Common Problems



Fleas are most certainly annoying, but signs of their infestation are not always so obvious. Once fleas get on your pet by jumping or crawling, they typically set up their habitat in hard to reach (and see) places, like the head, neck, tail, armpits, or groin. Licking, biting, or scratching at these places usually indicates the presence of the nagging parasites. If you have noticed small black or reddish-brown specks on your pet’s body or in areas around your home, this could be flea “dirt,” which is actually flea feces composed of digested blood. Fleas can be picked up from other pets, walking your dog in the park or even from your garden. Regular use of spot on treatments from your vet will help to repel and kill the fleas along with regular grooming.


Ticks are troublesome parasites that can cause a variety of problems for your pet. Spotting these tiny bloodsuckers in a dog’s fur isn’t always easy. It’s a good idea to use a year-round flea and tick treatment and check your dog for ticks on a regular basis. However, even the most vigilant pet parents could be confronted with an unwelcome encounter with these beasties.

You are most likely to come across ticks between spring and autumn, but they are active throughout the year. They have eight legs and adult ticks can look like an egg-shaped small spiders. 

Ticks don’t fly or jump, but climb or drop on to your dog’s coat when you brush past the area they are sitting in.

  • Ticks can cause disease by transmitting bacteria and microbes when they bite an animal or human
  • They are common in woodland, grassland and heath areas
  • Always check your dog and yourself for ticks after a walk and remove them quickly

Overgrown Nails

Trimming overgrown dog nails requires special attention. If you are not careful, you might trim too much off at once, causing the nail to bleed. When you don't trim your dog's nails as needed, the nail and the quick, or vein inside the nail, keep growing and becomes uncomfortable for the dog to walk on. In extreme cases, overgrown nails can curve and grow into the pad of the foot. Even if they are not that out of control, long nails can get torn or split, which is very painful and, depending on severity, may need to be treated by a vet. With regular grooming at Bloomingtails Grooming, we will inspect your dog's nails and trim them if needed. This is included as part of the groom.

Matted Fur

We've all woken up with varying degrees of bed head, but when you're a dog, messy hair can mean something much worse than just a bad hair day. Matted hair is a painful condition most commonly seen in dogs and cats with long coats. The condition is caused by tangled knots, or "mats," which cause discomfort and even lead to health risks. In addition to causing discomfort, these knots can become some serious problems for dogs such as bacterial infections as they trap moisture on the skin which in turn causes damage to the skin cells. A simple groom once a day using a brush and comb not only gives you another excuse to spend time with your dog but also helps to protect him.

Skin Conditions

There are a variety of different skin irritations. The most common are, allergies, sores and hot spots, itchy skin, hair loss and dull coats. The symptoms are intense itching, red skin, sores, and hair loss. A dog's ears, face and legs are most commonly affected. Even if you don't know why your dog is itching, many of these conditions can be prevented or treated by using a good quality dog shampoo such as the natural sensitive shampoo that Bloomingtails Grooming can use on your dog on a regular basis. Also, did you know that just by adding a simple omega 3 supplement to your dog's food, you can improve the condition of your dog's skin and coat, regardless of the cause. However, if these symptoms persist or worsen please seek your vets advice immediately.

Bloomingtails Grooming offer an additional service with our Nagayu Spa Package. This uses a specially formulated tablet in the bath which gives a deep skin clean with an additional moisturising supplement, helping to eliminate allergies, irritations and odour.