7 Really Good Reasons to Have Your Pet Groomed

 

1) A groomed dog is a healthier dog!
-Dirty/matted dogs are a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.
2)Prevent painful, uncomfortable matting from starting!
-When matting occurs it can become extremely painful for your pooch.
3)Prevent ear infections!
-Dirty ears are also a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.
4)Frequent nail trims help to keep the nails at a healthy and comfortable length for not only the dog but also the owner.
-Overgrown nails can become painful and begin to split and expose the vain.
5)Frequent bathing helps to stimulate the deposit of natural oils throughout the coat.
-Dogs produce a natural oil in their coat which when not bathed enough can make your dog look and feel greasy.
6)Grooming keeps your dogs coat feeling clean and looking shiny.
-A coat that stays clean and shiny is easier to brush and maintain.
7)Dogs with impacted undercoat can not cool themselves as easily and may become over heated in the warm summer months.
-Try our new “FURminator” Shed-Less Treatment!

It’s Flea Season

It’s flea season time. Flea infestations can not only be annoying for both dogs and humans but also very dangerous. Problems caused by fleas may range from mild to severe itching and discomfort to skin problems and infections. Anemia may also result from flea bites in extreme circumstances. Furthermore, fleas can transmit tapeworms and diseases to pets. When dogs are troubled by fleas they scratch and bite themselves, especially in areas such as the head, neck, and around the tail. Fleas normally concentrate in such areas. This incessant scratching and biting may cause the dog’s skin to become red and inflamed. Flea allergy dermatitis is developed by those dogs allergic to flea saliva. In this case, the symptoms previously mentioned are more pronounced. Because of compulsive scratching and biting, the dog may lose hair, get bald spots, exhibit hot spots due to extreme irritation, and develop infections that result in smelly skin. And…..flea infestations in the home can be a nightmare to exterminate.

Be sure to have your dog treated every month from April or May to September or October (depending on weather…warmer=more fleas). You and your dog will be very happy you did!!

Akron Area Dog Parks

There are 2 great dog parks within a 5 minute drive of Wash Wag. When you are done running your furry friends, bring them by for a refreshing bath to cool them down and clean them up!!!

B.A.R.C  499 Memorial Parkway, Akron OH 44310 www.akrondogpark.com

Keyser Park  851 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221 (on Keyser Parkway)

Wash Wag Under New Ownership

Hi all, My name is Sharon O’Brien and I am the new owner of Wash Wag. We will continue to provide the same great attentive service as always!! AND…..we will begin to open 6 days a week starting Tuesday June 5th. Check back for future updates.

I want to thank Liz and Ramsey for all of their help during the transition and hope they stay in touch with Wash Wag!!!!!

No, it is not okay to use your shampoo on your dog!

Have you ever given your dog a bath in your shampoo and realized later that your buddy is itching more than ever? Here’s why.

The pH level of a dogs skin is around 7.5, while a humans pH level is around 7.25. A dogs skin has more alkaline so the shampoo that should be used should have a pH balance closer to the dogs level than ours. The more acidic your shampoo is, the more likely it will cause your pets skin to dry out, which causes irritating itching.

A dogs skin is also more sensitive than ours. A human has about 10-15 cell layers thick of skin, while a dog only has about 2-3 cell layers thick of skin. When a dogs skin becomes irritated and they start itching, it does not take long for the skin to become red, sore, and start bleeding.

So, next time you decide to give your dog a bath at home, make a trip to Wash Wag and buy a PH shampoo first, or better yet, bring your pet here to Wash Wag for the entire bath, all of our shampoos are pH balanced for a dog’s skin!

Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe During The Holiday Season!

1. If you have a real tree make sure that you keep the water stand covered. When the pine sap mixes with the water it creates a poisonous concoction. If you buy tree water, check the ingredients. Only buy tree water with non-toxic ingredients. Also, do not put asprin in the tree water.

2.Pine needles can puncture your pets intestines if swallowed so make sure that you vaccum or pick them up often.

3. Decorate the bottom of your tree with non-breakable, non-edible ornaments.

4. Snow globes often contain anti-freeze which is deadly to your pet.

5. Tinsel can easily back up the intestines of your pet if swallowed. If you use tinsel keep it towards the top of the tree and always pick up any tinsel that may fall.

6. Snow spray, snow flock, and styrofoam are posinous to your pet.

7. Do you like to decorate your house with holiday flowers? Here is a list of toxic and non toxic plants.

Toxic
.Amaryllis
.Bittersweet (berries)
.Crown-of-thorns
.Daffodil
.Dieddenbachia
.Ficus (fig)
.Holly (stiff leaves and red berries)
.Hyacinth
.Jerusalem cherry (entire plant)
.Lilies
.Mistletoe (berries,leaves, and stem)
.Philodendron
.Poinsettia
.Pyracantha (berries)
.Rosary Pea or Jequirity Bean (berries)
.Yew

Non-Toxic
.African violets
.Boston Fern
.Christmas Cactus
.Coleus
.Jade
.Snake plants
.Spider plants
.Wandering Jew
.Wax plant

Also remember that non-toxic plants can cause choking, coughing, or an upset stomach if ingested.

Happy Holidays from Wash Wag!!

Tips For Winter Grooming & Safety

Its that time of year again! Does your dog come inside covered in snowballs? Do you find it next to impossible to keep your pets hair from matting due to the snow? Here are a few tips you may find helpful.

1) When your dog comes inside covered in snowballs… Get them off! If you leave them be, chances are a mat will form or your pets skin will become irritated. Use a warm washcloth to melt the snowballs, then comb them out.

2) Make sure the hair on the bottom of your pets paws are always trimmed short. By keeping this hair trimmed it will eliminate snowballs and salt from becoming stuck and irritating your dogs paws. We do pad fur trims for $5.

3) Always remember to use “pet safe” salt. Regular salt is much too harsh on your pets feet and may cause burning. Signs of burning are redness, swelling, and your pet may lick and chew on his or her feet. If you know your pet has been walking on salt during daily walks, take the time to wipe your pets’ paws on the way inside your home.

I hope you have found these winter tips helpful! Happy Holidays!