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Lexie the Powderpuff

02/23/2015
Lexie on grooming table grinning.

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Lexie, a grey and white Chinese Crested powderpuff. There are two distinct varieties of the Chinese Crested Dog, the “hairless” and the “powderpuff.” The powderpuff variety is a beautiful dog with a full coat of fur and many people do not realize they exist because a lot of websites only show the hairless variety. Both varieties are equally recognized by the major kennel clubs. The Chinese Crested originated in Africa where they were called “African Hairless Terriers.”

Chinese Cresteds are very clean, with no doggie odor. Powderpuffs need a lot more grooming. Daily brushing of the powderpuff’s long, fine, double coat is recommended, taking extra care when the dog is shedding. The wooly undercoat becomes matted if neglected.

Lexie was so happy to be at the Klip Joint, she smiled for the camera!

 

Lexie on grooming table

Lexie – Before trimming

 

Lexie - Chinese Crested Powderpuff in cage after grooming.

Lexie – Chinese Crested Powderpuff

Happy Valentines Day!

02/13/2015
Twinkie, a gray poodle mix, with pink bow on top of her head.

Our Klip Joint dog of the week is Twinkie. Twinkie is a poodle mix. She wanted to show off her pretty Valentine’s bow.

Below is a video showing how we put bows on a dog. We buy bows with elastic already attached, specially made to put on dogs so they will stay.

We can dress up your furry babies for any special occasion at the Klip Joint! Call today for an appointment.

Twinkie with pink bow on top of her head - closer shot.

Ziggy

02/06/2015
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This week’s Klip Joint Dog Grooming dog of of the week is Ziggy, a happy Sheltie.

The Shetland Sheepdog is a small, double coated, working dog, agile and sturdy. Shelties have a double coat, which means that they have two layers of fur that make up their coat. The long, rough guard hairs lie on top of a thick, soft undercoat. The guard hairs are water-repellent, while the undercoat provides relief from both high and low temperatures. Mats can be commonly found behind the ears, under the elbow on each front leg, and in the fluffy fur on the hind legs (the “skirts”), as well as around the collar (if worn). Shaving these dogs is very bad for their skin and some do not regrow any significant amount of hair after being shaved, a condition known as alopecia. It should be noted that Shelties shed in clumps which can be pulled or brushed out of the main coat, rather than individual hair. This makes them much easier to groom and clean-up after than many smooth-haired dogs, which leave loose fur in their space.

Shelties have a high level of intelligence. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an expert on animal intelligence, the Shetland sheepdog is one of the brightest dogs, ranking 6th out of 132 breeds tested. His research found that an average Sheltie could understand a new command in less than 5 repetitions and would obey a command the first time it was given 95% of the time or better.

We think Ziggy understands that regular grooming is important to keep dogs healthy and smiling.

Ziggy the sheltie lying on the grooming table.

Ziggy – Sheltie

Pico the Bichon Frise

01/15/2015
White, newly bathed and trimmed Bichon Frise dog on grooming table.

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Pico, a soft and cuddly Bichon Frise.

As with many dog breeds, the exact origin of the Bichon Frise is uncertain. Common belief holds that the Bichon descended from the Barbet, a medium-sized, woolly water dog, and that the word Bichon is derived from barbichon, which is the diminutive of the word barbet. The Barbichon family of dogs includes the Bichon Frise, the Bolgnese, the Coton de Tulear, the Havanese, and the Maltese. All originated in the Mediterranean and have a similar look and disposition.

Because they don’t shed like other breeds, Bichons often are recommended for people with allergies. This is something you should discuss with your allergist, since not everyone reacts the same way to a Bichon. Before making a commitment to getting a Bichon — or any type of dog — be sure to spend some time in the presence of the breed if you have allergies.

If you’re looking for a wonderful family pet, consider the Bichon. This dog loves to play. He’s always happy (except when left alone for long periods of time), and his demeanor is affectionate and gentle.

No matter what breed your dog is, the Klip Joint will keep it looking lovely. Make an appointment today!

What is head pressing in dogs and cats?

01/05/2015

Klip Joint Dog Grooming:

I never heard of this condition until I read this post. I’ll be watching for this behavior when dogs come in for grooming. Thanks FACE!

Originally posted on FACE Foundation:

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Head pressing-Dog

Have you ever seen pictures like these on the Internet with funny “Sad” or “Time Out” captions? On first glance, these images are cute, but they may depict a serious medical warning sign in your pet. It’s called “head pressing” and could indicate a dangerous neurological condition in your dog or cat.

According to the PetMD website, head pressing is defined as “the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason.” This can occur in dogs and cats of any breed or age, and can be a sign of damage to the nervous system, specifically the forebrain and thalamus (called prosencephalon disease), or toxic poisoning.

Symptoms

Besides head pressing, dogs and cats may also exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Pacing and circling
  • Seizures
  • Behavior changes
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Vision problems

Causes

Head pressing can be caused by a number of different conditions, including:

  • Metabolic…

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Merry Christmas!

12/24/2014

Here are Rowdy and Dixie wishing you a Very Merry Christmas from Klip Joint Dog Grooming!

 

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Dixie laying on a blanket after grooming

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G-Bo the Poodle

12/14/2014

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is G-bo, a miniature poodle. G-bo is such a good boy and comes to see us often. He was named after two dogs his owners had before him – Ginger and Bo. I didn’t shave G-Bo really close because it’s winter and he tends to be cold. Dogs often need more bathing in the winter because of messy weather and that they are staying inside more. This is a busy time of year, so be sure to book your appointment now to be ready for Christmas company.

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G-Bo before his bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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G-Bo after his bath and brush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a video I found on YouTube that shows the typical fancy poodle groom that we usually do.

 

We can trim your dog any way you or the dog likes. We treat all dogs like champions – give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

 

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