Monday, July 13, 2015

Welcome To Our Blog!

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting our blog. My name is Amy and I own and operate Amy's Dog Dynasty.

I have 20 years experience  with dog grooming. T.L.C. care treatment only in this salon. Times are rough!! I hate seeing excellent dog owners having a hard time affording grooming.I have very affordable prices! Very clean shop!! I do all breeds, even the "misunderstood".

I do prefer to work by appointment only however, I am available on the following days:

Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday I am closed

Thursday - Friday - Saturday

Closed Sunday.

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(727) 849-0777

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Home Remedies For Keeping Tour Dog's Ears Clean

Dogs with long, floppy ears are frequently the victims of ear infections. To avoid chronic ear infections, it's best to make routine ear cleaning part of your dog-care schedule. Many ear-cleaning products are available commercially, but you can also make your own.

A Word of Caution

Always check your dog's ears carefully before cleaning them. If you notice any swelling, redness, unusual heat or foul smell, or if your dog pulls away from you when you touch his ear, have your vet check for an infection. Don't put off getting medical treatment. Infections can lead to small ulcers in the ear, bleeding and loss of hearing, so don't take an ear infection lightly. When cleaning your dog's ears, always be sure the eardrum is intact. Your vet will check your dog's eardrums during a regular physical, and advise you on how to clean your dog's ears.

Vinegar, Alcohol and Boric Acid

To a 1/2 teaspoon of boric acid add 2 ounces of white vinegar. Add in a few drops of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of povidone-iodine. Shake to mix. If you are concerned about staining by the povidone-iodine, or don't like its smell, you can omit it. Because of the presence of the alcohol, this preparation is good for after swimming. Saturate a cotton ball, gauze or washcloth with the preparation and wipe the inside of your dog's ear with it. Wipe again with a clean, damp washcloth.

Vinegar and Water

Some groomers and pet owners swear by apple cider vinegar and water alone. Fearing the alcohol to be too harsh or drying for their dogs' ears, some owners prefer to omit it. To make a vinegar and water solution, mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to 2/3 cup of lukewarm water. Wipe the visible part of the inside of your dog's ear with the solution, using a cotton ball or soft cloth.

Waxy Buildup

If you are only seeking to remove excess wax, and your dog's ears are not too dirty, you can use a few drops of almond, mineral or olive oil to loosen the wax. Place a few drops on the visible part of the ear, give it time to loosen the wax, and allow your dog to shake his head to spread the oil. Clean the wax and oil out with a soft, clean cloth or cotton balls.

Dr. Lorraine's Recipe for Ear Cleaner

Dr. Lorraine Kassarjian, a South Florida veterinarian, has developed her own favorite recipe for homemade ear cleaner. She says "find a bottle with a nozzle, like the kind used to color hair, and make sure it's well cleaned out and dry. Next, add half white vinegar, half hydrogen peroxide and a splash of alcohol. Mix it up and use it as an ear cleaner for dirty ears. If there is any chance there is an infection, I use a medicated flush with antibiotic properties." As with the other preparations, use the preparation to saturate a cloth and wipe out the visible part of the ear. Follow the recommendations of your dog's veterinarian if you detect signs of ear problems.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Top Five Dog Grooming Basics

Dog grooming is one of your dog's basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule. Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming your dog. It is also important to use the appropriate grooming tools. Here are some dog grooming basics to remember.

1.  Hair Brushing

Most dogs enjoy being brushed, and sessions will strengthen the bond with your dog while maintaining a healthy coat. A dog’s brushing needs depend on hair type.
  • Long-haired dogs usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair.
  • Medium-haired dogs may be prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly.
  • Short-haired dogs can typically go a few weeks in-between brushing.
Regardless of hair type, you can brush your dog daily - especially if he enjoys it. Regular brushing will keep the coat shiny and healthy. More frequent brushing during shedding season can help prevent hair build-up and excess shedding.

2.  Nail Trimming

Nail trims are often detested by dogs and owners alike. Most dogs dislike even having their paws handled and know how much it hurts when nails are cut too short. Dog owners are often uncomfortable with the process for fear of hurting their dogs.

Dogs will develop an aversion to nail trimming once they experience pain from it. The best way to avoid this is to learn how to trim nails correctly and exercise caution. Ideally, a veterinary technician, vet, or groomer should teach you how to trim your dog's nails. Most dogs need monthly nail trims, but your dog may need more or less depending on the rate of growth.

3.  Bathing

Bath time does not mean fun to most dogs and owners. It may bring forth an image of a wet dog running from the tub, dripping all over the house. Bathing does not have to be this way if your dog can get used to it. He may not like the bath, but he’ll be easier to manage. Learn how to bathe your dog properly and make the experience as positive as you can for you and your dog.

Most dogs should be bathed monthly, but bathing as often as once a week is not considered harmful. Always use a soap-free shampoo that is intended for dogs. Depending on the condition of your dog’s skin and coat, your veterinarian may recommend a specific shampoo. In this case, be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions about bathing.

4.  Ear Care

Your dog's ears can be a haven for bacteria and yeast if not kept clean. Some dogs can go their whole lives without ear problems, and the only routine ear cleaning needed is during the monthly bath. Other dogs have chronic ear disease and require multiple cleanings a day.
Ear problems can often be traced back to genetics. Dogs with floppy ears or long hair tend to be predisposed to ear problems because the ear canal simply does not have as much air exposure. Many ear problems are a sign of allergies. If your dog has excess debris or foul odor in his ears, your veterinarian will likely prescribe special ear cleaners and medications. If your dog's ears are relatively healthy, you can help keep them that way with proper ear care.

5.  Haircuts

Dogs with continuously growing hair, such as the Poodle or Shih Tzu, typically need their hair cut every 2-4 weeks depending on the breed of the dog and the style of the cut. This task is often best left to professional groomers, though many dog owners are able to learn some basic maintenance haircuts.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How To Brush Your Dogs Teeth

Brushing Teeth & Home Dental Care

Brushing your dog's teeth should not be a chore for you or your dog. Instead, it should be an enjoyable time for both of you. If you take things slowly at the beginning and give lots of praise, you and your dog will start looking forward to your brushing sessions. But first, we need to gather together what we will need.
    Dog licking paste off fingerFirst, have your dog get used to the taste of the toothpaste. Pet toothpastes have a poultry, malt, or other flavor so your dog will like the taste. Get your dog used to the flavor and consistency of the toothpaste. Let your dog lick some off your finger. Praise your dog when he licks the paste and give a reward (really tasty treat). If your dog does not like the taste of the toothpaste, you may need to try a different kind. Continue this step for a few days or until your dog looks forward to licking the paste.
    The next step is to have your dog become comfortable with having something placed against his teeth and gums. Apply a small amount of paste to your finger and gently rub it on one of the large canine teeth in the front of the mouth. These are the easiest teeth for you to get at and will give you some easier practice. Be sure to praise your dog and give a tasty treat or other special reward (e.g., playing ball).
    Dog licking paste off brushAfter your dog is used to the toothpaste, and having something applied to his teeth, get him used to the toothbrush or dental sponge you will be using routinely. We need to get your dog used to the consistency of these items, especially the bristles on a brush. So, let your dog lick the toothpaste off of the brush so he gets used to the texture. Again, praise your dog when he licks the paste and give a really great treat or other reward . Continue this step for about a week, making sure your dog readily licks the paste off of the brush.
    Brushing your dog's teeth
    Now your dog is used to the toothbrush and toothpaste and having something in his mouth. So the next step is to start brushing. Talk to your dog in a happy voice during the process and praise your dog at the end. Lift the upper lip gently and place the brush at a 45ยบ angle to the gumline. Gently move the brush back and forth. At first, you may just want to brush one or both upper canine teeth. You do not need to brush the inside surface of the teeth (the side towards the tongue). The movement of the tongue over the inside surfaces keeps them relatively free of plaque. Be sure to praise your dog, end on a good note and give a tasty treat or other great reward.
    When your dog accepts having several teeth brushed, slowly increase the number of teeth you are brushing. Again, by making it appear to be a game, you both will have fun doing it.
Toothpastes and rinses:
There are many pet toothpastes on the market today. Make sure you use a pet toothpaste. Toothpastes designed for people can upset your dog's stomach. Pet toothpastes may contain several different active ingredients. Various veterinary dentists have recommended those toothpastes, gels, and rinses that contain chlorhexidine, hexametaphosphate, or zinc gluconate. For dogs with periodontal disease, fluoride treatments or toothpastes may be prescribed by your veterinarian. (Please do not use any human fluoride containing toothpastes on your pet.) Flavored toothpastes can make toothbrushing more acceptable to pets.

Toothbrushes, sponges, and pads:
The real benefit of toothbrushing comes from the mechanical action of the brush on the teeth. Various brushes, sponges and pads are available. The choice of what to use depends on the health of your dog's gums, the size of your dog's mouth, and your ability to clean the teeth.

Use toothbrushes designed specifically for pets – they are smaller, ultra-soft, and have a somewhat different shape. Finger toothbrushes that do not have a handle, but fit over your finger, may be easier for some people to use. Pet toothbrushes are available through our company, your veterinarian, or some pet stores. For some dogs, starting out with dental sponges or pads may be helpful since they are more pliable. Dental sponges have a small sponge at the end of a handle, and are disposable. They are softer than brushes. Dental pads can help remove debris from the teeth and gums but do not provide the mechanical action that brushes do.

Where to begin?
Number one, this should be fun for you and your dog. Be upbeat and take things slowly. Do not overly restrain your dog. Keep sessions short and positive. Be sure to praise your dog throughout the process. Give yourself a pat on the back, too! You are doing a great thing for your dog!

How often?
Certainly, the more often you brush the better. Always aim for daily dental care for your dog, just as you aim for daily dental care for yourself. The hardest thing about home dental care for dogs is just getting started. Once you have done it for a while, it just becomes part of your daily routine. If you cannot brush daily, brushing every other day will remove the plaque before it has time to mineralize. This will still have a positive effect on your dog's oral health.
I have developed a habit of brushing my dog's teeth after I am done brushing mine. I talk to my dog, through the procedure, praise her when we are done, and then give her a treat to chew on. Now when she hears me brushing my teeth, she comes into the bathroom wagging, and waits for her turn.

Other dental care items:
Water-piks: A water-pik-type dental system has been developed for dogs. It works on the same principle as similar devices for people. Chlorhexidine is added to the water to kill the bacteria in the mouth, and the water stream removes the plaque. This may be especially useful for some pets with gum disease, who bleed from the gums if a brush is used.

Food: Studies show that hard kibbles are slightly better at keeping plaque from accumulating on the teeth. There is a veterinary dentist-approved food on the market called t/d made by Hill's, the Science Diet people. Research studies have shown that pets eating this food have less plaque and calculus build-up. This food is available through your veterinarian.
Avoid feeding dogs table scraps or sweet treats because they can increase the build up of plaque and tartar, and can lead to other health problems.

Dental Toys
Toys: Mechanical removal of plaque can be accomplished by using toys such as Plaque Attacker dental toys, rope toys, or rawhide chips. Do not use toys that are abrasive and can wear down the teeth. If your dog is a very aggressive chewer, choose toys that are not so hard that he could possibly break a tooth on them. You may need to look for toys he cannot get his mouth around. Rawhide or other chews that soften as the dog chews are another option. Always supervise your dog when he is chewing on a toy.

Treats: There are some dental chews on the market that are specifically designed to help control plaque and tartar buildup. Look for dental chews accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Is Here

There really isn't much transition here in Florida between the seasons. Before you know it, summertime is upon us and it gets hot. If your dog or puppy is a long haired breed, it can be a danger to them if they are not properly groomed. Here are a few tips to help keep your best friend from becoming a "hot dog." 

1. Plenty of clean water to drink. Sounds simple and it is... just remember your dog relies on you to provide their water source. Water doesn't need to be ice cold for them to satisfy their thirst but make sure it's not hot either. About 75 degrees is a good temperature for the drinking water. One other note, make sure to keep an eye out for stagnant water from rainfall. Drinking it may cause leptospirosis bacteria. Lepto can cause permanent health problems or death if not treated quickly.

2. Swimming. This may vary on breed and personality. Some dogs are afraid of water, especially small breeds. Others love it. A kiddie pool is an excellent option for them to frolic in. Remember to always place in the shade in order to keep water temperature down. If not, add new water to the pool about every hour to keep it enjoyable for them to swim in. 

3. Limit strenuous activity. Dogs love to run or play fetch when they have alot of open space. Keep in mind they may play longer than they should in the heat. If you are not careful, they can overheat quickly. So take breaks and try to keep an eye on the time when they are active. 

4. Provide a cool place to lay. Have you ever noticed that dogs lay on tile to cool off? This cools their tummy and therefore brings down their temperature. Even when it is hot, tile is usually cooler than the surrounding atmosphere. 

5. Shade. We touched on it earlier but shade is a must for all breeds. Remember, just because dogs have fur doesn't mean they can not get sunburned. Also, their paw pads can burn from hot streets or sidewalks. So provide them shade and protection just as you would a child or baby. 

6. Grooming. As mentioned above, grooming your dog will make all the difference in the world to help keep them cooler. Imagine wearing a fur coat or heavy jacket in this heat. It feels the same to your dog. Bring them to us and we will make them cool again!

We hope you are having a great start to your summer! Come and visit us soon.

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