• 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!