How TrimPet works?

1. Choose your groom:
Through our online booking system, our app, or even our friendly team, you are able to choose a groom based on the needs of your pet. Tell us everything we need to know about your furry friend so we can have them looking their best self.
2. Book a mobile groom:
Chosen your groom? Great! Now it’s time to book. Simply pick your groom time based on when is convenient for you and let us know your location, it really is as easy as that!
3. Let TrimPet Pamper your Pet:
Once your booking has been made, the rest is up to us. Your Groomer will arrive at your given time and location, ready to give your pet the TrimPet grooming experience, you don’t need to worry about a thing!
You will receive a confirmation email, as well as a reminder 24 hours before.
Below you will find various TrimPet tips and tricks for looking after your dog at home, as well as the benefits of mobile grooming, if you’re not already convinced! Take a look, and if you like what you see, subscribe to our blog for more!

Pet Owner Tips:

Taking Care of your Pet: At Home Dog Grooming 101

1. Haircare - how and when should you brush your dog

It is no secret that our pets like to be gently brushed, so it only comes as a bonus that what they enjoy most not only strengthens the bond with your pet, but helps to maintain a shiny, soft, and silky coat. Of course, brushing our pets for love is different from trying to maintain a healthy coat, in which case, hair type is something to consider. With long haired pets, particularly dogs, daily brushing helps to prevent a matted and tangled coat. This is also something medium haired dogs can be prone to, so a brush every other day keeps the tangles away! Short haired dogs are a little bit easier in this respect, with a brush really only being needed every other week, of course brushing can always help with shedding and a dirty coat so let’s just say, it does no harm. Pet brushing lets you take on the at home grooming role, and your pet will thank you for it in every way, as will your groomer!

2. How Often Should You Bath Your Dog?

Unlike brushing, bath time is not one of the more pleasant grooming experiences for our furry friends. Learning how to bath your pet not only prevents a splashy bathroom and wet paw prints around the house, but helps to maintain a clean, fresh coat in between grooms.
The best part is most pets only need bathed when they are obviously dirty but getting rid of that ‘smell’ is of course a reason too. In which case, a gentle shampoo is all you really need, unless specified otherwise by your vet.

Lukewarm water, pet shampoo and a fluffy towel are all the ingredients needed for a positive bath time.

Check out the RSPCA website for a thorough explanation of at home bathing, specifically for dogs!

3. Looking For The Best Way to Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

Now if you thought bath time was bad, let us just say nail trimming takes the cake. Being disliked by pet and owners collectively, it is something that is perhaps best left to the groomer. After all, better us take the fall for it than you!
However, waiting for groom time is not always possible, in which case, being shown by a professional first will help ensure a pain free experience and hopefully make it a little bit easier on both you and your pet.

4. How to clean your dog’s ears

Taking care of your pets’ ears is usually one of the easier parts of the at home grooming process. With most pets going their whole life ear problem free, a quick wipe during bath time can be all that is needed. Although, some pets require multiple cleanings and treatments on a daily basis, with pet ears being a haven for bacteria and yeast. Of course, in cases like this your vet will give you the specific advice relevant to your pet. So, a quick wipe and an observant eye, will maintain clean ears and allow you to spot for any potential issues that may be affecting your pets’ ears.

5. Dog haircut at home: yes or no?

When it comes to haircuts, this is something that is really best left to your groomer. With most dogs needing cut every four to six weeks, depending on the breed and cut style, your routine grooming appointment should ensure your pooch stays the most presentable in town. Of course, other pet haircuts may not be needed nearly as much. However, if you are interested in learning the haircut basics, taking a few classes is the best way to become equipped with the basics and fundamentals.

6. Dog Grooming Equipment Essentials

Of Course, to carry out any of these grooming basics from the comfort of your own home, even if it is just physical maintenance between grooming appointments, requires a few necessary grooming supplies:
  1. Brushes and combs suited to your pet e.g., Bristle brushes suit most hair types although these vary from soft and short for fine pet hair, to long and firm for thicker, coarse coats.
  2.  Nail Trimmers
    Although these may seem obvious, if you are to take this task on yourself, using the right tool can make it a much easier process.
  3. Pet Shampoos
    Pet Shampoos are often soap-free, as overly scented, or coloured formulas can irritate the skin and do damage to both the skin and coat. With dogs, using tear free and natural shampoos protect your dogs’ eyes and helps to improve their furry coat. Paying attention to the shampoo you pick out for your pet makes cuddle time a lot more enjoyable for everyone.
  4.  Hair Trimmers
    Electric clippers are likely to be your best bet when taking on a task like this, if absolutely necessary! These ensure a neat and uniform cut and are best to avoid injury if you’re not experienced. 
    It should be noted hair trimming is not something that is required regularly for most pets, only those with longer hair, such as Poodles and Shih Tzus, so if possible, leave it to your groomer.

So you’re buying a dog: here’s what you need to know

Whether it be because of COVID, or you are simply looking for a new furry companion, buying a dog does not come without expenses. When buying a dog, understanding the details of dog care, and the investment that dogs can often be will help to keep you prepared. This is not to say all dog care is expensive but understanding the cost of dog care can brace you for what may be to come.
The annual cost of owning a dog is not a fixed amount, and on average can range from £445 to £1620 a year, however with pooches being pampered more than ever before, this number has been found to go up to £2300 every year. Of course, these costs are relative to budget, dog type, dog needs, and dog care.
Let us start at the basics:
  • Yearly health checks and vaccinations
  • Pet insurance
  • Food
  • Poo Bags
  • Toy Allowance
  • Flea Treatments
PDSA recognises these to be the basics for any dog, estimating the monthly cost of these combined to range from £50 to £80, depending on the size of your dog. Of course, this may increase or decrease depending on the needs that month.

To further look into the way in which this monthly cost is determined, taking a look at the PDSA website can provide you with a more detailed breakdown.

However, as stated, this monthly average is based on basic costs and can easily increase if you are ever tempted to spoil your furry friend. Beds, collars, treats and toys are often an initial investment and will last you a while, so being prepared to spend a bit more at the beginning will allow for steady outgoing’s in later months.
Although these next expenses were not included in the PDSA basics list, that is not to say they aren’t necessities. However, these costs are somewhat dependant and can therefore be varied depending on your dog needs, and budget.
  1.  Grooming
    Grooming needs are primarily based on the hair type of your dog and can massively impact the grooming costs you will have to budget for. Smooth short coats require a more basic grooming over longer periods of time, whereas longer and fast-growing coats need a routine professional groom. Depending on your pets needs, these costs can range from £80 to £500min. a year. Perhaps, grooming is something to consider when choosing your pet.
  2.  Pet Sitters or Boarding
    Getting away once or twice a year is often an annual ritual for most people, and unless you have a family or friend willing to take over, pet sitting, or boarding is your only option. Boarding is the cheaper alternative, although sitting offers a one-on-one attention so the extra expense is dependant on yourself. Either way, if you plan to make travelling a part of your yearly calendar, you will need to include your pet as a part of the holiday cost.
  3.  Dog Walking
    This may seem like a luxury in the dog cost department but trying to fit in daily dog walks can be a challenge depending on your lifestyle and work life demands. If circumstances mean you cannot be home during the day or work irregular hours, your dog will still require the regular outdoor trips that you may not be able to do yourself. In which case, a dog walker will need to be added to your monthly dog costs.
 
Although dogs do not come without expense, that is not to say that these costs are fixed and can’t be suited to your budget. Preparing for the basic dog costs while ensure you’re not faced with any surprises that can put you in a difficult position, once these costs have been covered, the luxuries are up to you.
So, we’ve discussed expenses, now let’s discuss the benefits of pet ownership for you. The percentage of owners that claim the UK is a nation of animal lovers has increased from 86% in 2011 to 92% in 2020.
The impact of Pet ownership:

(Source: PDSA Website)

These statistics need no explanation, with the vast majority of pet owners expressing the benefit of owning a pet on their emotional and mental wellbeing, it is fair to say pets really are a man’s best friend.

Dog Groomer Tools 101: Build Your Own Kit

When it comes to taking care of your pet, whether it be bath time or dinner time, it can be tempting to reach for whatever you have in. You might be grabbing your own shampoo during bath time or picking up random dog food you don’t know much about. Although this isn’t necessarily doing any harm every now and then, regularly using the wrong thing can cause problems for your pets, and it’s important to get it right.

What’s the best shampoo for pets?

Since TrimPet specialises in pet grooming, it makes sense to begin with one that many pet owners seem to go wrong with, shampoo! It makes sense, if its shower time and reaching for your own shampoo is easier than running back downstairs for the pet shampoo or even dishwashing soap (yes, dishwashing soap, it happens…), it makes sense why using human shampoo becomes a regular thing. The trouble is, animal and human skin aren’t the same, and therefore what human shampoo does for us, is not what animals need. Of course, that’s putting it simply, lets talk about the technicalities behind it…
Human Shampoo have a pH Level that is intended to ensure it doesn’t irritate human skin, of course, the pH of your pets, is going to be completely different. This means, using human products on your pet, can irritate their skin, causing rashes and inflammation, which opens up the risk of bacterial and/or yeast infections.
Now dishwashing soap, again, it can make sense. Being a substance that removes oil, if your pet is gotten into a greasy mess, or has a stench you just can’t seem to get rid of, dishwashing soap may seem the only solution, but no matter the situation, it really is not the solution!
When we say dishwashing soap removes oil, we mean ALL oils. Dishwashing soap will remove the natural oils within your pets’ skin, that help to nourish and protect it in their daily life. Removing these oils will not only dehydrate your pets’ skin, but will make it more difficult to manage material, yeast, and allergic irritants.
I think it’s fair to say that no matter how much easier reaching for the convenient ‘shampoo’ may be, the long-term damage is not worth it.

So, what shampoo should you use?

When deciding on the best and most appropriate pet shampoo, there are many points that help you to make the right choice:
  1. Pet Shampoo: Perhaps obvious but using a shampoo that is specially made for pets, particularly your pet/breed, guarantees you are not using harmful or irritant chemicals and the formula is created specially for your furry friend.
  2.  Soap Free Shampoo: Opting for a soap-free pet shampoo helps to ensure any natural oils in your pets’ coat aren’t being affected or dried out.
  3.  Trial and Error: Sometimes getting it wrong, allows you to get it perfectly right. All animals and pets have different skin types, pH levels and sensitivities, and sometimes your pet’s skin just won’t work with some shampoos, even when they’re pet formulated. Paying attention to the way your pet reacts to the shampoos will help to make sure you have the right option, although, picking out a soap-free hypoallergenic soap will make any problems less likely.
  4.  The Vet: If you can’t seem to find a shampoo that isn’t drying out or irritating your pets’ skin, there may be something else wrong. In which case, the best option is to call your vet who can offer professional advice, or otherwise recommend a coat conditioner or medicated shampoo that is suited to your pets’ condition or skin type.

GoodHouseKeeping provides a detailed insight into various pet shampoos that are specific to all different hair, skin, and coat types. Click here to have a look -🡪 https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/pets/g33995402/best-dog-shampoos/

Pet Vitamins: where to start?

When it comes to pets, all of them are different in their needs and struggles. Helping them overcome problems is sometimes a job best left to the vet, but vitamins are a great way to keep your pet healthy, whether it be to help recover from an illness, or aid them in another way, vitamins are an easy way to keep your pet running about for as long as possible.
It is important to be cautious before administering any vitamins to your pet and discussing this with an expert will help to make sure you are making the right choices, especially if there is something specific you are looking to help your pet with.
Of course, making sure your pet is at their best health is simply the only reason you may be considering vitamins. In which case, there is an abundance of choices, from multivitamins to minerals, ensuring your pet gets the elements they need has never been easier.
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Being the best: 7 tips for dog owners

Being a good dog owner is more than just food and tummy rubs, it’s about providing what’s needed to suit their needs. Let’s talk about the golden rules in being the best owner you can be.
It is important to be cautious before administering any vitamins to your pet and discussing this with an expert will help to make sure you are making the right choices, especially if there is something specific you are looking to help your pet with.
Of course, making sure your pet is at their best health is simply the only reason you may be considering vitamins. In which case, there is an abundance of choices, from multivitamins to minerals, ensuring your pet gets the elements they need has never been easier.
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1. Regular exercise

All dogs need a minimum of 30 minutes exercise a day and spreading this over 2 walks a day ensures your pet is getting out as much as they need.

2. Regular Grooming

Making sure your dog is groomed regularly, depending on their hair needs, guarantees a clean and healthy coat that keeps your pet happy, comfortable, and smelling fresh.

3. Providing a comfy bed

Much like us, beds need to be comfy and spacious. Your pet can’t tell you if the room is too loud or the space too bright, so putting their bed in a quiet area out of direct sunlight helps them to get the best rest possible.

4. Always keep fresh water

Ensuring your dog is always hydrated, and has access to water as they please, will help to keep them healthy and energised.

5. Communication

Much like us, dogs are social animals, looking to form a bond with you and those in the home. Quality time and interaction, allows you to get to know your dog and the way they communicate. Understanding this form of communication will allow you to recognise your dogs needs, prevent undesirable behaviours, and recognise uncommon behaviours that could be demonstrating a potential illness. Of course, dog communication is vital for strengthening your bond with your furry friend.

6. Dental Care

Unfortunately, paws aren’t equipped to brush teeth, and taking care of dogs’ teeth is often forgotten. With gum disease being an issue amongst many breeds, it is important to take care of your dogs’ teeth with frequent brushing, dental treats, and check-ups.

7. Diet and Food

It is easy to want to spoil our pets through treats and food but allowing your dog to overindulge will lead to obesity, which isn’t comfortable or healthy for them. Ensuring you are following the recommended diet for your dog, ensures you are meeting the nutritional needs and keeping your dog fit and healthy. It should be said, treats are not something to steer away from, but much like everything in life, it is all about balance.

What Can Dogs eat? A guide to best human foods for dogs and healthy dog snacks

When it comes to what we can feed our dogs, the answer remains somewhat vague with different Yes’ and No’s circulating around. We’ve all been told chocolate is a no go, that one’s no secret, but when it comes to the left-over bits on our plate, we hand them down without question, but the question remains, can we really be feeding it to dogs?
When approaching a question like this, the answer seems to remain vague because of the mass number of foods to check off the list. So perhaps, to narrow things down the better question to ask is, what can’t dogs eat?

Onions and Garlic

Although these are a somewhat staple in a cooking kitchen, both onion and garlic can destroy a dogs’ red blood cells which can lead to anaemia. No matter how these foods are cooked, they can be dangerous to all dogs.

Caffeine

Whether in the form of tea, coffee, or chocolate, and energy drinks, caffeine is another harmful substance to dogs. Consuming this in a large amount can lead to caffeine poisoning to dogs, demonstrating itself through symptoms such as fast breathing, muscle tremors and fits.

Grapes

Grapes, whether fresh or as raisins, can cause kidney failure. Although the question remains as to why, even a small amount of this food can make dogs ill. An effort to keep these out of reach will avoid any harm to your dog.

Milk and Dairy Products

A more common knowledge when it comes to pets, but these do no good to your dogs’ stomach and quickly lead to diarrhoea and digestive upset.

Fat trimmings and Bones

A prime example of the table scraps we are all prone to hand down, these can be dangerous to dogs. Whether it be through uncooked beat, or splintering bones, both can cause issues with your dogs’ digestion, in which case, not handing down the table scraps can be the safest option.

Macadamia Nuts

A more specific food with this next one, macadamia nuts can be quick to make any dog ill, with only 6 being needed to cause poisoning. Depending on your dogs’ size, it only takes a few of these nuts to have fatal consequences, in which case it is best to avoid it all together.

Chocolate

Perhaps the most commonly known avoid food on the list, chocolate contains theobromine, a toxic agent to dogs, through which even just a lick of the bowl can cause a dog to vomit, and with further consumption can quickly lead to death. It should be noted that this applies to all chocolate, although the most dangerous kinds are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate, which often comes as a surprise compared to that of milk and white. Therefore, keep any and all kinds of chocolate out of reach is the best advice.
Having listed some of the more fatal foods to dogs, there are various others can cause your dog to be uncomfortable, have digestion issues and lead to illness, on which case it is generally best to be cautious of all the foods your dog is consuming. With a wide variety of dog food and treats on the market, allowing your pet to have their own food and keep the dinner plates separate will help you to avoid any potential issues that human food can cause.

Mobile pet grooming… is it for you?

Mobile pet grooming is a relatively new service that has changed the grooming world entirely. Although venturing outside of a typical dog grooming salon can be daunting, and it can be hard to understand what makes mobile grooming so great, but once you’re convinced there really is no turning back. Not having to leave your house is the most obvious benefit, but fully understanding the advantage of mobile pet grooming will change both you and your pets’ life. So, lets find out what the fuss really is all about…

1. Convenience

Of course, it makes sense to start off with not only the most obvious, but also the most practical. When grooming time approaches, taking your dog to the pet salon, and then transporting them back once they’ve been groomed, ends up taking quite a chunk of your day, and with life being how life sometimes is, fitting this in isn’t always easy. If we’re being honest, even if we can fit it in, there is things we would all much rather be doing am I right?
In which case, having a mobile pet groomer that brings the salon to the front of your home not only takes away the stress and inconvenience that is travel arrangements, but also hands you back a few hours of your day, giving you back that ‘me time’ we all sometimes need.

2. One to One Attention

We’ve touched on the convenience of dog grooming to you as the groomer, but we can’t forget the benefit it has to our pets, as this is who it’s really about after all.
With salons often being packed appointment to appointment, it is inevitable that your pet ends up in a cage until their turn comes, before being put back in the cage until pick up time. Being in a cage for half the day is anything but a pleasant experience, and this is exactly what motivated us to mobile pet grooming!
With mobile pet grooming, the grooming begins as soon as they arrive, so no cage time! With this one-on-one service, comes a natural special attention as there are no other animals for the groomer to worry about. This also means that the groomer can be more accommodating to your pets needs, whether they be older or even just sensitive pets who need a little extra care being handled, or you have specific grooming requests, this personal service leaves time, room, and effort for your groomer to provide any special requests that is perhaps not possible in busy pet groomer.

3. Eliminate Stress and Anxiety

When it comes to making the final decision whether mobile pet grooming is for you, this is the reason that will give you no choice in the matter. You may think if you have a calm or mature pet this doesn’t apply to you but the stress that accompanies pet grooming applies to all! Whether it be separation anxiety, cages and crates, car rides, and being at the groomers with unknown people and pets, for long periods of time, makes the grooming salon a daunting experience for young, mature, and relaxed pets entirely. This factor only becomes more relevant if your pet isn’t mature, or anxious around other pets, through which a situation such as a groomer can cause them extreme stress and upset.
A mobile pet groomer eliminates this entirely; removing other unknown loud pets, cages, long distance journeys and long periods of time in an unknown environment, improves the grooming experience for your pet in every regard. Being only a few steps from your home, and having a one-on-one comfortable experience, allows your pet to become trusting of both the groomer and the situation, and guarantees a happy and clean furry friend.

4. No exposure to other pets

Often with grooming salons, your pet is likely to be exposed to other pets, waiting their turn for a fresh trim. However, just like humans in a hospital, this could potentially expose your pet to the dreaded hazards that accompany unvaccinated pets, such as fleas and ticks. Viruses like this are highly contagious and any exposure could have your pet itching for weeks. Mobile pet grooming allows for all hazards to be eliminated; providing a sanitised and personal environment means your pet can only come out cleaner than they came in!

Mobile Pet Grooming Services: What’s Involved?

With Grooming being the signature service of TrimPet, we consider every aspect of the process to be nothing short of a luxurious clean up, taking care of every aspect of your pet down to the last furry detail. Of course, the grooming service provided to your pet is entirely up to you and can include anything or everything in the comfort of your own driveway!
So, all the treatments listed below are not necessarily what your pet will get. This is something you can discuss with your groomer and consider when choosing your grooming package.

Bathing

An intense and thorough bath to ensure your pet is as clean as can be. Using natural, cruelty-free, and specialty shampoos as needed ensures a clean, fluffy, soft, and silky coat. If you would prefer to use your own pet shampoo, just let your groomer know!

Blow dry and Brush Out

A blow dry ensures your pet is as soft or as fluffy as you prefer. Brushing out any knots, tangles, dead or shedding hair allows for a healthy coat, and keeps your pet feeling fresh until their next groom.

Styling

Whether it be a breed specific hair cut or a style of your choice, styling time allows us to trim down and freshen up your furry friend, leaving them with the hair cut you know and love them to have.

Nail Clipping and Filing

Best left to your groomer, this is a necessary part of the grooming process to ensure your dog isn’t in any pain, or otherwise causing you any pain with long sharp claws. Clipping and filing nails, as well as moisturizing or using paw pads is all part of the nail process, and a pedicure for pets if you will.

Ear Cleaning

Part of the nitty gritty steps involved in the grooming process, gently cleaning your pets’ ears helps to prevent any build up that may be occurring. Ear hair can also be plucked if necessary.

Sanitary Area

Whether it be a trim or a wipe down that’s needed, the sanitary area can never be forgotten. A trim of the sanitary area helps to keep your pet smelling fresh in between grooms.

Checking for fleas, ticks, or any other nasty bugs!

Although not a typical part of the grooming process, checking for all the nasty beasties while grooming your pet, allows your groomer to use the necessary shampoos and combs to help eliminate the issue, or otherwise advise you on what to do next.

The Finishing Touch

Conditioning mist and fragrance spray not only leaves the coat healthy and soft, but also leaves your furry friend the best smelling pet on the block. With Permission, your groomer may complete the experience with a treat, thanking your pet for the smooth sailing experience, and leaving them excited for the next grooming session.

Requests

Of course, no pet is the same, and what one may need another may not. We know this and welcome you to let your groomer know any concerns or requests you have to ensure the perfect grooming experience. Through mobile pet grooming we are able to deliver a personal and specialised service to each and every pet. This means no grooming session is the same, and instead suited to your pet and your pet only. So, letting your groomer know your preferences, worries and ideas only helps them to do their job better.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TrimPet Mobile Grooming?

To put it simply, TrimPet Mobile Grooming brings the services of a grooming salon to you. Through a fully self-contained van, equipped with all the grooming necessities, we are able to go above and beyond the typical grooming experience.

How often does my pet need to be groomed?

Although it primarily depends on your pets’ coat and hair type, it is recommended your pet is groomed every 6-8weeks to help maintain a healthy coat. This allows your pet to not only become familiar and comfortable with the grooming routine, but a consistent grooming schedule allows us to become familiar with your furry friend and provide them with the grooming experience they deserve.

Will my dog be in a cage?

The one-on-one experience of mobile pet grooming means your pet will never be put in a cage. Being the only pet in the grooming van means they will never be enclosed in any sort of cage, massively improving the grooming experience!

How long will the grooming take?

Grooming typically takes between 1-2 hours, although the time and process of grooming is dependant on various factors such as the breed of your pet, the time since their last groom, or even any pets that require a little more Tender Loving Care, particularly with old or nervous pets.

Do you need to use my electricity or water hose?

No! As our vans are fully self-contained, you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Is Mobile Pet Grooming better than Pet Grooming Salons?

Mobile pet grooming provides the opportunity for more than just a means of convenience for you, but also a pleasant and stress-free experience for your pet.
Bringing the groomer not only reduces travel times for you, but also allows for a one-on-one experience between the groomer and your pet. Rather than competing tasks and distractions of other pets, as would be in a grooming salon, mobile pet grooming means your furry friend gets the undivided attention of the groomer, of which a bond is built through regular appointments and the groomer can become familiar with the needs of your pet.
Eliminating the risk of catching viruses from other pets, stress and anxiety caused through cages and unfamiliar surroundings, mobile pet grooming is a time of pampering dedicated entirely to your pet, leaving no opportunity for distractions, a fearful experience, or even a dodgy haircut!
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