• 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How to Tell If Your Dog Has Fleas

    Itchy flea bites can make your dog miserable. And they can easily infest the rest of your home and family. You can keep your dog flea-free with mobile pet grooming services and flea prevention products recommended by your veterinarian. If you do notice any potential signs of a flea infestation, give your dog a bath right away.

    Behavior
    Since fleas are only about three millimeters long, you may need to rely on indirect signs to determine whether your dog is infested. Your suspicions might be raised if you notice your dog scratching, licking, or biting excessively at the skin and fur. Fleas like to bite dogs in the head, neck, tail, groin, and armpit areas.

    Skin and Fur
    Some dogs display fur loss in response to fleas. Occasionally, this is caused by a reaction to the fleas themselves. But often, it occurs because the dog scratches, bites, and licks the area excessively. Take a closer look at your dog’s skin, particularly in the groin and belly areas. Look for red, pimple-like bumps. These may be flea bites. Without treatment, the red bumps may turn into crusty, infected lesions.

    Flea Dirt
    Flea dirt is a polite term for flea feces. One way to tell if your dog has fleas is to wear bright white socks and walk through your home. Scuff your feet in areas where your dog likes to nap. Then, take off your socks and examine them for flea dirt. It will look like very small, black specks. Sprinkle some water on any black specks you find. If the specks turn a dark reddish color, they are flea dirt. Another method is to use a flea comb. Have your dog stand on a white towel. Place a bowl of soapy water nearby and comb your dog. You might see flea dirt accumulate on the comb and the towel. If you see any live fleas on the comb, you can drown them in the bowl of water.

    There’s an easy way to keep your beloved dog clean and free of fleas—mobile pet grooming by EZ Pet Care. Our pet grooming experts in Dallas will arrive at your door with everything needed to bathe your pup in our self-contained, mobile unit. Just call (888) 613-1320 to request an appointment and let us handle the rest!