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5 Reasons to Have Your Pet Professionally Groomed

5 Reasons to Have Your Pet Professionally Groomed

If you love tackling your dog into the bath tub, welcome the challenge of clipping toe nails while avoiding sharp teeth, enjoy cleaning stinky teeth and cruddy ears, and don’t mind inhaling clouds of dead dog hair, you can stop reading right now. For the rest of us, this article is for you! To Groom or Not To Groom? Your friends may think professional grooming is a luxury you could do without, but the truth is that regular and proper grooming is essential for your pet’s overall health, comfort and cleanliness. It’s the perfect opportunity to identify and address any...

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Yes, It’s Gross: But We Need to Talk about Anal Glands

Yes, It’s Gross: But We Need to Talk about Anal Glands

It’s definitely not a dinner table subject; but what you know – or don’t know – about anal glands (or anal sacs) is critical to your dog’s (and even cat’s) overall health. Why? Anal glands that are not routinely and correctly expressed (or emptied), or are not functioning properly, can become swollen and lead to discomfort and even infection. According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, 12% of dogs will have issues with anal gland disease. Here’s what you need to know about this very “delicate” and stinky topic. Let’s start with the basics and what you can do to help prevent...

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SKUNKS ARE A SMELLY BUSINESS!

SKUNKS ARE A SMELLY BUSINESS!

Spring and fall is the time that skunks become more active and your pets are at the highest risk of becoming sprayed by these pesky little creatures! It is August in Colorado and we have had 3 telephone calls TODAY for pets that smell like a skunk! Sometimes they don’t get a direct spray but are in the vicinity or rub up against skunk oil. Yes, oil…..the skunk oil is so long-lasting because it soaks into the skin and mucous membranes such as the nose, mouth and even the eyes. How to Avoid A Run-in with a Skunk! ~Don’t let...

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How to Housetrain an Adult Dog

How to Housetrain an Adult Dog

Housetraining a puppy can be a challenge, but what about an adult dog? No matter what the age of your canine companion, there are ways to housetrain an adult dog and help improve their potty habits. Why an Older Dog May Need Housetraining An adult dog may need housetraining for many reasons. If the dog has been adopted, it may never have been housetrained previously, or it may have spent a long period in a kennel or shelter and lost its housetraining habits. Dogs that have always lived outdoors may not have been formally housetrained, or older dogs may need...

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Contagious Pet Skin Conditions: What You Need to Know

Contagious Pet Skin Conditions: What You Need to Know

Contagious Pet Skin Conditions | For any pet owner, protecting our beloved companions is paramount. Our pets also depend upon us to give them the very best life and keep them safe. This year, Colorado is challenged with two highly contagious skin conditions: sucking lice and walking dandruff. Here at the Ken Caryl Pet Spa, we have seen several cases of each of these nasty pests!  While not initially life-threatening, they are serious, progressive conditions that need to be identified and treated to prevent further infestation and additional medical issues. If your pet is continuously scratching, rubbing, biting at their...

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