We’re Here For You! An Update on COVID-19 and The Safety of Your Pet

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Dear PawHootz Parents,

We acknowledge the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are monitoring the situation and will do our part to help contain the spread of this virus. 

The great news… pets don’t become ill from this particular strain of the coronavirus, and infectious disease experts, (CDC, OIE, and WHO) indicate there is no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people. We do know that there is a risk for our pet parent’s and pet caregivers, so we are taking every precaution to keep all of our humans safe. With proper handling and management of the pets in our care, we can all stay healthy, allow our pups to continue their normal and healthy routines of play, and give you the time you need to manage this challenging time in our lives.


Our Commitment To You Remains The Same:


Group Play – Because dogs are not at risk of becoming ill, as this is not a canine virus, we are continuing our group play for both day and overnight visitors. We are taking extra precautions for our caregivers like washing our hands frequently, sanitizing heavily touched objects and surfaces regularly, and providing sanitation stations around the resort.


Lodging – We realize that many travel plans will proceed as normal for our pet parents, or you may just want your pet to be out of the house for a few days,  may just want your pet to be out of the house for a few days,  and we will be here for your pet care needs.and we will be here for your pet care needs. We are continuing to provide our lodging services but we will no longer accept outside bedding or toys for pets as an extra precaution to prevent surface-to-hand spreading. We have everything a pet needs and all of our bedding and toys are sanitized daily. If you have special requests for toys or bedding, please ask, we will be happy to accommodate your pet’s special needs! 


Concierge Service – For your convenience, we have added a FREE concierge service to expedite your drop off experience. One of our trained staff will welcome you and your pet at your car, gather any necessary instructions, food or medicine and escort them into the resort for you. 


Enrichment – As always, all of our services offer the option of incorporating a higher level of enrichment play and activity. Remember, you pet feels your emotions, so let us help you keep them active and happy while you take care of the additional needs of your human family.


Grooming – We continue to offer full service grooming and all breed cuts and shed outs to help keep up with the extra cleaning and sanitizing you are likely exercising in your own daily routines.


Training – Our professional staff remains committed to helping your pup continue his or her  education through positive reinforcement and reward based training. We have training sessions open Tuesday through Thursday and a small group class opportunity scheduled to reconvene the first week of April.


Pet Taxi – We are here to help! We can pick up your pet from your home and bring them to the resort for any service you need.

Your pet’s health, safety and well-being remain our top priorities. Call us for any of your pet care needs and take care of yourselves and your families during this uncertain time. If you’re feeling ill, please give us a call to reschedule your appointment. If we work together, we will keep the virus’s impact to a minimum and get back to normal quickly.

From The Team at Animal America


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Keeping Clean Between Baths | Animal America Pet Resort

Funny portrait of a welsh corgi pembroke dog showering with shampoo. Dog taking a bubble bath in grooming salon.

Routine baths are important for keeping your canine companion looking clean and smelling fresh. But bathing too frequently isn’t an option when it comes to keeping your pet’s coat healthy and properly moisturized.

So, what can you do to freshen up between baths?

Keep Up With Grooming Needs

Regular brushing is an important part of good pet care and a good way to keep your dog’s skin and coat shiny and healthy. Brushing also eliminates and prevents painful tangles or matting, removes loose hair to keep your pet feeling cooler—and your air feeling cleaner—and can help you to spot any unusual sores or parasites.

It’s recommended to do some basic maintenance brushing at least once a week, although breeds with longer or thicker coats may require daily brushing. Make brushing time a fun bonding time by using a soft bristled brush, soothing tones and ample treats!

You should also brush your dog after a swim or any other time it gets wet—including after baths—to avoid tangles, mats and that wet dog smell. Extra brushing is also needed during shedding seasons for dogs with thick undercoats.

Keep Things Fresh

Besides brushing, there are various methods that can be used between baths to keep your pup smelling and looking fresh.

Dry shampoo can be rubbed and brushed into your pup’s fur to neutralize odors without drying out your pup’s skin. Dog-specific dry shampoos are available at some stores, or you can make your own at home by combining three to four tablespoons of cornstarch with three to four teaspoons of baking soda.

Pet-friendly wet wipes, baby wipes or damp towels can be used to give your dog a quick, refreshing wipe-down! Pay especially close attention to wiping the paws and removing any stuck on grime.

Is it time for your pup’s next bath? Visit the Animal America Pet Resort website for the full menu of pet grooming services!

Winter Grooming Needs | Animal America Pet Resort

Gone are the dog days of summer, and with it the need for giving frequent baths, brushing off shedding fur and wiping off muddy paws. But grooming needs haven’t completely disappeared with the warm days!

Let’s take a look at some of the essentials of caring for your pup’s coat and more during the winter months.

Why Winter Grooming Is Important

Winter may not have all of the dirt and sweat that comes with the great outdoor adventures of summer, but keeping your dog clean and well-groomed is still important to its health and well-being. You wouldn’t skip bathing or maintaining your hair and nails just because it’s cold out—so you shouldn’t do that to your canine companion either!

In the winter, it’s especially important that you take extra good care of your dog’s paws. Watch the paw pads and nails for salt and snow, and make sure that you carefully wipe off paws after walks, or even try out dog boots for the winter.

Winter Coat Care

Dogs who need regular bathing and brushing to maintain their coats don’t stop needing it just because the weather has gotten colder. It’s still OK to give your pup baths as needed—just make sure that he is completely dry before going outside!

Continue to brush your dog on a regular basis to reduce matting and keep natural oils distributed throughout the fur and skin. You can also still take your dog for haircuts, but opt for longer styles during the winter to keep him warm.

Moisturize!

Like their humans, dogs are prone to dry skin in the winter time. It’s important while bathing and grooming to keep an eye out to make sure that they don’t have itchy dry skin, and also pay attention to signs of excessive dryness on their delicate noses and paw pads.

Keeping your pup both hydrated and routinely groomed with these tips will help to keep its skin smooth and itch-free. Paws and noses can also be soothed with pet-safe oils or balms after walks!

Need a little extra help grooming your furry friend this winter? Animal America Pet Resort has a service for that! Visit our website for our full dog grooming menu.

Caring for Toes and Noses | Animal America Pet Resort

The weather is getting chilly, and that means cold season for humans and their pets alike! Let’s take some time to look at how you can keep your pups healthy during the cooler months by taking great care of their toes and noses.

Care for Paw and Toe Pads

Just walking outside during freezing cold temperatures can spell trouble for your pup’s delicate paw pads. Fortunately, you can provide care and protection for your dog’s paws just like you can for your own feet and hands.

Start with making sure that you keep your pup’s paws properly groomed! Make sure routine grooming includes keeping nails neatly trimmed so that they don’t touch the ground when your dog walks, and also keep the hair between paw pads trimmed to prevent painful matting or tangles.

Take time to moisturize and massage your dog’s paws on days that you trim the nails—or any time you notice excessive dryness or cracking—using pet-safe balm and gentle circular motions with your thumb.

Don’t forget to check your dog’s paws for pebbles, insects, debris or signs of dryness or damage after each walk!

Give your pup’s paws extra protection from snow or ice on the ground by using boots when you’re out on walks in the winter. Or if your dog doesn’t do well with wearing boots, make sure that you take time to wipe down and moisturize its paws after each walk.

Care for Noses

It’s a common myth that a dry nose equates to a sick dog. This isn’t always the case, but a chronically dry nose can interfere with your pup’s ability to smell or become cracked and painful. That’s why it’s important to treat your dog’s dry nose properly!

Start with cleaning your pup’s nose gently with a wet cloth to remove any allergens or irritants. This is sometimes enough to get your pup’s nose feeling moist and healthy again!

If you think your dog is having problems with seasonal allergies or a cold, make an appointment with your vet to get the right diagnosis and treatment.

If your pup is experiencing a consistently dry nose that isn’t a result of allergies or sickness, or has signs of soreness or cracking from dryness, you can moisturize its nose with almond oil or seek a prescription balm or lotion from your vet. Just remember to clean your pup’s nose and apply this frequently, as dogs tend to lick their noses.

Do you need a little extra help with keeping your pup clean and tidy? Visit our website to learn more about Animal America grooming services!

Pawdicures – The Next Big Instagram Trend?

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It’s 2019 and the times are changing – manis and pedis aren’t just for girls anymore, they’re for boys and dogs too. Proud dog owners are showing off their pup’s nail art on Instagram using the #Pawdicure and #Pawlish hashtags, and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Want to celebrate a special occasion or support your favorite sports team? Why not share your enthusiasm by proudly displaying their colors on your dog’s toes. Just make sure you consult a professional dog groomer and don’t use nail varnish designed for humans.

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Pamper Your Pooch at Animal America Pet Resort

Here at Animal America Pet Resort, we use fast-drying pawlish and make the experience a fun, loving and rewarding one for your pup. They’ll be counting down the days until their next pawdicure. Schedule your appointment today!

How to Check Your Pet for Ticks | Animal America Pet Resort

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Summer is the season of sunny weather and cookouts. But it’s also the season of ticks!

This year is looking more tick-filled than usual thanks to the extra-wet weather. So it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking preventive measures and checking your furry friend thoroughly for pests after every outing!

Start with brushing your dog when you get back inside. This will help keep his coat free of dirt and shedding fur, and give you the opportunity to find ticks in obvious areas.

Next, check some of the less obvious hiding places that ticks love to latch onto:

  • Inside of the ears. Make sure that you look carefully on the flaps and crevices of the ear, and also take a good look deep inside each ear. Ticks can be very small, so a careful examination of your pup’s ears will save a lot of trouble down the road.
  • Between the toes. It’s easy to forget to check your pup’s feet, but the spaces between the toes make a tempting place for ticks and other pets to hide.
  • Under the tail and in the genital region. It may be awkward to check these areas at first, but these areas are favorites for ticks. Carefully comb the hair around the area with a fine comb to catch any attached pests.
  • Around the eyelids. Ticks can be mistaken for skin tags or eye gunk in this area, so they’re often overlooked. Make sure that you carefully check and clean this delicate area!
  • Under the collar. Since dogs rarely have their collars removed, this dark area is a perfect place for ticks to make themselves at home. Make sure you remove the collar for a short time regularly to check for ticks.

Hopefully, you won’t find any ticks in your thorough check! But if you do, it’s important that you properly remove and dispose of the pest!

A brush may be enough to knock off ticks that are crawling around. Embedded ticks should be carefully removed by pulling the tick straight out slowly and firmly with tweezers. Do not twist the tweezers or squeeze the body of the tick, since doing so can leave behind some of the tick.

Once a tick is removed, place the entire tick in a small amount of rubbing alcohol to kill it and clean your pup’s skin with a disinfectant!

Need a hand with keeping your dog clean and trimmed this summer? Visit the Animal America website to learn more about our dog grooming services!

Summertime Grooming | Animal America Pet Resort

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It’s time for warm weather fun with our furry friends! Of course, hot weather also comes with lots of shedding and comfort concerns.

Let’s take a minute to talk about grooming needs for keeping your pet cool and your home hair-free!

To Shave or Not to Shave

When your dog is sporting a heavy fur coat, it can be tempting to try to provide relief for your furry friend by cutting all that heavy hair off. However, it’s not helpful to shave off all the fur.

Instead, opt to trim your dog’s coat and regularly brush out loose hair from shedding. If your dog is a long-haired breed, you can cut or shave the fur as long as you leave an inch of fur for sun protection.

If your dog has short or thin hair, resist the urge to shave at all!

Brush Regularly

Whether you’ve opted to get your dog a haircut or not, regular brushing or combing is a must. Find the brush that’s best suited to your pup’s coat and get into the habit of brushing as needed, especially after outdoor adventures.

When you’re brushing your dog, be thorough. You want to remove any uncomfortable shedding from your furry friend’s undercoat, and you also want to make sure that you remove any dirt, twigs or burs. This is also a great time to check for fleas, ticks and other pests!

While you’re brushing and checking your dog, also look for signs of sunburn or ear infection. Don’t forget to check the paws, too! And always consult your vet before using any home remedies.

Bathe the Right Amount

If your pup is extra dirty or smelly after a day of outdoor activity, it may be time for a bath. Make sure that you’re using cool water and dog-safe shampoo, or employing the services of a professional!

While you should bathe your dog ASAP if he’s covered in dirt or grime, try to avoid bathing your dog too often, as frequent bathing for dogs can lead to dry, itchy skin and a brittle coat. Ideally, your pup should only have a proper bath every couple of weeks, and touch-ups with a damp towel in between to keep dust and dog smell at bay.

When in doubt, come talk to the pros! Our services at Animal America include a wide selection of grooming options. Visit our website to learn more and make an appointment for your pup!

Grooming news!

taylorTaylor is our new groomer at Animal America Pet resort and Spa. She is a native of Tucson Arizona and has been grooming pets for about 10 years. She originally started work in hotel and restaurant management, by a stroke of luck she came into the grooming world and hasn’t left since! At first Taylor started off as bather and worked as a receptionist at a grooming facility but she quickly realized that grooming was her calling and moved into that position full time. Taylor has a passion for animals of all kinds and enjoys being part of the process that brings out their beauty! She has worked with a variety of clients, and strives to make their process as easy, stress free and fun as possible. She is enjoying being part of the Animal America team and is looking forward to meeting you and your pets!

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Dog shedding, dog grooming

Dog shedding and grooming

Dog shedding is one of those complaints most dog parents have. There are some dog breeds that shed less than others, but most will lose hair throughout their lives just like we do. Most dogs have two shedding seasons, spring and fall, though for many shedding happens year round.

sashaA dog’s fur helps regulate body temperature, keeping the dog warm in winter and protecting against the sun and heat in the summer. Which is why we usually see a change in coat during spring and fall.

971053_512620492120506_1781626218_nThe dogs who shed the most are usually those with double coats. These dogs have an overcoat like most dogs that is just one type of hair with the same quality all over the body. But, they also have the ability to grow what is called an undercoat. The undercoat is comprised of shorter, rather curly, soft, down like hair that is dense. This layer of hair doesn’t only keep a dog warm but also dry during the cold months. When dogs with double coats are shedding, they are normally shedding their undercoat.

downloadBreeds that normally have double coats include, Golden Retrievers, Pomeranian, Border Collies, German Shepherds, Huskies, etc. Single coat dog breeds can have either long hair like Poodles, Shih Tzus, Yorkies etc. or short hair like Beagles, Boxers, Great Danes, etc.

Poodles, Shih-tzu and Yorkies are considered to have hair, not fur. This is because the single coat will imagesgrow very long, like human hair when it is not cut. Single coat, short haired dog breeds usually shed year round. This is because they are not download (1)trying to get rid of an undercoat, the hair is just following the normal growth and shed cycle. Due to the short length of each hair, the cycle is quite fast in comparison to long hair.

Now that we’ve explained this, what do we do with the different types of fur? When should you shave a dog? When should you brush out the undercoat?

Most people shave their dogs because they are either shedding a lot or the y think that shaving the dog will help them cool down in the hotter months. But many people don’t know that shaving a dog close to the skin will actually make it harder for them to cool down. Dogs can’t sweat like humans do so they need at least some of their hair to form a protective shield from the sun. So dogs that have a single coat, like Poodles, Shih Tzus and Yorkies can be shaved but should always have at least one inch of hair to protect their skin from the sun and help them stay cool.

Dogs with double coats shouldn’t be shaved, unless it is suggested by your veterinarian for a Shed outmedical issue or the amount of matting makes it impossible to brush. The ideal thing to do is a de-shed, we call it a Shed-out at Animal America Pet Resort’s Spa and it involves a full day of brushing, blow drying and special shampoos and conditioners that will release all that lose undercoat that we talked about. This process will allow the dog to keep the over or top coat that guards against the harsh sun and can even protect them from mosquito bites in the summer. While the undercoat that was starting to fall out in big chunks is removed.

images (1)Dogs with short hair like Boxers, Beagles and Danes will usually do great with regular baths and a thorough brushing. They shouldn’t be shaved, as that would leave them exposed to the sun’s harmful rays and leave them unable to regulate their body temperature.

If your dog is shedding and you are not sure about what type of coat your dog has, or which grooming process would be the best for your dog, our professional groomers are always happy to take a peek at your dog and give you some advice, just stop by the Resort.

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