San Diego Mobile Pet Grooming Blog
1. Test Gentle Shampoo Cocktails at Home
There are a lot of dog washing products out there, with a variety of ingredients claiming wonderful results, so if you want to research the individual effects on your pet, consider making up custom shampoo recipes with simple ingredients at home. Start with a gentle hypoallergenic dog shampoo to ensure nothing in the ingredients can cause further irritation. Then, if you are fighting fleas, mix the shampoo one to one with white or apple cider vinegar and dilute with water as needed. For dry skin or rash, you can add glycerine, or aloe vera, and/or oatmeal for moisturizing and soothing. Dogster.com also recommends a 'dry shampoo' mix of baking soda, cornstarch, and a little essential oil to reduce the frequency of baths and allow your dog's natural skin chemistry to restore. Test the basic shampoo, and then one at a time how your dog responds to each of the added ingredients, and you'll be on track to finding what works best to keep your pup comfortable.
2. Yogurt Snacks
Yogurt is full of helpful bacteria that are symbiotic with mammals, because they eat a lot of bad, itchy fungi like yeast. The same powers that help you fight infections will protect and soothe your dog as well. Yogurt boosts the immune system of animals that eat it, killing yeast while helping them fight off infections at the same time. Plus it's packed full of protein, which means dogs love to snack on it with you. Just make sure to feed them 'plain', because all that sugar in the fruity stuff is not great for your furry friends.
3. Periodic Grooming
For many dogs, a complete brushing, trimming, and professional washing can help a lot with dry, itchy, and sensitive skin. Especially if you have not had the time to do regular at-home baths, expert groomers may be able to help your pet feel more comfortable with their skin condition and continue on the path to recovery. When making your appointment, make sure to tell the groomer your pet needs special attention and care so that they can select the right products and methods to use.
4. Chamomile and Herbal Tea Spray
If your dog's skin is overheated and raw, it can help to cool it down with some safe herbal spray. The kind of tea (or combination) you use can depend on your purpose. Black tea, when used topically, can kill bacteria, while chamomile is gentle and very soothing. Steep the tea thoroughly and chill it in the fridge for a few hours. Then pour it into a clean, empty spray bottle and set the nozzle to 'mist'. The chilled spray on overheated, affected areas can help to cool the itchy skin and help your pet to relax. Tea bags also work in a paw-soak or bath to cover more area.
With these methods in hand, you have a few simple but effective remedies to help your furry friend the next time you see an itchy red spot or detect an overabundance of scratching. Of course, if the skin appears infected, seeps, or bleeds, take your dog to the vet and ask their advice about integrating at-home treatments along with whatever they prescribe. Your dog doesn't like having sensitive skin any more than you do, but with attentive care, they should be back to happily rolling in yard stuff in no time. For more helpful tips on dog grooming and care, contact us today.
You’re driving down a highway between some place and the place. A family in another car drives by, staring at your car and ... laughing? Another carload of people goes by, laughing and pointing. Bewildered, you look to the car behind you. You see nothing amusing. Then yet another car whizzes by full of laughing, waving occupants. But, they are not waving at you. You peek in your side view mirror and you too begin to laugh. There she is, your 3 year-old spaniel, ears riding the wind like a seagull on an updraft, lips flapping, entire set of teeth exposed in the silliest smile you have ever seen. Any fatigue you may have been experiencing from the last hour of driving immediately lifts. Shaking your head, you speak to that dog in the mirror and tell her how silly she is. Undaunted, her eyelids continue to flutter. You nod at the passenger in the next car who is taking a phone video of your smiling pup. As you speed up to pass a truck ahead, the smiling passenger gives you a thumbs up. You wish you could safely get a shot of it yourself.
Why do we crave hitting the road for a few days? Is it our Nomadic origins? What is it about a road trip that stimulates our sense of adventure? Why is it that dogs and road trips just go together? Do we go for the journey or the destination?
It's About Both Journey And Destination But Really, It's About Being With Our Dogs
If you are longing to have the road trip experience, but don't really have time for a long drive, there are plenty of scenic routes right here in San Diego county, and it's easy to put together a pup-friendly staycation in or near our home territory. Not only can you enjoy the views of our coast, desert or mountains, whether accompanied by a smiling spaniel or a mellow Great Dane, your experience will be limited only by imagination. You might even have trouble making a choice, so, consider just going with the flow, in true road trip fashion. San Diego’s weather makes it a great place to get away any time of the year. Some options for your consideration...
A Place To Stay:
If you, as many dog lovers do, have more than one canine family member, Blue Heron Cottages allows multiple dogs and, with its vicinity to local attractions, makes the perfect place to set up base camp. They provide a nice sized, fenced courtyard with grass for pre-excursion games of fetch, as well as ample poop bags. Also available for your use is a nice choice of boards and bikes. Grab your coffee, your pup and your water toys and pedal down to nearby Dog Beach.
A Place to Play:
Less than half a mile from Blue Heron Cottages, Ocean Beach's Dog Beach offers something for every dog and their human companions. Water lovers will get hours of fun playing with their water toys, boarding with their humans, or splashing in the surf. If a relaxing walk on the sand is more your pup’s style, Dog Beach is a beautiful place for a morning or sunset walk or run. Or, if it's a paws-up, nap kind of day, it's a lovely spot to plant your beach blanket for a while.
A Place to Chill:
Famous for their milk stout, Belching Beaver Breweries welcome humans and their dogs. Tucked in one of their dog-friendly tasting rooms, choose from a long list of house brews available year-round and a menu of delicious things to nosh on.
A Place to Give:
Hornblower Cruises & Events opens its champagne brunch up to people and their fur-kids on October 22, 2017. The 9th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise to raise awareness about animals in need, is sponsored by Petco, and will launch from Hornblower Cruises & Events, 1800 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Reserve a spot and bring your pup(s). A portion of your reservation fee will help the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
All Good Things .....
San Diego has so much year-round fun to offer dogs and their people, you'll be coming back for more.
OK, 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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- 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.
- 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.
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