Is your dog scratching, licking and biting their skin? Some relief is in order! This of course is an extreme case; however, any one of these can make your beloved pet miserable. The results can be that your pet is not getting enough sleep, edgy, and may be snappy to strangers and children. It is important at this point to get your pet to your closest veterinarian. It is not uncommon for pets to be allergic to grass, pollen and even fleas. If the symptom is only mild scratching, you might ask your vet if it is okay to give a small amount of Benadryl, they can help you with the dosage.
Prevention…Prevention…Prevention! The most important thing you can do for your pet and your home is to preventively spray your yard with flea treatment. This is very easy to do. It can either be put on with pellets or a spray hooked to your garden hose. Visit your local hardware store and repeat this process three times: Spring – Summer - Early Fall. Switch types and brands to prevent the pest from building up a resistance.   Flea Treatment for your pet is very important. Begin your treatment in April and once a month until November to give your pet total protection. A topical Flea Treatment of Frontline or Pet Armor once a month usually will do the trick.
Flea Allergies
When a flea bites your pet, they inject a saliva solution into the skin and some pets become very allergic. The out come is your pet scratching, licking and chewing their skin. Take your pet to your vet immediately. Over the counter remedies help with moderate problems, but new products on the market are distributed by Professional Veterinary Offices only.  
Dental Care
Much like their owners, our pets need their teeth cleaned by professionals. Your veterinary professional will help you to determine how often it needs to be done. There are many factors that will go into this determination, such as your pet’s health, the type of food it is fed, and if it has any gum disorders or hygiene problems previously caused by lack of attention. Major health problems can begin or be aggravated by the bacteria and poisons that come from the unattended pet’s mouth. Major organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver can be affected and can actually shorten your pet’s life. Use preventative measures to keep your pet healthy…see your vet regularly for teeth cleaning.
Dog Ear Infection
There is always a good possibility you will spot a dog ear infection early on because dogs will physically display extreme symptoms of discomfort and pain. The two most common visible actions a dog does to communicate their suffering are repeatedly scratching at the ear area and shaking their heads vigorously. Another obvious indication that an ear infection is present is an excessive discharge from the ear canal, a really bad smelling odor coming from the ear, redness and inflammation around the infected area. Once you have indentified your dog is most likely suffering from an infection in the ear, you should make an appointment with your local veterinarian. Letting the condition go untreated can lead to far worse medical problems for your dog that may require surgery to the ear. There is no reason that a pet should have to deal with pain and suffering when wide ranges of treatments are readily available. 
Bathing Your Dog
Before applying any water, always brush your dog free of tangles and mats. Once brushed, follow with a metal comb down through the hair deep to the skin to make sure all the tangles are out. Proceed with wetting your dog down with water, apply shampoo, lather and rinse well. In extreme cases, following with a second shampoo and rinse would be a good choice. Avoid Contact with the pet’s eyes and inside their ears. A very warm bath can induce extreme shedding. Keeping the water cooler for breeds that shed usually creates a happier environment for the pet owner afterwards. A pet conditioner will help with matt prevention after the bath, then rinse well. Towel and air dry for a while then use a hand dryer and brush to finish. This process should help eliminate any new mats from beginning.
Between Bath Maintenance
Brush your dog every two weeks to ensure you are keeping the hair free of tangles and mats. This insures you can get the hair cut or style that you want when you visit your professional groomer. Begin grooming with a curved slicker brush and then once finished follow through with a metal comb making sure you are combing though deeply enough to reach the skin.
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Contact Information

Briar Clippery Dog Grooming

305 NW North Shore Drive
Kansas City, MO 64151
(Previously at 68th and N. Oak in Gladstone, Mo., for 20 Years)

Phone: 816-587-7393

Business Hours: 
5:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

We accept Cash.We accept Check.