May 2011 Newsletter
May's Newsletter was late due to technical difficulties. June's Newsletter will be published on the website
and the link will be pasted on my Facebook account. Add Dede Croy as a friend on facebook to see
constant updates. See May & June's Newsletter on my website coming soon at
www.myfavoritegroomer.com . Thank you for your patience.
Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's Day! May is the month of my Birthday and we had a fun celebration
this past weekend. All pets that come in for grooming this month will receive a free oatmeal bath upgrade
which is a usual $3 charge! Happy Birthday & Happy Mother's Day!
Thank you to my Mom who has put so much effort in making sure I was raised right and instilled as many
good qualities as she could. She always looked out for my future and worked towards making sure me
and my sister had the best. I love you Mom! Thank you and Happy Mother's Day!
Groomer position is still open so if you know a Groomer please send him/her my way! I have also put an
ad out for a Assistant/Secretary. All resumes will be viewed the week of May 10th and a decision made
Hours of Operation:
Grooms By appointment only. At least five business days to book appointment or more. Mon - Thur day
or night appointments available. Leave a voicemail and your call will be returned in 48-hours. For May
there are no more evening appointments.
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Make sure you join my Youtube channel so you can get updates when I load new videos. There are some
on there now and you should definitely check them out because they might include your favorite family pet
Join my Blog and you'll get more helpful tips and information;
Don't forget to send your Mother's Day Cards! I also am apart of the Send Out Cards Program which is
how I send you most of your cards if you want to send one today use this link:
WOMENS NETWORKING GROUP: Once a month I go to a Free Women's Networking Group. If you'd like
to join me please reply. It's the 2nd Thursday of the Month from 630pm - 830pm. Dinner included.
Located near 820 and Rufe Snow.
Find me on FACEBOOK (befriend Dede Croy). I use Facebook often; your pet photos, groomer tips, your
pet videos, pet events, and more can be found there. Fridays I post where we are that weekend for
Vaccinations. You will see much more on my personal page regarding pets though so be sure to add me.
Low Cost Vaccination Clinics and also where we conduct nail trimming and other services (call if you need
anal glands first to see where I will specifically be or check Facebook Friday night:
Read Dukes Memorial Today; you won't regret it & you will learn a few things about senior pets and their
Tip of the Month:
A Few Months ago I did a piece on "Anal Glands". Recently one of my regular clients brought to my
attention that she had waited just a little too long on our regular anal gland expression and the anal gland
abscessed. Not only will an anal gland abscess but it could get so swollen and full that it pops forcing it to
flip basically inside out and in this case there is bleeding in the anal area. All situations like this do not fix
themselves you MUST see a VET! Read below on the full story of anal glands from my eyes and see the
attached photo so you'll know what to look for.
So, I bet you've been wondering why someone hasn't explained anal glands to you? Well it takes me a
few minutes to explain what I've learned about anal glands and I figure this is the best place to answer that
question. I have worked in Grooming Salons and a Veterinary Office and have found what I learned to be
real from my own experiences. Every dog has anal glands. Cats too! But, let's stick with dogs because
very very rarely do I have to do a cats anal glands. But, just because every dog has anal glands doesn't
mean they need to be expressed. Why, you ask? Because every dog is different. Even when it comes to
litter mates. Sueii and Duke; my two boys until Duke passed, were litter mates, and Duke didn't need anal
glands done but Sueii did. But, when I would do Dukes anal glands even when they were not needed I
found, I should have never started doing them on him to begin with, poor guy. His butt was never the
same. So, on to the definition. These glands are right inside the anal area. Very close to the outer edge.
But, not. They are what I like to call like a water balloon. They fill up with fluid and substance. This
substance can be like a fluid or like thick toothpaste. You can imagine, thick toothpaste like rolling then
end of your toothpaste bottle will not just come out alone, it needs help. Same thing with a pet.
Sometimes this substance is excreted on its own when the dog has a bowel movement. Sometimes it isn't.
When a pets anal glands get full they will show you a sign. I have found there are three different ways
they will show you; 1) They will scoot their heiny on the carpet or ground, 2) they will whip their head back
to their tail as if something is poking them, maybe even look at their tail or chew and lick at it, lastly 3) they
will have a funky stench from the rear end regularly, not passing gas, but something that is foul. One out
of the three is a sign. However, one point to make is scooting the heiny on the ground once a month is ok,
once a week is not. I find that if a pet can relieve him/herself on the carpet once a month that doesn't
constitute getting in to have anal glands done. When it becomes more profound that it's irritating them,
once a week usually, then we need to get him/her in. We don't want to make things worse or cause a
problem when there isn't one.
There are two ways anal glands are expressed. 1) from a Groomer (not my style). Most Groomers don't
ask and don't explain they just squeeze the outside of the anal area during every pets bath and some fluid
comes out or if they don't know how to squeeze; someone in training for instance or someone not trained
(which is VERY common) nothing might come out, 2) from a Vet Office where there likely has been
training, in this case they use gloves, lubricant, and go inside the anal area and push on the backside of
each gland because there are two. This gets ALL the fluid out of the anal sacs. I describe the anal sacs
like a water balloon because when a water balloon is full of water and you squeeze the end of it trying to
squeeze all the water out, what happens? Well, some water pushes to the back of the water balloon and
some comes out. When most Groomers are doing anal glands they are not getting all the fluid out. So,
this can cause issues in the long run. The pet may never have had a problem and now one was created.
Here at My Favorite Groomer we do charge $10 for anal glands to be expressed but we do them just like a
Vet would do. Most Vets do charge an average of $27+ not including an office visit cost. I hope my
definition of anal glands helps you understand more about anal glands. If you have any questions feel
free to ask.
Item of the Month:
This month I want to tell you about the couplers that we offer. Couplers are best for folks that have more
than one pet. We can get couplers in most sizes. But, the one I have pictured here is the most common
because a lot of folks have two dogs. But, we have a coupler for three dogs+. Couplers attach all dogs to
the same coupler then you use one leash. I see folks come out to the low cost vaccination clinics all the
time with their hands full of everything; paper work, money, two-three leashes, and more. The dogs are
spinning them around smelling other dogs and pulling. Have the right tools to make your life easier. One
Coupler one Leash and full control. They start at $12 for the two-coupler.
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Owner, Dede Croy