San Diego Mobile Pet Grooming Blog
Some dogs seem to grow more fur than they know what to do with. Long-haired dogs, fluffy dogs, and even short-haired cold weather dogs all can seem remarkably uncomfortable if left to manage their coats the 'natural' way. This is one of the reasons we invest in professional grooming in the first place. Groomers can not only unmat long and tangled fur, they can also give strategic haircuts to trim away fur where they simply have too much. Many dogs get a full-body trim at least once a year and it's best to keep excess fur around the paws and tail, in particular, trimmed short all year long. However, many pet owners wonder if they should continue regular trimming in the slightly cooler winter months.
Warm Fur vs Warm Climate
The primary reasoning for this argument is that dogs grow their winter coats naturally and that all the extra fur is there to keep them warm but here in California, it never really gets cold enough to bundle up all that much. Essentially, if you don't need a heavy winter coat, neither does your dog. If your concern is one of style and you simply like for your puppy to look fluffy and warm in the winter, your final decision should be based on breed. Warm-weather dogs like Pomeranians and Spaniels can be left with their light-weight coats. However, popular cold-weather dogs like Huskies and Chows will be much more comfortable with their heavy winter coats regularly trimmed for the fairly warm Californian winters.
Excess Fur Still Gets in the Way
If your dog tends to excess fur, it's important that you do not stop trimming in at least a few strategic places. Between the toes, under the tail, and getting huge furry tufts out of their ears, for instance, all need to continue for your pet's convenience and happiness whether or not you get the full body trim like normal. That said, you trim your dog for a reason, and not just to keep them cool in the summer or to match the seasonal style. All that extra fur tends to get in the way of play time and without a trim your dog may be more susceptible to unpleasant and possibly painful tangles and mats.
California isn't Alaska
Finally, there are definitely some circumstances where you would think twice about removing an extra insulating layer of fur from your dog but California isn't one of them. Without the risk of ice or snow, you can forget about any concern for 'winterizing' your pets. There is no need for booties, dog sweaters, or even much worry about dry skin. If you lived in Alaska, or even Idaho, wintertime trimming would be more of a concern. However, here in the golden state, you should be perfectly safe to get your dog their normal full-coat convenience trim right along with their normal grooming schedule all year long.
Talk To Your Groomer
If you're really concerned about whether or not you should get a full trim for your pooch in the winter months, have a conversation with your groomer. They can help you understand which breeds can comfortably go without trimming in the winter and help you build the perfect trimming schedule for your dog. If you just want to change seasonal fur style, a longer trim still gets all excess fur out of the way and can be used to reduce a fluffy winter coat for both comfort and winter fur fashion.
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up close with your favorite pets. When your dog is clean and properly trimmed for their breed, they will be just as happy and comfortable as you are in your favorite winter clothes. For more helpful tips and advice on how and when to groom your furry friends, contact us today.
Winter is in full swing now, and while that doesn't mean freezing temperatures for the folks here in sunny San Diego, it does mean slightly cooler temperatures. Because of this, there is a good chance you will want to change a few things about your doggy care routine in order to keep your furry friend comfortable through the cooler months.
Wondering what you might change to keep your pooch nice and comfy? Here are a few wintertime tips for dog owners in the San Diego area.
Time Walks Right — If you have a smaller pup or a dog with a thin coat, you may find that even here in this warm part of the country, the colder early morning and/or late evening temperatures are uncomfortable for them. Pay attention to your little friend, and if they seem too cold during your usual walk time, change things up and go for a walk later in the morning, or in the afternoon when the sun is bright and warm.
Pay Attention to Weather — Fortunately for your furry friend, the fact that you live in Southern California means outside time can continue throughout the winter months. That said, the temperatures will still drop fairly low on occasion, especially at night. Therefore, you will want to take extra care to watch the weather and bring your dog inside if the weather is expected to become extra cold and you won't be around to let them back in.
Give Your Dog a Bed — Chillier outside temperatures mean cooler floors. If your dog sleeps on the floor, this can be uncomfortable for them. Help keep your pup comfy and warm at night by giving them a dog bed or a snuggly blanket to sleep on. Your little friend is sure to appreciate the gesture, and you will both sleep more soundly at night.
Avoid Space Heaters — Because we rarely get uncomfortably low temperatures here, many San Diego residents use small space heaters when needed in place of central heat. While this is economical, it is dangerous for doggies who may cuddle up to the heater without realizing the dangers this poses. Because nobody wants to see their pet burned, it is best to stick to the central heat if at all possible.
Stay Hydrated — Many pet owners worry less about their dog's hydration during the cooler months. While this seems logical, it isn't the best practice. Dogs need plenty of water even when the weather is cooler, and this is even more true for the dogs of Southern California who are likely to be active and outdoors throughout the winter. Because of this, it is important that you continue to offer your pup plenty of water even as we experience our coldest days of the year.Never Leave Your Dog in the Car — Despite the fact that the weather is now much cooler, it is still never a good idea to leave your pet in the car unattended. The sun will still heat your car more quickly than you might think, and if the car is left running, carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat.
Be Sure to Groom — Last but not least, you simply must be sure to keep your doggie well-groomed during the winter months. Cooler weather can lead to dry skin, and a well-groomed coat will help keep your furry friend well-insulated for the sometimes-chilly outdoor play. Besides, who doesn't want a silky soft, great-smelling dog to snuggle with while they enjoy hot tea on a chilly evening?
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There's no one in the world who enjoys wintertime more than a happy dog. The simple change in seasonal scents and the way everyone gets friendlier around this time of year is simply fantastic for our favorite furry friends. However, winter time isn't always playtime and visiting relatives. There's also the long evenings cuddled up with your pooch with a cup of hot cocoa watching movies, wearing slippers, and cooking experimental desserts. If you love to relax in the winter, so does your furry friend. Why not pamper your pup this winter with a few cozy bonding techniques the two of you can enjoy together?
Homemade Dog Treats
One thing that winter tends to bring out is an urge to cook and bake. Before or after the holidays, the plates of cookies, steaming pies, and delicious roasts just seem to keep coming. If you love to get into a major cooking kick in the winter, consider making your dog a few platters of winter doggy treats as well. From blueberry biscuits to peanut butter treats, your furry companion can share your wintertime joy in cooking delicious homemade goodies.
Moisturizing Spa Treatment
Even if your puppy is an inside/outside dog, during the winter they're likely to want to spend a lot more time inside your heater-warmed home. However, when a heater runs it dries out the warm air which can start to cause dry skin and itching problems in both humans and their pets. Just like you need to up the moisturizer routine during the winter, your dog needs something similar. Gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is a great place to start and you can even use some special doggy lotion with a selection of delightfully healthy ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E oil to keep their skin as soft and healthy as it is in the summer.
Share Warm Meals
There's nothing like a warm cup of tea or a steaming hot meal shared during the winter months to warm your heart and your insides and your dog enjoys eating warm food as well. If you feed your dog 'wet' food, you can easily warm it up on the stove or in the microwave, just be sure to sir and heat carefully so as not to burn your dog's tounge. Even dry food can be served warm by adding warm water which will create a hot 'gravy' which will warm the morsels and your dog as they eat it. This is a great way to share the joys of hot meals in the winter, even if it's not that cold outside.
Brushed to Perfection
Finally, don't forget to keep brushing your dog every day. In fact, the winter is one of the most important times to brush your dog as they deal with the hassle of a winter fur coat. Here in California, dogs tend to grow a lot more winter fur than they need. To help them with this challenge, brush them thoroughly several times a week to pull out excess loose fur, sort out tangles, and detect any hidden skin issues. Plus, it's still a wonderful way to bond and spend time with your pet each day.
Winters here in California aren't harsh or nearly as icy as other places (or really at all) but you can still enjoy the cooler months with your dog happily at your side. Share your winter treat creation with your furry friends, keep their skin moisturized, and never stop your brushing routine. For more cold weather ways to bond with your dog or to schedule a winter grooming session, contact us today!
For some families, every single family member gets a stocking stuffed to the brim with treats and toys and we see no reason why your furriest family member should be left out of the fun. In case your pet didn't get what they wanted for Christmas, here are some ideas for treating them.
1) Rawhide Candy Canes
Almost everyone, child or adult, loves the abundance of candy canes over the holiday season. You can almost always get a few from teachers at school and from various sources at work where people have simply left them in piles or arranged neatly in clean coffee mugs for anyone to take one. While dogs can eat peppermint, they don't tend to go for nearly pure sugar candy but they do need to keep those choppers clean and busy! Instead of candy, stuff your dog's stocking with red and white twisted rawhide candy canes instead!
2) A Shiny New 2-Mode Brush
If you brush our dog as often as you should (once a day to once a week), your old dog brush is probably looking pretty worn and a lot of owners don't even have the wire brush which helps clear out loose shed but not yet dropped fur. This year, get your dog something nice with a shiny new double-brush with the wire tines on one side and the soft bristles on the other.
3) Doggy Massage Glove
Let's face it, dogs generally want to be pet for several more hours each day than anyone has the time or stamina for and the thing they really love is steady scritches. If you enjoy sitting with your dog and casually petting them for hours, no doubt the two of you have had many fun times together but eventually your fingers get tired of the scritching. With a soft but ridgy massage glove, you can keep on scritching to the delight of your furry friend for much longer and give your scritching fingers a rest.
4) Jingly Holiday Tennis Balls
While our primary focus is on keeping your dog well-groomed, who can resist a pair of holiday-decorated tennis balls with sleigh bells inside? Not your dog, that's for sure. Never have to work for your dog's attention when playing outside again. Simply shake one of these bouncy holiday treats and let the game of Fetch begin!
5) Sharp New Nail Clippers
Nail clipping isn't any dog's idea of a favorite pastime but some clippings can be a lot better than others. Like all nail-care items, doggy nail clippers eventually get dull, making the task unnecessarily difficult. With sharp new nail clippers, you should be able to take care of this task far more quickly and easily.
6) A Zippy Mini Drone
Dogs love to chase things, especially strange little things that can land on their noses. If you secretly wanted a mini-drone and need an excuse, get one for your dog! While you play the pilot, your pooch can happily chase this inexpensive little quad-copter around the house and yard.
7) Himalayan Cheese Dental Chews
There are a lot of different kinds of dental chews and by far one of the most natural are made of hard traditional Himalayan cheese, which was originally a travel snack of the mountain-dwelling people. Delicious, porous, and rock-hard, your dog will spend happy hours of cheesy flavored fun cleaning their teeth.
8) Peppermint Dog-Breath Treats
The one downside of cheesy dental chews? No minty doggy breath afterward but that's no problem! If you like dog kisses but don't like the actual smell of your dog's mouth, they can get their share of peppermint treats this year right along with you and the kids. Peppermint-flavored dog treats can be a fun way to play 'catch' this holiday season and improve your dog's breath.
9) Sturdy Stuffed Toy
Dogs go through toys, some faster than others but eventually what was once a stuffed duck becomes a nearly inside-out pile of stuffing. The holidays are a perfect time to gift your dog with a new stuffed toy, destined to become a long-time favorite and then doomed to eventual stuffing destruction. But for now your doggy is incredibly cute with their new reindeer friend.
10) A Doggy Spa Appointment
Finally, don't forget that dogs still need baths in the winter and that bath can be as relaxing and fun as a day at the spa. With mobile grooming service all through the San Diego area, you don't have to take your dog for a holiday bath, we'll come to you! Whether you get them a bath before family comes to visit or after the excitement is up to you. For more great ways to pamper your pooch or to schedule a mobile grooming appointment, contact us today!