We have signed up to participate in the New England Pet Expo, a large regional trade show!
The NE Pet Expo draws over 10,000 people and over 3,000 pets from throughout New England. Zoomin Groomin has a corner booth and is the Official Free Nail Trim Provider at the show.
The show runs for ONE DAY ONLY on Saturday, September 21, from 10a - 6p, at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington MA.
Admission is free to the public.
Animal Planet's "Pit Boss" will be there! Hope to see you there!
July 4th is often the official "kick-off" of summer. Including your pet in many of your activities can be fun for everyone involved, but be sure to take precautions where necessary.
Parades, barbecues, family gatherings and fireworks are the hallmarks of our Independence Day celebrations. But, be aware that fireworks are frightening to many dogs. When dogs panic from firework noise, they often run and many dogs have been lost this way. Be sure to keep your pet on a lead or keep her/him indoors.
Just as you would keep an eye on small children, be aware of where your pet is and what s/he is doing when you are at gatherings. Whether you're in the backyard, at the beach or someplace else enjoying a lazy day of summer, don't let your pet get too close to the grill or fire pit. Avoid gastrointestinal emergencies by keeping your pet away from charcoal and discarded food items such as fish or sparerib bones, pits from fruit (including avocado), corn cobs, skewers and garbage in general.
If you and your furry buddy are out in the car and you need to stop at a store, NEVER leave your pet in the car. Even though some people don't think temperatures in the 80s feel too warm; in an enclosed, sunny space such as a vehicle, the temperature can reach over 110 degrees in just 10 minutes. This can cause heat-stress or heat stroke in a pet, which can lead to death.
If you see an animal locked in a vehicle in a parking lot, intervention may be necessary. Try to locate the owner of the car through the store or restaurant's paging system or contact the police to free the animal.
As the weather starts to get warmer, pets with long hair and/or thick fur should have it trimmed. Pets with thick fur and an undercoat are especially susceptible to overheating in temperatures that may seem mild to most humans. Their coat traps the warm air, which is ideal in the winter, but during the summer, it can quickly cause overheating.
Grooming is key to your pet's comfort during the warm weather.
Dog breeds sporting thick fur include German Shepherd, Newfoundland, Poodle, Chow Chow, Akita, Sheepdog, Corgi and Great Pyrenees. Cat breeds that have abundant coats include Norwegian Forest Cat, Himalayan and Persian.
In humid weather, dogs with long-haired coats (even if the fur is more silky than thick) may develop an offensive musty odor and should be bathed/groomed regularly.
Having your pet groomed regularly also helps to cut down on the shedding so you'll find fewer fur balls and less hair around the house. Although, some breeds such as the poodle, don't shed at all, so regular grooming is a must for them.
Take a moment to schedule a series of regular grooming appointments at the start of the season to best ensure your pet's comfort throughout what is sure to be a long, hot summer.
As we humans know, a great haircut can make all the difference!
P.S. Don't forget to protect your pet from mosquitoes, black flies, fleas and other annoying pests by using flea and tick treatment regularly. It's easier to prevent problems than to treat after the fact.
March 20th is the first day of Spring, bringing with it longer days, warmer (we hope) temperatures and Spring flowers.
With Easter around the corner, it's important to note that Lilies are highly toxic to cats. The leaves, pollen and flower of lily plants can make your cat extremely sick and can even be fatal. Some signs of lily toxicity are loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy and liver failure.
According to the ASPCA, some varieties of lilies are also toxic to dogs and include lily of the valley, calla lily, peace lily or palm lily (which is the houseplant Dracaena). Dogs who have ingested these lilies may experience stomach upset, tremors and depression.
A few other popular Spring blooms are also dangerous. These include Daffodils (otherwise known as paper whites, narcissus or jonquils), Tulips and Azaleas. Daffodils and Tulips contain poisonous alkaloids that can cause drooling, intense vomiting, convulsions, diarrhea and heart problems. If the leaves of the Azaleas are ingested, they can cause loss of appetite, stomach upset, weakness, leg paralysis, central nervous system depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
If you suspect your pet has plant/flower toxicity, seek immediate veterinary attention.
Pay careful attention to the type of plants/flowers you bring indoors or plant outside. There are a number of attractive plants that are non-toxic to pets. Consider African Violet, Rose, Begonia or Easter Daisy, to name just a few.
Bathe, trim and beautify! The holidays are an exciting time of year for us because we get to primp and pamper our pet clients more than ever. A number of our clients will request a special haircut for their pets or provide us with beautiful bows or neckerchiefs with which to adorn them.
Having the holiday family photo taken? Be sure to book your grooming session ahead of time, so we can have your pet ready for her/his close-up!
We love that our pets participate in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays - from joining us on the neighborhood Christmas stroll to alerting us of all the UPS gift deliveries and "supervising" the delectable treats we're cooking-up in the kitchen.
And of course…curling up with us in front of the fireplace. There is no place like home when you're with your best buddy.
The holidays are all about giving. A tasty treat or a new squeak toy will certainly be appreciated, but the best gifts you can give your pet are your love and attention.
With the New Year fast approaching, we'd like to take this opportunity to tell all of our pets and pet parents how much we value you and thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to serving you in the coming year.
Wishing you health and happiness this holiday season from all of your friends at Zoomin Groomin!
Dog bites are more common than you would think, with children and senior citizens being the most common victims.
There are dogs that bark, lunge and try to bite strangers. This may be due to aggression, fearfulness or protectiveness. Dogs that bite may be any breed. Even well-socialized dogs can exhibit this behavior with certain people. The trouble is, you just can't always predict how a strange dog (meaning a dog that you don't know) will act.
May 20-26 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Here are some tips to follow and share with others to help prevent dog bites:
Respect all dogs.
Have a cute pet photo? Show us the love! Share your favorite pet "lovey-dovey" photos with us and we'll include them in our Valentine's Day album!
Did you know that the Pilgrims had dogs?
Although in early America, they were considered working dogs rather than "pets". They were kept and bred as hunting and guard dogs.
The first dogs to come to America with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower were the Mastiff, as a loyal, 200+ pound watchdog and the English Springer Spaniel, for their great rabbit and game-bird hunting skills.
This is understandable since the powerful Mastiff was an ideal protector against wolves and other predators and the English Springer Spaniel helped the Pilgrims put food on the table.
This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks to all the wonderful pets, from large to small, who enrich our lives every day. Enjoy our video and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Announcing our Halloween Pet Photo Contest! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the cutest photo of your pet in his/her Halloween costume for inclusion in our Facebook Halloween album and a chance to win best photo! Winner will be announced on Halloween!
Visit our Zoomin Groomin booth at these upcoming events!
International Sound a Flavor Festival
Wickham Park Pavilion, Melbourne, Florida, 11am to 6pm
10th Annual Paws on the Pier Cocoa Beach Pier
Cocoa Beach, Florida, 10am to 3pm
Sports Week Picnic
Chevron Park, Patrick AFB, Florida (Time TBA)
Senior Health Fair & Lifestyle Expo
Holiday Inn Conference Centre, Viera, Florida, 9am - 2pm
9th Annual Paws in the Park
Wickham Park Pavilion, Melbourne, Florida, 9am to 1pm
ZG pro team