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5 Ways to Spoil Your Fur Baby

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoOK, so when we say spoil we mean it in the good way -- like splurging on them with a special treat every once in a while. There are many ways to treat your fur baby to something special, and many of those are things that can happen during grooming (also known as doggy spa day). Lots of dog moms and dads assume that a grooming salon just means a place to get their furry friend a bath and haircut once in a while. But there are actually many other spa services that your pup can enjoy, such as: 

  1. The Berry Facial: Facials aren't just for humans, dogs love them too! A berry facial is a soothing, tearless cleanser that is gently massaged into your furry friend's facial hair. Not only will this clean their face and give them a refreshing feeling and smell, dogs love the sensation of being massaged with this special facial product.
  2. A Manicure And Pedicure: While, for the most part, manicures and pedicures for humans are more beauty-related and luxurious, they are actually a necessary procedure for pups. Without regular nail trimming and care, long nails can cause long-term problems for your dog. It's not always easy for pet moms and dads to trim their dog's nails, but professional groomers are up to the task! And when you take your dog to the pet salon for a nail trim, they are actually getting more than just that. Thanks to the special moisturizers that get applied to the nails and pawpads, dogs enjoy their full-service canine mani-pedi.
  3. A Long, Luxurious Bath: Although at first not every dog enjoys their bath, professional groomers know how to make the experience more enjoyable for even the most anxious, skittish pups. Part of what helps making bath time more enjoyable is having all of the right bath gear. At the pet salon, dogs can enjoy high end specialty shampoos like oatmeal, silk protein, and hypoallergenic options. All of the products, from the shampoo to the conditioner, are cruelty-free, all natural, and biodegradable. Lots of extra massage helps release shedding hair and work out tangles. And after a soothing bath, your pup will come out with a freshly cleaned, silky smooth, glossy fur coat!
  4. Blow-Drying, Scented Towels, And all of The Finishing Touches: Yes, you read that correctly; at the right pet salons they know how to leave dogs in the lap of luxury. After bath time, your dog will be properly dried and brushed by hand (and never in a cage dryer). They will also be partially dried with fragrant towels that contain scents like chamomile and lavender. And who could forget the leave-in conditioning mist that is applied to your dog's coat after bathing to leave the coat silky, soft, and radiant? This will keep your dog's coat looking and smelling fresher for even longer.
  5. A Tasty Treat: At the end of all of the grooming, your fur baby will enjoy a complimentary doggie treat (with your permission, of course). Let's fact it; no matter how luxurious an experience at the pet spa can be, some dogs don't enjoy every single part of it. And for enduring the nail clipping or ear cleaning, they deserve to be rewarded with something that they will undoubtedly like: a tasty snack!

Looking for more information? Contact us today!

3 Ways to Make Cat Grooming More Enjoyable For You And Your Feline Friend

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mobile-cat-grooming-san-diego As the proud mom or dad of a cat, you are most likely well aware that cats generally are not as cuddly and receptive to cuddling as their canine counterparts. Cats love their human parents in their own way, and it isn't unusual if your cat is fickle about when you can and cannot love on them. However, part of being a good cat mom or dad requires ensuring that they are properly groomed on a routine basis. If you find that cat grooming thus far has been difficult, don't fret! In this post, we will uncover a few helpful tips to make the cat grooming experience easier for you and your feline friend.

  1. Start Your Grooming Session Out Short in The Beginning: If your cat is a bit skittish and doesn't always love being touched, keep the grooming sessions relatively short. In the beginning, keep your grooming session under ten minutes and only work up to longer periods of grooming once your cat has gotten comfortable with the routine. While you are grooming them, work on desensitizing them by rubbing behind their ears, rubbing their belly, stroking their back, and touching their legs. This way, they can get accustomed to being handled and become more comfortable with it. Not only will this make your grooming experience easier for both of you and promote the chance to bond, it will prepare your cat for when they must be handled by a stranger such as a professional pet groomer.
  2. Get in The Habit of Routine Brushing: When you desensitize your cat with your hands, you should also begin to desensitize them with a brush or whatever else will be used to keep their coat clean and smooth. How often you will have to brush your cat's coat will depend on how long their hair is. For cats with shorter hair, you can get away with quickly grooming them once a week. But for cats with longer, thicker coats, you will want to brush them on a daily basis. This will help cut down on shedding and ensure that your cat's coat is healthy and disease-free. And the more you brush them, the more they will become used to it and more receptive to you handling them when you need to. 
  3. Know Your Limitations: As far as brushing your cat goes, it is something relatively easy to do, especially when your cat gets used to it. However, there are other grooming needs that your cat has that might not be as simple to deal with. One example is clipping their nails. When a cat's nails are neglected, they become longer (and sharper) and more painful for anyone who gets scratched. Longer nails are also more susceptible to disease and other problems and when they become too long, they are painful for your cat to deal with. It will also start to impede on their ability to walk without any problems. If you have never trimmed your cat's nails before, don't have the equipment to do so, or are afraid of how they will react, your professional groomers are definitely up to the task. They will be able to trim your cat's nails the right way without hurting them and you won't get hurt in the process either! 

Looking for more advice on grooming your cat? Don't hesitate to contact us today with any questions you have or to learn about the many pet care and grooming services that we have to offer! We specialize in grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats, and would be happy to meet your pet.

4 Reasons Mobile Pet Grooming is Great For You And Your Pet

Posted by Awesome Doggies

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoAs a pet owner, you are aware of the various responsibilities that go along with having fur children such as taking them to the vet every year or when they show signs of illness, keeping them groomed, and ensuring they have the right diet for proper nutrition. The obligation that is nearest and dearest to our hearts is of course the need to assist with grooming. It is often the case that pet parents rely on the expertise of a professional to groom their beloved pets, and in that situation, we are here to help. Surprisingly, many people with a dog, cat, or other pet don’t know that mobile pet grooming is an option for them. That’s right; instead of you having to go to the groomers, they (we!!) come to you! If you are curious about this service, check out the top four reasons why mobile pet grooming is so great for you and your pet

  • Your Pet Waits in The Comfort of Their Own Home: This is an excellent solution for pet parents who have dogs, cats, or other animals with anxiety issues. Why try to force them into the car to go to the grooming salon and create even more anxiety for them when grooming professionals can come to your home and take care of them there? This way, your furry friend can get cleaned and pampered without ever having to leave home. And as an added bonus, if you have more than one pet, you don't have to stress about getting several pets into the car for a short road trip and instead everyone can stay put in their own home to get groomed. 
  • You Don’t Have to Run Yet Another Errand: Important though it is to make sure your pet is properly groomed every once in a while, it is understandable that running one more errand is tough on your busy, hectic schedule. Why endure the added stress of driving your furry friend to the nearest pet grooming salon, when the pet grooming salon can come to you? This will allow you to save your energy and even some expenses like transportation! 
  • You Save Time: Aside from the energy you have to expend to get your dog into the car, drive them to the pet grooming salon, wait for them, then drive them back home, all of this effort takes a huge chunk of time out of your day. Why go through all of the extra effort when you can save much more time having the professional groomers come to you? While your dog or other furry pet is being groomed in your home, you can take care of other matters like cooking dinner, getting some household chores done, or checking off anything else that is on your to-do list.mobile-dog-grooming-san-diego
  • You Feel Better Knowing Your Pet is Safe: If you have never taken your pet to the groomers before or are trying out a new groomer, you may feel uncertain of what to expect at first. Or you might be nervous about the idea of leaving your beloved pet alone for a few hours. You can forego all of this nervousness by having your pet groomed right at home where you can be there keeping an eye on him or her at all times. This will leave you with greater peace of mind and also ensure that your pet is less anxious about being separated from you. 

Looking for more information on mobile pet grooming? Or are you interested in other pet grooming services that you can take advantage of? Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a complete list of all of our pet care services!

Do Your Ears Hang Low? Taking Care of Floppy-Eared Pets

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As any animal lover knows, there are dozens if not hundreds of shapes for mammal ears. From round mousey flares to attentive kitty triangles to long floppy bunny ears, and dog breeds run the gambit with an incredibly wide variety of ear types and sub-type shapes. Because of this incredible difference of ear from pet to pet, naturally not all ear-care is the same. Floppy-eared pets like rabbits, beagles, pigs, and even goats or donkeys (rare but not unheard of) need special care for their ears, which can catch and hold all sorts of things in the folded area protected by the floppy part of the ear. Make sure you're tending your pet's ears with the right amount of care, thoroughness, and frequency to ensure they are happy and healthy every day you spend together.

Soft, Furry, and Sensitive

Most ears are pretty sensitive. While ear-injuries on people are rare, if you've ever experienced a scrape or sharp impact to the ear, it can hurt pretty badly! Floppy ears are even more sensitive, and there's a lot more of them. For pets with especially long ears, it can be very uncomfortable when they are damaged, clogged, or worse, infected. To know how your pet's ears are doing, check them closely at least once a week for bald spots, scabs, and internal cleanliness. Remember to be gentle and patient, pets are often shy about letting people 'mess with' their soft, sensitive ears.

Identify and Prevent Infections

Because floppy ears form a protected inner area, they tend to catch and hold material like dirt, ear wax, and random particles from playing outside. The worst things that can get into your pet's ear are bacteria and yeast, both of which can cause an unpleasant infection. Infections can cause redness, swelling, and an unusual odor from the ears, and your pet will experience pain and itching. If you suspect your pet has an ear infection, take them to the vet first. You will want their medical opinion on how you should treat it before you try to clean the infected ear at home. If the ear really is infected, the vet will prescribe medication and probably suggest that you clean the ear gently each time before applying it.

Cleaning Floppy Ears

Pet ears are a lot like people ears, only bigger, softer, and more exposed. It is all too easy to cause damage with careless pressure or delving too deeply into the ear structure. Here are a few suggested supplies to have nearby before you get started:

  • several clean cloths, gauze, or cotton balls
  • clean warm water
  • bottle of safe, pet approved ear-cleaning solution
  • bowl of treats to reward your pet for patience and good behavior

Do Not Use

  • Ear Swabs - this can hurt your pet and push debris deeper into the ear
  • Rubbing Alcohol - this is a drying irritant and will not help as much as you might think

Soothe your pet and hold them still as you use a damp cloth or cotton ball to wipe down the wide, furry parts of the ear and repeat as necessary until the cotton ball comes away clean. Remember to focus on the inner fold where dirt can gather. For normal maintenance, use another clean damp cotton ball to rub gentle circles around the inner part of the ear and repeat until clean. Surprising result at this stage can be a good reason to schedule a vet checkup, as it can be an early indication of an infection. If the ear is already infected, or you are facing an excessive amount of ear wax, it can be useful to fill the ear with a cleaning solution and then rub the canal with a cotton ball to swish it around and pick up the debris it looses.

Your floppy-eared animals do everything they can to be loving pets. They nuzzle your hand when they want to play, they cheer you up when you're down, and they let you play with their ears. Reward them by taking especially good care of their long, silky ears to help them prevent unnecessary ear infections. For more ways to love your pet through good grooming practices, contact us and talk to a professional San Diego groomer today!

Dog Days of Summer: 5 Simple and Summery Ways to Show Your Dog You Love Him

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoThe dog days of summer are at their peak. Use these 5 simple and summery ways to get the most out of the rest of summer for both you and your favorite furry friend!

Whip up a batch of delicious pup-sicles

A sunny day calls for a popsicle and your dog has proven many times that he agrees. Instead of having your pup sneak up and stake claim on your popsicle, whip up a batch of pup-sicles. These good-for-him treats are a guilt-free way to help your dog enjoy summer safely. And while you will have to hold the pup-sicle for him, the love you’ll get in return will be well worth it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 4 cups of water
  • Popsicle sticks and molds 

How to do it:

Add the tablespoon of molasses to your water and mix until it dissolves. Next, pour in the chopped fresh fruit, sans seeds, into the mixture.  Freeze and enjoy! (Pssst… these aren’t only good for your pooch, but they are good for you too!)

*Helpful hint: If you want to avoid the sticky mess of feeding Fido, hold the pup-sicle up using a wet washcloth for easy clean up. Alternatively, you can freeze the pops without a stick and place it in a bowl. However, this can get kind of frustrating for some dogs so use your best judgement.

Offer chilled water to your dog when you can

Ice cold water is always a treat on a hot day. When possible, chill water (no ice please) in a jug. Use this to fill your dog’s bowl. For long trips, carry bottled water in a cooler. 

Head to the shoreline

The beach, both lake and sea, are scientifically good for you and your dog too. At the beach, breathing in salt air can ease asthmatic conditions and respiratory distress. Likewise, the sand beneath your toes and the rush of the water has been shown to lower blood pressure and ease stress. As if you needed a good reason to set out for the shore!

*Helpful Hint: While your pet would LOVE to jump into the water… it isn’t always a safe bet. Always bring your leash along. Consider your longest leash to make running on the beach feel like a more freeing experience for him. If you have one, choose a harness feature. Also be sure to bring a long a Frisbee or ball to soften the blow of “No swimming.” (Yeah, I know...you're headed to Dog Beach and you're going to run free and have a blast, despite Mom's best advice to 'be careful.')  

Make a weekend-project dog bed with a summertime vibe

Pinterest is filled with tons of great ideas for summery dog beds but that doesn’t mean that you cannot dream up a bed idea of you own. From an old suitcase packed with padding to a padded pallet designed with fun, decoupaged pics of you and your pet on vacation, a summer bed is super simple to dream up.

Take him swimming

For summer fun… just add water. Your dog is hardwired to love the water – especially if he is a hunting breed. A pool is a safer bet than the ocean. If your apartment does not have a pool, consider a kiddy pool for your balcony. 

Whether you take your pup for a swim or treat him to a new bed, summer is the perfect time to bond with your pet and soak up the sunshine as a team. Speaking of soaking, if you need any help with that – you know, the dog bathing kind, give us a call because summer is also a great time to look tip-top from, well, tip-top… to tip-tail.

A Comprehensive Guide to Dog Shedding: All You Need to Know

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoWhile there isn't any question that being a dog mom or dad is one of the most rewarding experiences on earth, there is one particular matter that everyone could agree is not so pleasant: dog shedding. As the weather warms up, you'll find plenty of dog fur littered throughout your home on your furniture, clothing, and on every other personal belonging you wish hadn't been tainted by excessive amounts of fur. Although there's no way to completely stop your dog from shedding (it's healthy for them!), there are some things you can do to reduce shedding. Also, it helps to have a basic, but thorough understanding of dog shedding, what's causing it, when it's abnormal, and how to cut down on the hair. In this post, we'll walk you through a comprehensive guide to dog shedding. 

  1. The Basics of The Shedding Process: Shedding occurs when your dog loses old or damaged hair. The amount of hair your dog sheds often depends on the breed of your dog. As you probably noticed, dogs are more likely to shed extra hair during the spring seasons, however plenty of dogs shed all year long. You can't stop your dog from shedding but you can minimize the amount of hair they drop all around your home. Regularly brushing your dog's coat is the first step in keeping shedding under control. 
  2. When to Worry About Shedding: When a dog sheds constantly and excessively, especially out of their regular seasonal cycle, it could be a symptom of a bigger problem. Although general shedding is natural, it's important to know when you should take your dog to the veterinarian for their shedding. Excessive shedding could be caused by a number of conditions including pregnancy, a reaction to specific medications, food allergies, a bacterial infection, parasites such as mites, fleas, or lice, irritation from particular substances, cancer, or diseases related to the kidney, liver, or thyroid. If you notice your dog is losing large patches of hair or balding in certain places, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get to the root of the problem. Occasional, dramatic shedding at time of stress (for example in association with a vet or groomer visit) is normal. Stress-induced shedding will typically disappear and go back to normal within 24 hours.
  3. Expert Hacks on Controlling Shedding: What do you do when simply brushing your dog's coat doesn't seem to be enough in order to control or reduce shedding? You try other methods! Deshedding treatments really do work when done regularly. You can buy a FURMinator tool (or one of its knockoffs), and as long as you use it, you can reduce most dog's shedding by 60-80%. A professional groomer will utilize this type of tool along with special conditioners and force drying to remove loads of loose hair -- bags of it, sometimes. Much better than having it all floating around your house.  Also, if your fur baby's coat is not shiny and healthy, look into reducing their stress and improving their diet. Bathe and brush regularly - or have a professional groomer do it. We'll get that hair outta there!

Looking for more information on shedding and how to control it? Don't hesitate to contact us for more information!

When To Leave Dog Grooming To A Professional

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoMany times, dog grooming is a dog owner's particular choice. Certain breeds are very easy to care for when it comes to caring for their coats, nails and overall appearance. On the other hand, some breeds absolutely must have scheduled grooming sessions. Got a cute, fluffy lap dog? It probably needs regular grooming and haircuts to stay that way -- every 4-6 weeks is a typical maintenance schedule. Have a dog that 'doesn't shed' - like a wheaton terrier or poodle (or anything 'oodle')? Yep, you guessed it, those coats also need regular grooming. Even dogs such as Huskies and labs that don't need haircuts, still shed 365 days a year, and a lot of care can sometimes be needed to keep their skin in peak condition. Whether you do it yourself or utilize the services of a professional, for heaven's sake, please take care of your dog!

When grooming yourself, be sure all the products you choose to use on your dog, are labeled expressly for dog grooming. Human shampoos might smell great, but the pH is not right for your pet! Dogs have different skin chemistry than we do.

Here are a few dos and don'ts that might want to consider anytime your own pet needs to be groomed. You can use these as a guide for yourself, if you are doing the grooming. You can also use these as a guide for choosing a professional groomer by asking if they do these things. 

  • When clipping your dog's nails DO use a set of clippers that are nice and sharp and are the right size for your pet. This will ensure that the clip is neat and leaves no sharp edges that will rip or tear into the quick. DON'T clip the nails so short that it bleeds and causes pain. On dogs with white or light-colored nails, this is fairly easy to avoid, but dark nails are harder to clip, especially if you have no experience doing so.
  • When brushing your dog, DO make sure you use a brush that suits the breed, size and hair length of your dog, starting at the head and brushing your way down the body. DON'T neglect ear and teeth cleaning while you're at it. Doing everything at once ensures that you won't forget it later, and an overall clean leads to a healthy, happy pet (even if they don't care for the process while it's happening).
  • For long-haired pets, DO use a special comb or brush if necessary to get the coat nice and smooth. DON'T neglect mats in the fur, because doing so will only cause them to get larger and harder. Gently work them out and consider a trim if it turns out to be too much.

There might be times when you are simply too busy to spend the appropriate amount of time grooming your animals. This can be a problem around the holidays and in the summer especially when the kids are out of school and our social calendars are busy with outings, barbecues and other functions. Don't make your fur baby wait (and don't let those mats develop). If you find yourself too busy or don't want to deal with haircuts and nail clips on your own, then by all means take advantage of professional grooming services. They can help keep your pets groomed, happy, healthy and ready to take on the world.

At Awesome Doggies, in the San Diego area, we not only groom your pet, we pamper them! We come to you and we take care of everything from bathing, eye and ear care and brushing to facials, paw and nail care and haircuts. For more information, and for details about our First Visit Special, please contact us today. You'll be glad you did!

Licking Away the Hours: Causes of Excessive Dog Grooming

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoIt’s normal for dogs to groom themselves but it can become troublesome. But I thought only cats were susceptible to over-grooming. Sadly, that’s not always the case. If you’ve noticed your fur-baby obsessively licking a spot or two it may lead to a possible serious problem. Before you can treat his obsessive grooming, you need to know why he’s grooming himself excessively.

Skin Irritations and Infections

Fleas are always an irritant for pups. If your furry buddy is allergic to fleas, this could cause him to not only scratch but lick or chew his flea bites. Other sources for his excessive grooming can be hot spots, hives or the mange.

It may come as a surprise to learn that your pooch can contract the same bacterial, fungal and viral infections that we can. Generally, canines are affected with ringworm disease or yeast infection.

If you believe he’s suffering from one of these irritations or infections, it’s vital that you make an appointment with your veterinarian right away.  

Possible Injury

Has your four-legged friend been injured? If so, cover it with a bandage so he can’t lick the area and call your veterinarian. While it’s true that grooming the wound could trigger blood flow and encourage it to heal, saliva holds many bacteria which may lead to an infection. If you’re not sure he’s injured, his over-grooming should point it out; once it’s discovered you need to apply a bandage and get him to your vet as soon as possible.

If he tries to chew, scratch or lick the gauze, you should buy a cone protection collar. This collar will prevent him from grooming his wound. 

Allergies

If your buddy is licking because of itchy skin, he may have an allergy. Like us, he could be allergic to anything from pollen or grass to chemicals or even his food. Allergic reactions in dogs are often expressed through the skin. If you discover that your furry friend’s grooming himself after being exposed to an allergen—say, after being outside—notify your veterinarian; they will run tests to find out what the allergen is and treat it with antihistamines or steroids and ointments. If your vet can isolate the allergen, they might suggest giving your pooch allergy shots which will get rid of the problem for good.

Emotional Issues

Your pup, like people, can have emotional problems. He could be prone to excessive licking if he’s stressed out, bored or going through separation anxiety. If his grooming becomes a serious issue, your vet can identify it and prescribe medication for your fur-baby. If the problem’s left untreated, it could turn into a bad infection called a granuloma.

Pain and Lumps

Not all your dog’s excessive grooming has to do with skin problems. He could be suffering from a strained muscle or joint pain. If you see him grooming a particular area of his body, like a leg or hip, he may have pain there. Obsessive grooming provides him with a brief anesthetic feeling once the saliva evaporates. But, as you know, this isn’t a good fix for his pain; never give your beloved pooch any human pain relievers without consulting your veterinarian first.

Likewise, he’ll over-groom an area, like the back, that contains a lesion, lump or sore. These could be signs of a more serious problem, and warrant a vet check for sure.

Of course, properly grooming your pooch -just the right amount - is the ideal we all strive for.  If you’d like some help keeping your adored pet the best looking (and smelling) on your block, contact us for a grooming appointment.

The 5 Questions to Ask That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About a Dog Groomer

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If you are like most dog moms or dads, you probably aren't going to send your dog off to the groomers for the first time without having a few of your questions answered first. Asking the right questions is just as important as getting the right answers, so how do you know what to ask (and know what you want to hear) before picking the right dog groomer for your furry friend? In this post, we will take a look at the five most common dog grooming questions people ask before committing to a certain groomer. And when you ask these questions, it will help you determine whether or not you picked the right groomer for your lovable dog. mobile-dog-grooming-san-diego

  1. How Will You Soothe my Dog's Anxiety? It isn't uncommon for young puppies and older dogs alike to become anxious at the prospect of being handled by a stranger or by the sound of running water. The best professional groomers are prepared to handle situations in which dogs are easily frightened by certain things, anxious about the situation, or resistant to being handled. And how a groomer deals with these circumstances is very important. Ask the groomers what they do when a dog becomes tense during the rooming process and how they will be able to reduce the stress and anxiety your dog will experience.
  2. What Advice Can You Give me to Make Bath Time Easier? The best dog groomers are always ready and willing to provide their clients with great advice. Although you might take your dog to the groomers as often as possible, there will probably come times when you have to quickly brush your dog's long, matted hair or get them in the tub for a thorough bath after romping in the mud. Ask the groomers how you can make bath time easier and more enjoyable for your dog. The advice you receive and how you receive said advice will tell you a lot about the groomers and whether or not they truly do have you and your dog's best interest in mind. 
  3. Do You Have Experience Grooming my Dog's Breed? Different dog breeds have different kinds of coats and fur and therefore require different grooming methods. You want to be sure that the groomer has experience working with your dog's breed before so that they get the best clean, cut, and other grooming services. 
  4. Will my Dog be Crated? For dog grooming shops that serve a high volume of clients everyday often of necessity will keep your dog in a crate until it is their turn to be groomed. Mobile groomers and a handful of special service shops will handle pets one at a time, start to finish, and therefore will not need to crate your pet for storage or while drying. If you dog isn't crate-trained, being caged can be stressful. And just being crated in the vicinity of other also-anxious pets can send your baby's anxiety levels through the roof. If your pet is fragile, high-strung, elderly or otherwise exhausted by a day at the groomers, consider using a mobile grooming service, which comes to your home, completes the job in about an hour, and does not require crating.
  5. What Kind of Dryer do You Use? Groomers typically use two types of dryers: dryers that circulate air and dryers that add heat. The safer option is the circulating dryers -- the air becomes warm as it passes over the dryer motor but no additional heat is added. Dryers that add heat have been known to cause heat strokes in smaller breeds of dogs, particularly in connection with leaving a dryer turned on the pet while they are held in a crate.

Looking for more information? Don't hesitate to contact us today!

Reducing Allergens Carried by Pets

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoEveryone loves a clean dog or cat. Many people have their pets groomed for this reason alone. However, did you know that dog and cat grooming can actually help reduce issues with allergies?

Our furry friends carry a multitude of allergens around with them on a day-to-day basis. In fact, even short-haired and hypoallergenic pets can carry and shed allergens throughout our homes. Most of these allergens come in the form of dried saliva particles that are shed and carried into the air by dander, another common allergen. Additionally, pets have the potential to carry bits of dust and pollen indoors, especially if they have long hair. These things can also trigger allergic reactions. 

Obviously, if a person is severely allergic to the allergens carried by dogs or cats, they probably should not keep such pets. However, a great many individuals suffer from very mild allergic reactions which can be controlled by taking a few precautions and extra measures.

So how can you reduce the number of allergens brought into your home by pets? Below we have compiled a list of our top tips for diminishing the number of allergens on your pet, in your home, and on your person.

Frequent Baths

Giving your dog or cat regular baths with a shampoo made specifically for pets can help rid their bodies of allergens. However, it is important to choose a soap that promotes healthy skin, because dry or irritated skin could lead to excessive shedding of dander. 

If you are unsure which product to use, aren't confident in your pet-bathing skills, or just don't have time for such things, simply make an appointment with a local groomer. A professional bath will definitely do the trick, and you'll never have to come near the allergens spread throughout the bath.

Daily Brushing

Brushing daily will help release any allergens trapped beneath the fur, making your pet less likely to spread them throughout the house. This should be done outside and by a non-allergic person. If an allergic person must do the brushing, be sure they wear a mask to protect themselves.

Regular Haircuts

Dogs and cats with long hair can easily trap dander, saliva, dust, and pollen under their thick coats. This is gathered in larger quantities than it might usually be, making it especially harmful when it is released into the air. For this reason, it is important to schedule haircuts on a regular basis.

Change Food

Switching to a pet food that contains oils for skin health, as well as the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, will promote healthy skin in your pet. Healthy skin means less dander-shed and fewer allergens in the air around you.

Use an Air Purifier

A high-quality air purifier can help remove dander and dust from the air, making your home a much cleaner and healthier place to be.

Designate "Pet-Free" Zones

By designating a few "pet-free" rooms in various places around the house and keeping pets off of the furniture, you can drastically reduce a person's exposure to pet allergens. It also gives those who do suffer from allergies a place to escape should an allergy attack start.

mobile-grooming-dog-grooming-san-diegoAvoid Carpeting

Tile, wood, and linoleum can all be wiped clean, freeing them from any allergens that may be present. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of carpet. Therefore, carpeting—especially-wall to-wall carpeting—should be avoided in pet-friendly homes. 

Mop and Dust Often

If you want your home to be free of dust, pollen, and dander, it is pretty plain to see that regular cleaning is going to be required. That said, dry dusting and sweeping are definitely not the route to take in this case. These methods are likely to stir allergens up into the air. Instead, use a wet mop and a spray dusting solution. 

Wash Hands and Clothes

After playing with a pet, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. It also helps to have clothing that is dedicated to pet play. These clothes should be removed as soon as a play session ends and washed in an allergen-neutralizing detergent. 

Play Outside

When it does come time to play with your pet, take it outside. Petting, wrestling, and running with your pet all release trapped allergens into the air, something you definitely want to avoid while indoors. 

If you are suffering from allergies caused by pets, we encourage you to contact us at Awesome Doggies. We would be happy to swing by and give your pet a good cleaning and even a haircut. This will leave your pet feeling refreshed, and your sinuses will thank you for it.

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