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Frosty Paws

Our dogs and cats are like family to us.  Kids with four legs and a whole lot of personality!  As pet parents we have make sure that we pay particular attention to their sensitive feet in extreme weather. Walking on heated asphalt or concrete is just  as painful as snow and ice.  Salt and excessive heat can cause the pads to blister and crack.  Here are some helpful hints to get you through the weather.

Summer

Have you ever tried walking barefoot over an asphalt driveway at high noon?

Caution! Coyote Crossing





November is great month!  It is the kick off of the holiday season, as well as deer and coyote season. Coyotes are usually timid,noturnal and generally tend to shy away from people. However, they become more aggressive during the "heat or rutting" season.  Humans have invaded many natural habitats for wildlife, pushing them in our neighborhoods and backyards.  Coyotes natural diet ranges from small rodents, rabbits and deer. They have no problem making a meal out of a small dog, cat or toddler if they can get to them.

Pee-U! Skunk Season!

We are at that time of the year again!  Fall brings the beautiful colors and skunks!  We get more calls in the early spring and fall for dogs that have been sprayed by these cute but stinky little creatures.  It is usually a good idea to keep your dog on a lead when you are letting them out.  A frisky dog bounding after a skunk has no idea what they are in for!  The initial chase trips the predator prey instinct until the predator comes running back to your door with an odor that they can not run from!

Cast your vote for Gary,Indiana!

They are still counting votes!  The City of Gary, Indiana has been entered into a national PetSafe Brand Bark for your Park competition!  The grand prize of $100,000.00 will  to be used in the development or enhancement of a community dog park!  Four runner up cities could qualify for $25,000.00 each!  We are still in the hunt, but we could use your votes!  Please vote for Gary, Indiana 2 times per day until June 7th!  You can vote once on Facebook and again on the website:  www.

Ticked Off

Finally!  Spring is making a slow, but long awaited comeback!  As spring approaches it wakes up sleeping flowers and insects.  Ticks are the first line of the more unpleasant arrivals of spring.  It is time to prepare for these aggressive little relatives of the spider. If you suffer from arachnophobia ticks are not a welcomed friend to you or your pet!  

Having your dog or cats treated now will give you a jump on tick season before they can get a lock on to your pet.  A good quality topical treatment will kill eggs and larvae up to 4-5 weeks, however, they will not stop them from attaching themselves to you or your pet.

Mobile Lemonade

Well, there is a lot to be said about adversity.  It will either make you stronger or it will break you.  It can make you question your sanity ,and make you fall back into your comfort zone.  Success is what you make of it!  Some people's view of success is a big car, fancy house, or lots of money in the bank.  There is nothing wrong with any of those things, but some things require baby steps and a lot of recognition to achieve!  Some people want to be famous!  Being in the spot light has it's up and down side too!

Fall Bath N Brush Special is BACK!!!!!

YYES!!!  It's that time again!  Clean Paws Mobile Grooming's Annual Fall Bath N Brush Special!  Enjoy $15.00 off our Bath N Brush Special for all short flat-coated adult dog breeds.  That's right!  Big or small, we are bathing them all! The Fall Bath N Brush special includes:

Tearless Bath
Oatmeal Facial Scrub
Nails trimmed
Ears Cleaned
5 Minute Hydro-Massage
Brush Out

*DeShedd Treatment, Extra Brush-Out, or other Specialty Spa services are available, but are not included in the special.

Fleeting Fleas

This is one of my least favorite subjects, but I am compelled to share my thought and knowledge on this.  Fleas,ticks and mosquitoes are a way of life in the insect world.  Although the many animals including ourselves may not appreciate their existence.  They are here for a reason!  Protecting ourselves and our pets from them is something that we really have to face whether we want to or not. 

Protecting your pets and your home from fleas can be an take only a few minutes.

Matt and Tangle......What a Relationship!

In the wintertime, the forced air heating has a tendency to remove moisture from the home.  It will cause our hair and skin to dry out and does the same for our pets.  I love grooming the drop coated dogs, shih tzu's, maltese, yorkies and such.  It is a special joy when the pet parents comb them regularly!  A few days ago I was talking to a parent who was becoming increasingly frustrated by the discovery of tangles in her little maltese.  She assured me that she was combing her dog at least 3-4 times a week.

I groom my dog myself

Those are five little words that make every professional groomer I know cringe!  It is equivalent to sharp nails going across a chalkboard.  When we hear those words on the other end of the phone it almost makes our heart stop.  We know that "grooming" a pet is more than just a bath.  Sadly, most times it is had to get that across to many  pet owners.  Some people want a dog because it's cute and fluffy and their intention is to love and baby it until the end of its days.