog Grooming Questions & Answers
Anal gland sacs have been routinely expressed by groomers and veterinarians for many years, yet recent research shows that this is an often unnecessary and sometimes has adverse effects on the dog. Some of the possible problems which may be caused, may include, infection, irritation and/or ruptured sacs. Should these problems arise, they may require veterinary treatment. Repeated expression can cause the rectum to weaken leading to damaged skin, increased need for expression and in some cases incontinence. This can be especially true of external expression which is what groomers are allowed by law to do. As such, we do not perform anal gland expression as part of any service. We believe that this process should be only performed when medically necessary.
Anal glands are situated on either side of the anus and are scenting glands. These can be externally emptied if they have become blocked or are uncomfortable for your dog. We do not routinely empty these glands as we feel if there is no problem with them, they should be left alone. If your dog is having a problem, they will be scooting their bottom along the floor or you may notice a particularly offensive smell around the rear of your dog. (if this is the case please consult your veterinary surgeon).
Recently I’ve been asked regularly if I offer anal gland expression as part of my grooming service. This is NOT something I offer. Unless a dog is showing symptoms of infection or impaction of the glands they do not need to be manually expressed. Emptying of the glands is something which a dog does naturally when it goes to the toilet.
I will check the glands during the quick health check that’s done at the beginning of each groom, however, my advice to any customer who is concerned that their dog may be experiencing problems with its anal glands is to seek the advice of a vet for professional diagnosis / treatment.
Most dogs go through their lives without experiencing any problems with anal glands. If they needed help emptying them, we recommend a check-up from the vet to ensure that there is no infection or underlying reason for them to become full and irritating for your dog.
Pawgeous Mobile Dog Grooming prices vary depending upon the breed of dog, how large the dog is in size, the style of groom and the condition of their coat. In contrast to grooming salons, I come to you with my “mobile dog grooming spa”. No hassle and stress of dropping off and collecting your dog, I groom in the comfort of your home surrounds using the latest in Hydrobath washing and blaster drying – giving your dog the perfect groom.
There are so many advantages to having your dog(s) groomed by Pawgeous Mobile Dog Grooming. Most importantly, regardless of chosen groom, I always pay attention to the eyes, ears and face. Therefore, whether your dog needs a full groom, or just a fluff-dry and cologne, Pawgeous Mobile Dog Grooming have a groom for you. Dog Grooming Questions
In other words, Pawgeous Mobile Dog Grooming is generally your best grooming option without leaving home! Most importantly, I provide the one-to-one service that includes more attention for your dog(s), helping to keep them clean and smelling great.
Above all, you should not overlook using a dog groomer regularly! Grooming your dog should be regular appointment, to ensure that your dog is living its best life, as well as fostering good health and wellness. Dog Grooming Questions
Travelling to the dog groomers can take a lot of valuable time and produce unnecessary stress. So, why have the battle of getting your dog into the car and hoping there is parking in town, when I can come to you? My “mobile grooming dog spa” has the latest ‘Hydrobath’ washing and blaster drying, with a height adjustable grooming table, providing easy access for dogs of all sizes. Also, for all my dog grooming services, I use hypoallergenic shampoos, conditioners and massage washing, ensuring a deeper clean. I hand towel and fluff dry all dogs, before a style groom.
At Pawgeous, it’s not just about the grooming services I offer – It is more than work for me, I love the interaction and cuddles with your dog. To formalise my love and passion, I have undertaken industry leading City & Guildstraining and Canine First Aid courses.
As a dog mad family, our two German Shepherds and Border Collie are spoilt rotten, and that’s how we feel every dog should be – especially yours!