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Time is running out!

Posted on 21 October, 2012 at 21:44 Comments comments (20)
The savings on the purchase of a new gift card or re-loading an existing gift card ends November 17th! 

Get your card today!

Grooming Gift Card Sale

Posted on 5 September, 2012 at 18:49 Comments comments (21)
 Now you can save $15.00 of our Mobile Grooming Gift Cards thru November 17th.  Give the the Gift of Grooming this Holiday Season! 

While supplies last.  No limit on the number of cards to be purchase.  Savings applies to card re-loads as well.

$15.00 OFF Fall Bath-N-Brush Special

Posted on 31 July, 2012 at 14:59 Comments comments (26)
Clean Paws Mobile Grooming Salon presents our

Annual Fall Bath-N-Brush Special.

If you have never tried a Mobile Grooming Service before, here is your chance! First time customers will enjoy $15.00 off our Short Flat Coat Bath-N-Brush Spa service*. This service includes:

Our gentle Oatmeal 2 n 1 bath
5 minute Hydro-massage
Ears Cleaned
Nails Trimmed
& brush out

BY APPT ONLY. Limit 10 mile radius. No Drop offs. Must be current on vaccines, NO EXCEPTIONS. Dogs only. NO AGGRESSIVE ANIMALS ACCEPTED. Extra Large, or dogs that require extra handling additional. No substitutions. **Short Flat Coated Dogs as defined by breed standard i.e. Pugs, Smooth Fox Terrier, Labs, Beagles, Chihauhau,Pitt Bulls(Socialized-Non-aggressive), Rottweiler(Non-Aggressive)
.**Drop,double or curly coated dogs(whether they have been shaved down or not) are not eligible for special.

SPECIAL ENDS: 9/29/2012

Call for an appt today: 1-888-648-7256 or book online

New Pet Sitting Service

Posted on 3 June, 2012 at 20:34 Comments comments (19)
Hello Everyone,

Finding someone to care for your pet while you are away can be a difficulty task.  If you live on the South Side of Chicago and/or the South Suburbs give our new friend Tia from a try!  Tell her that Clean Paws Mobile Grooming sent you for a discount!

Above the Frontline

Posted on 21 April, 2012 at 23:51 Comments comments (14)
Summer will be making a come back I am sure of it!  When it does, makes that you and your pet are ready for the biting, stinging insects that will be making their appearance.  If you use a topical flea and tick preventative like Frontline, Advantage or Revolution, you maybe thinking you have all of your basis covered to protect them from the pests, but think again!  These products are a great preventative, meaning that they prevent fleas, ticks and heartworms(depending on the product you use) from reproducing, however, they  DO NOT keep them off of your pet. 

Summer, is the worst time for mosquitoes and biting flies, to keep them off of you dog you will need to add something else to your arsenal.  Product safety and knowing the health limitations of your pet are very important.  Products that you may use on your dog most times CAN NOT be used on cats.  Be sure to read the labels, if in doubt consult your vet first.   Dogs with sensitive skin or allergies may also have a reaction to certain essential oils and certain fragrances so be careful with those products around your pet.  

One of my favorite repellant products in the summer is a natural flea and tick spray(see receipe below).  It repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and biting flies.  The only draw back is that it is water based and has to be applied to both you and your pet often depending your activity level.  It smells wonderful, there are no harmful side effects,and strongly discourages the insects from making you and your pet their next meal!  It is not recommended for coated dogs, unless they have been clipped short, otherwise matting will occur.

Avon Skin Soft can also be used on you and your pet*.  This popular product has been around for years and has been known to be an excellent repellant.  You do have to be careful when applying this product to coated dogs such as Shih Tzu's, Yorkshire Terrier's, Maltese and poodles.  It will tend to make the coat heavy and oily which will attract dirt and sometimes causes matting.

Fly's Off is another popular summer pest product.  It comes in the form of a cream, lotion and spray, it is a product that CAN NOT be used on humans.  I have found that the spray is easy and most affective.  Make sure that you apply it to your pet in well ventilated area or outdoors.  It forms a "halo" around your pet to keep the flying biting, insects away, and it can be safely used on almost every dog.  If your pet has opened wounds from biting flies, do not use any products on them without consulting your vet. 


8 ounces of water in a spray bottle
8 drops of lavender oil
8 drops of tea tree oil

Shake well before each application
Apply often as necessary

Diatomaceous Earth

Posted on 9 April, 2012 at 10:55 Comments comments (24)
Spring and Summer brings beautiful flowers, sun filled days and unfortunately it also brings parasites.  Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice.....YUK!!!!!  Diatomaceous Earth is one my of favorite products!  It can be used safely as a duster on plants, around the house to kill ants, and on your pets as well.  You can really get your bang for your buck with this product!

I have used D-Earth in and around the sleeping areas for my pets as well as giving it to them internally.  The results were amazing!  We live in a heavily wooded area with plenty of wildlife so fighting fleas, ticks and mosquitoes is a constant battle!  I am not one for a lot of chemicals due to the affect that it has on the environment, so this product really peaked my interest. ***Before you change ANYTHING in your pet's healthcare regime, please consult with your vet first.****  As I began to do more research about the product, I was impressed even more.  Every season I would use a hose end administered yard insect kill product to control the intruders.  It would work fine until there was a heavy rain, with D-Earth it stays put!  I experimented with a couple of things and this is what I found worked best for treating the yard.  I would cut the grass first, then water it.  Next I would put the product in my spreader while using a mask and take a few passes thru the lawn.  Certain areas like the under sides of my flowers my need another application from time to time, but not often.  

The product can also be added to your pet's drinking water or added to their food(with a vet's supervision)  it controls fleas, ticks, and acts as a natural de-wormer including heart worms.  The popularity of this product has increased to the point that it can now be found in some local hardware stores.  I will have to caution you that this product works great a killing insects, however, it does NOT discriminate between the good ones, and the bad ones you have to do your homework and use it with care!

Have a Great Summer!

Shedding Season

Posted on 8 March, 2012 at 23:26 Comments comments (12)
  For some pets, this is season is ALL season.  Understanding your pet, their health and skin needs are very important to help promote a healthy coat. Let's take a look at how it works. 

Basically your pet's coat goes through two cycles. There's  a growth cycle where the follicle is actively producing hair and a rest cycle where follicle is not producing hair, but the new hair is growing out.  When the hair dies, it sheds and it starts the cycle all over again.  I don't care what anyone has told you there is no such thing a dog that does not shed!   We are mammals and that's what we do, we shed old hair and skin cell and produce new ones.  The growth cycle can last from as few as 2 days or years. Things like stress, illness, pregnancy, poor nutrition, and medication can throw the normal cycle off balance and increase the shedding process as well. 

How do you stop your pet from shedding?  You don't!  Shaving a double coated dog down in the summer months does not make them cooler and it does not keep them from shedding.  They just sheds short hair so it doesn't accumulate as fast if the hair was longer.  Light plays a role in shedding.  More light equals more shedding.  House pets are exposed to artificial light at night and natural light during the day which causes more shedding.  Many short haired dog owners believe that their pets "don't need to be groomed" so they bath them at home, which can lead to increased shedding.  Primarily because they may mistakenly use a shampoo or rinse that is to harsh for their pet's skin.  They do not rinse the mixture completely from the skin, leaving a residue which can lead to irritation (hot spots), damage and breakage, and hair loss. 

Double coated dogs such as Huskies, Shepherds,Chow-Chows, Rottweilers should be groomed professionally at least every 6-8weeks to remove the heavy undercoat.  It also helps to maintain healthy ears and to keep the nails at the proper length.  A healthy well groomed coat will keep your double-coated dog cooler in the summer months and warm in the winter.  The coat is designed to regulate the pet's body temperature.  Brushing your pet regularly or at least 3 times per week between grooms promotes healthy air flow to the skin, which in some cases keeps fungus and unhealthy bacteria an excessive hair  to a minimum.

Short flat coated dogs such as Labs, Pitt-Bull Terriers, and Dobermans,Beagles should be groomed professionally at least every 4-5 weeks to maintain the loose hair.

Drop coated and curly coated dogs such as Yorkies, Shih Tzu's, Poodles, Bichons and Cocker Spaniels, should be groomed professionally every 2-4 weeks(longer cuts) 3-5 weeks(shorter cuts) to maintain healthy coat and to prevent matting.  Matting is caused by a mess of dead or dying hair intertwined with new growing hair.  If it is not combed and brushed properly and regularly at least 3 times per week it begins to lock.  Once the matt has formed it will continue to get tighter and harder if left unattended or if it gets wet.   It will pull at the skin until it eventually tears the hair out at the follicle, which can cause the hair to be thin in certain areas or in some cases the damage is so great, the hair will not grow back at all.

In short, shedding is unpreventable, however, with a good nutrition, combing, brushing in between grooms, and a regular professional grooming schedule it is manageable!  Professional groomers use equipment, and techniques that can remove the dying coat before it gets out of hand.  In addition your groomer is trained to recognized certain skin and coat issues that may possibly need to addressed by your vet.

Feature Article on Christmas Day!

Posted on 25 December, 2011 at 17:42 Comments comments (10)
Just in case you missed it, here is the article in the Northwest Indiana Times

Happy Holidays everyone!

Have you heard about the dog flu?

Posted on 23 December, 2011 at 8:42 Comments comments (7)
Here is some information about the dog flu.

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Canine influenza is a new viral strain called H3N8. The name is derived from the amino acid composition of Hemaglutinin (H) and Neuramindase (N). There are 16 different Hemaglutinin antigens and 9 different Neuramindase antigens. It is a member of the Influenzavirus A genus in the family Orthomyoviridae. All of which is interesting, but unimportant. What is important is that it spreads between dogs only AND is highly contagious. There are two other strains, H3N2 and H5N1. Neither is readily transmitted.
H3N8 has been around the last 40 years as an equine virus, but then something rare occurred. The entire genome transferred itself to dogs. It is now a canine-specific virus. The first documented case was in 2004, but researchers believe it has been around since 1999. It was diagnosed at a greyhound track in Florida and spread quickly through 14 tracks in six states. There are now confirmed cases in 30 states.
It is so highly contagious because it is a new strain. Most dogs do not have an immunity to it. An estimated 80% of dogs coming into contact with it will become infected. Key phrase here is “coming into contact with”. Most of those infected will have a mild case. Approximately 20 to 25% of those will be asymptomatic, but still contagious and a probable fatality rate of 1 to 5%. There is no “season” for it spreads year round. Those dogs highest at risk are those closely congregated, the very young, the very old and the immune-compromised. Scenarios that increase exposure include kennels, doggie daycare, dog parks, breed events, Veterinarian offices and grooming shops. It takes only one dog to infect an entire group.
Its transmitted in the air by coughing and sneezing. By fomites that contaminate surfaces such as tables and doorknobs. And direct contact by licking, nuzzling, petting, people moving between infected and uninfected dogs and shared toys, bedding, water and food dishes.
Incubation is two to five days before the onset of clinical signs. The time the dog is most contagious is before you realize he is infected. They can spread the virus for up to 10 days after symptoms appear. Asymptomatic dogs are just as contagious.
It appears as a dry or moist cough, nasal discharge, low grade fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. Most fatalities occur in undiagnosed dogs. Left untreated it can lead to hemmorrhagic pneumonia.
You cannot diagnosis canine influenza by clinical signs alone. It is often misdiagnosed as kennel cough because it’s difficult to differentiate between other respiratory pathogens. The most reliable test is a blood test done within the first seven days or a throat swab in the first four days.
Since it is a virus, treatment is mostly supportive. Keep your dog well-hydrated, fed a nutritious diet and gives lots of TLC. A cough suppressant may be prescribed. The virus replicates in the respiratory tract and in the nasal lining, which can lead to a secondary bacterial infection. In such circumstances, a broad-spectrum antibiotic is prescribed. Most dogs will recover in two to four weeks.
The virus is easily killed by disinfectants. Examples are quaternary ammonia compounds like Roccal-D, 10% bleach, 1% sodium hypochlorite, 70% ethanol, heated at 56 C/133 F for 30 minutes, irradiate or low pH solutions (2).
Wash your hands before and after handling dogs, after disinfecting equipment and surfaces and before and after leaving pet facilities. Wash clothing normally.
Coughing dogs should not participate in activities where other dogs congregate.
The USDA just approved the first canine influenza vaccine. Like the human vaccine, it may not prevent entirely, but may lessen the severity and duration of the flu. Vaccinated dogs will also have a shorter contagious period.
The best defense, however, is a healthy, well-nourished dog living and playing in a clean environment.
Does all of this sound as if it is the same advice and protocols for the human flu? The precautions we should take for ourselves based on our risk factors is the same for dogs. With one exception. Your coughing dog is nothing to sneeze at. A cough can be an indicator of a serious medical condition that could escalate quickly. Timely veterinary treatment that includes proper testing leads to the correct diagnosis and the right treatment. Afterall, they would do it for us.

Hats Off to the Helping Hands

Posted on 6 December, 2011 at 21:49 Comments comments (10)
I have been an animal lover my entire life.  For some odd reason stray dogs and cats would follow me home from school when I was a kid, and show up at my door (unprovoked) as an adult.  My heart has always been  tender to animals.  I guess that is why grooming is like my Cinderella Slipper....a perfect fit for me.

I can watch a movie like Old Yella or Hachi A Dog's Tale and cry like a baby.  I can watch the Nature Channel for hours on end, and always be fascinated about all creatures great and small with the execption of bugs!  I don't do bugs!  

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working with the Hammond Animal Control to spruce up the pets for adoption.  I really have to take my hats off to people that work in shelters and rescues.  That is a very hard job!  To witness some of the things that these poor animals have had to endure, and each one pulling at your heart strings. The need to find homeless animals a good forever home is so great, and the stream of lost or displaced pets are never ending.    It takes a lot of will power to walk away at the end of the day.  I personally know that I would be an animal hoarder if I worked there on a daily basis.  There is one little black and white terrier mix there that has my number for sure, but I know in my heart there is a loving home waiting to shower him with endless love.  That helps me make it out of there in one piece!  Those faces are a killer!  Deep brown eyes pleading for you to take them with you!  Little cute kitty faces seeming to ask...why?  Why, can't I come with you!  It is overwhelming!

These people work tirelessly at it each and everyday, looking at those faces deseperate for love and attention.  Some unfortunately, have to be destroyed because no one has shown interest in them and they start to go "crazy" from the isolation.  It must be a terrible position to be placed in, but it has become a way of life.  If we as pet owners spayed and neutered our pets it would greatly reduce the over population of dogs and cats.  Although it would not stop the number of strays or unwanted pets, it would greatly reduce it. 

If you have or know of an animal shelter or rescue near you, stop by one day and offer to buy them lunch or donate a few dollars to their cause.  The need to care for stray and unwanted animals is great, and the people that answer the call of duty don't get much appreciation for it.  Give what ever you can!  Every little bit means a lot!

For low cost spay/neuter/vaccinations in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area call South Suburban Humane Society 708-755-1110.

To the people that work so hard to help homeless animals........

I want you to know, that you are appreciated, and THANK YOU for all that you do!