It is the stage that the entire coat of the pet is
thoroughly brushed and then completely combed; all snarls, mats and
tangles must be removed before the bath. Bathing before brushing or
combing will only cause severe matting and tangling. Pets, like humans,
have varying tolerances of pain and discomfort. For instance, one pet
may not be bothered by combing out large tangles, while others may get
extremely upset if we try to remove just one small snarl. The brusher/bather
makes use of many tools to make this sometimes-troublesome task as easy
and gentle on the pet as possible.
Ear canals are cared for in this stage be removing
excess hair from inside the ears and also cleaning and disinfecting
them with a special solution. If a problem with an ear condition is
observed, we inform the owner. If an ear infection is already diagnosed,
we administer a prescription from the veterinarian at this time. Jolee
Aire has over-the-counter products as well. After the ears are cleaned
out, cotton is place inside of them to keep them from getting wet in
the bath as well as to avoid blowing air in the ear during drying.
Nails are trimmed and filed, anal glands are expressed,
and the pet is bathed with the appropriate shampoo. There is an additional
charge for specialized shampoos such as hypoallergenic, medicated, or
organic flea and tick control. After the bath, the pet is again brushed
and combed while begin dried. The time involved with this process depends
on the thickness, length and condition of the coat, as well as the tolerance
of the pet.