Home   |   Search   |   Site Map   |   

Dog Grooming, Cat Grooming

Grooming is an important part of your pet's health, with regular brushing and combing helping to remove dead hair and dirt and prevent matting. Dogs who are regularly groomed tend to have a healthier and shinier coat because it stimulates the blood supply to the skin.

Grooming your dog can also be a good way to bond with your dog, and it's important to get him used to it from an early age. Many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate petting, another source of affection and attention. A good quality brush and comb will help you with your dog's coat, but also remember that your dog's eyes, ears, and nails require attention as well.

Sometimes clients wonder if professional grooming of their pet is really necessary. Matted or excessively long hair could be hiding skin diseases, fleas, ticks, and other potential health risks. While it is nice to have your pet looking its best, our professional groomers are trained to look for these health concerns and bring them to the doctor’s attention.

We know regular grooming keeps your pet healthy, happy, and comfortable. We also know your pet is an important member of your family, and we promise to make him or her feel safe and comfortable while in our care. We are pleased to have a professional groomer on staff.

Because many breeds have special grooming needs, our professional groomer will discuss in detail when you drop of your pet. In general, full dog grooming involves the following steps:

  • Clean the ears with an ear cleaner to gently remove dirt and excess ear wax.
  • Shave the pads on the feet to keep them clean.
  • Sanitary shave (if necessary) to keep the privates clean when your puppy goes potty.
  • Express anal glands.
  • Clip the nails.
  • Pre-bath brush out (and dematting if necessary)
  • Check for fleas, ticks, infections, lumps, bumps, hot spots, skin lesions, and any abnormalities from nose to tail that may need medical attention.
  • Bathe your pet with a top quality shampoo that will gently clean the skin and coat without stripping away the natural body oils. This will re-moisturize and condition the skin and coat.
  • Apply an all natural moisturizer/conditioner after your dog is bathed leaving the skin moisturized and the coat feeling nice and soft.
  • Dry your doggie. For dogs that will tolerate it, we use a high velocity hand dryer to remove excess hair and dry the coat.  If hand drying is too stressful for your dog, he/she will be cage dried and brushed by hand to remove dead hair. CAGE DRYING IS DONE IN A FULLY VENTILATED AREA AND MONITORED AT ALL TIMES.
  • Finish with a thorough brushing, combing and trimming (if necessary).
  • Apply a finishing spray and a colorful bow or bandanna (optional). A fresh and clean smelling protein and lanolin finishing spray will be applied along with a lightly scented cologne (0ptional).
  • Your dog will feel good, look good, smell good and look forward to their next visit!


Our hospital offers bathing services for your pet. Whether it is a bath needed in between normal groomings or for the skunk spray odor that won't go away, please contact us about our bathing services. Recommended bathing frequency varies. Your pet's breed and lifestyle will dictate how often they require bathing and what sort of shampoos work best. Avoid bathing too frequently as it may strip vital oils and protection from your pet's coat and skin and cause flakiness and itching. Ask your veterinarian how often your dog or cat should be bathed. Also view our other grooming services to find out what is available for your pet.

Our hospital offers nail trimming for your pet. Trimming nails is not just an essential part of grooming, it is important for your pet's health as well. Untrimmed nails may break, bleed profusely and even become infected. Long nails often get caught on furniture or clothing and may be torn loose from the toe. Long nails can even curl and grow back into your pet's footpad, making it painful or difficult to walk. If you are hearing your pet's nails click on the floor or the nails are getting caught in the rug, chances are it is time for a trim. Ask our staff if you are interested in learning how to properly trim your pet's nails at home or call to schedule an appointment for a nail trim.

                                                     How to trim your dog’s nail?

When you hear the telltale “click-click-click” as your dog walks across the tile floor, you know it’s that time again – time to trim the toenails. Trimming your dog’s nails is not just a part of grooming; it’s important for your pet’s health as well. You should remember that untrimmed nails can cause a variety of problems including broken nails, which are painful and can bleed profusely.


While some dogs don’t seem to mind when you’re trimming their nails, others just don’t like it. Make trimming time fun and not a struggle. If your pet is not used to having his nails trimmed, start slowly and work up to it gradually. Following these suggestions for a proper nail trim might help you give your dog a more pleasant pedicure


  • Start young. The earlier you start clipping your dog’s claws, the better used to it he will be. Frequent trims when your dog is young will help diminish any fear. Have your veterinarian show you how to do it the first time.
  • Learn the anatomy. Within the center of each toenail is the blood and nerve supply for the nail called the quick. In clear white nails you can see the quick, a pinkish area in the middle of the nail. Unfortunately, the common black nails do not allow an easy view. Cutting into the quick will result in pain and bleeding. You cannot see the quick on dark colored nails, making them more difficult to trim without cutting into the quick. Cut dark colored nails in several small cuts to reduce the chance of cutting into the quick.
  • Use the proper instruments – be sure to use only nail trimmers that are designed for dogs. There are a variety of nail trimmers available at pet stores.

Before you start clipping, determine how much needs to be trimmed. The basic rule of thumb is that the nail, which curls downward, should be even with the paw pad. Whatever hangs over must be clipped.


  • Some dogs will happily sit in your lap or on a table while you trim their nails but many require some form of restraint. You may want to sit on the floor with your pet, hold your pet in your lap, or have someone hold your pet on a table. If your dog has light colored nails, eyeball the quick and aim a few millimeters away from it. If you cut into the quick, referred to as “quicking,” it will hurt your dog and the nail will bleed
  • Using a nail trimmer for pets, cut the nail below the quick on a 45-degree angle, with the cutting end of the nail clipper toward the end of the nail. In dogs with dark nails, make several small nips with the clippers instead of one larger one. Trim very thin slices off the end of the nail until you see a black dot appear towards the center when you look at it head on. This is the start of the quick that you want to avoid. The good news is that the more diligent you are about trimming, the more the quick will regress into the nail, allowing you to cut shorter each time. Trim nails so that when the animal steps down, nails do not touch the floor.
  • Although you will take great care not to hurt your pet, sometimes accidents happen and you will cut into the quick. Have silver nitrate products on hand – you can get them at your veterinarian’s office or pet store. You can also use flour or cornstarch to stop the bleeding. If that doesn’t work, apply a light bandage for about 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, call your veterinarian.


Home  ·  Contact Us  ·  About Us  ·  Services  ·  Surgeries  ·  Emergencies  ·  Boarding  ·  Grooming  ·  Info  ·  Links  ·  FAQs  ·  Testimonials  ·  Disclaimer  ·  Search  ·  Site Map
Copyright © Michigan Ave Animal Hospital Ypsilanti, MI