Muddy Paws Dog Grooming, Boarding, Dog Day Care,
& Dog Grooming School
Christy Van Cleave (front left), Executive Director and Master Groomer, and the superior Muddy Paws staff.
Muddy Paws Grooming is your one-stop shop for your dog's grooming, boarding and training needs.
Besides you and their veteranarian, your pet's Dog Groomer is one of the most important people in their lives. Regular grooming is an essential part of maintaining your dog's overall health. Our groomers will pamper your pooches and have them looking good and smelling fresh.
Going on a vacation or business trip and need quality loving care for your dog or cat while you're away? Travel with peace of mind knowing your family dog or cat will be well taken care. We treat your pets as if they were our own.
Debbie Davis, Director of Operations and Outreach
Muddy Paws Dog Grooming provides the following services...
- Dog grooming
- Dog and cat boarding
- Doggie day care
- Dog Grooming school through our Pets Helping People program
Muddy Paws Grooming:
- Member of Tulsa Groomers Association
- IPG (International Groomers Association) Certified Master Groomer
- Member of International Society of Canine Cosmetologists
DOG GROOMING SERVICES
Pets Helping People trainees groom dogs in the Myra Worley Grooming Room.
All of our dog groomers have been taught by a Certified Master Groomer through the International Professional Groomers Association.
Since we are also a dog grooming school we can usually take dogs in on the day they call in. We are fully staffed to be able to handle many dogs each day.
We have special discount rates for dogs that have been adopted or are in foster care with many rescue groups as well as shelters and Tulsa Animal Welfare.
We require proof of vaccinations before grooming your dog.
DOG & CAT BOARDING
Our dog and cat boarding fee is $25 per night. Multi-dog boarding prices are $25 for the first dog and $15 for each additional dog per night.
This price includes day care during the day if the dogs have been neutered or spayed and are dog friendly. Multi pet households receive discounted rates if the pets can be housed in the same kennel area.
Our boarding kennels are usually only full during the evening when we put the animals to bed for the night. We take the dogs out to the gravel fenced in back yard every 2 hours throughout the day; this helps with potty training during their stay. We will administer medications as needed during their stay.
We do need proof of current vaccinations including rabies, parvo, bordetella, distemper, lepto.
We also ask that you bring enough food for your pet's stay with us. We provide doggie cots for beds, but if you would like your pet to sleep on its favorite bed or play with its favorite toys or chewies, then you may bring them along.
We are happy to offer our dog grooming and cat grooming services to you before you return so that your pet is fluffed and buffed and great smelling for your return.
DOGGIE DAY CARE
We provide full and half day options for day care: $7 for a half day and $15 for a full day (4 or more hours). Temperament testing and screening before entering.
Our day care is indoors and climate controlled. We do run the dogs out to the graveled, fenced in area in the back to relieve themselves every 2 hours during the day.
We have packages available for multi-day care:
- 5 half-days - $30
- 5 full days - $65
- 10 half-days - $65
- 10 full days - $130
- 30 half-days - $185
- 30 full days - $350
Please note: The first dog is $25 per night for boarding. Additional dogs are only $15 per night/per dog. Prices subject to change without notice.
HEALTH TIPS FOR DOGS
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Health Tips for Dogs
Espree has solutions for Hot SpotsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
- Dull blades cause clipper irritation by dragging against the dog's skin and pulling hair. When you pull hair rather than clip it you can cause irritation. The more the dog itches the more the rash spreads and it can get really sore and red. Clipper irritation can cause the dog’s skin to be red, itchy and inflamed.
- Common causes are dull blades, clipping too close, hot blades, matted coats, or allergies. Sensitive areas such as the face, throat, groin, anus and genitals are generally the parts of the body that show signs of irritation. If left untreated the pet will lick and scratch, causing secondary problems.
Espree has solutions for Clipper IrritationEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: Itchy skin may cause your dog to excessively scratch, bite or lick its skin. Itching can be caused by many reasons such as parasites, dehydration, allergies, infections, humidity, congenital diseases, hormone levels and many others. Itching scrapes the skin and hair follicle thus damaging the top layers which protects and holds in moisture.
Sebaceous glands secrete oils that protect the skin and coat. If moisture is too low and damage is done to these glands, they may not produce enough oil and lead to dry, itchy skin or over produce and cause oily skin. If the itching is not relieved, scratching can lead to skin damage and secondary infections.
Espree has solutions for Itchy SkinEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Mudbath Conditioning Treatment – Dead Sea mud absorbs into the skin and coat supplying it with a powerful infusion of natural minerals which supports the relief of itchy, dry skin. The fine mud grains clean the skin, removing dirt particles and impurities while absorbing toxins. It gently peels away dead skin cells, to reveal a healthier layer of skin while improving new skin generation. Mudbath provides the skin with exceptional moisturizing while helping maintain natural skin hydration.
DERMATITIS / FLEA BITE DERMATITIS
Flea bite dermatitis is from an allergic reaction to the saliva of a flea. The reaction is severe itching, inflamed skin, hair loss and red bite marks.
Flea control is the key to solving the problem, followed up with medicated shampoo, conditioner and a rinse to sooth the area.
Espree has solutions for Dermatitis / Flea Bite DermatitisEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
DRY or CRACKED PAW PADS
Causes: The paw pad is covered by thick leathery skin and allows the dog to sweat. If the dog's pad stays soft and pliable it will keep from becoming dry and cracked.
Cracking can be caused by numerous environmental conditions such as extreme weather; icy cold conditions, extended periods on cement, humid dry areas, or items that can puncture the pad such as rocks, stickers or cactus.
Espree’s Paw Balm can be used safely every day to keep the pads soft. Paw Balm can also be used on elbows of dogs that are dry and cracked as well.
Espree has solutions for Dry or Cracked Paw PadsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Paw Balm - Espree’s Paw Balm can be used safely every day to keep the pads soft. Paw Balm can also be used on elbows of dogs that are dry and cracked as well. Rich Lanolin, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Arnica and Comfrey are combined for paw pad protection.
Pads will become more pliable to reduce cracking and possible injury against rough rocky roads, hot tar or pavement surfaces, ice and salt. The applied balm formulation aids against slippage allowing the pet greater mobility.
OILY or DRY SKIN
Causes: A dog with excessively oily or excessively dry skin is likely to have seborrhea. One major symptom of seborrhea is greasy hair because of the excess oil the skin is producing.
Dogs with this condition often scratch and cause hair loss, scaly inflamed skin with flakes and a foul odor. This is chronic in some breeds but can also be brought about by allergies, fungal or bacterial infections, parasites and skin diseases.
Solutions include shampoos or coat and skin treatments that gently remove the oil while treating the skin.
Espree has solutions for Oily or Dry SkinEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: A dog's matted coat is both uncomfortable and hazardous to its health. Matts pull at the dog's skin and may cause the skin to break down over time.
Removing matts can be a simple process given the proper tools, but it may be very time consuming if the dog is not kept on a regular grooming schedule.
For severely matted dogs the only option may be to shave the pet. If the hair is matted it has no exposure to the air and sores and redness will appear. There are many products to help with mat removal such as dematting sprays, finishing sprays, silicones etc.
Espree has solutions for Matted CoatsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Show Style Aloe Silk! Hair Restore – Restores and conditions, repairs the coat while adding full volume and fabulous shine. This is a super styling product is enriched with Aloe Vera and Silk Proteins and feels great on the skin and coat.
Causes: Shedding is just a natural part of owning a dog. Light is the biggest contributor of the shedding cycle. Artificial light in a house can cause indoor dogs to shed more than outdoor dogs.
Other factors which can affect shedding are illness, disease, hormonal changes, pregnancy, skin problems, bacterial infections and stress. Double coated dogs shed at least once a year.
Short coated dogs shed in a mosaic pattern and can shed year round. When a dog is in a shedding cycle it is good to bathe, dry and brush the dog to remove the dead coat. This helps the skin to breathe. Removing the dead coat will help uncover hidden matting, hot spots and many other skin problems. See your veterinarian if you see excessive shedding, bald spots or symmetric hair loss.
Espree has solutions for SheddingEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
TEAR STAINS & EYE ISSUES
- The most common cause of tear staining is excessive tearing. Eliminating excess tearing is one of the best ways to stop staining. If there is any foul odor associated with the staining a vet visit is recommended.
- When the facial hair is wet it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast to grow. Keeping the hair away from the face will prevent hair from falling into the eyes causing irritation.
- A change in diet and drinking bottled water can also help control excessive tearing.
Espree has solutions for Tear Stains & Eye IssuesEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: Normal ears are pink and clean with a neutral smell. Ear problems could manifest in the following ways: scratching and shaking the head, bad odor in one or both ears, colored discharges ranging from black and waxy to green or yellow, inflamed and swollen ear flap, tilting of the head, and hearing loss.
Dogs that are active outdoors are likely to pick up foreign objects such as dirt and stickers.
Espree has solutions for Ear InfectionsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
- Place a moderate amount of Ear Care on a cotton ball. Gently swab outer ear folds until clean. Place cotton ball on tip of finger and gently swab inner ear until cotton ball comes out clean.
- Apply 2 drops of Ear Care into the ear canal. Massage the area around the ear to allow the Ear Care to absorb into the ear canal. Allow the pet to shake after application. Use a cotton ball to clean the folds and crevices of the outer ear.
SKUNKED AND OTHER MALODORS
Causes: If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk you need to use an odor nuetralizing shampoo immediately.
The longer the skunk odor is in the coat, the harder it is to get the smell out. Skunk spray is an oil with a sulfur- alcohol compound in the musk.
Old fashion home remedies like tomato juice or vinegar really do not fully remove the smell since these remedies just mask the odor.
Odor Nuetralizing shampoos work well on odors caused by dirt, feces, stagnant water or just a strong “doggie smell”.
Espree has solutions for Skunked and
Espree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
ARTHRITIS, SORE JOINTS & SORE MUSCLES
Causes: Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints. Large dogs are affected more than small dogs because of the extra strain placed on the ligaments and joints.
Dogs will experience different degrees of lameness, stiffness and joint pain. Damp and cold surroundings increase pain and stiffness. Natural products such as peppermint oil can help relieve the inflammation.
Espree has solutions for Arthritis, Sore Joints & Sore MusclesEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: Our pets suffer with allergies much like us humans. Allergies usually fit into 2 categories with our pets; food allergies and inhalant allergies such as grasses, trees, molds and other seasonal pollens.
Signs of allergies might include any one or more of the following; itchy skin, chewing and licking of the feet, watery eyes, nasal and eye discharge, chronic ear infections scratching or chewing.
Hypo-allergenic shampoos use ingredients that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction including the absence of fragrance or cologne.
Espree has solutions for AllergiesEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: When a dog’s nails bleed it can be very painful for the pet as well as cause a possible infection. Treating the nail quickly and properly is the key.
Nails may bleed due to a wide range of accidents such as catching a cracked nail in the carpet, breaking a nail while running outside or trimming a nail too short with the nail clippers.
There are also some internal organ diseases that may affect the nail to crack and crumble, exposing the quick.
Espree has solutions for Bleeding NailsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
PETS HELPING PEOPLE
Pets Helping People provides training for women with criminal backgrounds and prepares them for careers in the pet care industry.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Pets Helping People (PHP) is a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, Federal ID #80-0407977.
PHP targets current inmates and/or felons who are 1) in transition from prison or 2) in drug court and avoiding prison to train in the pet grooming industry.
The Pets Helping People Program provides a re-entry path back into society for anyone desiring to work hard and to be self-sustaining. The growing dog grooming industry offers a solid career path for individuals with felonies and criminal backgrounds. Each class rotation consists of 4-6 trainees working and studying for 40 hours per week for four months. Instruction may be modified by extending the training period to accommodate persons training part-time.
Pets Helping People owns and operates Muddy Paws Dog Grooming as its training facility. Volunteers badged by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections transport program trainees from DOC facilities to the shop throughout the training cycle. Program participants are trained by a Certified Master Dog Groomer and are equipped to work as bathers/brushers, kennel technicians or groomers upon graduation.
The training provided to each trainee has been valued at up to $7,800 and is available at no charge to participants once they are accepted into the program. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared for employment, earning $9 to $25 per hour. To date, Pets Helping People has successfully placed all program graduates in employment with area grooming shops at no cost to the graduates.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. Pets Helping People started in February 2009 as a not-for-profit organization and opened Muddy Paws as the training facility in February 2010.
2. Since 2010, PHP has enrolled 203 trainees. 157 trainees have graduated; 25 have failed to complete; 12 are currently in training; and 9 have recently completed the program and will be among the 2017 graduates.
3. PHP has a 3.2% recidivism rate – well below the 13.2% state average for female offenders.
4. PHP graduates desiring to work in the pet industry have been placed for employment in 50 grooming shops in 20 cities across the state of Oklahoma.
5. After six months experience, Northeast Oklahoma grooming retailers employ PHP graduates as a. Groomer: $9 - $25/hr b. Bather/Brusher: $8 - $18/hr c. Kennel Tech: $8 - $10/hr
6. Oklahoma’s female incarceration rate is roughly 243% higher than the national average of 64 per 100,000 women. Oklahoma Department of Justice 2015 statistics show Oklahoma’s rate at 151 per 100,000 women. Many are low risk, nonviolent offenders. The state needs to deal with the reintegration of these women into society, and PHP is addressing the crisis.
7. PHP utilizes rescue and shelter dogs for trainees to learn grooming techniques, thus increasing the chances for these pets to be successfully adopted in a loving home. Rescued dogs used for instruction totaled 659 in 2011; 1,626 in 2012; 1,559 in 2013; 1,668 in 2014; 1,573 in 2015; and 1,856 in 2016.
8. The Tulsa community solidly endorses PHP each year. In 2016, 980 volunteers donated 45,771 hours to the program. Previous years include more than 24,000 volunteer hours in 2012; 24,740 in 2013; 30,310 in 2014; and 38,858 in 2015.
9. PHP covers 100% of training costs, including instruction, training materials, equipment, transportation and uniforms, for each trainee through private donations, grant funds, the annual fundraiser and pet care services from Muddy Paws. Cost for the 4-month, 640-hour program is $7,800 for each trainee.
10. Staff and volunteers log more than 24,000 miles each year to transport women to/from prison facilities to the training at Muddy Paws.
(2016 Data Report by Pets Helping People)
PETS HELPING PEOPLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board President – Charlie Pennington, Community Volunteer
Board Vice President – Steve Murphy, Yorktown Builders
Board Secretary -- Amber Helvey, Coldwell Banker Select
Board Treasurer – Krista Cash, BancFirst
Susie Brown, Community Volunteer
Kyle Ellig, BOK Financial
Philip Mock, Trust Company of Oklahoma
Riki Morales, OMNI Air International
Cindy Peterson, Melton Truck Lines
Kate Thompson, Stauffer and Nathan, P.C.
Joann Wilson, Community Volunteer
Advisory Board Members: Mike Beatty; Jean Letcher; D. Faith Orlowski; Roy Peters and Joe Worley
PAWS FOR A CAUSE
Paws for a Cause is the annual fundraising event for Pets Helping People. The event is held each fall, with proceeds going to fund the growth and operations of the Pets Helping People training program, which prepares women with criminal backgrounds to support themselves and their families through successful employment in the pet care industry. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are offered for the annual event.
Details for the 2017 Paws for a Cause Annual Fundraiser will be announced soon.
The evening includes dinner, silent and live auctions, a giving tree, keynote speaker and a few surprises.
Proceeds from the annual Paws for a Cause are used to support expansion, training and education costs for the Pets Helping People program.
SPONSORSHIP AND TICKET INFORMATION
$5,000 – Best of Show Sponsorship
Preferred seating for 10; dog grooming certificates for each guest, program recognition, specialty wine and party favors
$2,500 – Champion Sponsorship
Preferred seating for 8, dog grooming certificates for each guest, program recognition and specialty wine
$1,000 – Purebred Sponsorship
Reserved seating for 8 and program recognition
$750 – “Love My Mutt” Sponsorship
Reserved seating for 6 and program recognition
$200 – Pet Lover Sponsorship
Reserved seating for 2 and program recognition
$80 Individual Ticket
For more information about Paws for a Cause, call Debbie at 918-749-5255.