Choosing a Professional Groomer

Sometimes you need to call on the help and advice of an expert. Maybe your Poodle emerged from the undergrowth covered with Burdock burrs, or perhaps your Cocker Spaniel lay down against the skirting board which had just received its final coat of gloss paint. Or maybe you’re wary of trimming your dogs nails or making his ‘short back and sides’ a bit too short!

Whatever the reason there are professional groomers in Altamonte Springs available to help you and your pooch, you just need to find the right one.

Start by asking your dog owning friends. If you see a dog with particularly smart cut when you are out walking, ask the owner where they go. A good recommendation is the best way to find a really good groomer. Ask your vet if they can recommend a reputable groomer. Look online – type “pet grooming Altamonte Springs” or try one of the big directories such as

Once you think you have found a groomer you need to determine if they are the right person to groom your dog. Not all groomers are confident with all breeds and some may prefer not to work with nervous dogs. You can find out a lot from your potential groomer over the phone by asking a few pertinent questions:

How long have you been grooming?
What are your qualifications?*
What breeds do you see most of?
Are there any breeds you don’t groom?
How do you deal with difficult/nervous dogs?
Do you use cage dryers? If so, how often do you check on the dogs?
How much do you charge for a full grooming?

After your initial phone conversation with your potential groomer, if you’re still happy they’re the right groomer for you, arrange a time when you can visit. You need to be confident that they will care for your dog and his visit will be a positive experience so there are a few things to look out for:

Is the grooming salon clean and secure? You’ll have to accept that there is likely to be a fair amount of dog fur flying around, especially if more than one dog is being groomed at the same time. But the salon should look like it is regularly swept and kept as clean and tidy as possible.

If possible, watch the groomer working and see how they handle the dogs.

If your dog has any special requirements make sure the groomer is happy to accommodate them.

And lastly, listen to your gut! You know your dog best and you’ll know pretty quickly if the groomer and salon are right for him.

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Dog Food Ratings

There are many kinds of dog food at the grocery store. Deciding on the best kind to get for your pet can be very hard at times. Dog food ratings can help you out by showing you which kind of food to get for your dog. These ratings can show you which dog food is more nutritional for your pet. The vet can also help to provide useful information on which dog food you should feed to your pet. Each vet may find one particular dog food to be better than the rest. But dog food ratings help to show the differences in these dog foods and how healthy they are for your pet. Sometimes it is a good idea to look at your pet and decide if there is a dog food that would be best for their diet. A specific dog food that could fill their particular needs. Each dog may have different needs and circumstances and therefore need a specific diet of their own.

Your dog’s food should be nutritional and give them a well balanced diet. Dog food in the store may contain grains or meat products. Dog food that has meat in it is the best food for your dog, such as the Dr Marty Dog Food, to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dog food ratings can help you to determine which brands of dog foods may have the most meat in them. Meat in dog food will give your pet more nutrients in their diet. Meat also supplies your pet with protein which is necessary to feed to your pet. Dog food ratings may supply important information about this and recommend chicken based dog food to be one of the best kinds of meat for your dog.

When choosing dog foods read the labels and check for meat products in the dog food. If the label mentions meat in the first few ingredients it may be better to give to your dog. If the label reads and kinds of grains in the first few ingredients than it may not be a smart choice to give to your dog. The labels on the dog food can tell you many things about what your pet will be getting in their diet. Just like people pets need a nutritional diet and they need to get the proper amount of nutrients in their diet. With every dog food there will be a specific amount on the label to feed your pet so that they don’t get overweight. Depending on the age of your pet they may need to be put on a different type of diet with their food. So just go with what your dogs needs are to choose the best dog food for their diet. Always check with your vet if you have any questions about their food. Read dog food ratings to keep up with the latest news about your dog’s food.

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What To Look For When Buying a Chicken Coop

Before you can even start building a coop into which you can house your chickens you first need to decide on what sort of chicken coop you want.  As you will soon discover there are many discover to select from, but you need to take into consideration a number of different things so that you select the right one for you.  Below we look at the three main things that the coop for your chickens will need to ensure that they are happy.

Protection – There are many hazardous that you will need to protect your chickens from.  Not only do we mean inclement weather but predators as well.  Certainly foxes are known to be partial to not just taking one chicken from a coop but several when the fancy takes them.

Therefore to protect your feathered friends you need chicken coop designs that allow you to open doors and windows when required.  Also it is advisable that you ensure that the windows along with the doors have the correct screening systems with them.  Ideally these screens should be made from heavy gauge mesh wire which no animal can then chew through.

Ventilation – There are going to be times when your chickens will need to remain inside the coop, say when the weather is bad or at night and just like us they need plenty of oxygen and fresh air.  Therefore around the walls you need to have air holes through which such fresh air can flow and which can help to get rid of any carbon dioxide building up inside the coop along with any additional moisture.

But along with proper ventilation you need to make sure that the walls are well insulated to keep your chickens warm and dry during any cold weather.  You may not realize it but cold weather can cause serious health issues for your chickens if they aren’t kept warm.

Light – You need plenty of light to be able to get into the chicken coop if you want your chickens to lay plenty of eggs for you throughout the year.  Plus this light source will also provide your chickens with additional warmth throughout the winter months.  Ideally the chicken coop designs which are best are those where the light source installed is at a height where not only it illuminates the coop effectively but keeps the chickens warm.    How many lights you install in your coop will depend on the size of it.

As mentioned when it comes to deciding which chicken coops designs will be best for you, then it is vital that you keep the above mentioned in mind.   But it is also important that you select the right materials from which you construct your chicken coop after deciding what design to go with.  Use those that allow you to clean, disinfect and maintain the coop easily.

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Names for Dogs

Names for dogs are getting to be more like names for people, and this shouldn’t surprise us at all. Dogs are more a part of the family than ever before!

Some of the large pet companies that keep registration records have been instrumental in reporting back about naming trends for dogs, and it seems that names like Fido, Sweetie, Rover and other similar non-human names have fallen to the wayside in favor of people names like Max and Bella.

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) has published its insurance registration findings on pet names for years. Although Max has been the number one dog name now for many years running, and it is fun to see what names are the most popular dog names, don’t shy away from being unique. We hope you will look through some of dog name pages and get inspired by names for dogs from movies, books, nerdy dog names and other.

Looking at names for dogs is a fun process and is one of the first ways you can bond with your new dog.

Popular Dog Names

Some of the most popular dog names for the past several years have included these top names:

  • Max
  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Molly
  • Lucy
  • Buddy
  • Maggie
  • Daisy
  • Sophie
  • Chloe

A dog usually learns his name quickly and will respond positively to it during training sessions. Choosing a name that is short and concise is a good idea. It is helpful to keep your dog’s name to no more than three syllables.

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