My pet has mats,what is that?
A mat is a tangled mass of hair on a dog or cat. It usually forms from a lack of regular brushing and/or combing, or bathing a pet too often for their type of coat without brushing immediatly after. Some mats get very tight, this is very uncomfortable to the pet and can sometimes cause additional skin related complications. If this occurs the only safe and humane way of correcting the problem is to have a professional shave out the mats. In very matted situations, sometimes called pelted coats, a full shavedown of the pet is the only humane option.
How do I brush my dog?
It really depends on the type of coat your dog has. For a Shihtzu, Lhasa, Maltese, Yorkie or combinations of these breeds its best performed with a small slicker brush followed by a finishing with a grooming comb. These tools are very important in order to properly perform upkeep between grooms. Here is a short instructional video to demonstrate correct tools and techniques:
How often should my dog be groomed?
Depending on the style of haircut you prefer, it is recommended that your pet be professionally groomed every 4 to 8 weeks for medium to long-haired pets. For short coated breeds likes Beagles, Labs, Rottweilers and Amstaffs it is more up to the preference of the pets caretaker and environments that the pet frequents.
How often should I get my pets nails trimmed and how much does it cost?
General rule of thumb is a trim every 4 weeks. Here at Shear Love a nail trim is $10 and a nail buffing is $15, no appointment is needed but please call ahead for hours. We do trim cats and small animal nails too.
Do you have a question about your pet's grooming? Here are a few of the most common questions we get, and we'll keep adding more as they come in. Also, feel free to call us at any time and we'd be happy to help you with any specific inquiries you may have.