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How to Prevent Pet Shedding


You love your pets, but unwanted fur all over the house or on your furniture can be frustrating. While hair shedding is a natural process for all dogs and cats, preventing or controlling shedding is a common concern for most pet owners.

What causes shedding?
Natural hair shedding is controlled by hormonal changes, and those changes are affected by daylight. Indoor pets shed more lightly and regularly throughout the year because their body temperature remains constant and controlled. If your dog or cat spends time outside, you’ll likely notice increased shedding in the spring and winter.

As we enter spring and more daylight hours, your pets shed their heavy winter coat for a lighter summer coat. When we transition to shorter days in the fall, many dogs and cats shed their summer coats for a heavier, protective coat that will keep them warm during the winter.

How much shedding is normal?
The amount of normal shedding varies by breed. Dogs with heavy undercoats, such as the Alaskan Husky, Australian Shepherd, and Golden Retriever, will shed the most. These double-coated breeds typically shed their undercoats every spring and fall, and shed their topcoat once a year.

Single-coated dog breeds, such as the Maltese, Poodle, and Wheaten Terrier, tend to shed in small amounts throughout the year. Similarly, double-coated cat breeds like the Norwegian Forest and the Persian will shed more fur than single-coated cat breeds such as the British Shorthair and the Siamese.

Pets may also shed from poor nutrition, allergies, stress, injury, or trauma, so keep an eye on your pet and be sure to give us a call if you notice any unhealthy hair shedding, skin irritation, or a dull and thinning coat.

How can I help control hair shedding?
Brushing your cat or dog helps remove and catch loose fur before it lands on your floor or sofa, and scheduled bathing helps remove much of the loose hair during shedding season.

At the clinic, we offer the HydroSurge® professional bathing system, which is like a massage for your pet and designed to keep your pet’s coat comfortable and healthy. Keep your house fur-free through regular grooming—set up an appointment with our Master Groomers today.

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Sunday, 12 July 2020

With the recent shelter-in-place order issued for our community, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are open and here for you and your pet!

However with the safety of our clients, patients and employees in mind, our lobby will be closed until further notice. Veterinary services will remain available during our normal business hours with a few adjustments to how we receive you and your pet, including:

Appointments & Medication/Food Pickup

Upon arriving at the clinic, please remain in your vehicle and contact us via phone @ 209-477-4841 to let our team know you have arrived. A team member will then meet you at your vehicle to escort your pet inside for the appointment and/or deliver any products you need to pick up. Payments can be made over the phone, from your vehicle.

We ask that no one who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus enter the facility at this time.

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To submit a medication or food refill request, please contact us via phone, email or online refill request form. We will contact you when your refill is ready and deliver it to your vehicle upon your arrival.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for helping us keep our community safe!


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