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Special Needs Dogs


Today I want to feature 3 special dogs that come to visit the Klip Joint for grooming.

First is Mr. Wilson. He is an elder dog. He always watches out the window for his owner, even though he can’t really see very well.

Mr. Wilson a small, elder, gray dog at Klip Joint dog grooming

Mr. Wilson watching for his ride.













Next is Bella. She has only one eye, but it doesn’t seem to slow her down. She is always very calm and cooperative when we groom her.


Bella, sweet little girl with one eye.











Last is Dee. Dee is a special dog that we have loved grooming for some time. Recently, she had a bad fall and broke her leg in such a way that it was better to amputate it than try to fix it. She has been doing very well and is adjusting to her new 3-legged life in positive way. She hasn’t been cranky at all and gets around now like nothing happened.


Dee, our gentle amputee.



At the Klip Joint, we will handle your special-needs dog with extra care, gentleness and patience to provide the most positive grooming experience possible.


Good Golly Miss Molly!


This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Molly, a super sweet Golden Retriever.





















She seemed really comfortable lying in the tub, so I left her there to get dry for a bit while I worked on another dog.

























When I came back I found her sound asleep! How cute is that?


















She seemed so bothered when I woke her up to brush her, but she managed to stay awake long enough for me to get her finished.

Your dogs are our babies, too, at the Klip Joint Dog Grooming!



Sweetie Boyd


Sweetie on the clipping table with short, dark fur.Today’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Sweetie Boyd. Sweetie is a pomeranian mix. Her owner likes to keep her hair clipped short to help prevent matting and keep her cool in the summer. She is always a very good girl and enjoys the attention.

We will give your dog lots of TLC at the Klip Joint Dog Grooming!

Rowdy and cute!

Rowdy, a maltese puppy on the grooming table

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Rowdy, a 4-month-old Maltese. He was being very cute the day he came in for his bath and brush.

Maltese are bred to be cuddly companion dogs. They are extremely lively and playful, and even as a Maltese ages, his energy level and playful demeanor remain fairly constant. They adore humans, and prefer to stay near them. The Maltese is very active within a house, and, preferring enclosed spaces, does very well with small yards. For this reason, the breed also fares well in apartments and townhouses, and is a prized pet of urban dwellers.

Maltese have no undercoat, and have little to no shedding if cared for properly. Like their relatives, the Poodles and Bichon Frisé, they are considered to be largely hypoallergenic and many people who are allergic to dogs may not be allergic to the Maltese. Daily cleaning is required to prevent the risk of tear-staining.

Regular grooming is also required to prevent the coats of non-shedding dogs from matting. Many owners will keep their Maltese clipped in a “puppy cut”, a 1–2 in (2.5–5 cm) all over trim that makes the dog resemble a puppy. (Rowdy still IS a puppy!)

Maltese dogs can exhibit signs of tear staining underneath the eyes. Dark staining in the hair around the eyes, “tear staining”, can be a problem in this breed, and is mostly a function of how much the individual dog’s eyes water and the size of the tear ducts. To get rid of tear staining, a solution or powder can be specially made for tear stains, which can often be found in local pet stores. A fine-toothed metal pet comb, moistened with hot water and applied perhaps twice weekly, also works extremely well. The antibiotic, Cephalexin has been shown to completely clear up “tear staining” in some cases. Maltese are susceptible to “reverse sneezing”, which sounds like a honking, snorting, or gagging sound and results often from over-excitement, play, allergies, or upon waking up. It is not life-threatening or dangerous—it will go away after about a minute.

At the Klip Joint Dog Grooming we can help keep your dog beautiful and mat-free!

Rowdy the maltese puppy

Rowdy – Maltese puppy


Shaving Scooter


This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Scooter, a Lhasa Apso/Sheltie mix. Scooter came to us very matted. His owner has had financial difficulties and has been unable to bring him in for grooming for a long time. I was horrified at how matted he had become. He was such a good boy while I was removing the matted coat! Maybe he knew it would make him feel better. The matted coat came off in almost one whole piece. It was like a carpet. Poor Scooter! He looks much better now and I’m sure he’s more comfortable.

Scooter on the grooming table - very shaggy and covered with mats.

Here’s what Scooter looked like when he came in.


Scooter on the grooming table with matted large piece of matted fur having off of him.

I was almost able to remove the whole matted coat in one piece. It was like a carpet.



Scooter on the grooming table with matted fur all shaved off.

Scooter seemed to feel much better with all that matted fur removed.


The Klip Joint Dog Grooming can help keep your dog mat-free and happy!



Warning Signs of Cancer in Your Pet

German Shephard dog licking veterinian

1. Lumps and Bumps: Not every lump or bump is necessarily cancerous, but consulting with your vet is the only way to be sure. If the lump is growing or not resolving itself, contact your vet and he or she will do a biopsy to determine the contents of the bump.

2. Abnormal Odors: Foul odors from any of your cat or dog’s orifices and/or body parts may be a cause for concern. Cancers of the mouth, nose, or anal regions can cause your pet to emit offensive odors.

3. Abnormal Discharges: Discharges such as blood, pus, vomit, diarrhea, and any other abnormal substance being excreted from your pet’s body should be checked out by a veterinarian immediately. A bloated or distended stomach could also be a sign of internal discharge.

4. Non-Healing Wounds: Lacerations or sores that do not heal within a normal time range on the surface of your cat or dog’s body may indicate infection, skin disease, and possibly cancer.

5. Weight Loss: Sudden weight loss in cats and dogs not on a diet can be an indicator of many diseases and illnesses. If coupled with another warning sign of cancer, you should contact your vet right away and inform him or her about your pet’s symptoms.

6. Change in Appetite: While a lack of appetite in dogs and cats can be an indicator of many things, they never stop eating without a cause. Not necessarily a sign of cancer, a decrease in appetite can indicate an oral tumor, which would make it painful and difficult for your pet to eat and swallow.

7. Coughing or Difficulty Breathing: Although symptoms of heart and lung disease, coughing and abnormal breathing can also indicate cancer. This symptom will most likely occur if the cancer in your pet’s body has metastasized into his or her lungs.

8. Lethargy and Depression: If your pet has cancer, there is a chance that he or she will suffer from depression and sleep more, become less playful, and be less willing to go for walks. Although lethargy or depression in dogs and cats can set in with any illness, it is commonly seen in pets that have cancer.

9. Changes in Bathroom Habits: Any changes in your pet’s bathroom habits including difficulty using the bathroom, frequent bathroom use, and blood in urine or stools are potential warning signs that cancer has developed in your pet.

10. Evidence of Pain: Limping or other evidence of your dog or cat in pain when he or she is active, or if the pain is too great for them to be active, can be indications of cancer of the bone.

While no one sign purely indicates cancer, a cat or dog displaying two or more of these symptoms should be taken to the veterinarian for an exam so that he or she can be properly diagnosed and treated accordingly, because early detection can make all of the difference in the case of a positive diagnosis.

Source: Life with Dogs 


Little Ebony

Ebony - black and white Yorkipoo

Ebony before bath and trim.

This week’s Klip Joint featured dog is Ebony, a cute, little black and white Yorkipoo.

The coat of the Yorkipoo can range from straight to curly, and it should be luxuriously soft and silky in texture — running your fingers through it is heavenly.

Although it’s different for every Yorkipoo, a puppy resulting from a multigenerational breeding (a Yorkipoo crossed with another Yorkipoo) is supposed to be odorless and nonshedding — although “nonshedding” is a fantasy, since every dog on the planet sheds at least a tiny bit. The Yorkipoo produces little dander, which is actually the trait that appeals to the allergic owner.

The Yorkipoo is seen in a wide variety of colors, including cream, black, white, red, sable, apricot, tan, chocolate, gray, and silver. This versatile boy can sport multiple colors and a wide variety of markings, including black with tan points.

Although he’s considered to be a non- to low-shedder, the Yorkipoo requires care in keeping that fine coat silky and healthy. Brushing him daily wards off tangles. Brush the hair away from the eyes to prevent it from becoming an irritant, which it will certainly be if this task is neglected. You can also protect his eyes by trimming the hair with a pair of scissors.

His coat should be trimmed regularly to whatever length you prefer; that’s the beauty of a designer breed. No one is going to say you’ve clipped him incorrectly, because there is no “correct” cut.

Ebony - black yorkipoo in crate.

Ebony after her bath and trim.

The Yorkipoo is an active, affectionate, fun-loving dog who relishes the company of people. He is loving and loyal, a true companion dog who enjoys participating in family activities. He’s confident, thanks to his terrier heritage, but usually he’s also easygoing and less demanding than many other small breeds.

Source: Dogtime – Yorkipoo.

Large or small, we love them all at the Klip Joint Dog Grooming!


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