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.

steve@joleeaire.com