Any grooming session should begin with a good brushing. This will remove any loose hair and tangles. For long-haired pets, follow up with a steel pinned comb to make sure all knots have been removed. This is also a good time to look for any skin irritation that may need attention.
There are many different combs to accomplish: removing loose hair, taking out mats, removing debris entangled with in the hair, getting out fleas and just to make them beautiful. There are combs for short and long hair. Bottom line is there are a lot of options and getting the right comb for the right job makes a big difference.
If you have any questions give us a call or just come in with your pet. We have a ton of pet supplies (including 40 different brushes) for all your critters at home. We have Pet Counselors to answer your questions. Come in and play!
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Dirty ears in a dog or cat can not only be an irritant to our pets, but also attract unwanted pests. So lets talk about how to successfully clean those canals and help keep them happy!
We like to use NaturVet’s Ear Wash With Tea Tree Oil
to start the cleaning process. Tilt your pets head sideways and lift the ear. Fill the canal partially with ear wash. Then gently rub the base of the canal for a minute. Then release and stand back; "fluffy" will remove the ear wash and loosened wax promptly. After you clean both sides go back and remove the excess wax and debris with a cotton ball or tissue. Then repeat with the ear wash one more time for deeper cleaning.If your dog or cat suffers from dirty ears on a regular basis, continue with just the ear wash flushing weekly to keep them clean.If you have any questions give us a call. We have a ton of pet supplies (including ear wash) for all your critters at
home and Pet Counselors to answer your questions. Come in and play!I included a video below of our Petland Radio Show
that discussed ear washing. We discussed in towards the end of the show.Petland1851 Lower Muscatine Road
Iowa City, IA 52240
If you already have an infestation you must treat the environment and your pet. We have been discussing how treat your pet, today we will figure out how to treat the environment they play in. To successfully treat you have to interrupt the Flea Cycle that includes egg, larva, pupa and adult. Because fleas can overwinter in the larval or pupal state you must keep treating year around or you will see a reemergence in the middle of the winter in your warm house.+ Just vaacuuming
your carpeting multiple times a day can help remove the fleas. Just make sure you change the bag and store the vacuum outside or in the garage to prevent them from crawling out and infesting another area.
+ For the carpeting in your house NaturVet has a great product that gets the little critters under control and keeps it that way. No Flea Carpet Crystals
is a flea killing powder. It is a dry crystal powder that works on the carpet and under the cushions of upholstered furniture to kill fleas.+ For the yard, Yard Odor Eliminator Plus Citronella
quickly eliminates offensive odors at their source; not a masking agent and no disinfectant smell. Quickly eliminates odors from such places as dog runs, grass, planter boxes, patios, tree trunks, fences and rocks. Yard Odor Eliminator Plus safely and effectively eliminates stool and urine odors. Added citronella deters pests and leaves behind a clean, fresh scent. Do not spray on pets.+ Frequently wash the blankets and beds your pet lays on. This is one of the primary places fleas infest.+
Flea combs and tick removers are the good old fashion way of keeping populations down. Realize if you are seeing them, there are more.
By properly treating your pet and the environment you can stop the flea cycle and remove the pests from your house. Do not stop treating your pet over the winter months, since they still will be carrying eggs and larva which can re-infest your pet.
We discussed chemical treatments, In the last post, now I wanted to point out some simple preventative measures.
- Mixing a bit of brewer’s yeast into a dog’s food on a routine basis is not harmful to the pet, but reportedly creates an odor that fleas and ticks don’t like. Therefore, the parasites look for new hosts. It will also improve skin and coat! It comes in powder, pill and treat forms at Petland Iowa City.
- Protecting outdoor pets. Dogs and cats housed outside also can benefit from having cedar chips in their bedding. It, too, has an aroma that repels fleas and ticks. This is one of the only methods of ridding newborn puppies and kittens from parasites as insecticides can cause serious health problems for animals less than four weeks of age.
- Flea combs and tick removers are the good old fashion way of keeping populations down. Realize if you are seeing them, there are more.
- Natural Shampoos are very effective at killing and removing fleas and can be done daily. Keep up with the shampooing and you can break the cycle. Bobbi Panter www.bobbipanter.com and NaturVet www.naturvet.com both have a great natural products at Petland Iowa City.
- Natural Sprays can assist between shampooing. We carry a brand called NaturVet that has natural oils that repel the little bugs. It's so safe you can apply it to puppies and cats.
- Make sure to do daily inspections of your dogs and cats.
You can learn more about flea and tick solutions by stopping in to Petland of Iowa City and asking one of our Pet Counselors.
New products and choices. Today, there are many new products that interrupt the flea’s life cycle, preventing it from breeding. Flea products that control insect growth come in many forms. Some are pills; others come in liquid forms meant to be applied directly to a pet’s skin each month
Preventing and controlling fleas and ticks on your dog and cat can get confusing. Here are the basic options you have to consider:
- Monthly Flea and Tick Topicals - The most popular and usually the most effective treatment in preventing the little bugs.
- Flea and Tick Collars - Not as effective as topicals, but new technologies are coming out this year.
- Sprays and Shampoos - These are great supplements to work along with other preventatives such as topicals.
- Sprays and Foggers for the House - If you are finding them in the house you will need to take action.
There is a lot more to be said about these options. To learn more or ask questions just stop in to Petland Iowa City and ask one of our Counselors.
Today I just wanted to cover why you want to take preventative action. Fleas and ticks can cause issues from hair loss (due to scratching), flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworm transmission and limes disease. It can even get worse! Tomorrow we will cover the different ways to stop all this before it happens.
- Prevention is key. Most pet owners do not know they have fleas in their home until it becomes a problem.
- Look for warning signs. Lumps in your pet’s fur and excessive scratching are a couple of warning signs for ticks and fleas, respectively. Also white specks observed where your pet sleeps could be flea eggs; black specks, flea feces. Blood on your dog’s skin is another indicator.
With warm days and summer walks come a number of summertime dangers for our pets, namely fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Mid-summer problems range from a flea-infested dog to a flea-infested household where carpets, bedding, and sofas provide adequate breeding grounds for the rapidly multiplying, blood drawing parasite. Studies show that 10 fleas can reproduce to a quarter of a million in 30 days providing breeding conditions are right – warm and moist. While outside pets may suffer more, indoor cats and dogs are not free of fleas.
Prevention is key, since digging yourself out of a flea infested home will take over a year! Over the next few days we will discuss all the tools you have to use. Can't wait? Stop in at Petland Iowa City and one of our Pet Counselors can help you through your specific issue.
You also should be mindful of what causes tension in your pet. Possibly your puppy does not like being left in the dark or home alone for long periods of time. Possibly a lack of human attention may lead to boredom, causing your pet to chew just to wile away the hours. Meeting your puppy’s behavioral, environmental, nutritional, and maintenance needs will help alleviate boredom. A daily exercise schedule also can help while increasing the human-pet bond.
Under normal conditions, your puppy’s constant need to chew will diminish as it matures. A healthy and well-balanced dog still will enjoy chewing , but easily can be satisfied with a pet-safe bone or other types of pet chew toys.
During early development, your puppy also uses chewing to constantly sample the taste and texture of many different things in its environment. During teething, chewing helps to relieve the constant dull pain in your pet’s gums. Chewing also strengthens the teeth and gums. But one of the main benefits of chewing is often overlooked. Chewing releases tension.
If your pet builds up excess tension and chewing is something that helps to release that tension, then your puppy might get into the habit of constantly chewing furniture, clothing, and carpeting. To curb this chewing addiction, you should be offering your puppy a variety of appropriate toys to chew followed by praise for doing so.
If you offer your pup one of your old boots to chew, then don’t expect him to stop there. He will get ahold of your new leather slippers. He won’t be able to make the distinction no matter how much you scold. Therefore, giving your pet his own toys – different from your personal items – is necessary.
During the socialization phase of your pet’s development, approximately the first 4 to 16 weeks, your puppy is learning what is and what is not appropriate behavior. He will bite constantly at everything that moves; including the tail, ears, and legs of his own mother. Because the puppy’s milk teeth are so sharp, it takes very little pressure to bring about a quick and startling response from Mom. After perhaps hundreds of these types of encounters, the puppy finally learns to be quite gentle when playing with other members of his canine group. With training and a bit of patience, this important lesson will carry over into your puppy’s relationship with people.
As a new puppy owner, you should allow your pet to mouth, correcting him repeatedly, but in a mild fashion, when he bites too hard. Reacting in a sharp and startling way with a loud “hey” works with many puppies. If you are too harsh in correcting your pet, then your puppy may stop mouthing and fail to learn to be extremely sensitive to situations where his teeth come into contact with human skin. A mature dog that has failed to learn and make this distinction could end up unintentionally injuring someone. This could result in the dog being termed a biter and regretfully euthanized.