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January… nail trims monthly – an easy and essential New Year’s Resolution!

07 Jan

You may not think of your dog’s nails at this time of year, but we do!  With winter comes long nails.  There’s salt on all the sidewalks, so if your dog goes bare-footed this winter, chances are it’s doing it’s best to walk only on snowy lawns and in parks.  This means the nails aren’t being ground down on the pavement as they usually are, so nail trims in the winter are crucial.  Any dogs wearing boots are likewise not getting that pavement grinding.

Regardless of the weather, there are many good reasons for maintaining your dog’s nails at the right length.  Here are some them:

One reason for a good nail grinding in winter is to preserve those boots!  The boot-wearing dog saves it’s little tootsies from the ravages of salt, snow and ice, but those nails aren’t hitting the pavement anymore, so the nails are getting really long, and wearing out those boots really fast!  Plus, with really long nails, the boots just don’t fit the same, and can be uncomfortable.  Short, smooth nails are the best option.

Long nails also snag on EVERYTHING!  The carpet, their sweaters (and yours), and we’ve seen some pretty nasty broken nails just from racing around outside having fun!

Dogs that always have long nails can also adjust their gait over time, resulting in potential joint issues.

Long nails mean less traction on hardwood floors and ice which is a challenge, but also a potential danger for those dogs that already have joint or ligament concerns.  You may think nails would add to their grip, but without full contact of the pads to the ground, they have less surface touching the ground, and less feel for their footing!

We’ve also seen nails that have been so overgrown, that they’ve curled and started growing right into the pads!  This is understandably very painful, and difficult to trim.

So how do you know when your dog should have a nail trim?  Ideally once you hear the tapping of the nails on the hard floor, or every month.  The dew claws (up on the side of some feet) always need a trim since they don’t ever make contact with the ground, and the other nails never wear evenly.

A dog’s nails have a vein inside that is called the “quick”.  As the dog’s nail grows, so too does the quick.  This means that if your dog’s nails are very long, the quick is very long.  We will do a nail trim just to the tip of the quick, preventing bleeding and pain.  When the nail is trimmed, this quick recedes a bit away from the tip.  Our best recommendation for dog’s with nails that are too long and aren’t to their ideal length after one trim is to come in every 2 weeks until they are back to a good length, and then you can carry on with a trim once a month.

Just to help make sure your New Year’s Resolution is off to a good start, we’re offering a nail trim & grind for the same price as a regular nail trim for the month of January 2019!  Drop by or call 647-436-2529 to book!  And of course nail trims & grinds are included with every grooming service including a bath!

 

It’s not too late! All Holiday treats, toys & apparel are 50% off today!

24 Dec

Did Santa forget someone?  Not to worry… We have an assortment of toys & treats to fill up the most festive stockings for dogs and cats, as well as some fantastic bowties, neckties, bandanas & collars to make your furry buddy look even more adorable!  And don’t forget that the other 11 deals from our 12 days of Christmas Sale are on sale today too!

On the 8th Day of the Tails Christmas Sale… we give you 15% off all Zippy Paws dog toys!

20 Dec

Ideal toys for the smart, sassy and cartoonish dogs, ZippyPaws toys ooze personality!  From the stuffingless multi-squeakered, to the burrows full of quirky cute little squeakies, these toys are sure to delight any dog and their human friends!  So many adorable options to choose from… and at 15% off until 5pm on December 24th, 2018!

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Sale at Tails… 20% off Wooly Wonkz cat toys!

19 Dec

What do you get when you combine a natural wooly cat toy with a cat’s urge to play?  A rollicking good time!  These handmade toys are made from sustainable ingredients by Nepalese women and are sure to delight any cat!

As with all our other 12 Days of Christmas deals, this deal is good until 5pm on December 24th, 2018, or while supplies last…

Venison Joe’s dog chews are even hotter than usual at 30% off!

18 Dec

Venison Joe is a simple guy from south of the border.  Unlike some people, he puts his words into actions, and makes awesome chews that dogs just love!  Naturally smoked ribs, ligaments, and marrow bones will have your dog howling with joy… (hopefully in tune).

These won’t last long at this price, so pop on by and fill your hat (or stocking) before December 24th or while supplies last!

Day 5 of the Tails 12 Days of Christmas Sale… 40% off Darford dog treats!

17 Dec

What do you get when you combine grain-free yummy Darford cookies with your favourite puppy?  A whole lot of wagging-tailed, fun-filled, Christmas kisses!  And at 40% off, you can get a whole lot of those kisses!  Now it’s just down to the decision of flavour… bacon, salmon, cheese, pumpkin, turkey or peanut butter? 

Like all of our 12 days of Christmas deals, this one is good until 5pm on December 24th, or while quantities last…

It’s Day 4 of the Tails 12 Days of Christmas Sale! And it’s all about books!

16 Dec

We realize that your dog can’t actually read, or your gecko for that matter…  but how about buying a book for your kid to learn how to teach your dog agility?  Or for your mother who’s thinking of getting yet another cat?  Or your brother who wants to know how to build a garden pond?  We have books on a wide range of subjects relating to dogs, cats, birds, small animals, reptiles and fish.  And from now until 5pm on December 24th 2018, all books are 20% off!