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How To Maintain a Shiny and Healthy Dog Coat

How To Maintain a Shiny and Healthy Dog Coat

Worried your dog isn’t ready for the catwalk?

A dog’s coat is an indicator of overall health. If you’re concerned that it’s looking dull or lifeless, it’s time to find out why.

There are a few changes you can make to help promote a healthy dog coat. Let’s take a look at them below.

Nutrition

Most good health tips start with nutrition.

After all, food is how our body repairs and rebuilds itself. The same is true for dogs. If you notice your dog’s coat looks dull, try looking at their diet first.

Much of the dog food you can buy off the shelf is poorly balanced. It’s loaded with empty calories and additives. Look for alternatives that contain a balance of nutrients and come recommended by vets.

You won’t see improvement in your dog’s coat instantly. But give it a few weeks and you may get that sheen back. Better nutrition can fight skin conditions that contribute to a dull coat, too.

Bathe Regularly

Dogs can get just as smelly and gross as we do. Over time, dirt and oil build-up in your dog’s coat will dull its sheen.

Bathe your dog at least monthly to strip away the dirt. Use this time to treat them with a shampoo that nourishes their skin and adds luster to their fur.

Try not to bathe your dog too regularly, though. If you wash them every few days, you’ll strip out the natural oils in their fur, which will leave it looking frizzy and lifeless.

Still not satisfied? Consider a professional grooming service. They’ll know what promotes a healthy coat.

Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are the building blocks mammals use for healthy skin, among other benefits. They’re also key to a healthy dog coat.

Fresh fish is one of nature’s best sources of fatty acids like Omega-3. You can incorporate fish like tuna into your dog’s food to give them a treat and promote a healthy coat.

Omega-6 is another essential fatty acid. Poultry and vegetable oil are both great sources of Omega-6. Some dog foods contain vegetable oil. But you can also treat your dog with the occasional chicken breast to give them a boost.

If you don’t want to go to the source, you can always buy supplements of Omega-6 and Omega-3 to add to your dog’s food. But generally, it’s better to get them from natural sources where possible.

Fresh Air and Exercise

Like humans, a dog’s biology thrives on exercise.

Dogs experience all the same problems we do with a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of exercise can lead to weight gain, and cause knock-on problems like skin conditions and a loss of sheen in their fur.

Make sure you’re taking your dog out for regular walks in the fresh air. Give them time to play and stretch their legs outside. This stimulates the body and ensures it’s operating at peak efficiency.

Small Steps for a Healthy Dog Coat

A healthy dog coat doesn’t have to be hard work.

By making these few lifestyle tweaks, your dog’s coat can shine like their personality.

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Cat Teeth Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Cat Teeth Cleaning Tips and Tricks

How often are you brushing your cat’s teeth?

If you are like many cat owners, the answer is probably “I’m supposed to brush their teeth? Ha! How?” But cat teeth cleaning is incredibly important to your kitty’s overall health.

Like humans, cats can get gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and may even require surgery in advanced stages. Luckily, regular teeth cleaning can treat and prevent gum disease.

Of course, any cat owner knows that it can be hard to get your cat to do what you want, even if it is what’s best. Read on for cat teeth cleaning tips and tricks.

Everything You Need to Know About Cat Teeth Cleaning

Make brushing your cat’s teeth is a part of the regular grooming you already do with your cat. This guide will help get you started.

What to Use

Use a cat toothbrush to brush your cat’s teeth. These have soft bristles and are specially designed for cats’ mouths.

There are also pet toothbrushes that you can wear on your finger, and in a pinch, a soft child’s toothbrush will work.

Never use human toothpaste, salt, or baking soda for brushing your cat’s teeth. These are dangerous to their health.

Instead, use a pet-friendly paste. These are flavored with fish or chicken to make them more palatable for your pet.

How to Brush

You may have to start slowly over the course of a few days to get them comfortable with the process. Begin by letting your cat taste the toothpaste. See if she will let you rub a little into her gums and teeth.

Once you’re ready, follow these steps:

  1. Hold your cat on your lap in a comfortable spot. Spend a few minutes petting her.
  2. When she’s relaxed, lift her lips to expose her gums and teeth.
  3. Brush in a gentle downward motion, away from the gums. Clean the outside-facing portion of the teeth. Your cat likely won’t let you clean the inside.
  4. Continue until you’ve brushed all her teeth. Be sure to get the very back ones as plaque builds up there.

That’s it! There is no need to rinse as cat toothpaste is safe to ingest.

How Often Do I Brush?

Ideally, you’ll brush your cat’s teeth on a daily basis. However, if this isn’t possible, brush them as often as you can.

Brushing a few times a week will still be beneficial and help prevent gum disease. The more regularly you brush, the more accustom to it your cat will become, and the easier it will be.

What Do I Do if My Cat Resists?

Cats aren’t exactly known for being cooperative, especially when it comes to cat teeth cleaning. Don’t give up if your cat is resistant to brushing at first.

You can try wrapping your cat in a blanket or towel before brushing, which will make it harder for them to fight or escape. You might have to brush only a few teeth at a time.

For some cats, you may also need to take it very slow at first. As we mentioned above, let them taste the toothpaste. Spend some time petting them, and then gently try to lift their lips and expose their teeth.

Do this over the course of a few days or weeks until they are used to you touching their mouth. Make sure to give them lots of pets afterward to make it a positive experience!

Time to Call the Professionals

If you have a really resistant cat, or if you think your cat’s teeth need a deeper clean than you provide, calling in a professional cat groomer may be the solution. Lucky Dawg can brush your cat’s teeth for you, along with the usual bath and nail trim that comes with a professional grooming.

Does your cat hate the car? In addition to our salon, we also offer mobile grooming. That’s right! We come to you!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or set up a time for mobile grooming.

5 Dog Odor Remedies That Work

5 Dog Odor Remedies That Work

There are few things worse than a stinky dog. Whether it’s a wet dog, a skunked dog or just a plain smelly dog there must be some way to alleviate the stench.

The good news is that there are remedies that can help this situation.

Dogs carry odors naturally. They have scent glands that produce body odor, though humans can’t usually detect this scent. If your dog is not groomed properly or they are prone to infection, smells can become a problem.

Other smells may be a product of perspiration if your dog produces too much oil from their skin.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of these nasty smells and keep them from getting in your carpets and furniture, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re discussing home dog odor remedies you can count on.

Keep reading to learn more.

Dog Odor Remedies

Some home treatments can make you and your dog feel better with little to no effort. Others are a little more involved but worth the patience for results that last.

Here are 5 dog odor remedies that work.

Water & Vinegar

Vinegar is great for removing odors from fabrics and carpets so why not use it on your dog? It’s not harmful and it can eliminate odors almost immediately.

Simply mix about a third of vinegar in a misting spray bottle with water. Shake it well and spray it on your dog.

Essential Oils

If your dog is super smelly you can add essential oils to your vinegar water mix.

Add about five to ten drops of your choice of essential oils such as lemon, lavender or vanilla. You can also use this mixture to spray on your carpets and other places where your dog lays.

Baking Soda

Instead of using vinegar, you can also use baking soda in your spray bottle mix.

You can mix about a quarter cup of baking soda with water and spray liberally on your dog and areas that he or she sleeps and lays.

Dishwashing Liquid & Peroxide

What if your dog got skunked? That’s some really smelly stuff! But have no fear, there are dog odor remedies for this situation, too.

Mix hydrogen peroxide with about a quarter cup of baking soda and add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. You can apply the mixture to your dog using gloves if you prefer to prevent the smell from getting on you and your clothes.

Let it sit for about twenty minutes (or less – peroxide will bleach your dog’s fur if you don’t remove the mixture in time).

Rinse the mixture out with pet shampoo and rinse again. You can also try this remedy for other smelly situations.

Pet Shampoo

There are many varieties of pet shampoo available. You can search online or your favorite pet store to find the one that works best for you and your dog. Some pet shampoos are specifically designed for removing different smells on your dog.

Final Thoughts

Pet odors can be extremely frustrating to deal with. But once you know how to manage the situation you can rest easy. If you’re struggling to remove pet odors from your home, try using an odor eliminating pet spray. You can also use baking soda on your carpets and furniture.

If you still have questions or don’t want to do it yourself, contact us. We’ll even come to you!

How to Properly Clean Dog Ears

How to Properly Clean Dog Ears

Have you ever tried to clean dog ears?

It can be a tricky challenge because as a general rule, dogs don’t like to have their ears cleaned. They squirm, the growl, they might snap at you.

On top of that, one wrong move and you can do permanent damage to the dog’s ears.

How can you be sure you’re able to clean your dog ears without hurting them?

Keep reading to find out how you can clean your dog’s ears and keep them happy and hearing well.

Why Clean Dog Ears?

Our team is often asked whether it’s necessary to clean dog ears. Our answer is “Absolutely!”

Cleaning your dog’s ears will help reduce the chances of infections and clear out the wax build-up.

How often you clean your dog’s ears will depend on a couple of factors. Some breeds will require more frequent cleaning than others.

Usually, once a month is sufficient for most dogs. If your dog likes to swim or gets their wet, you should clean them more often.

How to Perform the Cleaning

To clean dog ears, you want to make sure they have recently been groomed. A good grooming will remove hair from the ear canal, making it easier to remove excess wax.

Dog ears are very sensitive and are comprised of three main areas, so you want to be sure you’re applying the right amount of pressure.

You should only use over-the-counter solutions purchased from your vet or groomer. Solutions made with peroxide or vinegar aren’t recommended.

You can start by putting a small amount of solution on a cotton ball or drip the solution directly into the dog’s ear.

Start cleaning on the outside of the ear and work your way to the inner ear. Then work on the other ear.

The whole process should take around five minutes.

If you clean your dog’s ears often, you might notice some behavioral changes over time. You’re training them to allow you to touch them.

How to Keep Your Dog Calm During Cleaning

This part required patience because you’re essentially training your dog to handle the ear cleaning. They might be afraid of this type of handling, and will likely be timid at first.

You can give your dog a belly rub or a treat to start. Then, you can gently pet your dog and keep them calm as you start to clean their ears.

You Can Always Leave It to Professionals

We love our dogs and want to do everything we can to keep them happy and comfortable.

Cleaning your dog’s ears is an important step to reduce the chance of painful ear infections. You have to remember to be calm and gentle as you go through the process, or you can do damage to your dog’s ears.

If you don’t want to take your chances, you can leave cleaning your dog’s ears to professional. Lucky Dawg Pet Services offers mobile and salon grooming for your convenience.

Contact us today to schedule a grooming appointment for your dog!

Why Regular Dog Nail Clipping is So Important

Why Regular Dog Nail Clipping is So Important

Does your dog put on a tap number every time they walk across the floor?

That’s a sign it’s time for some dog nail clipping!

Trimming your dog’s nails is a vital aspect of their health and grooming habits. True, your dog might be quite apprehensive about the process, but we have some tips to share that should do the trick.

Read on to see why keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is so important, and how to do it.

Why Dog Nail Clipping is Important

In the wild, dogs spent much of their time roaming around the land. This naturally eroded away at their nails and kept them short and trimmed.

Now, most urban dogs spend much of their time indoors on your nicely cleaned and coated floors.

When your dog’s nails grow past a certain length, they come in contact with the floor constantly. This can put a massive strain on their toes, and in turn, their paws.

It’s like wearing shoes that are too tight, crushing your toes back inwards.

If this goes on for too long, the joints of your dog’s foot will actually rearrange to compensate. The toes will spread out to ease the pressure, and the foot itself will lay flat to adjust.

Stay on top of your dog nail clipping habits to make sure your pooch stays in fit shape and presentable!

How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

First, get dog specific nail clippers. Unlike humans, a dog’s nail is very rounded, like a cylinder. You’ll want to get a U-shaped clipper made for dogs, or a motorized nail filing device if you prefer.

Be very careful not to trim too close to your dog’s toe. There is a vein here called the “quick.” It’s full of nerve endings, so clipping it can be quite painful.

If you do accidentally nick the quick, don’t worry. While painful and some blood will come out, it can easily be bandaged up some gauze.

Be sure to apply a little hydrogen peroxide to the wound to ward off any germs and bacteria.

Start off slow and gentle, a little bit at a time.

Most breeds of dogs have nails that lighten as they get closer to the foot, like human nails. This can make it easier to identify the quick and stay clear.

Others will have much darker nails, so take your time identifying the proper spot for clipping.

If your dog is fidgety, that’s OK. It’s a strange process for them to go through. Over repeated sessions, they’ll get more comfortable with the practice.

If need be, offer them plenty of treats to ease their worries. But remember, you’re in charge, so don’t let your dog think they can scurry away after each nail.

Be gentle, but firm.

Let’s Get Clipping!

It’s a healthy practice for your pooch.

If it’s a bit much for you, though, you can always take your canine companion to the groomers for their dog nail clipping! It’s a one-stop ticket for all your pet’s grooming needs, like bathing, hair styling, and other necessary cleaning habits.

Contact us now for an appointment at our shop, or visit one of our mobile salons.