Dog Health- Deals On Dog Baths

Aurora Pet Grooming’s Deals On Dog Baths!

BY NICOLE IPSON | January 23, 2018
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The start of the year can be hard while we are recovering from the holiday rush. Here at Aurora Pet Grooming, we like to try and keep things simple for our customers! That is why during this time of the year we offer deals on dog baths your furry friends. This helps to keep them in great shape so you don’t have to worry about the dreaded mats that come with a dirty friend.

Our experienced groomers are ready to clean up the mud covered pups that may have had a little too much fun in the snow. With our packages on dog baths, you can be sure that your pet will come home smelling clean and new. We also are offering discounts for our De-Shed Packages at this time as well. This package will help with the pup who’s coat just isn’t sure what it wants to do because of the weather changes. Here is what you can expect should you decide that you would like to take advantage of our discounts!

Basic Dog Bath Package

        • Basic Bath & Shampoo, Nail Trim, Ear Cleaning, Anal Glands, & 15 Minutes Of Brushing.

De-Shed Package

        • Upgraded Shampoo, Conditioner, Nail Trim, Ear Cleaning, Anal Glands, Up to 45 Minutes Of Brushing To Pull The Unnecessary Undercoat.

Cost vary based on breed and condition of pet at time of the groom.

Although you and your bank account maybe recovering don’t let your pups go without care. Let us help you today with our discounts and already low prices. Aurora Pet Grooming wants to take the best care possible of your furry family members! Enjoy $5 off your basic bath package when booked during the week. We would also like to invite our customers to try our De-Shed Package with $10 off when booked during the week. Coupon must be printed out and presented at time of payment. Give us a call today for more information or to book an appointment for your precious pets!


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Dog Fashion- Dog Bows

The Maintenance Of Dog Bows

BY NICOLE IPSON | December 29, 2017


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Many people think that dressing a pet up, or placing dog bows in their pets hair is just silly! However, there are other people, such as myself… who absolutely love it. With the ability to turn your pet into a bow covered fluff ball most people tend to forget that this can cause issues though. So, here are some tips as to how you can have fun with your pet, and keep their coats in good shape.

Believe it or not, putting a collar on your pet can cause the same issues as putting a jacket on your pet. Of course, these issues are only for long coated dogs, a collar won’t mat a short-haired pup or kitty! When placing accessories on your pet there are things that you should immediately be aware of such as…

  • Hair type
  • Size of the accessories
  • How long the accessories will be left on
  • How much maintenance it will take to maintain the coat if left on

This may sound extreme, however, if you want to leave your pet long these are things that need to be considered. Take for example a long coated dog and a collar. Tdog bowshis is the most commonly seen issue in a grooming salon for the start of matting around the neck. If you as an owner find that your dog’s neck is always matted, there are two main reasons for this. The collar type is more than likely flat against the coat rubbing the hair. That along with the collar is not being removed for brushing can become a problem.

Half of the customers seen in the salon admit to not removing a collar before brushing their fluffy friends. Combined with natural matting that happens behind the ears creates a mat collar so to speak connecting the ears to the neck. It doesn’t take much for this to spiral out of control causing your groomers to have to, unfortunately, shave your pet if the mats can’t be safely removed. So, in this case, an owner with a long-haired pet should consider purchasing a rolled leather collar as well as remove the collar when brushing to ensure matting doesn’t occur.

Tips For Accessories Types

  • Dog Bows placed in ears- Remove after a week and brush area they were connected to.
  • Collars- Remove every other week and brush around the neck and behind the ears.
  • Jackets, Sweaters, Harnesses, Etc- Do not leave on for more than a day. Brush all areas in contact with the clothing or harness not forgetting the armpits.
  • Shoes- Remove once the pet comes back inside and comb through the tops of the paws.

These simple tips, however, due to ease, they are often forgotten. Each of these simple tasks can save a lot of pet owners from the heartbreak!

As fun as it is to put clothes on your pets, this luxury also comes with a great obligation to your pets well being and comfort. So the next time you put a bow in your furry family members hair or a jacket on to keep them warm, simply brush them afterward. Keep your pets happy, healthy and fabulous with these tips!

From Our Family To Yours!

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A Post To Our Customers

An Upgrade For

Aurora Pet Grooming

BY NICOLE IPSON | November 10, 2017


Over the years Aurora Pet Grooming has become a well-known name in the surrounding community. They strive to help keep reasonable priced grooming alive with coupon deals sprinkled in here and there. Recently, Melissa Tuffield took over 100% of the business with the vision of wanting to create a more upscale salon.

In order to do this, she hired a new Facility Manager to not only help clean up the salon but also raise the standards of the salon. The Facility Manager, Nicole Ipson is helping make her vision more of a reality. With over 10 years experience in the grooming industry, Nicole’s goals for the salon are very straightforward:

  • Make sure that Pet Safety is the #1 Priority for our Independent Contractors across the board!
  • Add even more trustworthy & friendly Groomers for increased appointment availability.
  • Make sure our customers are heard.
  • Create a more welcoming space for both our furry friends and customers.
  • And finally, raise the bar of professionalism and quality within the salon.

All of these changes and upgrades are being made with our customers and their furry family members in mind. Melissa & Nicole’s hopes are to improve the already established relationships with our loyal customer base while creating an environment that people can recommend to their friends and family without worry. Animal Love, Customer Trust, and a passion for the job performed at Aurora Pet Grooming is of the utmost importance to everyone within the shop!

As changes and improvements take time, so will the new process of upgrading the salon. So we ask that you please be patient with us and stick around for fun improvements to come! We here at Aurora Pet Grooming look forward to helping you get your furry friends cleaned up for the Holidays and can’t wait to share our salons’ improvements with you!

Dog Health – Anal Glands

The Stinky Truth

About Anal Glands

BY NICOLE IPSON | September 19, 2017


anal glands

You’ve seen the “funny” carpet commercials and videos of dogs dragging their bottoms across the floor. Have you ever wondered what they were actually doing? For me as a groomer of over 10 years when I see those commercials my first instinct is to say “gross” or “that’s sad”. The reason being is because while most people think this is funny or their dog is being cute, they are actually trying to tell you something is wrong.

When your pet goes to the bathroom and their anal glands are functioning properly a secretion is passed along with their feces. This does two things, it marks the area with their sent, as well as lubricates their back-end so they can pass their number 2 easily. However, due to poor fibrous diets, these glands can become impacted. This causes the secretion becoming thicker and harder to pass. Along with this, it can cause your pet to strain. This is when your pet pushes for long periods of time to pass their feces. Straining alone can cause several other issues.

Now, remember how I mentioned your dog being funny and dragging their bottom across the floor? This in itself is a major sign that your pet needs its anal glands expressed. Usually, there are two sets of people that can do this for you if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself. You can call a groomer, they often offer this as a walk-in service. Or you can call your vet. Here are the differences between the two.


Can only do an external gland expression. Meaning, they will put pressure on the anal glands from the outside, releasing anything loose from the sacs that your pet can’t get. If your pet isn’t badly clogged usually this is enough to relieve the symptoms. They can also bathe the back end of your pet (maybe at an extra cost but well worth it) so that your pet doesn’t smell of anal glands afterward.


Can do internal gland expression. Meaning, they are trained to actually milk your pets gland from the inside allowing them to more completely empty the sacs. This method is usually what a groomer will suggest if they find that the secretion coming from your pet is rather thick and unwilling to completely release from the sacs. This will be suggested if the groomer feels that it is possible that they can rupture your pets anal glands.

anal glands

It is important that you understand what you are watching for, and that is relatively easy. The anal glands are located to the left and right of your pets anus. If you notice your pet straining while going to the restroom or dragging their bottoms these are your first signs. You can also check your pet by feeling the sides of their anus. If you find that there is a bump on either or both sides of the anus your pet is becoming impacted. Usually, small dogs have to have help expressing their glands and most large dogs don’t.

The reason you need to know what to watch for though is simple. If your pets glands are ignored and they are unable to take care of the expression themselves they can rupture. Meaning the sacs can become so full that they will pop like a balloon. They usually pop outward causing a dime size hole on either or both sides of the anus. This will lead to major issues as well as large amounts of pain.

This topic isn’t a fun one for anyone, this is fairly obvious. However, as a pet owner, it is important that you be aware of your pet’s health even the stinky parts. In doing so you will ensure that your pet stays as happy and healthy as possible. After all, they are a part of your family, they just can’t always tell you if something is wrong. So be aware of the signs, and help your pet in every way!


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Dog Health – Shedding

Managing The Shedding

BY NICOLE IPSON | August 11, 2017



One of the main issues that owners have with their furry friends is the shedding. Let’s face it, no one likes hair all over their furniture or clean clothing! This issue comes whether you have a cat or a dog, long haired or short. Shockingly the pet with the most hair sometimes isn’t always the one responsible!

Although most long coated pets are double coated there are short haired breeds that are also double coated. Some of these breeds include, but are not limited to Labrador Retrievers, Pugs, Chihuahuas. Although not double coated, some dogs such as Boxers also tend to shed quite a bit. Shedding dogs and cats can always benefit from a deep coat brush whether they are long haired or short.

The deep coat brush out process may have to be done in different sessions. This is based on how badly compacted your pet’s coat may be. There are other variables that play into being able to properly perform this process as well. One of these variables is how resilient is the skin? The tools used to pull the undercoat or excess fur can be harmful to your pet if used incorrectly. Such side effects such as blade burn or even open sores can happen. For these reasons, it is important to keep an eye on the pet’s skin while performing this process. The amount needed is dependent on the pet’s coat.

Consider This

  • How often is my pet Shedding? Once a year? Every other month? All year?
  • How often is your pet properly brushed out?
  • Does your pet seem hot even when it’s cool outside?


 Although the types of coats and their shedding habits vary it important to get them properly brushed regularly. Salons often offer walk-in services for just brushing at reasonable rates. So the next time you take your pet in for their monthly nail trim, consider also asking for a quick brush out. Most salons are happy to oblige! Not only will they help keep hair out of your home but it will also help your pets to stay comfortable through the year.



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Dog Health – The Undercoat

Why Shaving The Undercoat Is Undesirable

BY NICOLE IPSON | July 24, 2017



Since 2005 I have been working directly with dogs and learning as much as I can. One thing that is requested often is shaving a double coated pet. Unfortunately, a rather large amount of dog owners misunderstand the purpose of their pet’s thick coat and the damage caused by the removal of that coat.

It is all too common that I will have a customer walk into the salon with a double coated dog and say: “My dog is panting a lot I need to shave his/her hair off to help them cool off.” Unfortunately, is not how this issue is fixed. The first thing that I would like to do is a quick break down. Dog’s are unable to sweat as a person does, they only sweat through the areas that do not grow fur (paws, nose, etc). Secondly, they can only exert heat 2 ways. These are by releasing sweat, but this plays a minor role and lastly panting. Panting takes the cake when it comes to cooling down your friend! I like to point out to people as well if we as humans could not release excess heat through our skin and could only pant we wouldn’t view this so differently. We as humans see the response coming from our dogs and feel we need to do something. This small realization is what starts the downward spiral for double coated dogs.

Of course, we as dog owners have nothing but good intentions in mind when wanting to cool our pet. Our first thought is compared to, “when I’m hot I take clothes off so I’ll do the same for fluffy!” The difference being when you remove an undercoat you are removing both natural protection from sunburn and insulation for cooling.

Your Dogs Coat & Its Purpose


During the winter your pup has both a soft undercoat and guard hairs. The soft undercoat is what keeps in the heat making fluffy warm when the snow falls. The guard hairs protect him from debris such as snow, ice, and even excess water also helping the cold not get to the

In the summer your pup sheds the soft fluffy coat so that the guard hairs can keep the skin cool. At this point, those hairs act as a “reflective surface” against the sun while letting cool air through to keep the body cool. As hair is removed by shaving a few things happen: One your pet becomes susceptible to sun burn. Next, the guard hairs are no longer there to keep them cool. Lastly, the soft undercoat grows in more slowly keeping that coat cdogloser to the skin and actually causing a higher risk for increased body

For these reasons and a few more almost every groomer will advise against shaving of double coated dogs. So help keep your pup’s coat healthy and keep them cool. There are other grooming techniques that can be applied to help cut back on excess fur and help cool your pet, so speak with your groomer today!



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Dogs Naturally, “Why You Shouldn’t Shave Your Dog In The Summer” Julia Henriques, (2017)

Pets 4 Homes, “Dog Breeds With Double Coats” (2017)

American Kennel Club, “Healthy Temperature Setting For Dogs In The Winter” (2015)