Can’t Promise Pretty

by Ellen Ehrlich [Excerpt] Mary Oquendo coined this phrase back in the early days of petgroomer.com. It stuck in my mind, because in the grooming profession, you can’t always promise pretty. In a perfect world, puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats, would stand on our grooming tables like statues. They would offer their nails for a pedicure, their ears for cleaning, and their faces to wash. They would jump in the tub, turn when asked, and roll over for tummy trims. No one would ever have a tangle or “smile” at the groomer. Every pet would have an impeccable coat. Wouldn’t you love to live in this world? Let’s face it. […]

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10 Thanksgiving Foods Your Dog or Cat Should Not Eat

We look forward to Thanksgiving as the biggest and best meal of the year. Guests and family members bring over their tastiest holiday specialties to share with everyone. Our tables, overloaded with indulgent dishes, make the house smell fantastic. One thing you can always count on is the constant presence of excited, hungry companion animals. Those big, eager puppy or kitty eyes will bore into your very soul, begging you to toss a nibble of something their way. You badly want to do it, but should you? For many reasons, probably not. Every year, food-related pet illnesses spike during the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to pet insurers. That’s because holiday […]

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How Do Dogs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

Dogs don’t use their skin to perspire, like humans, because of their insulating coat. Their coat keeps them both cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather. Dogs do have sweat glands, located in the pads of their feet and in their ear canals, but sweating plays a minor role in regulating body temperature. When the temperature is very hot and especially when it is humid, everything heats up…including a dog’s body. His body responds by trying to cool off and it basically attempts to use conduction, convection, radiation, and evaporation. He will seek a cool place in the shade to lie down to absorb the coolness (conduction). His […]

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1-Year Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to everyone who came to Sonny’s Spaw 1-Year Anniversary party! This was a big day for us and we wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way. I am so excited to see what next year brings!

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Sonny’s Spaw Schedule of Dates Closed

Occasionally, we may be closed for holidays, vacation, etc. Following is an ongoing list of dates we will be closed, please bookmark this page. 2019 Closures The two weeks before Christmas and Thanksgiving are always fully booked, if you do not have your holiday appointments set and wish to do so I HIGHLY recommend doing so ASAP. We will be closed Dec. 25th through Jan 1st. 2020 Hours I am now making 2020 appointments, on a first come first served basis. Hours are Monday through Friday, no weekend appointments. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thank you!

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Foxtail Grass Can Kill Your Dogs

Every pet parent loves to see their dog run in grass. However, there are some wild grasses with seed awns that are extremely dangerous to dogs. Now is the time of year to be vigilant – your dog’s life may depend on it. Please check your pups carefully after every romp in the field. The following article, Foxtail Grass Can Kill Your Dogs, provides helpful tips and signs to watch for: [excerpt] The awns on foxtails are barbed, razor-sharp needles, designed to burrow into the ground with the seed. However, they can also burrow through a dog’s skin and enter soft tissue where they can cause serious injury, infection and even death. […]

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