Does your pet chew at their feet, scratch a lot, shed all over the place and have allergies?
Did you know it could be due to the food your pet is on? Over the years, many store bought foods contain ingredients that pets shouldn't have, and cannot digest well. The process to make these cheaper foods has declined. It is cheaper to add fillers and ingredients than to add things that your pet needs to keep a healthy coat, skin, and a good immune system. Putting your pet on a good food can eliminate a lot of health issues down the road. As well as many trips to the vet for treatments.
The old saying of "you are what you eat" also pertains to our pets. There are many great foods out there, and we advise our clients to try them for a few months at a time until they find one that works well for their pet. Good foods may be more expensive in the beginning, but the end result is much better for your pet. Giving your pet a higher quality of food means you don't have to feed them as much. Your pet will absorb the ingredients better so there is less waste to clean up, and we all want what is best for our pets.
Marketing has made cheaper dog foods look appetizing to us, but it is what is inside the food that counts.
If you have your dog on a good food and are still having issues, then a trip to the vet for a checkup may be in order.
We are now in the midst of a hot summer and that means fleas and ticks. Please make sure your pets are protected....do not use the cheap flea products as they don't seem to work, and you are taking a chance of your pet reacting to them as well. Talk with your groomer or vet to find out which pest protection is best for your pet. Remember, 1 flea can lay up to 1000 eggs, and no one wants a house full of fleas!!
Grooming during the warmer months.
Summer is also a time for cooling off your pets, so a shorter clip on your pet may be a good idea. We suggest a shorter clip for the summer, not too short as they may get sunburned, and longer clips for the colder months.
We also urge you to take great care of your pet in warmer weather as well. They need to have plenty of fresh water and a place to get out of the sun if they are outside for any length of time. In extreme heat, do not leave your pet outside or you may be risking your pets health. But if you have no choice, water and shade are a must. Keeping your pets groomed on a regular basis is also a great way to keep them cool as well. Even if you have a dog that does not get an actual hair cut, they need to be bathed and brushed out thoroughly in order to keep them cooler. If you wear a winter coat in the summer, you are going to get over heated, and your pet not getting the excess hair brushed out is the same thing.
We here at K9 KREATIONS care about your pet and hope you are having a great summer! The cooler months are not far off...hair grows back, so giving your dog a shorter cute clip for summer can be a great thing!
Grooming during the colder months.
Your dog still needs to be bathed and groomed in the winter. Many people tend to believe that since it is cold outside, their pet does not need a haircut during the colder months. While this may be true for some breeds, most still need to be bathed, have their nails done, ears cleaned, and a thorough brushing out. We can even provide your pet with a longer style for the winter months where we take some of the hair off, but not as much as if it were warmer out. Your pet still needs to have the dead coat and oils removed, as this can cause your pet to actually be colder should the hair get matted or wet due to snow or ice. Having your pet lose the dead coat and dirt, will not only make them happier, but more comfortable as well.
Most pets are kept indoors during these cold months, and only go outside to potty. Your house is heated, and if your pet is wearing a "winter" coat, they may even get hotter than if they actually had some of the coat removed. Imagine putting on your winter coat and going outside. When you come in, you take your coat off. Your pet cannot do this. If there is excess hair and dirt, this can cause your pet to become uncomfortable and therefore, should have at least one, if not two winter season groomings. So give us a call to schedule your pets winter "do". That way, they can still sleep in bed with you and not offend you or your sheets with extra hair and smells from being outside.