Category Archives: Mobile Dog Groomer Norfolk

Lungworm Cases ‘Up 35%’ In 5 Years

puppyBefore you take your pooch to a Norwich mobile dog groomer, make sure you’ve done all you can to protect your pup from lungworm since figures from a leading animal charity have revealed that cases have climbed by more than 35 per cent in five years.

The problem used to be more prevalent in Wales and southern England, but the PDSA is now saying that it is much more widespread than that now, causing weight loss, a cough and difficulty breathing. It can even be fatal in the most extreme of cases.

Vicki Larkham-Jones, PDSA vet, advised dog owners that the parasite is carried by snails and slugs, and becomes problematic when eaten by dogs as they eat grass, drink from puddles, pick up their outdoor toys or nose their way through the undergrowth.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of lungworm at our pet hospitals. In 2009 there were 49 confirmed cases and this had risen to 66 cases in 2014. However, the true figure is likely to be much higher, as not all infected animals can be positively diagnosed,” she said.

The symptoms of lungworm in dogs are initially only seen at extreme moments of exercise, gradually becoming more noticeable as the disease progresses. If you’re at all worried about your dog, make sure you make an appointment with the vet as soon as you possibly can. Chances are your dog won’t have lungworm but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

The Dog Bun Trend – Is It Safe?

dog walkThere’s a new trend on social media that’s all to do with coiffing your dog, but it’s not something you’ll find on offer from the best dog groomer Norwich has on its books. No, it’s the #dogbun trend that’s been sweeping the world’s dog owners.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on men’s hairstyles of late, you might have heard about the rise of the ‘man bun’ – a top knot worn by men that’s been all the rage for the last year – and now it seems that pooch owners have decided it’s a good look for their dogs too.

For many long haired breeds such as the Shih Tzu or Maltese terrier, tying the hair back in a ponytail or sorts has long been a way to allow them to have long hair, without it interfering with their vision – so in that regards it’s nothing new. For those owners of long-haired dogs who are posting photos of their super cute-looking dogs with their hair tied out of their eyes, it’s great – who doesn’t like a Instagram photo of a pooch after all.

However, there are some owners of short-haired breeds who have also jumped on the bandwagon, tying their dogs ears up to create the dog bun effect – something condemned by animal healthcare professionals.

According to the Refinery29 website, Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of the Animal Medical Centre in New York said: “Pet owners should never use rubber bands or hair clips to pull back dog ears– as these could interrupt blood supply and cause serious damage to the ears.”

So if you’ve got a long-haired lovely at home, then by all means embrace the dog bun, but perhaps leave your pup’s ears out of the equation.

Caring For Your Rottweiler

RottweilerAlthough their size can be offputting for some, Rottweilers actually make a great and loving pet. They’re generally good natured, placid and good with children, so don’t be put off if you’ve heard otherwise. But how do you go about grooming this particular breed of dog?

Good news! As your Norfolk dog grooming service will surely tell you, they’re pretty easy to look after. Another win! However, although they’re a short-haired breed, you do need to make sure that you spend a few minutes each day brushing your new pet, as otherwise you’ll end up with hair all over your house.

Regular brushing (which your local mobile dog groomer can certainly help with if you’re busy) is essential to ensure your pooch’s coat remains free of matting and dead hair, while maintaining healthy skin. For puppies, use a pin and bristle brush as this will help them get used to the grooming process – Rottweiler pups have quite short attention spans!

While grooming, look out for any irritations as Rottweilers can be prone to rashes, itching and hair loss. If you do come across anything, ask your dog groomer for advice or take your pup to the vet as soon as you can.

You must also make sure you check out your dog’s ears, teeth and eyes as well as his coat. Check that the inside of the ears looks healthy (any inflammation or lots of dark wax is a bad sign) and consider buying your dog chews and bones to aid with teeth cleaning. You can also buy dental care kits if you want to go the extra mile!

Prepare Your Dog For Nail Trimming

PomeranianOne aspect of dog ownership that some owners choose to get done by the best dog groomer Norwich has to offer is nail trimming.

Some owners are wary about carrying this out themselves as it can make both dogs and owners quite nervous. However, it is important as if your dog’s nails get too long they can break, which is painful and can sometimes result in infection.

Nails that haven’t been trimmed can also cause problems walking that lead to skeletal damage.

Whether or not you want to trim your dog’s nails yourself or you want to send them to a vet or groomer to do it then you need to bear in mind that you need to teach your dog to associate nail trimming with things he loves.

So whenever you cut your dog’s nails, immediately follow up with doing something he loves. For example, clip a nail and then feed your dog a delicious treat. The dog will eventually decide that nail clipping is fine.

You can also prepare your dog for nail trimming by slowly letting them get used to you touching their feet. You can try picking up one of your dog’s paws and gently touch his toes and nails for a few seconds. Then release his paw and immediately give him a treat. Repeat this for a couple of minutes.

If after a couple of days the dog seems comfortable with this then try placing a pair of clippers to their nails and then give them a treat. Repeat this as you did the other steps.

Once this has been done you should be able to proceed with clipping your dog’s nails, whether you do it yourself or get your groomer to do it, with as little stress as possible for you and your pet.

Read more about nail clipping on the ASPCA website.

How To Care For A Chihuahua

Norfolk mobile dog groomerThere are indoor dogs and outdoor dogs, and Chihuahuas are very definitely indoor dogs. In fact, going outside can be quite dangerous for these pint-sized pups so make sure you keep an eye on them and ask your Norfolk mobile dog groomer to do the same when they’re in sole charge of your pooch!

They’re quite fast little dogs, so you’ll also have to watch them when they’re inside, as they can get under your feet quite easily indeed – and there’s nothing worse than hearing your puppy yelp after you’ve stomped on their tail by mistake. They have also been known to jump off beds and sofas and break their legs, so make sure you always know where they are and what they’re up to.

When it comes to grooming your Chihuahua, you’ll find it’s quite easy compared to other types of dog, especially if you go for a short-haired pup. Smooth coats don’t need a lot of brushing, although you should still get it done occasionally so the hair stays healthy and they don’t moult as much. If you have a long-haired Chihuahua, it’ll be a little bit more work but that’s where dog groomers come in handy.

You should have your dog brushed at least once a week so that the hair doesn’t become tangled or get knots in it. Ask your groomer to use a rubber curry brush as well so that your pup’s skin doesn’t become irritated. This will also help your little dog enjoy being groomed – it’s a lot harder brushing an animal that doesn’t want to be brushed at all!

Can a Hydro Bath Help Your Dog

If your pet pooch is getting on in years and starting to suffer from arthritis, lameness or hip dysphasia, or perhaps he or she is a little on the obese side, you might want to book a session with a mobile dog groomers and take them for a heated hydro bath, as this can really help to ease the symptoms of such conditions.

Your dog could also benefit from such a bath if they have injured themselves while out and about on all those long walks you take them on, and vets often recommend this as a course of treatment for injuries as well as old age.

It can take an injured dog years to get over their problem, depending on its severity of course, but with hydrotherapy this can be reduced to just a matter of months, so if you think your pet is experiencing undue difficulties and you want to help them as quickly as you can, a heated hydro bath could be the perfect option.

Of course, there are other benefits to these baths and you should also think about taking your pooch for one even if they aren’t old or injured. When used correctly, they can help to relieve skin disorders and promote good hair growth, as well as killing fleas and parasites. What’s even better is that by taking your dog out of the house for a bath, you won’t have to deal with any wet towels and sopping floors as you try to get your furry friend dry once again.