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5 Simple Ways to Reduce Dog Shedding

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mobile-dog-grroming-san-diegoIt's that time of year again! As the weather warms up, the coats come off. And that includes dog coats. During the shedding season, your dog will probably be dropping hair more excessively than normal and we don't blame you if that drives you crazy! Everywhere you look there is hair on your hardwood floors, on your furniture, and all over your clothes. So what exactly are you supposed to do to keep the dog shedding to a minimum? In this post, we will take a look at the top five tips you can use to control dog shedding and keep your home cleaner.

  1. Brush Your Pup on The Regular: Brushing your dog's coat is one of the best and simplest things you can do to control their shedding. If possible, try to brush your extra furry friend on a daily basis. Doing this will ensure that they maintain a cleaner, softer coat that will be less likely to shed heavily in clumps. 
  2. Make Sure You Are Using The Right Brush: Following up on the previous point, to really keep shedding to a minimum, it is important that you use the right kind of brush. Many dogs need a couple different types of brushes to completely get rid of dead hair on their coat. Also, the type of brushes you use will depend on your dog's breed because different breeds mean different kinds of fur. 
  3. Give Your Dog a Bath: A cleaner coat means less shedding - because lots of loose and 'about to become loose' fur will come off with the scrubbing action of the bath and again during blow drying -- if you blow dry. And a cleaner coat is of course a nice bonus! You can use a soothing oatmeal shampoo or other animal-safe bath product to give your dog a silky, smooth coat and a temporary reduction in shedding. And if you don't have time to bathe your dog or you find that you have difficulty doing it yourself, consider taking your furry friend to the professional groomers so they can do everything possible to reduce shedding. 
  4. Make Sure Your Dog Has a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition affects the quality and health of your dog's coat, the same way poor nutrition affects our own human bodies. When your dog is eating healthy foods that are nutrient-rich, he or she will be far more likely to maintain a strong, healthy coat that will do a lot less shedding. Make sure your dog is getting foods that are packed with great, digestible protein. If you are stumped on the best foods for your dog, talk to your veterinarian or another animal professional who will be able to recommend the best food sources for your pet.
  5. Keep Fleas And Allergies in Check: If your dog is constantly scratching or acting strangely, it is a pretty good indication that they are suffering from allergies or another condition that should get checked out right away. And all of that scratching is causing unnecessary shedding that could be prevented. Make sure your dog is both regularly groomed and taken to the veterinarian to keep fleas away and their allergies in check. When your pup isn't suffering from fleas or allergies, they will do a whole lot less scratching and you will do a lot less cleaning up of their dog hair. It's a win for everyone! 

Looking for more information on ways to control dog shedding? Or do you have any other pet grooming related questions? Don't hesitate to contact us today! Our team of pet grooming professionals is dedicated to helping your lovable furry friend live the healthiest, happiest life possible. We would love to show you our extensive list of pet care services!

10 Essential Cocker Spaniel Grooming Tips

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cocker-spaniel-dog-groomingThere is not a dog we do not love here at Awesome Doggies, but in our mobile pet grooming adventures the Cocker Spaniel seems to stand out as one of the most congenial. The Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular breeds in America -- and for good reason. Their easy breezy attitude makes them a good fit in almost any situation. Spaniels are often referred to as being a merry breed because they always seem to be enjoying themselves. They are also among the most people-oriented of all breeds and love being in the middle of all the action.

However, these happy, tail wagging bundles of joy come with a coat that needs regular maintenance, which can be a real challenge. We get many questions about grooming Cocker Spaniels, and about how to maintain their luxuriously silky coats between professional grooming appointments so we wanted to share some important tips to help out all of you Cocker Spaniel pet parents out there.

 

  • Start regular grooming early, as a puppy if possible It is important to get them used to being touched with a brush and other unfamiliar objects.
  • Cocker Spaniels need daily coat maintenance between professional grooming sessions as their coats can tangle and become matted quite quickly. Regular brushing and grooming helps keep the coat and skin healthy by stimulating blood flow and distributing natural oils. If daily brushing doesn’t work with your lifestyle, then ask your groomer to clip your dog’s coat into a short ‘puppy cut’ that requires minimal brushing between appointments. Resign yourself to losing the long luxuriant ‘skirt’ because it will tangle and matt without regular brushing.  
  •  Use the correct grooming tools for Cocker Spaniels. You will need a slicker brush to remove tangles, a bristled brush to remove dead hair, and a pin brush for the feathered areas. 
  • Before each grooming session, have your tools ready and handy. This will prevent disruptions and teach your friend that the time is solely set aside for grooming. 
  • Spaniels have both an under and outer coat and each need special care to avoid matting. Talk to your groomer about how to avoid the problems of only brushing the outer coat.
  • Remove matting and shed hair before bathing as the wet fur will become even more tangled. 
  • Use a liquid detangler to help remove matting without tugging or damage to the skin.
  • Dogs that are more active, or spend time outdoors may need more frequent grooming than inside or less active dogs, and should be kept clipped much shorter. cocker-spaniel-playing
  • Using protein rich shampoos and cream rinses can help promote the luster and shine of your dog’s coat and make it easier to detangle matting.
  • Dry the underside of the Spaniel’s long wide ears thoroughly as this can be a breeding ground for mites, ticks, and fleas. Cocker Spaniels are prone to ear infections as their floppy ears tend to hold in moisture.

Few things are more beautiful than a freshly groomed Cocker Spaniel. Their soft silky fur is pretty irresistible, if you ask us. Keeping the fur soft and irresistible though is a lot of work though, especially when these playful pups are given to getting themselves in quite a tangle during their daily adventures. If the task becomes too much, don’t worry. Awesome Doggies Mobile Pet Grooming is always ready to cruise in with our trusty brushes and clippers to save the day and provide you with some grooming support. We know you have earned it!

5 Ways to Control Your Dog's Shedding

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 shedding-dogThere's hair everywhere. You have already spent half a day vacuuming the entire house and car, yet there is more hair coming off your adorable dog. In the back of your mind, you want to get a hypoallergenic dog that doesn't shed - or upholster the current one with duct tape - anything to reduce the furry tumbleweeds constantly rolling through your home. You love your dog, so replacing him is not a viable option (and neither is duct tape).

The question remains: how do you manage the shedding? Are there methods you can use to reduce the shedding from your dog?

Before we look for solutions, let's focus on the problem: why does your dog shed? Shedding hair is natural; even humans shed hair and skin cells. But there can be excessive shedding that could happen because of these causes:

    •    Poor diet -- Certain dog foods can lead to more shedding than usual. Most dog food companies are trying to combat this problem, but it might be your dog's natural reaction to the food.
    •    Allergies -- Your dog might have seasonal allergies. Or, your dog might be allergic to the dog food you buy for him or her.
    •    Stress -- A stressed-out dog will shed more than normal. Does your dog leave hair everywhere when you take them to the vet? That's stress-induced shedding. You don't have to teach your dog yoga, but remove the stressors from their environment, and you may find that shedding decreases.
    •    Other medical problem -- even if you have a stress-free dog who has zero allergies, they might have another medical problem you can't see. Check with your veterinarian to see if your dog have another medical issue.

Once we pinpoint the problem, here are a few solutions that can keep your dog from shedding everywhere:

1. Change Dog Food

Sometimes the solution is as simple as a diet change. A healthy coat really does grow from the inside out. Try different brands to see which one works best for your dog. This might take a few months to find the right one, but the dog-food experiment will be worth the wait once you find the perfect brand for your dog. We don't put a lot of stock in supplements added to food or pills for reducing shedding. If your dog appears to otherwise be in good health, it's unlikely that changing food or adding supplements will have a dramatic effect on shedding.

2. Control the Fleas

Another reason dogs are stressed out is fleas. These little bugs can bug your dog for days. Buy a flea collar, or better yet use a topical flea treatment and your dog will be happier, and their coat healthier.

3. Try Olive Oil

Adding a bit of olive oil to your dog's food can help with shedding. The oil produces a shiny coat and conditions the skin, which causes less itching and scratching, and a healthier coat, which can help reduce shedding.

If diet, stress, and health issues aren't relevant to your dog's shedding issues, then all you can do is manage the process and contain the mess. Some breeds naturally shed more than others, and you just have to learn to live with it. However, don't despair, there is still much you can do to keep from going fur-crazy.

4. Splish Splash, Give Your Dog a Bath

A regular bath can do wonders for a shedding dog. Don't use soap from your shower because the chemicals in human shampoo will dry out your dog's skin, which could prompt more shedding. Look for the best available pet shampoo for your dog, preferably an all natural formulation.

5. Brush It Real Good ...& De-Shed Your Dog

If you don't try any other tip on this list, this one is the most important. Brush your dog regularly, more often than you bathe them. A regular brushing can keep your dog's coat cleaner and softer, which is great for the dog (and your hands). Look for the best brush for your dog (which style works best depends on the length and texture of your dog's coat), and your dog will be happy with your decision.

If your dog is a super shedder, you may need to brush daily, especially at those times of year when shedding is in high gear.

If overall health and nutrition are good, and bathing and brushing just aren't getting the job done, then it's time to incorporate a de-shedding treatment into your grooming routine. Deshedding consists of special techniques and products used when shampooing and blowdrying, but most particularly a session of carding out the coat using a tool such as the FURminator. We've been using FURminator products for years, and it really does reduce shedding by 60-80% when used regularly. You can do it yourself, or have it done by a professional groomer.

If you would like to give your dog a good bath,  brushout, or deshedding session, contact Awesome Doggies. We would love to help you get your dog's shedding under control. 

The Power of the FURminator for Shedding Dogs and Cats

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We Recommend the FURminator for Dogs and Cats That Shed

FURMinator-dog

We love our fur babies, but not necessarily that one problem that comes with them—shedding. Shedding is a natural process where old fur falls out, allowing new fur to come in. It happens in all breeds (except completely hairless breeds, of course) to some degree. Indoor dogs shed more consistently than outdoor dogs, making it real stressful to keep under control.

Battling shedding is an ongoing and daily process, and one you may sometimes feel like you are losing. We hear you.

So many of our mobile pet grooming clients ask us about how they can control shedding that we wanted to share some info on what we do in our mobile salons. In addition to working out the undercoat during the bath and blow-dry process, we use tools that are specially designed to reduce shedding. Our favorite of these tools is called the FURminator. The FURminator was developed by a professional groomer who, after a decade of trying to find one tool that would safely and comfortably remove a dog’s undercoat without success, developed one herself along with her husband. Now, it is one of the most popular and effective tools on the market.

The concept of the tool is to remove as much of the loose undercoat as possible and capture it in the tool for easy removal and disposal. The tool is designed to do this quickly and easily without damaging the dog or cat’s delicate skin or coat. The edge of the tool is unique from other de-shedding tools, and in our opinion is far superior than any we have ever tried. This thing removes a TON of fur!

Why we Love the FURminator

FURMinated-animals

The FURminator (besides having a really cool name) is awesome because it reduces dog shedding up to 60-80% when used on a regular (4-6 weeks) basis without changing the look of your pet – their top coat stays in place, but the loose parts of the undercoat (the part that sheds all over your house) is removed and kept up with. This offers a great alternative to summer shave-downs, keeps pets cooler, and keeps houses cleaner.

We also love that the FURminator is an easy tool for our customers to use at home (if they want to). We tend to get more fur out during a professional grooming (because we focus on de-shedding during the bath and blow-drying processes in addition to brushing with the FURminator and other tools that may work on certain coats), but for those very heavy shedders, our customers love how easy the FURminator is to use at home in between grooms.

Why we Recommend the FURminator for Cats

FURMinator-cat

Cats remove most of their shedding fur in the process of self-grooming. As they lick their coat, the fur ends up getting swallowed. Since the fur does not digest, it causes hairballs which can cause the cat painful and sometimes very serious digestive problems. De-shedding with the FURminator removes as much of the dead loose fur as possible, preventing it from getting into the cats stomach. Having less fur around is more convenient for the pet parent, and is also much healthier for the pet.

Contact us for more information and to schedule your next rooming appointment. While shedding may be an ongoing problem, don’t stress out about it. It'll be just a short time until the next grooming appointment and “we’ll be baaaack!”

How do Dog Groomers Get Your Dog's Fur so Soft?

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groomed-dog-that-now-has-soft-furIt has been a mystery for years and we are about to blow the lid right off this. We love to do that kind of thing.

One of the questions our dog groomers get most often here at Awesome Doggies Mobile Pet Grooming is about how we get your dog’s fur so soft. The next question is about how they, as pet parents, can keep it soft between grooming appointments. We know from our own hair styling salon experiences that getting that fresh from the salon feel is pretty difficult to get at home and totally feel your conundrum. So we want to help you out and let you in on a few dog groomer secrets.

What Dog Groomers Do Right

  1. The type of fur your dog has makes a huge difference. If your dog’s fur is coarse or wiry, the end result will never be as soft as a dog with a smooth and sleek coat. It can however be much softer with proper grooming.

  2. The right products make all the difference. Our dog groomers get great results because they use the right products for the particular fur and skin type. Silk protein shampoos are great for fine coats. Dark coats need optical brighteners, while white coats need whitening. Oatmeal and yucca shampoos soothe the skin. Professional groomers use specialized formulated-for-pets high-grade products that do not strip the natural oils from the dog’s fur or cause further drying.

  3. Groomers use the right tools. Even if you brush your dog, using the wrong brush and comb could leave fur behind that traps dirt and debris which makes the fur feel rough.

  4. Our dog groomers use more than one product. Groomers do more than just wash the dog. After a great wash using a shampoo that is fit for the dog’s fur type, groomers pamper the dog’s fur with additional products such as crème rinses, conditioners and finishers to make the fur soft and beautiful.

dog-with-soft-furWhat Pet Parents Can Do

  1. Brush your dog daily to get rid of excess dog hair.

  2. Their diet makes a difference. Make sure your dog eats quality dog foods.

  3. Consider adding fish oil to your dog’s diet. It helps keep their coat healthy.

  4. Remember that home bathing too frequently or using the wrong products (especially those formulated for humans rather than pets) can cause the skin to become too dry and flakey, over-produce oils, or become smelly.

We've heard quite a few crazy theories on how to keep your dog’s coat soft like washing them in butter and milk or other long, complicated (if not somewhat dubious) processes. But you don’t have to do any of that. The actual answer is pretty easy—keep your pet in good health, use the right tools such as quality formulated-for-dogs shampoo and conditioning products, and bathe and condition your dog at regular intervals. Or you can contact us at Awesome Doggies to schedule your dog’s mobile grooming appointment and just enjoy the results. 

A Healthy Coat Means a Healthy Dog

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The Condition of Your Dog's Fur Is One of the Best Indicators of Their Health

shiny-dog-coat-is-healthy

Until they actually develop the dog communicator like on the movie UP, we have to figure out other clues to what our pets are trying to tell us. When it comes to dog health, the condition of their fur is one of the best indicators of their health, and sometimes one of the first indicators of a problem.

We All Love a Healthy Shiny Coat

Strong shiny fur makes a dog beautiful, but it also tells a lot about the health of the dog. The skin is the largest organ and reacts to any small change. That is what makes it a great indicator of problems. Let your instincts will guide you - a shiny coat like the one pictured at left indicates good health.

Dull or Patchy Fur

When fur becomes dull, it may mean your dog is not getting  proper nutrition. Make sure your dog is getting a balanced diet. Talk to your vet about your pet's nutritional needs and find out if a change in diet or the addition of supplements might help.

Patchy fur can indicate several problems, such as fleas, digestive distress, allergies, or illness. Check your dog's coat for unwanted guests. If you do not see fleas, it may be time for a visit to the vet to rule out any other problems.

dog-shedding-coat-normal

Foul Smell

Ok, so no dog really smells  great all the time, but if you get your dog groomed regularly it should smell fresh between washings, with gradually increasing "doggy-ness" as time goes by. If the fur has a strong bad smell shortly after washing, it may be an indicator of a bacterial infection, fungus, fleas, or other health issues. If the dog otherwise seems clean, this may warrant a trip to the vet rather than a complaint to your groomer!

Excessive Shedding

dog-blowing-coat

All dogs go through times of shedding more, then less than average. The lab pictured above is really just experiencing normal, perhaps seasonal shedding.  If the shedding becomes excessive it's time to consider the cause. A dog might shed excessively because of stress, a change in surroundings, diet, seasons, or even lactation. Sometimes the problem can be internal and indicate hormonal problems or other health issues, and sometimes it's as simple as a natural response to the change in seasons. The coat condition shown at left might look severe, but it's actually normal for this type of dog. The picture shows a phenomenon known as "blowing coat" which happens once or sometimes twice a year for certain breeds. It's not indicative of a health problem, it's just their coat changing in response to the seasons. It's sort of like a snake shedding it's skin, but maybe more accurately, it's like your dog is taking off their winter coat and putting on a summer jacket! Even though we don't have cold winter weather here in San Diego, sometimes the breeds that have fur meant for cold weather will "change their coat" even though it isn't strictly necessary. Good luck telling them to stop it!  Lots of brushing and a deshedding session will get your pet through it and back to normal again. 

One of the best ways to use your dog's coat as an indicator of health is to keep them well groomed on a regular basis so  you have a baseline of what healthy skin and coat looks like.

Dog Shampoos: Go Natural!

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There are plenty of dog shampoos on the market, so how do you know what’s best for your pet? The right choice of dog shampoo depends on the characteristics of your dog's skin and coat. Follow this guide to the different types of dog shampoos to help make the right choice for your pet.

 Dog shampoos contain ingredients that remove dirt from your dog's coat, rehydrate the hair, and soothe and moisturize the dog's skin. Dog shampoos are designed to easily work up a lather that can be used to clean your dog's coat before rinsing with warm water to carry away the dirt and debris.

 As professional dog groomers, we like to use the highest quality all-natural pet shampoos. If you are reluctant to expose your dogs to the artificial ingredients and lab-manufactured chemicals present in most pet shampoos, then natural shampoos are a good way to go. In our mobile grooming salons, we stock a dozen different varieties of an all-natural brand called Nature’s Specialties, that we’ve loved and used for years.

 Natural shampoos use plant-derived ingredients such as lavender, yucca, tea tree oil (a natural antibacterial agent), oatmeal, and soothing chamomile. When you choose a natural shampoo, you can rest assured that none of the ingredients can harm your dog, as they are all found in the natural environment that your dog was designed to inhabit.

 Oatmeal shampoos are the perfect choice for dogs that are prone to dry and itchy skin. Oats naturally contain proteins that deeply moisturize the skin to give your dog relief from itching and discomfort. The fine texture of oatmeal shampoos helps to slough away dead skin cells to leave your dog with a shiny and manageable coat.

 If oatmeal shampoo fails to stop your dog from scratching, the problem could be due to fleas. Don't panic if you find fleas on your dog: there are natural flea shampoos that can effectively clear up the infestation. See our post on cleaning up a dog with fleas for more information.

 If your dog has an allergic reaction to any shampoo, stop using it immediately and switch to a hypoallergenic brand. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include swelling or itching after using the shampoo on your dog. Hypoallergenic dog shampoos are usually unscented and don't include ingredients that are known to cause allergic reactions in some dogs.

 Choosing the right dog shampoo can be tricky. If you use a professional dog groomer, discuss with them what options are most appropriate for your dog’s skin and coat type. Be sure to stick with shampoos formulated specifically for dogs. Human shampoo and dog shampoo have different pH levels, because the chemistry of your pooch’s skin is quite different from your own.

Wondering how often you can wash your dog?  Check out our post on that subject here.

 

High Maintenance Pups

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Which dog breeds require the most grooming?

All dog breeds need some grooming, but some are much more high-maintenance than others. While some short-haired dogs can get away with an occasional bath, other breeds need regular pampering to stay healthy & good looking. Let's take a look at some of the common dog breeds that require the most grooming.


Poodles (and poodle hybrids)

Poodle cross-breeds, including labradoodles, goldendoodles and cockapoos, have become hugely popular in recent years. They are wonderful dogs, but require a lot of grooming. Poodles and poodle hybrids shed much less than other dogs, but hairs do become loose and get caught in the dog's coat. Your poodle or labradoodle will need regular brushing to remove these hairs and keep the coat from becoming matted. Poodle coats can be cut into a variety of different styles, but it can take practice to get the shape right. A professional groomer can leave your poodle looking perfectly poofed and pampered.

Old English Sheepdogs

Old English Sheepdogs are lovable dogs with long, beautiful coats. They need regular grooming to keep their hair tangle-free. Use a de-matting comb at least once a week to gently tease apart the hairs. The signature fringe on their face must be kept free from dust and debris to avoid irritation to the dog's sensitive eyes. Trim the hair around the feet to prevent them getting clogged with mud and debris when your dog plays outside.

Wheaten Terriers

Wheaten Terriers have soft, medium-long coats. These friendly dogs love to be brushed every day. Or at least they need to be brushed every day. They can be stubborn, and you will need to train them to accept the brushing they so desperately need. The long hair around the Wheaton’s muzzle is particularly prone to matting. If your home is blessed with a Wheaton but you don’t have time to brush them daily, consult with your groomer about a low maintenance puppy cut that will be easier for you to take care of.

Spaniels

Most Spaniel breeds need to be groomed regularly, with daily brushing to prevent matting. Their coats grow quickly and need to be kept under control. Spaniels (especially cockers) that are kept in full coat will need a lot of work from you in between visits to the groomer. A popular alternative is to clip the pup’s body close, leaving a short skirt and keeping just the ears gloriously long and curly. This is a cute look, that is still relatively easy to maintain.

Bichon Frise

A Bichon Frise is a cute curly-haired powder puff of a dog. Their snow white fur shows dirt easily, so you will need to bathe your Bichon Frise frequently, or set up a regular appointment with a professional groomer to keep your pet looking lovely. Regular doggie haircuts are also par for the course when you have a Bichon as a family member.

Maltese

Somewhat similar in appearance to the Bichon Frise, Malteses also need a lot of care and attention to keep them looking their best. Their long coat needs to be bathed and combed regularly, or you can ask your groomer to put them in a puppycut and go a little longer between baths.

Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are tiny little fireballs covered with long, silky hair. To keep your Yorkie's coat looking gorgeous, brush it every day and keep it trimmed off the floor so that your dog can walk and run without tripping.

If you own one of these high maintenance breeds, you’re either going to be seeing a lot of your professional groomer, or you’ll be doing a lot of work yourself. Grooming is a great time to bond with your pet, so we’re happy to support you with advice on brushes and shampoos if you want to give it a go. When the time comes that you need professional help, just give us a call. If you wish your “high maintenance” pet required a little less work, your professional groomer can advise on hairstyles that will reduce your workload, and decrease the frequency of professional grooming, while still allowing your pet’s personality to shine through!

Going After Those Pesky Fleas

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As professional groomers, we get lots of calls for flea cleanups. If you’ve seen even one flea on your dog, it’s a sure bet that there are lots more in hiding – on your pet as well as in your home and yard. And if there are adult fleas around, then there are also flea eggs and larvae that need to be cleaned up as well. Only 15 % of most infestations consist of adult fleas, and the remaining percentage consists of eggs and larvae too small to see. That’s a lot of “ick” to take care of!

 You Need to Clean More Than The Dog

 Our mobile grooming salon deals with the big job of cleaning up your pet, which is probably where most of the fleas are congregating (since that’s where their food is). But at the same time, to have the best chances of completely getting rid of the infestation, you’ll need to wash your pet’s bedding and treat your carpets and outdoor areas as well.

 To cleanup the fleas on your pet, we use an all natural yucca-based flea shampoo that is highly effective, and we offer the option of applying Frontline after the bath to help prevent a recurrence. You can clean your pet’s bedding by laundering in hot water & running through the dryer on high heat. Pest removal companies can be hired to treat your house and yard for fleas, or you can do it yourself. If you go the DIY route, be aware that there is an alternative to the traditional chemical pesticide sprays and fumigators, which is to use a natural substance known as diatomaceous earth – but be sure to use the food-grade version, which is safe if ingested.

 How Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Works

Food grade diatomaceous earth is fossilized algae. It comes in powder form, and it works by naturally dehydrating fleas when they come in contact with it, usually within 72 hours' time. The powder can be sprinkled on carpeting and animal bedding, where it will remain effective for up to 9 months. It can also be spread in outdoor areas and rubbed into the fur of your dog or cat, as well as any other household pets you may have. Food grade diatomaceous earth can also be added to your pet’s food to control internal parasites.  

 At Awesome Doggies Mobile Grooming, we provide a variety of options when it comes to flea control, giving our clients the opportunity to make an informed decision on the best type of treatment for their pets. Similarly, when cleaning your home of fleas, we’d like you to know that there is a natural alternative in the form of diatomaceous earth.

 

 

 

Dogs & Shedding Hair

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Shedding is a normal part of a dog's life. As professional dog groomers, we deal with normal hair loss and seasonal shedding on a regular basis. But it’s important to realize that shedding can occur for other reasons as well. Here’s an overview of the top reasons your dog may be shedding hair.

 

Normal Hair Loss & Seasonal Shedding

Dogs and shedding go hand in hand. For all breeds, a normal amount of hair loss is simply a fact of life. Hair grows constantly, and some constantly falls out. Your groomer can advise the best type of tool to use for daily brushing to keep shedding under control. Thick-coated breeds may experience periods of heavier shedding when the seasons change.

 

Think your dog doesn’t shed?  Some types of dogs appear to shed very little, and are often recommended to people whose allergies cannot tolerate the loose hair and dander associated with most breeds. It's important to understand, however, that these “non-shedding” dogs – such as poodles and wheaton terriers - still have hairs falling out just like other dogs. It’s just that you don’t notice the shedding in these breeds because most of the loose strands are caught and held by the other hair in the coat that is still attached to the dog. With a non-shedding breed, you may not have dog hair floating around all over your house, but you will have to brush your dog regularly, to keep the loose hairs that are caught in the coat from turning into painful, unsightly mats.

 

Hair Loss During Pregnancy and Lactation

Pregnant and/or nursing dogs frequently "blow their coat," or lose shocking amounts of hair rapidly. Hormone changes during pregnancy and lactation can cause a dog's hair to stop growing and enter a dormant phase. Hair in such a resting phase is more easily shed than that which is actively growing. Thankfully, the dog's coat should return to normal once her hormones settle down.

 

Hair Loss Due to Flea Allergies

Flea bites will make your dog itch, but they may also cause him to lose large amounts of hair. Dogs bite or scratch their skin to quell the itching caused by flea bites, and animals who are actually allergic to fleas often lose a lot of hair in their most flea-infested areas. In these situations, your veterinarian may prescribe a course of mild oral steroids to reduce the inflammation and allow the skin and hair follicles to heal.

 

Other Serious Health Issues

Bald patches accompanied by biting, chewing, scratching, and/or a dull, brittle coat are all warning signs that your dog's hair loss is abnormal and may be symptomatic of a medical problem. Hair that falls out in clumps or patches often indicates mange, particularly if the underlying skin is hot, red and inflamed. Hair loss is a symptom of Cushing's disease, and ringworm also causes canine hair loss. These are all serious health problems that require a veterinarian's care, so make your dog an appointment as soon as symptoms appear. 

 

One of the benefits of seeing a professional groomer regularly is that you’ll have the benefit of an extra pair of eyes and hands on your pet. We’ll always let you know if we notice anything unusual or out of the ordinary. 

 

 

 

 

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As San Diego mobile groomers for over 10 years, we know how to pamper and groom dogs & cats of all breeds... from a simple bath to a total makeover. Our mobile pet grooming salon is a calm, soothing environment your furry baby will love. Have a grubby pet? What are you waiting for?

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