Anwers to your questions, directly from your dog grooming authority!
Q. My pets’ coat is full of static. What can I do?
A. Static electricity in pets is the same as in people. The hairs repel each other when positive electrical charges build up on the hair shafts. Low humidity levels in the home during the winter when heating dries the air causes static electricity, which can lead to tangles.
When you brush your pet, use a moisturizing anti-static product like Tomlyn Spray-on Detangler or Nova Pearls Moisturizing and Deodorizing Spray. Also be sure to use a conditioner when you bathe your pet. Use only products specially formulated for pets. Human hair conditioning products will make your pet’s coat greasy.
The use of a home humidifier can help reduce static and make you and your pets more comfortable.
Q. How often is it safe to shampoo my pet?
A. Modern shampoos and conditioners have put to rest old myths about too frequent bathing. The splendid coats of show dogs that are shampooed every week or more, prove that shampooing can be a good thing.
How often you need to bathe your pet depends on a variety of factors – breed, how much time he spends out of doors, etc.
It’s important though, to use high quality products that are specially formulated for pets in order to maintain coat luster and control skin and coat problems. And be sure to always follow the shampoo with a conditioner. Your groomer can make special recommendations.
Q. Any advice for coping with shedding?
A. Pets shed hair all year, but it gets worse in spring when hair starts to grow faster. This means that more time and effort need to be devoted to grooming.
Daily brushing of your pet can help. By removing loose hairs with a brush, there will be fewer on the floor and furniture. If your pet is shedding heavily, you may want to seek the help of a professional groomer. The grooming salon can give your pet a deep massage bath that will loosen the coat, and uses special blow dryers that remove more hair than brushing alone.
A repeat visit three to four weeks later will ensure that the hair is left in the salon instead of around the house. And, since spring is the beginning of flea and tick season, the groomer can apply a preventative treatment during the visit.
Q. How do I find a good groomer for my dog?
A. Choosing a groomer for your pet should be done with as much care as choosing a hair stylist for yourself. You want to be pleased with the results of the "haircut" and the dog must be treated with care.
Your veterinarian or a trusted boarding kennel may offer grooming services. If not, seek recommendations from friends who own pets, or the shelter or breeder where you got your pet. Visit the shop before your book an appointment. Make sure it is clean and well-lit, and that the groomer and assistants handle the dogs gently. A quality grooming shop will have a book illustrating the groomers’ work that you can look through when you visit.
Ask about vaccinations. If routine vaccinations, including Bordetella, are not required, be aware that your pet might come home with more than a new hairdo.
When you bring Sparky in for his first visit, don’t expect the groomer to know what you want. Schedule your drop off for a time of day when the groomer can spend time with you discussing your pet’s needs and your preferences.