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Dog Bathing is Essential When Your Pooch Tangles with a Skunk

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Most dogs are curious about skunks at one time or other in their life; perhaps he sees the skunk as a potential friend. However, usually the skunk isn’t curious about the dog and just wants to be left alone! Yet, walking away doesn’t always work and a skunk might have to make his point more loudly to a persistent dog—and bam! It’s now dog bathing time. But is there anything that will get rid of that atrocious smell on your dog? Yes, but it’s not tomato juice; that’s a myth. Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover works; but Skunk Off works the best. Yet you need to bathe your pooch as soon as possible so if you don’t have either of these items in your home—and the nearest Petco or Petsmart is 15 minutes away—you’d have to come up with something else.

Before proceeding, make sure you keep your dog outdoors so the ghastly smell won’t permeate your home. Put on old clothes and rubber gloves and check your pup thoroughly to make sure he hasn’t been scratched or bitten---inspect his eyes for discharge or redness too. If he’s been hurt, call your veterinarian immediately.

If he’s not injured, you can use household items as a temporary fix which are listed below. If you’d rather not handle it yourself, give us a call—we will de-skunk your fur-baby for you!

Required Items for Removing Skunk Smell

  • 1 32 fl. oz. of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1-2 tsp. of liquid soap like Softsoap or Ivory Liquid Cleanser
  • ¼ c. of baking soda—not baking powder
  • Plastic, clean utensils for stirring
  • Rubber or latex gloves and old clothes
  • Old bath towels and lots of dry paper towels
  • Mineral oil or eye ointment for your canine’s eyes
  • A plastic, clean pail without a lid

There are some cautions to be aware of:

  • Never swap comparable products for true baking soda and never buy higher concentrated hydrogen peroxide. This will change the chemical reaction and your canine and you could be seriously hurt. Furthermore, always use fresh hydrogen peroxide because over time it’ll be less concentrated; if your hydrogen peroxide is past the expiration date or you don’t know how old it is, buy new bottles to be on the safe side.
  • Typically, skunks will spray a dog in the face. This means skunk oil gets into his nose, eyes, mucus membranes and mouth. Those sensitive areas are hard to wash as it is and you should not use the above peroxide mixture on your pup’s face. Skunk Off should be used in its place to carefully wash these tender areas.
  • Don’t ever make the solution ahead of time and under no circumstances should you put it in a spray bottle or sealed container. Why? The contents will build up pressure and cause an explosion; thus, severely injuring your furry buddy and you. Also, you need to use this solution immediately after making it.

 

Again, if you'd rather not deal with a stinky pooch, please call us and we'll do it for you.

Bathing

It’s going to be more difficult to get rid of the horrible odor the longer you wait to bathe him—so do it as soon as you can. You can bathe him in the bathroom, laundry room or basement—anywhere that there’s a window to open; but we can’t stress enough that we strongly recommend washing him outside so as not to stink up your house or transfer the skunk oils to your carpets or furniture! Before you begin, put in his eyes 1 or 2 drops of mineral oil or a little strip of gel lubricant like Puralube. This lubricant will give his eyes protection against any dripping or splashing solution.

  1. Before you wash your pooch, pat his sprayed areas with several dry paper towels. This will soak up any extra skunk oil on his fur.
  2. Grab your pail and carefully pour in 32 fl. oz. of Hydrogen Peroxide, 1-2 tsp. of liquid soap and ¼ cup of baking soda. If you have a large dog, like a St. Bernard or Great Dane, you’ll need to double the ingredients. Blend the ingredients thoroughly. As a chemical reaction occurs, the mixture will fizz. Again, do not store this solution—use it promptly.
  3. Using a washcloth or sponge, rub the cleanser deeply into your furry friend’s dry coat starting at his neck and working toward his tail. Remember to keep this solution out of his face; the Skunk Off works better for neutralizing the nasty skunk oil on his face. There’s no need to wet down his fur beforehand as the mixture works better on a dry coat. 
  4. The mixture should sit in his coat for 5-10 minutes. If a strong smell remains, you may need to leave it on longer.
  5. Using warm water, thoroughly rinse the solution from his coat. When you’re rinsing his head, gently tilt it back so he’s looking at the sky; this will make the water and solution run down his neck rather than dribble into his eyes and mouth. But don’t get any water and solution into his ears! If he still stinks—even just a little—you’ll want to perform steps 1-4.
  6. Once your fur-baby smells good, rinse him one more time (step 5) to make sure you got all of the mixture out of his fur; then use that old bath towel to dry him off completely. Don’t forget to reward him with a treat for good behavior during the bath!

If your dog gets skunk stench on your clothes or carpets, this mixture can be applied. Just keep in mind it could bleach some fabrics.  Due to this slight bleaching, you might discover that your pup’s fur gets a bit lighter—not to worry, your chocolate lab won’t turn into a blond and his fur will go back to normal after a while.

If a skunk likes the smell of your property, there’s a good chance he and your canine will meet again. So try to keep the allure factor of your property for skunks to a minimum. That means never leaving any food outside; this includes fruit that’s fallen from your tress and bird seed. Keep your garbage tightly secured and throw some mothballs in the can if a skunk—or any animal—continues to get into it. You could also scatter some ammonia-soaked rags or mothballs around the perimeter of your land to keep skunks away. Likewise, if you let your pooch run unleashed in the woods at dusk or dawn, you should always accompany him; even if he’s just in your backyard he should always be within eyesight.

Maybe your furry pal will learn his lesson the first time and maybe he won’t; we’ll be happy to take care of the de-skunking process for you, so please contact us for an appointment. We’ll take good care of your dog.

Mobile Pet Grooming: The Benefits for Your Sensitive Pet

Posted by Awesome Doggies

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoAll pets require grooming, but for some pets it's a comfortable experience, and for others it is scary and difficult. Each pet has different needs, and working within his or her comfort zone is an important part of the grooming process. Patience, time and a dedicated groomer make all the difference for your sensitive pet, and a mobile grooming salon means your pet doesn't even need to leave your neighborhood to enjoy professional grooming services.

Fear of Vehicle Travel

Pets who are fearful of car travel often shake, drool or fuss while they are in the car, and taking them anywhere becomes a stressful hassle for pet owners. When your pet is afraid of travel, let us come to you! Our comfortable, state-of-the-art mobile grooming salon parks right in front of your home for your pet’s comfort; there is no need for you or your pet to endure the difficulties of a stressful trip.

Uncomfortable with Handling?

Some pets are very uncomfortable with handling by anyone other than their own families, which makes veterinary visits and grooming appointments difficult. Our gentle, patient handling pairs comfortable grooming with praise and treats to condition your pet to enjoy spending time with us. By grooming calmly and slowly in our quiet, comfortable mobile grooming salon, your pet learns to relax and enjoy his or her time with us.

Sensitive Feet or Ears

Many pets have sensitivities when it comes to their ears or feet, and this makes the grooming process difficult for them. A calm environment, a skilled groomer and a patient approach helps these sensitive pets. When we repeatedly provide a pain and stress-free experience for your pet's grooming session, we see a process of relaxation and trust that makes grooming a more comfortable experience.

Confinement Worries

Many grooming salons have multiple pets in their shops and included cages to hold pets while they wait for their grooming session. This is an uncomfortable, stressful situation for a pet frightened by confinement, especially in a strange place. Our mobile salon comes to you, and your pet will receive our groomer's full attention with no need for cage time or confinement. Our comfortable, portable salon also has large windows so your pet looks out and remembers that this is a familiar neighborhood environment.

Close Quarters with Other Pets

Your pet won't share space with other pets when in our mobile grooming salon. This is especially scary for cats, who are often not comfortable with the barking and assertive behavior of dogs. Many dogs are uncomfortable with other dogs, and they might bark or act aggressively when in their presence. When your pet enjoys the grooming services of Awesome Doggies, getting along with other pets is not a requirement.mobile-dog-grooming-san-diego

Gaining Comfort With the Same Groomer

For pets who are shy around people, the benefit of enjoying the same groomer for each mobile appointment means your pet makes friends with us. We love to spend time with pets who need a little extra care or some gentle petting or playtime before grooming. Our goal is to make your special pet feel comfortable with us, our mobile salon and the grooming process, and we'll do what it takes to ensure that we gain your pet's trust.

Senior or Disabled Dogs

We have a special place in our hearts for older pets or those who suffer from health issues. Our mobile grooming salon has a sturdy ramp so your pet will comfortably walk into our mobile space for his or her grooming session. We take great care with pets with special needs; let us know your concerns and your pet's unique requirements, and we will ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.

Contact Us for Mobile Grooming

To schedule a mobile grooming appointment for your sensitive pet in the San Diego area, please contact us today. We are eager to make friends with your pet and help him or her have a wonderful spa experience.

Shedding Light on Common Dog Grooming Myths

Posted by Awesome Doggies

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoAnyone who owns a dog knows that it's important to keep them well-groomed. However, different people have different ideas about what 'well-groomed' actually means. One dog owner may tell you that it's imperative to bathe your dog every week, while another may say that a couple of times a year is plenty! To help sort through some of the confusion surrounding pet care, here are some common dog grooming myths debunked:

1. Bathing Weekly Will Destroy Your Dog's Skin

It's a myth that bathing your dog weekly will damage his skin and fur. While it's true that you shouldn't over-bathe your pooch (too much washing with harsh detergents can cause dry skin and a dull coat), a weekly bath is no problem when using quality grooming products, properly formulated for use on pets (they different skin pH than we do). There was a time when bathing your dog every week could cause a lot of damage to your dog, back in the days when, say lye soap, or even dish soap, were the cleansers of choice. Those are definitely to be avoided.
Today dog grooming has improved by leaps and bounds, especially when it comes to shampoo and other grooming products. Today's dog shampoos are gentle enough to be used weekly without causing harm to your dog's coat. How often your dog actually needs to be bathed depends on how dirty they get, and how clean you want to keep them. (Simple, right?) Some dogs can be bathed weekly, while others can go a few weeks at a time without needing it. Most commonly it seems that bathing at about a 4 week interval works for a lot of families. It all depends on your dog, their fur type, how active they are, and how much time, effort, and money you want to invest in keeping your dog looking and smelling great. Talk with your groomer to decide how often is best when it comes to bathing your dog.

2. Some Dogs Don't Need Grooming

It's obvious that some dogs (Afghan Hounds, Collies, Spaniels) need more grooming than other types. If they've got a lot of hair, expect that they need a lot of attention. Some people claim that Labradoodles and Goldendoodles don't need to be groomed because they don't shed. Actually these dogs do shed - though not as much as many other breeds - and they absolutely do need to be groomed. You can pretty much count on any dog with an 'oodle' in the name having a relatively high maintenance coat, and being in need of regular grooming. Because these dogs are hybrids, there are a lot of variations when it comes to their coats. Some have more lab-like coats and shed often. Others, those with more poodle-like wooly coats, need to be brushed frequently to prevent their coats from matting, and take a lot of work. Keeping them clipped short can reduce the amount of maintenance needed, but these dogs definitely need to be on a regular grooming schedule.

While there are plenty of dogs who don't require as much grooming as others, every dog needs at least a little grooming help to feel and look their best. Though you don't need to worry about matted fur with short-haired dogs, dogs with short hair actually tend to shed more than long-haired varieties. Regular bathing and grooming will keep shedding to a minimum. Even hairless dogs like the Chinese Crested will benefit from grooming services. Baths will keep their skin healthy, and as with all dogs, nail care is important too. Bottom line is, you'll need to figure out how much and how often your dog needs grooming. Consulting with a professional groomer will help you avoid unhappy surprises like having to completely shave off a matted coat.

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diego3. Dogs With Long Coats Should Be Shaved in Summertime

People who have dogs with long or thick coats tend to assume that shaving will help keep their dogs cool in the summertime. Actually, this is a myth. Dogs with long coats have two layers of fur; long guard hairs make up the top layer, along with a shorter undercoat. The undercoat acts as an insulator, protecting your long-haired dog from extreme temperatures. This layer of fur traps in warm air in the winter, keeping dogs like Huskies and Saint Bernards safe in the cold; but the undercoat also does the opposite in warmer weather. The top coat blocks too much heat from entering, and the undercoat holds cooler air close to the skin, keeping dogs cool and protected. Shaving removes this protection and can also expose your dog to sunburn. If you're really worried about your dog's ability to handle the heat, try shaving just their tummy. This allows them to keep the heat-reflecting properties of most of their coat, but also allows them to stretch out on a tile floor or grass and feel the coolness on their tummy.  

Grooming is important for your dog, but most dogs aren't fond of traditional grooming salons where they get stashed in a cage all day, surrounded by strangers. It's a high energy (and often high anxiety) experience, and one that exhausts a lot of dogs. That's why we're proud to be one of the first mobile grooming services in San Diego - home visits are not only more convenient for you, but less stressful for your pooch as well. If you'd like to learn more about our mobile grooming service, contact us today!

Improve Your Cat's Health With Grooming

Posted by Awesome Doggies

mobile-cat-grooming-san-diegoNot everyone who owns a cat considers cat grooming to be an important aspect of cat-care. While nearly every dog owner will tell you that keeping your dog well groomed is a big deal, cats are generally thought of to be self-cleaning. This is somewhat accurate, but it isn't entirely true. While cats are exceptionally good at keeping themselves neat and clean, there are some cases in which grooming is important, and there are also times when grooming can make a big difference in the quality of your cat's health.

The first thing to consider when it comes to cat grooming is your cat's fur type. Cats with short hair generally require very little grooming - some quick brushing and petting is usually enough to rid them of excess shedding fur. If you have a long haired cat, however, brushing can be extremely important. Cats like Persians, Angoras, Himalayans, and Maine Coons have long and silky fur that becomes easily tangled. If left neglected, these types of coats can develop thick and painful mats of hair that tug against the skin and cause bald patches or sores. If a cat's fur becomes severely matted in this way, sometimes the only option is to remove it by shaving it all off. However, you can save your cat's beautiful fur from this fate with simple, daily brushing.

Long haired cats may need to be brushed more often, but your cat will benefit from brushing regardless of the length of her coat. If your cat is prone to hairballs, especially, try brushing more regularly. Brushing even a little every day can drastically cut down on hairballs, Which will be a relief both for you and your cat.

Whether long haired or short haired, cats do tend to do a pretty good job of grooming themselves; even if they can use extra help sometimes, the average cat can get along fine with very little assistance  from you. However, there are always exceptions, and one exception to this rule is when you have a sick cat.

If your cat is grooming excessively - grooming to the point that she develops sores on the skin or bald spots - it is probably a sign that she is sick or over-stressed. On the flip side, another warning sign that your cat is feeling under the weather is that they will suddenly not groom themselves as regularly, or they may stop grooming altogether. If you notice that your cat is lethargic and doesn't show any interest in taking care of their fur, take them to the vet and get them on whatever treatment plan they need to start feeling better. Kitties like to be clean, and when they aren't, it's a sign of trouble.
Elderly cats may become stiff in the joints, and have difficulty reaching all the places that used to be cared for quite easily. A sick cat may not have the energy to groom herself, as cats who are ill may spend almost all of their time sleeping. If your cat is sick or recovering from an illness, it's important to help them keep up with their grooming - either do it yourself or hire a professional groomer. Not only will you be making your cat look better (and protecting your couch from an onslaught of shed cat hair!), but you'll actually be helping your cat feel better, and likely recover faster.

mobile-cat-grooming-san-diegoCats are clean creatures by nature, and they can become incredibly stressed when their coats are matted or when they aren't able to groom themselves. Stress in animals - just like in people - is a detriment to good health. By keeping your cat well groomed throughout their life, and even (especially!) when they aren't feeling well, you can lower stress and help speed recovery.

If you have any questions about your cat's health and grooming, don't hesitate to contact us today.

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