• Your Dog and the Risks of Untrimmed Nails

    The friction caused by running on hard surfaces can help wear down a dog’s nails, but many dogs primarily run on soft surfaces such as lawns. This encourages a dog’s nails to grow past a comfortable length. Your pet’s nail trims are important for many reasons, like preventing scratches on your wood floors. But they’re also a critical component of your dog’s overall wellness. Untrimmed toenails can cause serious health problems. To keep your dog healthy and happy, you can schedule mobile pet grooming on a regular basis. The professional groomer will trim your dog’s nails and keep his or her coat clean.

    How Long Nails Cause Discomfort
    Nails that are too long will be in constant contact with the ground. The pressure exerted on the nails will be, at the very least, uncomfortable for your dog. It can even become painful as the nails continue to grow.

    How Unintended Removal May Occur
    There’s another serious health risk of untrimmed nails: unintended removal. A very long nail is more likely to get caught on carpeting or your own clothing when you pick up your dog. The result can be a nail that’s been ripped out of the paw. This is a painful situation for your dog, and it definitely requires an emergency trip to the veterinarian. The vet may need to remove any remnants of the nail so that it can heal and regrow properly. Your dog will also need pain medication, and the injury will need to be cleaned and bandaged. There is a risk of infection from these injuries.

    How Long Nails Cause Deformities
    In severe cases, very long nails can cause permanent deformities in your dog. When pressure is exerted into the nail bed on a long-term basis, the dog’s foreleg joints may become misaligned and the tendons will sustain injury. The foot will look splayed and flattened. This deformity is irreversible.

    Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is easier than ever with the mobile pet grooming services available from EZ Pet Care. Our fleet of fully equipped, mobile pet salons and professional groomers will help your dog stay healthy, happy, and beautiful. Call (888) 613-1320 to request dog grooming in Dallas.

  • When Is My Cat Considered a Senior?

    Throughout your cat’s lifespan, his or her nutritional needs will change. Knowing when your cat is considered a senior is important because he or she will need food formulated for seniors. Just like humans, cats have an average lifespan, but individual cats can vary greatly in the rate at which they age. On average, a cat may be considered a senior between the ages of seven and 10.

    However, it’s possible for one cat to be a senior at age eight, while another may still be frisky at age nine. You’ll need to watch out for the signs of aging to determine if your cat might be a senior. Senior cats tend to have less energy, sleep more, and have trouble walking up or down the stairs. Senior cats may also develop behavioral changes, and have unintentional weight loss or weight gain.

    EZ Pet Care stocks top brands of nutritious cat and dog food for pets of all ages, and we can even deliver it right to your door! Call (888) 613-1320 to make arrangements for cat or dog food delivery in Dallas.

  • FAQs and Answers About Excessive Shedding

    Fur goes through a natural lifecycle, and shedding is normal for any pet with fur. Some pets shed more than others, particularly if they have thick, heavy coats. Professional pet grooming can help manage your dog’s shedding, in addition to brushing your dog’s coat between visits with the groomer. While shedding by itself isn’t a cause for concern, excessive shedding may warrant a trip to the veterinarian.

    Which breeds are heavy shedders?
    Before you adopt a dog, you should learn about its breed to determine whether it’s a good fit for your family and lifestyle. Breeds with a double coat are the heaviest shedders. If you adopt any of the following types of dogs, you can expect that frequent pet grooming and fur cleanup will be necessary.

    • German shepherd
    • Golden retriever
    • Newfoundland
    • Chow chow
    • Alaskan malamute
    • Akita
    • American Eskimo
    • Samoyed
    • Siberian husky

    Certain breeds of cats also tend to be heavy shedders, including Persians, Maine coons, Russian blues, and American shorthairs.

    How can I determine what’s normal for my pet?
    As you get acquainted with your new pet, you’ll develop a sense of what’s normal for him or her. Pet your dog frequently to nurture the loving bond between the two of you. As you do so, notice how much fur comes away in your hand. After you brush your dog, take a look at the brush to get a general sense of what’s normal.

    What are the possible causes of excessive shedding?
    Once you understand the normal amount of shedding for your dog, you can easily spot when he or she is shedding excessively. Some possible causes of excessive shedding include:

    • Stress
    • Fungal or bacterial infections
    • Food allergies
    • Certain diseases (including kidney, liver, or thyroid diseases)
    • Side effect of certain medications
    • Parasites
    • Cancer

    When is excessive shedding a cause for concern?
    If the excessive shedding lasts longer than a week, you should bring your pet to the vet for a checkup. Or, schedule an appointment right away if you notice any of the following problems:

    • Open sores
    • Skin irritation (redness, bumps, rashes, or scabs)
    • Bald spots
    • Constant licking or scratching

    For your convenience and your pet’s health, mobile pet grooming is available in Dallas. Just call EZ Pet Care at (888) 613-1320, and we’ll send over a professional groomer in a fully contained, mobile pet salon to give your dog a bath, haircut, and nail trim. We also offer pet waste removal services!

  • How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language

    Dogs are masters at reading humans’ behavioral cues, but how well do you understand your dog’s body language? By learning to interpret your dog’s body language, you will know when he or she is comfortable or feeling scared, when he or she needs dog food, or when he or she is asking to go outside.

    Watch this video for lots of insight into common body language used by dogs and what it means. Reading these cues will help you develop an even better relationship with your pup.

    At EZ Pet Care, we make caring for your dog just a little easier, with dog food delivery, mobile pet grooming and pet waste removal services in Dallas. For more information, please call (888) 613-1320.

     

  • How Can I Train My Dog to Eliminate in a Designated Area?

    Dealing pet waste is one of the less glamorous parts of being a dog owner, but teaching your dog to eliminate in one area can make the task a lot easier. Add pet waste removal services from EZ Pet Care, and keeping your outdoor area clean and safe for your dog and your family can be much easier than you may think. These steps will help you train your dog to eliminate in a specifically designated area.

    Prep the Area
    When you’ve decided where you want your dog to eliminate, make sure that area is set up for success. Clear away any other distractions, and make sure it is as clean as possible. Choose a spot that is away from anything that is sure to get your dog’s attention. For example, don’t pick a spot that gives your dog a clear view into the neighbor’s yard, as he or she may be too engrossed in watching that space to focus on going to the bathroom. A quiet, clean area is the best spot.

    Practice
    It will take some time for your dog to get used to the area, especially if he or she is already housebroken and is now learning a different process for going to the bathroom. Bring your dog to the chosen spot and use a command, such as, “go potty.” Keep your dog there until he or she eliminates. After he or she is done, offer a treat. Do this multiple times per day and after each meal.

    Correct Mistakes
    Keep an eye on your dog’s body language and guide him or her to the appropriate spot if you think he or she is about to eliminate. If your dog does go outside of the chosen spot, simply clean it up and repeat the training steps until it becomes second nature to your dog.

    Keeping your outdoor area clean from pet waste is important for the health of your family and pets. EZ Pet Care can handle pet cleanup for you with waste removal on your schedule. Make an appointment for pet waste removal in Dallas by calling (888) 613-1320.

  • Quick Tips for Feeding Frozen Food to Dogs

    Frozen dog food is becoming increasingly popular with pet families. With frozen food, you can give your dog a variety of nutrients without the processing that comes with kibble and off-the-shelf wet food. Of course, feeding your dog frozen food requires a little preparation, so that meals are ready when you need them. These tips will help you add frozen food to your dog’s diet if you’re thinking of adding it to your dog food delivery order.

    If you’re feeding frozen food, it’s best to take two servings out at a time to thaw. For example, take two servings out every evening, so that it is thawed in time for breakfast and you also have dinner covered for that day. Resist the urge to feed food that isn’t completely thawed. Your dog may take it, but it makes digestion difficult. Freeze-dried foods are a good, shelf-stable backup to have on hand if you forget to thaw something in time for a meal.

    EZ Pet Care offers food for every dog’s dietary needs through our pet food delivery service in Dallas. Learn more about all of our services, including mobile pet grooming and dog waste removal by calling (888) 613-1320.

  • Common Questions About Dog Shampoo

    Regular baths and grooming treatments are necessary to keep dogs healthy and comfortable. Mobile pet grooming services make it easy for your dog to get groomed without having to worry about putting him or her in the car and driving to a new location that may increase your pup’s anxiety about the process. However, between grooming appointments, you may want to give your dog a bath at home, which often raises questions about choosing a good dog shampoo. These answers to common questions dog families have about shampoo for their pets will help you make the right choice for your dog.

    Can I use human shampoo on my dog?
    It’s not a good idea to use human shampoo on dogs. Dogs’ skin is more sensitive than humans’, and it has a different pH balance. Using human shampoo on your dog is likely to trigger irritation and discomfort. Human shampoo also tends to cut through the acidic layer on dogs’ skin that protects them from bacteria and viruses, which will leave your pup vulnerable to infection.

    What should I look for in a dog shampoo?
    Many people choose dog shampoos based on scent, but look beyond the fragrance. As with human shampoos, there is a huge variety of dog shampoos tailored to different needs. If your dog is prone to skin irritation and allergies, anti-itch shampoos can be soothing. If your dog has dry skin, a conditioning shampoo may a good choice. If you’re not sure what shampoos is right for your dog, ask your vet for some recommendations.

    How often can I use dog shampoo?
    If your dog is getting groomed regularly, then he or she should be able to go at least a few weeks between shampoo sessions. Avoid over-bathing your dog, which will lead to dry skin. In most cases, dogs shouldn’t be shampooed more often than every other week, unless recommended by your vet.

    EZ Pet Care offers mobile pet grooming in Dallas for your convenience and your pet’s comfort. We also offer everything else you need to care for your dog, including food delivery and pet waste removal. Schedule a grooming appointment or learn more about our services by calling (888) 613-1320.

  • Tips for the Dog Park

     

    When your dog needs more exercise than just a walk, you can head over to a local dog park and let your pup off the leash to play with newfound friends. Always bring your own pet waste removal bags. Even if the park has some available, you never know when they might run out. And always clean up all of your dog’s feces, even if it’s only a small amount.

    For more helpful etiquette tips, watch the accompanying video. You’ll learn how to keep your dog safe and happy. This video recommends putting the phone away so that you can keep a close eye on your pup and the other dogs at the park.

    Although it’s necessary for puppy parents to clean up dog poop at the dog park, you can make arrangements for pet waste removal services at your home. Just call EZ Pet Care at (888) 613-1320 to request a poop scooper in Dallas.

  • Am I Feeding My Pet Too Many Treats?

    Cats and dogs have turned the art of begging into a science. It can be hard to resist pampering your pet with lots of treats. But giving your pet too many extra snacks can lead to weight gain, and obesity in pets can lead to serious health complications. It’s best to limit your pet’s intake of treats to no more than 10% of his or her daily diet. For more specific guidance on cat and dog food, you can talk to your pet’s veterinarian.

    The vet can tell you how many calories your cat or dog should eat every day, based on his or her age, activity level, and weight. You can use this number to calculate 10% of the daily calorie intake. Check the calories on the bags of treats you purchase. Look for low-calorie options. You can also choose treats that serve a dual purpose, like the promotion of dental care.

    EZ Pet Care makes it easy and convenient for you to re-order healthy treats and food for your pet. We offer cat and dog food delivery in Dallas right to your door! Call (888) 613-1320.

  • Is Your Dog’s Waste Killing Your Lawn? Here’s What to Do


    Dogs are important members of the family, but they can also be tough on lawns. When your lawn is serving double duty as your dog’s toilet, you may notice patches of brown, dead grass. These damaged areas are commonly referred to as lawn burn. The best way to deal with dog feces is to clean them up immediately or have a pet waste removal service handle it. But since lawn burn is actually caused by a dog’s urine, you’ll need a different tactic to deal with it.

    Understanding What Causes Lawn Burn
    A dog’s urine is high in nitrogen. Lawns benefit from getting a little nitrogen, which is why it’s an ingredient in lawn fertilizers. But too much nitrogen will kill the grass, resulting in lawn burn. Lawn burn isn’t a problem for all puppy parents. Here are some factors that increase the likelihood of it:

    • Female dogs
    • Large dogs
    • Dogs fed a high-protein diet
    • Stressed lawns (drought, disease, or newly established)
    • Heavily fertilized lawns

    Training Your Dog
    One way to minimize lawn burn is to train your dog to eliminate in just one area of the lawn. Choose an out-of-the-way area. When you take your dog outside, put him or her on a leash and walk over to the designated area. Use a command word for elimination and keep your dog in that spot until he or she eliminates. Offer a reward.

    Taking Care of Your Lawn
    Another solution is to saturate the area with water right away. After your dog urinates, pour several cups of water on the area. You could also consider using less fertilizer on your lawn and watering the whole lawn frequently to keep it healthy. If lawn burn is a persistent problem, you might want to re-seed your lawn with urine-resistant grass. Fescues and perennial rye grass are urine-resistant. Bermuda and Kentucky bluegrass are the most susceptible to lawn burn.

    EZ Pet Care offers convenient pet waste removal for Dallas-area homes. Our services include the application of yard odor elimination and disinfectant products. Don’t let your dog’s waste ruin your lawn—call us today at (888) 613-1320 to request our premier pet cleanup services!