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you’re not imagining things when you think the stains
look worse outdoors. However, stains that are more
brownish than red—and that smell bad—could indicate
a yeast infection. It’s a good idea to recommend that
clients talk with their vet about possible causes of tear
staining in their pets.
It’s also important to keep the hairs around the eyes
trimmed, as well as keeping the corners of the eyes clean
with warm water.
Tear stains can be safely treated with a variety of safe
products like Angels' Eyes, which address the problem
from the inside out. Other products will not only remove
tear stains from the surface but also clean between skin
folds on wrinkled breeds like Bulldogs and Shar-Peis.
However, before using any tear stain products, clients
should discuss the problem with their veterinarian to
check for an underlying, treatable cause like an infection
or blockage. This is especially important if the tear stains
appear suddenly on a breed not prone to the condition.
NAIL CARE DONE RIGHT
To polish things off, we take the time to file or grind toe
nails. There are different reasons for grinding a nail. First,
many dogs hate the pressure placed on the nail by guillotine
and pliers-type nail cutters. Another reason to use a grinder
is that dogs’ nails are often left jagged after trimming, and a
nail grinder will smooth them efficiently. With these factors
in mind, grinding can make a great add on service for your
shop, so make sure you charge for your time.
When working on nails, I normally hold the dogs coat
back and work from the underside of the nail, up. This
creates a nice straight surface. Many people prefer their
pets’ nail rounded, and that works too.
Remember the nails are softened when wet. For the
smoothest finish, grind nails after the bath. For your safety,
it does not hurt to wear breathing and eye protection. PB
Chris Pawlosky is a Certified Master Groomer, professional handler,
breeder, grooming show judge and successful pet store and grooming
shop owner (The Pet Connection) since . For years, she served as
national training manager for Oster Professional Products, where
she developed new initiative educational material to educate at
schools and conventions all over the world. Pawlosky is currently
working with Judy Hudson to produce the Grooming Professors—a
service through which the two industry veterans share their many
years of grooming, competing, dog show conditioning and handling
with groomers across the country via Facebook and through an
interactive website where visitors can access webcasts and videos
about everything grooming-related.
help loosen debris and force it to the outer ear. Then take a cotton ball and gently wipe
the outer ear canal. Do not wipe any further than where you can easily see in the canal.
Otherwise, you may push the debris further down, causing issues. Repeat this process a
few times until the outer ear and canal is clean.
Next, pack the ear with cotton and lather the entire outer ear with shampoo.
Then rinse. If the ear is squeaky clean inside and out, I will still rinse a few extra times.
Sometimes, I even soak the ears in a small bucket to make sure they are rinsed well.
Following the bath, pull the cotton and add a few more drops of cleaner. Then place
a dry cotton ball back in the ear so the noise of the high-velocity drier does not scare
the dog or cause ear damage.
FIGHTING TEAR STAINS
When working with a dog, you might notice a lot of dark, wet staining around the eyes
too. The problem is most common in breeds with long hairs on the face. Although tear
stains are not an issue for the dog, they can be symptomatic of other problems, such as an
ear infection, ingrown eyelashes, dental problems, corneal ulcerations, a pH imbalance,
poor diet, unusually large tear glands or unusually small tear gland openings, stress, or
even the use of plastic food or water bowls, which encourage bacteria growth.
The rusty color is often due to porphyrin, a waste byproduct resulting from the
breakdown of red blood cells. The stains darken when exposed to sunlight; so no,
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