• Signs of Stiff Joints in Dogs

    Senior dogs are most susceptible to stiff joints, although younger dogs may sometimes have problems with them too. In particular, German shepherds, rottweilers, golden retrievers, and Labrador retrievers tend to be susceptible to stiff joints. If your dog is suffering from joint discomfort, you may notice that he or she doesn’t like to go up and down the stairs. Your dog may become tired more easily or lag behind during walks.

    A dog with stiff joints will also tend to lie down more often than he or she sits or stands. In severe cases, a dog may whimper, growl, or snap when someone tries to touch the joints. It’s distressing to see a beloved pup in pain, but a veterinarian can help. One remedy the vet may recommend is a joint health supplement, which you can order along with your dog food delivery.

    You might already be familiar with the dog food delivery services in Dallas by EZ Pet Care, but did you know we also deliver high-quality pet supplements right to your door? Call (888) 613-1320 to arrange a dog food delivery or request our pet waste removal service.

  • 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!