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The Ultimate Pet Guide For Flea & Tick Prevention

The Ultimate Pet Guide For Flea & Tick Prevention

Summer in California is sunny, hot, and the season for fleas and ticks. It’s so important to be proactive in keeping your dog and cat safe from these terrible little creatures. When dogs and cats are susceptible to flea or tick bites, they are at risk for diseases. Unfortunately, vaccines for tick-borne diseases are not yet available. It’s extremely important to use flea and tick prevention products on your furry family members.

Did you know that when a dog or cat is bitten by a tick the signs and symptoms don’t typically appear for 7-21 days? Keeping an eye on your pet for changes in behavior or appetite is imperative, especially if you have your suspicions that they’ve been the main course of a tick’s dinner.

Stop Tick-Borne Diseases Before They Happen

There are plenty of things you can do to reduce the chance of your cat or dog being infected with a tick-borne disease. Your first step should be an appointment with your veterinarian. Getting your pet a good once-over by the doctor is key. At this appointment, you can ask your vet any tick-related questions you may have and for the best ways to keep your pet safe.

Here are some other tips for tick prevention:

  • Check your dog or cat daily for ticks, especially if they spend time outside
  • If you find a tick on your pet, properly remove it, ASAP
  • At each vet appointment, have your dog checked over for ticks
  • Take measures to reduce tick habitats in your yard
  • Research and discover which tick preventatives are best for your pet

Keep in mind that cats are far more sensitive to chemicals than dogs. Always ask your vet to point you in the direction of feline-friendly tick repellents.

Make sure to check the following areas when examining your pet for ticks:

  • In and around the ears
  • Around the eyelids
  • Under the collar
  • Under the front legs
  • Between the toes
  • Between the back legs
  • Around the tail

Prevent Fleas From Infesting Your Pet

Dogs and cats need flea protection all year round, not only in summer. This is because most fleas thrive in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees. Most of our homes meet these temperature thresholds, even during winter. It’s important that your pet remain effectively protected with high-quality products.

Which leads us to our next point: Don’t use expired flea products! The efficacy begins to wear off, significantly, after the expiry date. This leaves your dog or cat open to a flea infestation. It’s wise to check with your vet about the products you plan to use and what their shelf lives are.

Using canine flea and tick prevention products on your cat is a mega no-no. Dogs and cats do not metabolize chemicals in the same way. Your cat is far more sensitive to medications than your dog. Using a canine flea treatment on your cat can seriously injure or kill your pet. Make sure to thoroughly read all product labels. If you are unsure of a product being safe for cats, ask your veterinarian.

Regularly check your cat or dog for fleas. Unlike ticks, fleas are much easier to notice. They swarm your pets’ body and often culminate in groups. You’ll often see sore spots, bleeding, and itching when a flea infestation is severe. Your dog or cat may even excessively scratch or bite at themselves to relieve the itching and discomfort.

Regular grooming is vital in keeping fleas and other parasites from calling your pet’s body, home. Lucky Dog Pet Grooming Salon knows exactly how and where to check your pet for fleas during the grooming process.

Keeping your yard neat and tidy is another excellent way to deter fleas from bothering your pets. Fleas love to congregate in warm, moist, shady areas with lots of grass and leaves. Raking and mowing can help keep them away.

Lastly, taking your pet to the vet for regular checkups is important. Your vet can examine your cat or dog for signs of flea infestation and also counsel you on the best preventative measures.

Get Flea And Tick Prevention Tips From Lucky Dawg Pet Grooming Salon

We want to see your pet healthy and free of ticks and fleas just as much as you do. Schedule an appointment with our friendly staff today for your professional grooming services, whether that be an in-salon visit or our mobile grooming services. Feel free to contact us with any flea and tick prevention questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Cat Grooming: How To Tackle Your Cat’s Shedding

Cat Grooming: How To Tackle Your Cat’s Shedding

Cat Grooming. Those words strike terror into the hearts of even the biggest cat lover. Feline parents know how our babies feel about having their routine upset. Some cats would rather spend one of their nine lives than leave their comfy bed and take a bath!

But it’s summer, and your house is awash in cat fur. For the sanity sake, your cat needs grooming. We know you hate to stress your cat out, but did you realize seeing a groomer a few times a year can prevent serious health problems down the road?

Most cat breeds will shed their winter coat in the spring and summer months. While aggravating, there’s no need for worry. It’s perfectly normal. Help the process along with regular brushing and a bath. If this doesn’t remedy the issue, it could be time to let a professional help.

If your cat gets too stressed out from traveling back and forth from the groomers, consider mobile cat grooming. The groomer will come out to you at your convenience.

Once a groomer has seen your cat, they can help determine if this is normal shedding or if your cat seems to have a problem causing the fur loss.

What’s Normal Shedding And What’s Not?

Nearly all furry animals will shed some of their coat starting in the spring. Outdoor cats will shed more than indoor cats, but they all drop fur. Some cat breeds with the worst shedding include Maine Coon, Persian, Siberian, Himalayan, Chartreux and the American Curl.

If your cat is one of these breeds (or a mix) expect lots of shedding…and lots of cat grooming. If you are looking to adopt a new kitty, and you want a cat with low grooming needs, you may want to consider one of these breeds: Siamese, Cornish Rex, Turkish Angora Bombay, Burmese or a Bengal. Regardless of the cat you have, regular brushing and bathing should help control annoying shedding.

If you have a cat who is shedding in clumps, is continually itching, or has stopped grooming themselves altogether, there may be a bigger problem.

Underlying Causes Of Shedding

Sometimes no matter how well you groom your cat, the shedding continues. Then it’s time to see if there is something else going on. Common reasons for excess shedding include:

  1. Pests such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Even indoor cats can end up with pests like fleas. Make sure you are giving your cats the proper medication for the control of insects.
  2. Allergies. Just like people, animals can have allergies to grasses, food, or pollen. A vet will have to check for allergies and prescribe the right medication and environmental changes.
  3. Poor diet. A cat needs enough fat and nutrients in their food to maintain a healthy coat. A poor diet will cause shedding and more cat grooming. Make sure your cat food meets all nutritional needs.
  4. Hormone imbalance. Giving birth, spaying, or neutering can all cause your cat’s hormones to fluctuate and induce shedding. This will usually rectify itself.
  5. Stress. All fur parents know that cats hate stress. A new routine, an added pet to the home, or going to the vet will cause excess shedding until the stress is over.
  6. Tumors and cancer. Discolored skin, lumps, and excess shedding can be signs of a rare, but severe condition. Regular grooming can help find anything out of the ordinary that a vet needs to look at.

How Regular Cat Grooming Can Detect Problems

If you are regularly brushing your cat, but the shedding is still a problem, you may want to consider professional grooming. An experienced groomer sees hundreds of pets and has a better idea of what’s normal and what’s not.

Fleas, bumps, hair clumping, discolorations are all things a groomer can find and report to you. A flea infestation can cause anemia, a condition where the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Your cat will itch, shed, and feel tired. A vet can quickly correct the situation before it becomes severe. Young cats are especially at risk.

Your older or overweight cat may stop grooming themselves altogether as they aren’t as limber as they should be. It’s essential for your cat’s health that they stay clean and groomed.

Contact The Lucky Dawg Salon & Mobile Grooming Team For Your Fur Baby!

Our caring and experienced pet groomers are ready to answer your cat grooming questions. Are you undecided about whether mobile or salon grooming is right for your cat? We can help you make the best choice based on your pet’s personality.

For mobile grooming, please call 310-784-0566. For salon grooming call 310-784-0775. You can also reach us by using our contact us form. Make sure to like us on Facebook!

What Happens At A Lucky Dawg Dog Grooming Appointment?

What Happens At A Lucky Dawg Dog Grooming Appointment?

Your furry family member will appreciate a fresh dog grooming session and give it two paws up! At Lucky Dawg Dog grooming we offer both mobile and salon pet pampering services. The type of grooming services your dog will receive depend on a few different variables. As you probably already know, every dog is different. Some pups require certain services that others do not, such as ear hair trims and nail clips. Whatever the needs of your pet may be, we’re ready to accommodate them.

First Thing’s First

We want to get to know you and your dog a bit before we jump right into the grooming session. Whether you use our mobile service or bring your pet into the salon, we’ll spend a moment or two getting information about your dog. It’s important that we learn about any health issues your dog may have and whether they experience anxiety or nervousness around new people and loud noises.

Next, we’ll confirm the grooming services that are appropriate for your pet with you. Your pet’s grooming session is customizable and can include a bath, haircut, nail trim, ear cleaning, etc. If your dog has a medium to long coat, we’ll go over the look and style that you’d like them to have.

It’s our top priority to keep your dog safe, comfortable, and happy while they are in our care. We also want you to be completely satisfied with the results.

Let The Dog Grooming Begin!

Now that we’ve got all the formalities out of the way, it’s time to make your fur baby look like a million bucks. It’s important to remember that your dog’s services will differ from another client’s services. The following bullet list is simply an example of what a full groom would look like.

  • Nail trim
  • Trimming of paw pad hair
  • Sanitary trim
  • Coat trim
  • Ear hair pluck and clean
  • Coat brush-out
  • Bath
  • Blow dry
  • Hairstyling

Keep in mind that your dog certainly can have our full-groom service, or, you can pick from the list of what you’d like your pet to have done. Some owners prefer their dogs to have coat trims with every grooming visit while others opt to only have ear hair plucks and nail trims, for example. The choice is yours.

All services are available at our salon or during mobile pet grooming.

Give Your Dog The Star Treatment At Lucky Dawg Dog Grooming

We understand that your dog means the world to you, and while they are in our care, they mean the world to us, too! Lucky Dawg offers both mobile and salon grooming. Give our staff a call today to decide which one will work best for you and your pet. We offer full-scale grooming services that we’d love to chat with you about. Feel free to contact us HERE. When you choose Lucky Dawg, you choose the BEST!

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Salon Or Mobile Grooming For Your Furry Feline?

Salon Or Mobile Grooming For Your Furry Feline?

Our goal is to help you find the best option for your cat. After all, they are a member of your family. We understand how important it is for your four-legged friend to have a grooming experience that is comfortable and safe.

Salon Grooming For Your Cat

If you’re like most pet owners, a grooming salon is probably the first place that comes to mind in terms of getting your furry feline squeaky clean. Salons have all the tools and products to groom your cat in a safe and effective way. If you choose a grooming salon like Lucky Dawg, you can rest assured your cat will be treated like royalty.

Pros:

  • Price: Grooming salons are typically more affordable than the mobile pet grooming option. This is largely due to the brick and mortar salon being able to see more pets during the day than a mobile salon. Due to the higher volume of pets being groomed, salons can keep their prices a bit lower. Sometimes, pet salon shops will offer in-store discounts and promotional offers.
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  • More Groomers: As the saying goes, “Many hands make for light work”. Grooming salons often have multiple groomers on staff. This means they can help each other with cats that might have special needs or behavioral issues. Multiple groomers also cover for each other. If your pet’s groomer cancels your appointment there will probably be another groomer to take their place.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Scheduling and/or rescheduling appointments is often much easier in a shop type setting versus mobile pet grooming. This is because they have more openings available.
  • Longer Grooming Times: For some, this can be an annoyance. However, if you have a senior cat or a pet with special needs, longer grooming may be beneficial.

Cons:

  • Distractions: Some salons have a receptionist or secretary for answering phones and checking in clients. However, some do not, which means the groomers will be distracted with other duties other than pampering your cat.
  • Kennels: Some shops place pets into kennels while they wait for their turn to be groomed. This can cause anxiety and stress for your cat if the wait time is long.
  • Noisy: Grooming salons are going to be buzzing with other pets, phones ringing, music, etc. Some cats do not handle this type of chaos, well.

Summary – There are pros and cons to salon grooming. Lucky Dawg makes sure your cat has the best possible experience at our shop.

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Mobile Grooming For Your Cat

The pet grooming industry is growing by leaps and bounds each and every year. One trend that has recently hit the streets is mobile cat grooming. This convenient service offers many things for you and your cat. Be advised, there are pros and cons to mobile cat grooming.

Pros:

  • Convenient: When you don’t feel like leaving your house to go to a noisy salon, have the salon come to you! Mobile pet grooming is highly convenient for both you and your cat.
  • Dog-Free: Most kitties don’t mesh well with doggos. The mobile grooming environment extinguishes any interaction between your cat and other client’s dogs.
  • Faster Grooming Times: By comparison, salon grooming time versus mobile grooming time has about a 1-2-hour difference. Mobile grooming has your cat feeling fresh and fabulous in about 45 minutes.
  • Undivided Attention: Your mobile pet salon groomer is only going to be working on your cat. Therefore, your kitty will be getting the star treatment and won’t have to share the attention with other animals.

Cons:

  • Price: Because mobile pet grooming is a convenience service, the price is often a bit higher than salon prices. Time, travel, and gas are factors that the groomer uses to determine their pricing as well as seeing less clients in a day.
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  • High Velocity Dryer: These types of dryers are great for speedy drying; however, they can be scary for cats due to their loud noises.
  • Limited Scheduling: Mobile groomers may only be in your area at certain times of the month. This limits when you can have your cat groomed. A salon allows you more scheduling flexibility.
  • One Groomer: Unlike a salon, mobile pet grooming only has one set of hands on deck. This can be a good thing in some respects but a bad thing in others. Some cats have special needs that require the help of multiple groomers.
  • Mechanical Issues: Just like any mobile service, these groomers depend largely on their vehicles and equipment to be working properly. When a groomer has a mechanical breakdown, your appointment is going to either be pushed to a different time or day or even canceled altogether. This can be an inconvenience for you because you’ll have to rearrange your schedule.

Summary – Mobile pet grooming comes with the good and the bad depending on your cat’s specific needs.

Contact The Lucky Dawg Salon & Mobile Grooming Team Today!

Our pet grooming connoisseurs are standing by to answer your cat pampering questions! Are you undecided about whether mobile or salon grooming is right for your kitty? We can help you make the best choice based on your pet’s unique needs. Tell us how we can make you and your cat’s day brighter!

For mobile grooming, please call 310-784-0566 or 310-784-0775 for salon grooming. You can also reach out by using our contact us form.

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Dog Grooming Tools Every Parent Should Have At Home

Dog Grooming Tools Every Parent Should Have At Home

While most grooming is best left to the groomers, there is a lot of upkeep that you can do to keep your dog looking and feeling his or her best in between visits to the doggy salon. Dog grooming tools are essential must-haves for every pet-owner’s home.

Most of the home dog grooming tools that you will need are relatively inexpensive and can be found at your local pet store. There is no reason not to keep them on hand.

What Are The Benefits Of Dog Grooming Tools?

Regular home grooming sessions are as much about bonding and trust as they are about keeping your pooch clean. Here are some of the benefits of regular grooming sessions with your pup:

  1. Keeping them clean and healthy with baths will help remove dirt, dust, bacteria, fungi and viruses your dog collects on their fur as well as remove dead skin cells and hairs from your pet’s coat. Your dog’s coat will also look and smell better.
  2. Regular brushing helps prevent mats by eradicating small knots before they get out of control. It can also help with excessive shedding and help reduce allergens in homes with allergy sufferers.
  3. Baths, brushing and other routine grooming activities will create a bond between you and your dog. You will find that brushing may even lull them to sleep. It is a great way to keep your dog looking and feeling great.
  4. Proper nail trimming will help prevent canine-arthritis and other joint-related diseases.

Summary: Regularly grooming your dog with the right tools is important for your bond as well as your dog’s health and happiness.

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What Types Of Dog Grooming Tools Do I Need?

Nail Clippers

Dogs with clipped and trimmed nails are easier on your floors and furniture and often benefit from the shortened nails. There are a few types of dog nail clipper tools to consider:

  • Claw-style: cut the nail in a scissor-like manner but has a spring.
  • Guillotine: cuts the nail when a spring-loaded handle is pushed down.
  • Scissor-like: these do not have springs. They are a good idea for dogs with small, delicate nails.
  • Styptic powder: if you inadvertently cut a nail too short, this powder can help to slow down bleeding.
  • Filing tools: these tools are designed to grind down the nails slowly.

Brushes

There are as many fur types as there are dogs it seems and that’s why there are so many different types of brushes. You need to decide on a comb or brush that is suited to your pooch’s fur. So, let’s talk brushes:

  • Bristle brushes: these types of brushes will have bristles that vary from soft to firm and long to short. Many types of hair will benefit from this type of brush.
  • Wire pin brushes: these brushes are designed for pooches with medium to long fur.
  • Slicker brushes: These brushes are used on tangles and mats.
  • Rakes and mat breakers: these types of brushes are designed for severe tangles
  • Shedding tools: these brushes have special teeth that remove extra hair from double-coated breeds in order to decrease shedding.
  • Flea combs: these combs are for exactly what you think. They are used to spot fleas.
  • Glove brushes: these brushes are gloves that with tiny rubber pegs on the palm and fingers which allow you to stroke your pup while removing dead hair. He won’t even know he is being groomed! They are great for nervous dogs or for young puppies.

Shampoos

Clean fur and skin is the most important part of a hygienic dog’s beauty routine. Let’s go over some types of shampoo:

  • Tear-free shampoo: this cleanser – like the ones for human babies – is designed to protect your dog’s eyes from burning.
  • Oatmeal shampoo: this type of shampoo is intended to calm mildly irritated skin as well as help with itching.
  • Medicated shampoos: these are prescribed by a vet to help dogs with allergies or further skin conditions.
  • Conditioners: these are sometimes used after shampoo to help keep your dog’s coat moisturized and shiny. They are not always necessary.
  • Fur Whitening Shampoo: these types of shampoos are designed explicitly for dogs with white hair because it can get dingy and yellowish so easily.
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Ear Cleaners

Proper ear care for dogs is often ignored, but it is just as vital as upkeep of hair and nails. Talk to a veterinary expert or groomer about the correct methods before you start.

Please note: DO NOT EVER use q-tips or alcohol in your dog’s ears!

Here are some of the tools you will need to keep on hand:

Ear cleansers: these cleansers are specifically designed to help rinse the ear canal.

Cotton balls or pads: these can be used to wipe out debris from the ears.

Ear powder: this powder will help dry the ear canal to prepare it for plucking (this is only necessary for dogs with excess hair or wax.)

Hemostats: these tools are designed to help pluck excess hair but please be sure you know what you are doing before you try.

Ear medications: a veterinarian may prescribe dogs with ear conditions (such as infections or ear mites) medications.

Grooming Wipes

Dogs get muddy, get drooly and get dirty. They just do. When you simply do not have the time or energy for a bath or when the groomer is booked until the next day, what do you do? Keep a pack of pet deodorizing wipes on hand.

Summary: There are many types of tools that can be used to help groom your dog at home but always be sure to speak to a groomer or veterinarian if you have questions or concerns.

Use Your Dog Grooming Tools In Between Salon Visits

Dogs who are well-groomed feel bonded and safe with their owners. Basic everyday care will help keep your pooch happy and healthy as well as strengthen that awesome relationship. However, many grooming tasks are best left to the pros.

Follow Lucky Dawg on Facebook to get updates, news and information about dog health and hygiene. Got questions about dog grooming tools? Call us at the grooming salon: 310-784-0775 or mobile grooming services: 310-784-0566!