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FAQ

What is offered in a groom?

We also offer hair and nail coloring and feather extensions. Have some fun.

How long will the grooming take?

There are so many factors that come into play with this question. The coat condition, long or short haired, age of the pet, temperament, breed and style all have to be taken into consideration.

We normally book small dogs for 1 1/2 hours and big dogs 3 hours again it depends on the breed.

If it is your first time at our salon we will ask a lot of questions when you make your appointment so there will be no surprizes.

Do I need to groom in the winter months?

With our long winters, grooming is not to be put off. For some reason people think that their pets do not need grooming during the winter months as they will get cold! This is a misconception, your pets coat will become knotted and matted and will retain water, snow and dirt making your pet even colder. We see many dogs in the spring that need to be shaved down because of the winter grooming neglect.

Do you hand strip?

Yes we do. However this is a long process and we recommend you go over this with our groomers.

Will my pet be muzzled?

Seldom do we have to revert to this, but sometimes for the safety of the groomer and your pet we will.

When should I bring my puppy to be groomed?

As soon as a puppy has completed its vaccinations.

What is your cancellation policy?

Your appointment has been reserved for you. In courtesy of your groomer, we ask that you provide us with at least 24 hour notice of cancellation. This gives us a chance to fill the spot. All appointments receive a reminder call the day before as a courtesy to our customers. We do not charge for a missed appointment but if it is a reoccurring problem you will be asked to prepay when making an appointment. Emergencies are always taken into consideration.

Why don't you recommend shaving double coated dogs?

While shaving your pet seems logical, it is not a good idea for our furry friends and can, in fact, be dangerous. While shaving a single-coat dog is acceptable and may provide some relief, shaving a double-coat dog will actually have the opposite effect. The main concern is sunburn that can lead to skin cancer. Repeated exposure to sun rays stimulates Melanin production in human skin giving use a tanned complexion. Unfortunately, dog's skin cannot tan and Melanin production is used mainly for skin and hair coloration. A limited Melanin production (photo-blocking agent) combined with the shaving/clipping of the protective coats may be the perfect recipe for sunburns, skin cancer and heat exhaustion. The undercoat is the insulator and the topcoat/guard-coat acts as a light diffuser, breaking up the sun's rays as they bear down on the fur.

In addition, the topcoat prevents the undercoat from matting excessively. Clipping/shaving the topcoat can permanently compromise the quality of the re-growth of this layer of fur, while clipping/shaving the undercoat stimulates it's growth; leading to more shedding, to a reduced heat/UV-radiation protection and ultimately compromises the coat's quality in both appearance and health. In some cases, shaving a double coat can also cause alopecia and the fur can take years to grow back. A properly maintained double-coat dog should have a lustrous and free-floating top-coat without any appearance of bulk.

All of this brings us back to the question - what to do about the dogs as they face another heat wave ? One could have the belly area thinned out. This would allow the dog to find a cool surface to lie on and soak up the coolness without the risk of sun exposure, while ensuring that the rest of their body still has its insulation coat and guard-coat. People of the deserts do not walkabout in T-shirts and shorts, they have layered clothing to protect them from the heat/UV-radiation and the cold.

A sensible solution to summer heat is a good de-shedding session by a professional groomer. Groomers can thin out the dense and often matted undercoat. They can execute a meticulous brush-out that will remove the old hairs from the guard-coat, while breaking apart any mats, thinning and removing excessive undercoat hairs. All this, followed by a warm cleansing shower with a pressurized professional shampoo, a high velocity drying session executed by a trained technician and the groomer's final trims. A professional pet styling session will transform any double-coat dog into a cool looking show dog.

We can ascertain that you will see a big difference, in quantity of shedding in your household and, best of all; your pet will feel cooler. A properly maintained double-coat dog will have an optimal heat/UV-radiation protection, a healthy & mat free undercoat and shiny topcoat. Finally, drying time after a cool summer swim will be greatly shorten while avoiding the onset of unpleasant odors and skin irritations (hot-spots) due to dense and often matted undercoat that can take days to dry out.

LOCATION & CONTACT

#1 - 10032 99 Avenue
Fort St. John, BC V1J 1V3 CANADA
Tel: 250-787-1561 | Fax: 250-787-1560
justask@friendlypets.ca

HOURS

Open
Monday - Friday | 9am-6pm
Saturday | 10am-5pm
Closed
Sunday & Holidays

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