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By: Admin | 8-Nov-2019

Stéphanie says that washing cats is the trickiest part of pet grooming

Stéphanie Logeais of Dubai-based Happy Puppy animal grooming is aiming to bring a dash of French flair to the lives of pets and their owners in the region. She talks about spotting medical problems, bath-shy cats and smelly pooches…

How did you get into this, Stéphanie?

My husband and I are French and when we came to Dubai we brought our cat with us and soon rescued another one. It wasn’t easy finding a recognised grooming service, good pet food — the things that busy pet owners need. I had previously worked in the food industry and liked the idea of moving into pet care, and it struck me that the perfect business opportunity in Dubai was to take care of pets. We bought a pet care company that was on sale, and set about implementing our vision.

And what is that?

We call it FFF: French, Family and Fun. We’re French, our cats are like family; and the fun aspect is about having fun and playing 
with the animals and making sure that the pets are happy.

What is a typical day for you?

I go to the boutique and meet with the team — we have eight staff working either in the store or in our mobile pet grooming van. 
I’m working on a new website at the moment, plus there is admin work. What I like most is seeing a client’s face when they pick up their 
pet and can see that it is clean and has had a really nice cut.

The staff talk the pet through the process: ‘How does this feel?’, ‘Do you like what I’m doing?’, ‘Now I’m going to cut your hair’ and so on. It works
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What’s the worst part of pet grooming?

The trickiest part is washing cats. My groomers are good and I actually wondered when we first started if they maybe had some way of sedating them, but they don’t — it’s just a skill they have.

Are you seeing any strange styling trends?

Some people want their pets’ accessories to follow whatever is on-trend for that season. One thing we keep seeing – and it’s one that we don’t follow — is that some pet groomers keep doing the same cuts on certain breeds, but it is not right for that breed. A Rhodesian Ridgeback, for example, will have some curly hairs along the spine, and some people just cut these off – but if you do things like that, you lose these breed specifics. We try to look at the cuts that are being done in the US, which is quite advanced when it comes to this, and find the cuts that best respect the breed.

You say on your website that the team are ‘pet whisperers’ – what does that mean?

A lot of people who have rescued pets are finding that the animals are very timid because they were beaten, and they are very scared of men in particular. When they come to us, the groomers, who are Filipino, speak in Tagalog, and they whisper to them while they are grooming to keep the animals calm. I asked them what they were saying and they said they’re basically just gently talking the pet through the process, ‘How does this feel?’, ‘Do you like what I’m doing?’, ‘Now I’m going to cut your hair’ and so on. And it works.

What was the smelliest dog you came across?

There was a guy who came whose dog was so smelly that it needed three full shampoos and showers to get the smell out. Another thing we see quite a lot is when people bring in their dogs after they’ve been to the beach. They sometimes come in wet with seawater and full of sand and salt and that can be a challenge.

What’s your top tip for getting rid of dog smell?

You just have to keep at it, really. We use a special home-recipe shampoo and the main thing is to keep showering until they are completely clean before we start cutting hair.

Is there a breed of dog you don’t like?

No. Occasionally the owner of the pet can be a problem, but not the pet itself.

Are you ever able to spot medical problems when cleaning a pet?

One of our groomers spotted a tumour under a dog’s skin and told the owner to go to the vet, which he did, but unfortunately it was too late. We also see when dogs are losing too much hair compared to what would be normal, or if the nails are broken – which can indicate a nutritional problem.

When we do a full grooming service we clean the teeth and we clean the ears and we can sometimes see problems, and we also do medical baths to treat eczema and also to get rid of things like fleas and ticks. The record we ever saw was 100 ticks on one dog.

Do owners often try and pull out ticks themselves?

They do, and they often do it wrong. You have to first get the tick in a ‘sleeping’ mode, which is what the medical bath does, and then you have to twist it out, like a screw, and there is a special tool for it. If you do it wrong, you leave the head of the tick in the animal’s body and it can become infected and it can lead to disease.

Finally, what was your funniest day at work?

We had some Pomeranians boarding here and they were dancing dogs – they would suddenly stand up and start to dance, and it was the funniest thing ever. I watch the video I took of them if ever I’m feeling a bit down and it cheers me up straight away.

By: Admin | 3-July-2020

How To Choose The Best Dog Pet Food

It can be frustrating to buy dog food online in Dubai that is healthy, good quality, affordable, and appetizing. There is a wide variety of options available in the market, today. Here are tips to help you select pet or dog food that best suits your pet’s nutritional needs. Keep reading!

Choosing the most suitable food for your dog

Each dog is unique, which means that their nutritional needs vary depending on the breed, size, age, and health. Keep these characteristics in mind when choosing the best possible diet for your pet; this is why there are different types of dog or pet food available. For example, if your dog has a food allergy, opt for hypoallergenic food. But, always consult your pet’s vet first, because the information from the veterinary check-ups will help you make an informed decision on what your pet’s food should be like! Below you’ll rea more on factors that will affect what pet food product you buys:

According to race, size, and age

To choose wisely, consider the dog ‘s following characteristics:

  • Race
  • Size (mini or small, medium, large and giant breeds)
  • Age (puppy, junior, adult, senior)

It is common sense that a dachshund won’t need the same food or quantity of food as a Doberman Pinscher. These factors will narrow down your options when you buy dog food online in Dubai.

If necessary choose a functional diet

It should be added that there are certain recipes or reinforced formulas designed to fulfill a function for dogs to improve their health. These dog food products can be divided into the following categories:

  • Allergies (Made for sensitive dogs)
  • Joint reinforcement (With nutrients that protect the joints)
  • Weight control (To keep overweight at bay)
  • Digestive (For dogs with digestive problems)
  • Spayed (Designed for neutered dogs)
  • Hair and skin (To nourish especially hair and skin)
  • Urinal (For dogs with kidney problems)

The following classification can help you select the best option for your dog. The types of dog food available are:

  • Veterinary diets (Designed for dogs with mild health problems)
  • Natural food (No added additives)
  • Hypoallergenic (No allergenic ingredients for sensitive dogs)
  • Without cereals (Recipe without these ingredients: wheat, barley, rye)
  • Gluten-free (Recipe without this protein)
  • Rich in proteins (Formula with a higher percentage of proteins)
  • Without cereals or gluten (Without these ingredients)

Taste matters

Your dog also has something to say when it comes to taste. Pay attention to what it likes, dislikes, and what suits it best. Taste is important, and pets have a right to enjoy the food they eat.  Basically dog food includes the following main ingredients that go towards fulfilling your pet’s protein requirements:

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Vegetable
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Veal
  • Turkey
  • Wild pig
  • Duck
  • Ox
  • Deer
  • Meat with vegetables
  • Cheese

Dogs with allergies

Do you know whether your dog has an allergy or intolerance? Signs of an allergy include excessive licking of the paws, scratching, vomiting, or diarrhea; this may be because your dog needs a specific diet. So, make an appointment for your pet with the vet and get input from them.  Don’t forget to read the pet dog food labels before buying the product, and familiarize yourself with the words on them.

Nutritional needs

Dog food usually consists of three nutritional elements: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates; these need to be balanced according to your dog’s nutritional requirements. Now, you’ll also have to check and make sure that the dog food you select contains minerals, fibers, and vitamins.

Another piece of advice is not to pick exotic sources of protein such as rabbit, wild boar, ostrich, etc. It is best to focus on more common proteins like chicken, beef, fish, and even pork. There are two other things that you should check for: the expiration date, and how many additives, colors, and flavors the pet food product contains.

The truth is that with so many options out there, a pet owner may just end up choosing dog food if it’s at the right price, or because they like the packaging of the product. Remind yourself that these two factors are not related to nutrition, and that it’s important to think of other factors when choosing a brand.

Happy Puppy store is where you can buy dog food online in Dubai. We have a wide range of pet dog food brands available for you to choose from. So, buy dog food from our online store today.