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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.

6 Reasons Professional Cat Grooming is Worth It.

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mobile-cat-grooming-san-diegoPet owners tend to put more emphasis on grooming their dogs and less attention on keeping their domesticated feline friends just as flawlessly clean. After all, big furry dogs seem to be the ones to track in mud from the outdoors, get a bit messy on long walks, and in general be more susceptible to getting dirtier more quickly. But there are many benefits that go along with regularly having your cat groomed as well. And in this post, we will discuss the top six benefits of cat grooming

  1. Promotes a Healthier Coat: You can keep your cat's beautiful coat super silky, shiny, and in optimal health by having it groomed regularly. When a cat's hair is being brushed, the natural oil on your cat (that keeps both their skin and hair sleek and healthy) is evenly distributed over their coat. Just a few minutes of brushing can have your cat's coat looking gorgeous!
  2. May Detect Abnormalities: If you aren't regularly checking your cat's hair and skin, you could end up missing skin problems, ear infections, lumps or other abnormalities. Not only is regular grooming beneficial for cosmetic purposes, it's also important for health reasons. An extra pair of eyes (and hands) on your pet is helpful for detecting minor health problems you may not notice during regular day to day interactions.
  3. Keeps Nasty Parasites Away: One of the downsides to owning a pet is their susceptibility to attracting parasites. Fortunately, when you are able to have your cat groomed routinely, you can check for fleas, termites, or any other nasty bugs that might have made their way onto your beloved feline friend. The more regularly you groom your cat, the sooner you will be able to catch any parasite problems. If you have a hectic schedule and can't fit in routine grooming yourself, having a grooming professional keep an eye out it is a wise investment.
  4. Provides Bonding Time: In addition to professional grooming, it's advantageous to set aside time to do some light grooming on your cat yourself. Just a few minutes of brushing and stroking helps build the bond with your cat and once a professional has done all the heavy lifting of clipping, deshedding, nail trimming and mat removal, your time can be more focused on the pleasantries. Not only can a deeper bond be promoted, but routine handling will help desensitize your cat to the activities that happen during grooming, keeping them calmer when being handled at other times.
  5. Prevents Matting: When you have your cat groomed regularly it helps prevent matting from occurring. It goes without saying that matted cat hair doesn't look great, but more importantly, it's not good for your cat. Mats pull and restrict air circulation to the skin. With regular grooming, mats can be avoided, or at least removed promptly before they turn into full on dreadlocks that create actual health issues.
  6. All The "Fixins": Grooming is so much more than just taking a brush over your cat's coat. When your cat sees a professional groomer, they will give your cat the full spa treatment. It is important to keep cat's claws trimmed and their hair and skin bathed in addition to deshedding and clipping if needed. All of this makes for a happier cat and a better relationship between the two of you.

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