• Transitioning Your Kitty to a New Food

    If your kitty isn’t thriving on his or her current diet, it may be time for a change. Your veterinarian may recommend switching to a higher-quality brand of pet food, perhaps one that excludes grains and gluten. You might also need to switch your cat’s diet to deal with a medical problem, like extra pounds or a chronic disease. Always follow your veterinarian’s advice if it differs from the general guidelines below.

    Scheduling the Transition
    Most cats will tolerate transitioning to a new diet over a seven-day period. However, cats with health conditions and those who are older may need 10 days or longer. Picky eaters may also require a longer transition. Plan to transition a kitty from a diet formulated for kittens to one formulated for adult cats at 12 months of age. Cats that are seven years of age or older should switch to a senior cat food at this point.

    Handling the Transition
    Throughout the transition, you’ll mix the old and new food together. On the first day, give your cat 75% old food and 25% new food. After two to three days, move to a 50/50 blend. After two or three more days, switch to a blend of 75% new food and 25% old food. Wait for two to three more days before giving your cat only new food.

    Managing Issues
    Occasionally, a cat will have digestive upset when switching to a new food. If you notice constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, or gas, give your cat more time between each transitional change. For example, wait four to six days instead of two to three.

    Enticing Picky Eaters
    Just like some toddlers, some cats refuse to try new food. You can trick your kitty by adding his or her favorite flavors. Most cats can’t resist tuna, so drizzle some tuna water over the food. Note that you should only select tuna packed in water for your cat, never tuna packed in oil.

    EZ Pet Care believes every pet deserves high-quality food specially formulated to support good health and vitality. We’re proud to provide dog and cat food delivery in Dallas, and we have a wide selection of top brands to choose from. Ask about our cat or dog food by calling (888) 613-1320.

  • What’s a Double Coat?

    Pet grooming experts know that not all dogs have the same coats, and they adjust their techniques accordingly. For instance, did you know that some breeds have a double coat? This means it’s comprised of two layers. The undermost layer is a very dense coat. It has short hairs, which may have a wooly texture. The top coat is longer. It’s comprised of the guard hairs. The undercoat protects the dog from extremes in temperature, and the top coat acts to repel dirt and water.

    Dogs with a very dense undercoat tend to have a very fluffy overcoat. These breeds require frequent dog baths and haircuts. Some examples of breeds with double coats include Siberian husky, chow chow, Finnish lapphund, Old English sheepdog, golden retriever, and miniature schnauzer.

    Your dog’s next bath and haircut are just a phone call away! Call (888) 613-1320, and the team at EZ Pet Care will send out our mobile pet grooming station to your location in Dallas.

  • What Every Puppy Parent Should Know About Parvovirus in the Environment

    Canine parvovirus, or parvo, is an extremely contagious disease that can kill dogs. When a dog has parvo, he or she needs immediate and intensive veterinary care. There is no cure for parvo, but supportive veterinary treatments can help a dogfight off the infection, and prompt pet waste removal can help prevent it. Every puppy parent should be concerned about parvo because it’s so contagious and deadly.

    How Parvovirus Is Transmitted
    A dog infected with parvovirus will shed the viral cells in feces. Any other dog that comes into contact with the feces can then become infected, and in turn, transmit the virus to other dogs. Humans can also acquire the virus and transmit it to dogs. This is one of the many reasons why it’s crucial to wash your hands thoroughly after scooping up poop.

    How Parvovirus Spreads Through the Environment
    Some viruses need to live in a host animal, as they cannot survive long in the environment. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with parvovirus. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), canine parvovirus type 2c (CPV-2c) can remain viable for at least one year in the environment. This means that if an infected dog defecates in your yard, the soil will remain infectious for a year or longer. The virus can also live on inanimate surfaces like food and water bowls, collars, leashes, and kennel surfaces.

    How You Can Protect Your Puppy
    Dogs younger than four months are most at risk, as are those that haven’t been vaccinated. Get your dog vaccinated against parvo as soon as possible. This doesn’t provide 100% protection, but it will help reduce the risk. Protection from parvo requires multiple vaccinations. Prompt pet waste removal is also essential to protect your puppy from parvo. Never let your dog come into contact with another pet’s waste, and get all poop picked up from your yard right away. Parvocidal sprays are also available for yard application.

    EZ Pet Care is known for providing affordable dog poop services in the Dallas area. But did you know we can also apply a parvocidal disinfectant to your yard? Give us a call at (888) 613-1320, and we’ll send a poop scooper out to your home right away!

  • How Often Should My Dog Have a Bath?

    Dogs don’t need daily baths like your human family members, but how often should they get a scrub-down? This video offers tips for timing your dog’s baths and pet grooming sessions.

    For most dogs, the maximum number of baths you should give is one per week, and often, less frequently is better for your dog’s skin and coat. Pet grooming needs differ from breed to breed, so ask your groomer for a good schedule for your dog.

    EZ Pet Care makes caring for your pets easy, with mobile pet grooming, pet waste removal, and cat and dog food delivery in Dallas. Find out more about our services by calling (888) 613-1320.

  • Your Feline Food Questions, Answered

    Feeding your cat a healthy diet will keep him or her active and strong for life. Choosing the right food for your feline, however, can be easier said than done. Once you select the best diet for your pet, Metro Pet , EZ Pet Care’s cat and dog food delivery service, will bring your chosen food to your door, so you never have to worry about running out. The answers to these frequently asked questions about cat food will help you select the right option for your pet.

    Is wet food or dry food healthier for my cat?
    Many people believe that dry food is the healthiest choice, but in reality, wet food can pack more nutrients in some cases. Each kind of cat food has its pros and cons, so the choice comes down to your cat’s needs and preferences. For example, if your cat has dental health problems, dry food is a better choice, but cats with urinary tract problems can benefit from the added moisture in wet food. Your vet can give you advice that is specific to your cat.

    Can my cat and dog share food?
    Although cat and dog food may not look especially different from each other, they have very different nutritional contents. If your cat sometimes steals some of your dog’s kibble, it won’t hurt him or her, but feeding your cat and dog the same food on a regular basis will result in nutritional deficiencies and health problems. Choose a food made specifically for cats for your feline family member.

    Should I leave cat food out all day or feed at specific times?
    Most cats prefer to nibble, which makes leaving food out all day a good strategy. However, pay close attention to the amount of food you provide each day, so that you don’t overfeed your pet and so that you can detect times when your cat is eating less than normal. If your cat eats as soon as you put the food down, you could also opt to feed at specific times, as long as the amounts are monitored.

    Picking a cat food is hard. Getting it delivered to your home is easy with EZ Pet Care’s cat and dog food delivery in Dallas . For information about our food delivery, pet grooming, and pet waste management services, call (888) 613-1320.

  • Potty Training Basics for New Puppy Parents

    Bringing a new puppy home is thrilling, but it’s also a lot of work. One of the biggest jobs new puppy parents face is potty training. Fully potty training a puppy can take four to six months, or even longer for smaller breeds that have tiny bladders, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t see the effects of your training efforts right away. For pet parents, having a strategy for pet waste removal should also be part of the potty training process. These basics will help you get your pet potty trained as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

    Start with a Schedule
    Puppies can learn to start holding it by around 12 weeks of age, but keep in mind that, up until that time, your puppy will have gotten used to going potty anywhere, any time. You will need to break that habit, and a schedule is a good place to start. Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning, immediately after eating or playing, and every hour or so to start, slowly extending the time between potty breaks. Don’t give your dog the run of the house in between. If you can’t supervise your pet, crate him or her.

    Reward Instead of Punishing
    When your pet goes potty outside, praise him or her and provide a treat. When he or she has an accident, don’t punish. Instead, clap your hands and take your pet outside immediately to potty. If you find an accident after the fact, rubbing your puppy’s nose in it and yelling won’t work—he or she can’t make the connection between the potty stain and your anger.

    Take Your Pet to the Same Spot
    Bring your puppy to the same spot in the yard for every potty break. The smell will encourage him or her to use the spot again. However, keep in mind that dog feces should be cleaned up regularly to avoid attracting rodents and to prevent the spread of disease.

    EZ Pet Care makes pet waste removal easy, so you can focus on the training process. Find out how to arrange for our team to remove dog waste in Dallas from your yard by calling (888) 613-1320.

  • Decoding the Meanings of Your Dog’s Stomach Noises

    Devoted puppy parents pay close attention to every aspect of their pet’s health. You’ll undoubtedly hear your dog’s stomach make some odd noises from time to time. In most cases, this is perfectly normal. Your dog’s stomach will likely be the loudest right before mealtimes and after eating his or her favorite dog food . Here’s a closer look at what those noises mean.

    Hunger Signals
    The muscles around your dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract routinely contract, even when the stomach is empty. As the GI tract moves, it produces some rumbling noises—just like those in a hungry human. Your dog’s stomach will grumble more loudly when it’s hungry than when it’s digesting dog food. You’ll probably hear it the clearest first thing in the morning before breakfast.

    Digestion Noises
    The GI tract gets even busier when food is moving through it. The muscles contract, and food gets broken down and converted to energy. All that movement produces stomach noises, although these tend to be a little quieter than the sounds that indicate your dog is hungry. Digestion noises can be louder when a dog has more gas than usual, or when a dog wolfs down the food quickly after having an empty stomach.

    Ingested Air
    Speaking of wolfing down dog food, eating too quickly can cause dogs to ingest more air than usual. This increases gas activity in the GI tract, which can cause the noticeable stomach noises. It can also cause your dog to burp. If your dog seems to be eating too quickly , there are a few tricks you can try. Look for a “slow feeder” dog bowl or a food puzzle. These allow the food to settle into nooks and crannies. Your dog will still be able to get the food, but it’ll take longer.

    The team at EZ Pet Care genuinely cares about your dog’s well-being. We deliver high-quality dog food to homes in Dallas, and we even provide dog poop cleanup services! Call today at (888) 613-1320 or browse our website to find out about our dog food delivery and poop scooper services.

  • Why Pet Waste Removal Is Critical for Your Community

    It’s a privilege to be a dog parent, even though certain aspects of pet care are less than glamorous. Pet waste removal is probably not your idea of a fun activity, but it’s definitely essential. If it isn’t picked up promptly, dog feces pollutes the environment and endangers your property, family, and community. Plus, having an unclean yard discourages your family from enjoying the great outdoors.

    Pet waste pollutes groundwater and waterways.
    When it’s left on the ground, dog poop doesn’t necessarily stay there. The feces and all of the diseases it can harbor runs off into the groundwater and into streams, rivers, and lakes. This is a serious public safety problem. A single gram of dog feces contains about 23 million bacteria , according to Live Science, including E. coli, giardia, and salmonella. In fact, about 20% to 30% of all bacteria found in urban watersheds can be traced back to dog poop. When dog parents practice prompt pet waste removal, or hire a company to do it for them, they’re investing in a greener, healthier planet for generations to come.

    Bacteria from pet waste can pollute the air.
    It seems like common sense that dog feces could cause earth-bound pollution. But you may be surprised to learn that pet waste can even contaminate the air your family breathes. Pet waste can indeed become aerosolized. Research in urban areas indicates that one of the dominant forms of bacteria in the outdoor air can be traced directly to dog feces. Plus, dog waste can take a long time to break down. Depending on the climate, it may take up to a year to break down. During that time, it’ll continue polluting the air. And long after it’s gone, the bacteria will remain.

    If you’re spending too much time cleaning up after your pet, and not enough time enjoying your pet’s company, give EZ Pet Care a call! With our dog poop service available in Dallas, we’ll drive out to your home, clean up your yard, and apply yard deodorizer to keep your property looking great. Call us at (888) 613-1320.

  • What Is Included in a Grooming Session?

    Pets are pretty good at getting dirty. Cats enjoy flopping around in the dirt, and dogs will happily trot through muddy puddles. Keeping your pets clean can be hard work, so let us do it for you! EZ Pet Care will come to your home with our mobile pet grooming equipment. We offer a comprehensive grooming package to get your pet looking his or her best.

    By the time we’re done with a dog grooming session, your beloved pet will have had a relaxing bath with heated water, followed by a fluff dry and thorough brushing. Then, we’ll give your pet a haircut, clean his or her ears, and add some pet-safe spray cologne for an extra fresh scent. Our mobile pet grooming session also includes a nail trim. We’ll even brush your pet’s teeth to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay!

    Professional pet grooming in Dallas is just a phone call away. Call EZ Pet Care at (888) 613-1320 to request an appointment for your animal companion.

  • Human Foods That Make Good Snacks for Pets

    Pet parents are often cautioned to avoid giving their furry friends foods that are intended for human consumption. While it’s true that pets can’t eat a lot of what humans typically do, they can safely enjoy small amounts of vegetables and fruits. Consider supplementing your cat or dog’s food with pumpkin, for example, which is good for their digestion.

    When you watch this video, you’ll learn about a few other human foods that your cat or dog may enjoy. Remember to only offer unseasoned, plain foods, and to wash them well beforehand. Apple slices, cantaloupe, and green beans are other good choices.

    EZ Pet Care is here to help if you’re having trouble making it to the store to pick up your dog’s food this week. Request our local dog food delivery services in Dallas by calling (888) 613-1320.