• 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!

  • Selecting a Haircut Style for Long-Haired Dogs

    Some breeds of long-haired dogs, like retrievers, will grow fur to a maximum length. Other breeds have fur that just keeps on growing, like poodles. Both types need regular pet grooming to keep the coat healthy and tangle-free. If you aren’t sure which type of haircut to select for your dog, consider asking the groomer for a style that’s aligned with the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standards. The AKC breed standards were developed to enhance the natural beauty and evolutionary features of each breed.

    The Puppy Cut
    The puppy cut is an adorable hairstyle that works well on long-haired dogs of all ages. If you request the puppy cut, the groomer will trim the fur shorter around the head, tail, and feet. The rest of the fur is only lightly trimmed, but still shaped to flatter the dog’s body.

    The Lion Cut
    The lion cut is as wild as the puppy cut is tame. As the name implies, the lion cut features a dramatic “mane” of fur around the head and neck. The groomer will also leave poufs of fur just above the feet and at the tip of the tail. The rest of the body is shaved fairly close to the skin. The lion cut is ideal for long-haired dogs that have very dense coats. Portuguese water dogs, Löwchens, poodles, and Pomeranians can all pull off this bold hairstyle.

    The Westie Cut
    The Westie cut is indeed traditional for West Highland terriers, but other breeds can have it too. The groomer will thin the undercoat with a stripping comb. The fur on the shoulders and back is trimmed to about two inches in length, and the leg fur is left about four inches long. The fur on the body blends into a “skirt,” and the fur on the head is trimmed so that it frames the face.

    It isn’t easy to keep a long-haired dog’s coat under control, but EZ Pet Care makes grooming hassle-free with our mobile pet grooming services in Dallas. Our professionals will come right to your door to bathe and style your pet within our self-contained grooming salon. Call a friendly staff member at (888) 613-1320 if you’d like to schedule a dog grooming appointment at your home.

  • 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!

  • 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.