News & How To...

Paw-Rific Spa is happy to inform you of our new "Wellness Room".

Opening in January 2017.

Helene, owner and Reiki Master teacher  will be treating pets of all ailments.

Will include Reiki, Acupressure, Reflexology given to both pet's, and humans.

To keep us alligned with our pet's health and well being.

Stay tuned as we will be posting more news about our great room to come in January 2017

 

Keep abreast of the latest in pet care news as well as helpful hints for a happier pet.

In late Decmber, we will be branching out and adding new services to Paw-Rific Spa.

Stay tuned for our updates!

Chocolate found harmful to canines

In a recent Veterinary Journal, feeding chocolate to dogs was found to cause toxic shock in 24% of the animals.

DOODLES.....

There are all kinds of doodles out there, they come in all sizes and colors.
The doodle's are wonderful, beautiful, little cuddly teddy bears that are energetic and very entertaining .They will keep you in stitches, clowning around on a daily basis. they are also very popular for their non shedding and hypoallergenic qualities that make them very desirable to new owners with allergies. New owners should also be aware of the high energy that comes with a doodle. They should have plenty of space to burn off energy. Without space, the doodle will become bored and I speak with experience when I say this....HIDE YOUR FURNITURE!!!!!! as they will chew, chew ,chew until you get home. This chewing may cause apses inside their mouth, not to mention, blockage in their intestines, which then leads to $$$$ in Vet bills, also the damage they would cause themselves.
Before considering a doodle you should make sure you have lots and lots of time to dedicate to them.

 


Part 2. Maintenance: Grooming responsibilities of owning a Doodle

 

The grooming responsibility of owning a doodle is very serious. They are not maintenance free. Some people think that owning a doodle with curly hair that doesn't shed doesn't need grooming regularly. Well, think again!
They are one the of breeds that need it the most, because of their curly coats.

A doodle should be groomed every 2-3 months.The time spand between grooming's depend on your doodles activities. My doodle swims all the time, well that would mean every 2 months. The length of the hair cut would have a role in it. Keep in mind the grooming prices, vary from grooming salon to another. Depending on length you want kept on your doodle you'll be looking at a range of  $75-120. Most doodle owner wait until the are 8-10 months of age to have them groomed. They should be introduced slowly at 4 months of age with a simple bath and tidy. Usually, when owners wait to long for the groom, the doodles are matted and have to be trimmed short, which leaves the owners shocked when they pick up their pet. To help make their first groom less stressful, I would suggest that owners play with their face and paws, as often as possible. We always have the pets best interest in mind. Please take good care of your DOODLE'S.

 

Matting : Associated consequences

Matting is usually something that occurs without the owner being aware that it's happening.  Most owners will say that they bathe their doodle's regularly and brush every day.  The first thing that owner's are not aware of is bathing your doodle regularly is not a bad thing, but they must be properly and thoroughly dried.
If your doodle is not thoroughly dried, and only air dried, as they dry their curls will get tighter and tighter each time you bathe them. This will eventually cause the hair to become one solid pelt.It will happen without you even noticing, because you are also brushing daily, right!
Wrong! You are only brushing the surface, thinking that you are brushing properly, not knowing that you have to get down to the skin, without brush burning. Don't get me wrong, a lot of doodle owners do a fantastic job at brushing properly, and congratulation to those of you out there that know how to maintain your doodle's!
 
The cause associated with matting is, a shock to owner's when we say that we have to shave them short The bruising that occurs when the hair gets tighter and tighter against the skin.  And lets not forget, everything that could go on under those mats that you can't see. Like sores that can't heal, because there is no air getting to it. If you walk your doodle in the woods, there are ticks to think about. You'll never see them under that pelt.  Not to mention fleas!
There are lots of little surprises associated with matted doodles.

Also an important factor, is that now that your doodle is shaved off.  They will be shocked and stressed out from the experience they have just endured.  They will feel everything on their skin, and act strange every time the air hits them in a certain way. Not to mention,  defeating the the purpose of a relaxed spa day. We want the grooming to be stress free and relaxing for all the pets. Otherwise, this becomes a bad first experience for them.

 

Tip of the day: How to brush your pet effectively

Not brushing your pet properly could cause some serious skin issues. ei: bruising, skin irritations, hot spots, or injuries you can't see because it's happening under the mats.

Not brushing will start by your pet getting mated, progress to tighter mating getting closer and closer to the skin, until eventualy causing severe bruising to your pet's skin. Not to mention that every motion your pet does, like simply walking could hurt. It could pull every time you try to pet them.

Start brushing from the bottom, and work your way up, lifting the hair up. Make shure that you brush throughly through all the  mats one layer at a time. When you think you have all the matts out. Comb thoroughly after brushing to detect any matting or tangles you may have missed with your brush, If you come across more matts, stop combing and brush them out, you can then return to combing through. You must also be CAREFUL not to brush burn the skin, due to repeted brushing. The photos below, is a golden doodle that came to us matted.

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2895 Bank Street

Unit A&B 

Ottawa, Ontario  K1T 1N2

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