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Grooming Tips for Your Adorable Cairn Terrier

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We all remember that tiny dog on “The Wizard of Oz” named Toto. But did you know that dog is what made Cairn Terriers popular? No doubt your pint-sized Cairn has a huge personality like Toto. You’ll be pleased to learn that, as busy as your life is, your newly adopted terrier pup is a low-maintenance dog when it comes to grooming—which will make both of you happy. You may find recommendations to 'hand-strip' your Cairn Terrier's coat, but unless your pup is competing in dog shows, there is no need for that. Just keep your life (and his) simpler with these easy tips:

Coat Care

If you have just added a Cairn puppy to your household, now is the perfect time to begin a brushing routine—he may end up loving it or at the very least tolerating it and stay still.

You’ll discover his fur will grow fast. Using a pin or slicker brush, you should brush him twice a week to remove loose, dead tufts of hair. If you don’t these tufts will tangle and become unmanageable mats. As his fur grows, the hair around his forehead will begin to look a bit ragged. You want to be able to see those beautiful eyes so when the hair begins to grow over them it’ll need a trim. As you carefully trim, examine his eyes for an infection or gunk. His tail hair should be clipped so that it forms a cone shape. Since Cairns are prone to skin diseases that begin on the tail you should survey the tail skin as you clip.

The fur between his paw pads are another area that’s essential to trim. Clipping this hair isn’t only for looks but will keep him comfortable.

Bath Time

As he dashes about your backyard, your pup will most likely love scaring the wits out of squirrels and chipmunks; but his double-coat is waterproof and his great protector. So giving him a bath to keep him smelling good and clean would be a mistake. Why? Frequent baths will soften his naturally rough coat and remove the oils from it. A bath should only be given if you can’t brush something out of his coat—or if he tangles with a skunk and gets sprayed. That would be cause for a bath for sure!

Just keep in mind that you must select a dog shampoo only; your veterinarian can suggest some good brands.

Extra Care

Besides caring for the coat, there are other areas that need to be groomed:

  • Teeth – Good dental health is important to your fur-baby because, like humans, he’s susceptible to gum diseases, plaque and tartar build-up. But if you give him nylon and hard rubber toys to gnaw on that can help keep his teeth clean. Most dog owners don’t want to attempt to brush their dog’s teeth, but if you’re brave enough then have your veterinarian show you how to do it and how often. Otherwise, your veterinarian will do it for you.
  • Eyes – As you carefully clip your Cairn’s hair around his eyes, examine them for any signs of infection or any gunk. If one or both eyes don’t look right to you, it’s best to call your veterinarian.
  • Nails – Your Cairn will be spending most of his time inside so rough surfaces won’t wear out his nails like other dogs; but that doesn’t mean your buddy’s nails should be ignored. If his nails grow to be too long they could curl and grow into his paw pads—ouch! As he walks this will cause him great pain and probably back aches as well. If you’d rather not tackle his nails for fear of cutting into the quick, then bring him to Doghaus University.
  • Ears – As you trim your little guy’s hair in front of his ears, make sure his ears are free of dirt, wax and infection. If there’s some dirt and wax present in one or both ears, remove it by wiping with a bit of mineral oil on a cotton ball.

These wonderful grooming tips will not only keep your beloved Cairn Terrier healthy, but it’ll establish a life-long bond between the two of you. If you would like to make use of our mobile grooming services, please contact us.

3 Easy Ways to Spoil and Pamper Your Cat

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It is not uncommon for cat parents to love and adore their feline friends, yet have no idea how to "spoil" or pamper them with things that they will actually appreciate. After all, cats are notorious for being aloof, mysterious, and difficult to read. So just what can you do for them that you will know they will enjoy? In this post, we introduce to a few things you can do to spoil your kitty in a way that suits them and will ultimately strengthen your relationship with your cat. mobile-dog-grooming-san-diego
  1. Treat Them to a Spa Day: Every cat has a unique personality and what they enjoy and how they enjoy it will be different. Chances are, your cat might not love bath time. You might even find it difficult to give them the occasional brushing. However, professional groomers are accustomed to working with all kinds of animal personalities and will be able to read your cat's behavior and determine what they are receptive to and what would they rather not deal with. If you know your cat is long overdue on a proper bath, yet they won't let you handle them, call a professional mobile groomer that works in your area. This way, they will get the cleaning and grooming they need, without the need for a car ride, without having to be surrounded by other strange animals as they would if you took them to a traditional groom shop, they will at the very least better tolerate and at best end up enjoying the experience!
  2. A Few Minutes of Grooming: Pampering your cat doesn't mean you have to splurge on expensive treats all of the time. Something as simple as some grooming can prove to be quite indulgent and luxurious! Treat your cat to a few minutes of brushing every few days or even on a daily basis, if you can make the time. Not only will this keep them clean and their gorgeous coat soft, regular grooming is an effective way to bond with your cat and build a strong relationship with them. If your cat isn't receptive to touch, start out by just doing a very short period of touching. Eventually, it is likely that they will allow you to groom them more often and even look forward to this bonding ritual. 
  3. Fix Them a "Gourmet" Meal: It is no great secret that cats are a little more high maintenance than dogs. While dogs will love you unconditionally, it would seem that cats demand you earn their affection. One way to do that is by fixing your feline friend a fancy dish. Cats may be hesitant to show humans that they love them, but they have no difficulty showcasing their love for food...especially well-prepared food. For special occasions, whip up a gourmet meal for your kitty friend complete with all of their favorite flavors and dessert to top it off. If you haven't ever pampered your cat with a fancy meal and are stumped on your options, consider talking to a pet care professional about what they would recommend. And in today's day and age, there are lots of specialty options including organic cat foods or meals that will actually boost your cat's health!

Looking for more advice on ways to treat your cat to some special pampering? Don't hesitate to contact us today with any questions that you might have. Check out our other blog posts for more free resources or visit our website!

Doggy Spa Tips: Sharing Manicure Day with Your Dog

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoGetting a manicure is a luxurious and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, whether you do it yourself or go out to a salon to have it done professionally. Of course, you're not the only one who enjoys spa days! Your dog can have just as much fun having her paws massaged, clipped, filed, and polished just like you do. A lot of dog moms are sharing the delights of a good manicure with their furry companions - from the pre-treatment soak to drying the top-coat - and you can do that for your fur baby too. Your dog is sure to love all that extra attention and love -and if you do it yourself, it's one more thing that deepens your bond. Of course, because dog nails are not like human nails, giving a great doggy manicure means knowing what you're doing. You'll need to clip their nails carefully, file away the sharp edges, and use a dog-safe polish in case they chew or lick their paws afterward.

Step 1) The Spa Soak

Just like people nails, your dog's nails will be easier to clip and work with once they've softened in a delightful spa soak. While warm water will do, mixing a bit of essential or bath oils into the solution adds to the feeling of luxury and will make both your hands and her paws smell lovely for the rest of your spa time. You can soak for anywhere from five to twenty minutes depending on how long your furry friend is willing to hold still with their paws in a warm, fragrant tub or dish. If soaking doesn't quite work for them, you can always just start with a bath - where their feet get wet as part of the process. 

Step 2) Careful Trimming

Clipping dog nails is often the most challenging part of good grooming because unlike people nails, there is living, sensitive tissue in the core. Because of this, many dogs are nervous about getting their nails trimmed. To do this right, you might want to try the kind of nail clippers with a small plate on one side which acts as a nail-stopper, helping you to not cut too far up the nail, reducing the chances that you'll hit the quick. If you're as nervous as your fur baby about this procedure, you can always ask your groomer to show you how and get some extra advice based on their familiarity with your pet.

Step 3) Filed to Perfection

Once the nails are clipped there may be a few sharp edges. To make sure your pet and your carpets are both safe, use either an emery board or electric file to gently round each of your dog's nails at the edges. This is a great time for extra scruffles between nails to assure your pet that the filing is a fun and social process.


Step 4) Doggy Polish

Now you're ready to choose your polish color. You can match your pet, contrast stylishly, or let them choose their favorite color. The most important thing is that you use a dog-safe nail polish just in case your fur baby decides to lick or chew at their paws in the next week or so. Nail polish formulated for dogs usually dries more quickly than the stuff we use on ourselves, so that helps too. When you've made a selection, cradle the paw gently and apply polish two to five quick strokes of the brush to each clipped and filed nail. If your dog is very patient, you might even be able to draw a quick pattern on each one. (Good luck with that!)

Finally, take a few minutes to snuggle together as the polish dries. This is the perfect time for cool drinks, tasty snacks, and a little soothing entertainment. When you're all done, it may be time go for a walk to show off those beautiful new nails.

At Awesome Doggies, we love to bring you new ways to relax with your favorite fur babies. For more great doggie spa ideas or to bring out our mobile grooming service to your home, contact us today!

4 Ways to Soothe Dogs With Sensitive Skin

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoSensitive skin on a dog is no fun at all. They love to run and jump and roll in things, and itching is only a joy every now and then. It can be hard to see your dog uncomfortable, and naturally, you want to do everything you can for them. However, when bathing frequently to fight fleas or keep a rash clean, it's important to remember to use gentle products and possibly lotion or ointment afterward to keep their skin from drying out from over-exposure to soaps. If you're worried about your dog's skin or just like to be prepared for everything, here are four great ways to help your dog deal with sensitive, itchy skin.

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. 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'll Never Run Out of Things to Do With Your Dog in San Diego

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoYou’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...

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoA 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 .....

Before you hit the road for home, get your pup relaxed for the ride with a soothing treatment from Awesome DoggiesContact us to set up an appointment with one of our mobile salons.

San Diego has so much year-round fun to offer dogs and their people, you'll be coming back for more.

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

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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
  • 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'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.


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