Tag: grooming

How to minimize dog hair in your house.

Are you noticing more dog hair in your house than usual?

Tis the season for shedding.  Practical tips on keeping the hair at bay.

Long hair or short hair, both are a problem if there is lots of it.  Here is how I keep the hair at a minimum in my house:

  1. Long haired dogs are brushed regularly.  I make sure the knots are out by starting with a (a.) soft brush and scissors, if needed.  Then I go for the (b.) rake brush to get down to the undercoat.  My golden retriever’s hair comes out in SHEETS.  I thought something was wrong with her this year because of all the hair that was coming out.  She’s fine though…


2.  After a good brushing, vacuum.  Vacuuming your house and furniture will help keep the hair down.  If you brush regularly you shouldn’t feel the need to vacuum every day, all day.

3.  Shaving.  Please resist the urge to shave your double coated dog.  They have a double coat for a reason and if you eliminate it you could be causing harm to your dog.  The double coat keeps them from getting sun burnt, keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  It’s natural protection for them.  If you shave a double coated dog, their hair may not grow back properly, leaving bald spots.  I made the mistake of shaving my golden’s once.  Never again!

Shaving long haired dogs like Cocker Spaniels is fine.  Mine gets groomed, by a professional, every couple of months.

3.  Short haired dogs.  Yes, they shed.  Yes the hair gets everywhere, stuck in the fibers of your furniture and clothing.  Bathing helps remove loose hair.  Bathing plus the use of the Zoom Groom from Kong is a great combination.  I use the Zoom Groom while bathing and for dry brushing.  It’s like a magnet for hair!

East Mesa Pet Sitter Provides V.I.Pet Chauffeur Service

Play Time Pet Care pet sitters are proud to announce a partnership with Elite Paw Spa. We are now providing a chauffeur service for East Mesa pets to their salon appointments with Elite Paw Spa.

Why did we agree to partner with Elite Paw Spa?

1.  They are the BEST grooming salon in the East Valley.  With combined experience of more than 25 years of grooming  your pet will experience a relaxed spa setting, outstanding customer service and experienced stylists.  Play Time Pet Care only partners with the BEST.

2.  We share similar philosophies about giving back to our community.  Both Elite Paw Spa and Play Time Pet Care spend countless hours volunteering and helping rescue organizations.

3.  Options, Options, Options!  We both offer tons of options for our clients.  Elite Paw Spa offers “cage free” grooming and doggie day care.  However, they do have crates if you prefer your pet to be crated when not being groomed. 

How does this partnership benefit you?

Your pet NEEDS to be bathed, brushed, groomed, nails trimmed, etc.  When you just don’t have the time, a Play Time insured pet sitter can pick your pet up from home, take them to their salon appointment and bring them back home all clean and primped.

All Elite Paw Spa clients get a special deal on chauffeur services.  Just call Elite Paw Spa to schedule your grooming/daycare appointment, a Play Time Pet Care insured chauffeur will contact you to arrange your chauffeur services.

Top 5 Reasons You Should NEVER Trim Your Dogs Nails

 Has it been a while since your dog’s nails have been trimmed?  Don’t worry, here are 5 reasons NOT to trim those nails.

  1.  I walk my dog all the time.  The concrete keeps them filed short enough.

  2.  The nails are so dark, I can’t see the quik.  I don’t want to hurt them.

  3.  They squirm too much.  They just won’t let me do it.

  4.  I like hearing their nails go clippity clack on the floor.  That way I always know where they are.

  5.  My dog grooms himself.  I see him chewing on his nails all the time.

You didn’t really think I was going to advocate NOT trimming your dog’s nails…did you?

Your pet’s nails should be trimmed on a regular basis.  The nails in the picture above are almost to the point where the dog’s toes will start to twist to the side in order for the dog to walk.  The photo below has gotten to the point where the nail has curled under and is poking the pads.  Imagine walking around with a marble in your shoe.  That would not only be uncomfortable, but it would start to really hurt after awhile.

If you have trouble cutting your dog’s nails, take them to your vet.   For a nominal fee they will trim their nails for you.  You can also have your groomer trim them when your pet is getting groomed.

If you are able to trim their nails, but it’s been a while and they are really long…trim them as far back as you can without cutting the quik and continue every week until they are back under control.  The weekly trimming will chase the quik back so you can continue taking small amounts off each week.

As pet sitters in Mesa, AZ, when we see our client’s nails getting too long we will mention trimming them and even ask if they’d like us to trim them during one of our visits. That’s no additional charge to our client…just another FREEbie we offer.