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Warning Signs of Cancer in Your Pet

09/05/2014
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

08/21/2014
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!

We Love Lucy!

08/08/2014
Lucy, a gray Schnauzer mixed dog

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Lucy, a beautiful, gray Schnauzer mix. She has lovely eyes, a sweet disposition and fabulous floppy ears! We’re not sure what Lucy’s mix is. If she is part dachshund, she would be called a Miniature Schnoxie. If she is part Maltese, she might be called a Malzer. We prefer to think she is a designer mix because she is so beautiful!

Schnauzers are fairly low-maintenance dogs. They have a soft undercoat that is covered by wiry hair. Schnauzers are usually droolers, so regular beard cleaning is necessary. However, shedding is minimal. They are intelligent, high-energy dogs that need things to do, so regular exercise is recommended.

Lucy, a gray Schnauzer mixed dog

Lucy is a sweet dog with beautiful eyes and great floppy ears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter what you’re dog’s ancestry or heritage, they will be treated like stars at the Klip Joint Dog Grooming!

 

 

 

Kissed by Buddha

07/31/2014

This week’s Klip Joint dog is Bella, a six-month-old Shih Tzu. Bella’s owners have realized that it takes a lot of work to keep the Shih Tzu coat looking good, so they have decided to bring her in for a regular bath, brush and trim.

Shih Tzus have a double coat (an outer coat plus a wooly insultating undercoat). When a Shih Tzu’s coat is left long, the shedding hairs get caught in the long coat and instead of falling out on your floor, get pulled out when you brush your Shih Tzu. If you don’t brush them often, the hair gets matted and can be painful to the dog to brush it.

If you clip your Shih Tzu into a shorthaired dog, there is no longer coat to catch the shedding hair, so the dog will shed more. A long coat has the advantage of making your Shih Tzu appear to shed less, while a short coat has the advantage of being easier to brush and staying cleaner. It’s a trade-off.

Close up of Bella's face before trimming.

Bella before clipping – she was getting pretty shaggy in the face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shih Tzu is sometimes called the Chrysanthemum Dog, a nickname that describes the way the hair on his face grows out in all directions — he looks like a flower with a nose for the center. You can see that Bella was sporting the Chrysanthemum look when she arrived at our door.

There is an old story that the Buddha traveled with a little dog fitting the description of a Shih Tzu. As the story goes, one day, several robbers came upon the Buddha with the intent of robbing and murdering him. The little dog changed into a ferocious lion and ran off the robbers, saving Buddha’s life. The lion then turned back into a fun-loving little dog, which the Buddha picked up and kissed. The white spot on the heads of many Shih Tzus supposedly marks the place where Buddha kissed his loyal friend!

Your loyal doggy friends will get lots of tender loving care at the Klip Joint Dog Grooming!

 

 

Bella the Shih Tzu after grooming with a pink bow on top.

Bella after a bath and clip.

Watch out for kissing bugs!

07/24/2014

Texas A&M University is tracking the movement of “kissing bugs” into the southern United States. These bugs carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease. The illness causes damage to the heart and digestive system and can cause cardiac arrest if you or your dog are bitten by an infected bug. They are finding a lot of dogs in the southern U.S. infected with this parasite. Although the dogs aren’t spreading the parasite directly to people, they are helping to make the disease KissingBugmore prevalent. The chance of dogs spreading the disease to humans is very low, but increases if there are kissing bugs around that can transmit the illness through their bite.

If you find a kissing bug and are interested in submitting it to Texas A&M, email their research team at KissingBug@cvm.tamu.edu. When collecting the bug, avoid direct contact with the bug, its feces or areas contaminated by the bug. Place the bug in a sealable plastic bag and freeze it before sending in to Texas A&M.

I hope they can find a way to eliminate this parasite so our dogs and ourselves will be safe from this disease. Yuk!

Poodle Clips

07/17/2014
Two black poodles with poodle cuts

Kash and Arlemis are the Klip Joint very handsome dogs of the week. Here are some pointers on how to decide what clip to use on your poodle.

Your Poodle needs to be clipped on a regular schedule. Any clips other than the required show-ring clips are pet clips. Most pet Poodles are kept in fairly simple, easily maintained clips.

When deciding on a clip for your Poodle, remember that the longer the coat is, the more brushing and combing you’ll need to do.

  • The kennel clip. The kennel clip is the shortest clip and the easiest to maintain. It’s ideal for Poodles who hike in the woods, play on the beach, or go swimming. The Poodle’s face, feet, and tail are shaved, with a scissored topknot and a tail pompon. The body and legs are the same length and quite short, usually under 1/2 inch long. The ears may be full, shortened, or completely clipped.
  • The sporting clip. The sporting clip is similar to the kennel clip, but the legs are longer than the body and scissored to blend into the body. The body is as much as one inch long, with the leg length in proportion to the body length.
  • The lamb trim. The lamb trim is a longer version of the sporting clip, with the body and legs as long as you wish, often as long as two or three inches.
  • The puppy clip. In the puppy clip, the Poodle’s face, feet, and tail are shaved, with a pompon left on the tail and the rest of the coat left long. The hindquarters, chest, and legs are shaped with scissors to blend in with the longer hair on the rest of the body. If the body hair is shortened, it isn’t a true puppy clip. Show Poodles may be, and usually are, kept in a puppy clip until they are a year old. Pet Poodles are usually clipped into a shorter pet clip when the long hair becomes more work to keep brushed.
  • The modified puppy clip. The modified puppy clip is similar to the true puppy clip, but the topknot is shaped and the entire body is shortened with scissors.
  • The teddy bear clip. Strictly speaking, the teddy bear clip isn’t a clip because clippers aren’t used – the entire body is shortened and shaped with scissors. The body, legs, and tail are usually a couple of inches long, with no changes in lengths on different parts of the body. The topknot is shortened and rounded, but not in a cap as in other clips. The face, feet, and tail are scissored to blend with the body, not shaved. This trim can be very cute, especially on smaller Poodles, but it’s high maintenance and needs frequent brushing.

Grooming Matters

06/30/2014

This is a sweet video about a matted dog and how he found a new home.

 

 

 

We can help keep your dog looking handsome at the Klip Joint Dog Grooming. Please encourage others to adopt a shelter dog!

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