Pet Grooming Tips For Beginners

Many pet owners find it very convenient and cost efficient to groom their pets at home instead of engaging professional pet grooming services. For those of you who are interested in grooming your pet yourself at home but are not too sure how to go about doing it, you can check out these few tips below to help you embark more easily on pet grooming your pet yourself.

First of all, make sure you have the right tools, accessories and supplies for grooming your pet. This is especially important if you have many different types of pets at home. For example if you have a dog and cat at home, do not use the brush used for brushing your cat on your dog. This is very unhygienic as well as inappropriate way to misuse your grooming brush. Make sure you use different grooming brush for your cat and dog. Essential tools includes grooming brush, grooming shampoo, grooming comb, grooming scissors, hair dryer and last but not least a nail clippers.

Next, choose the right brush for your pet’s coat type. For example, if you have a pet with a fluffy coat, it is essential to get a paddle brush to keep that fluffiness. Likewise, if you have a pet with a finer coat, get a brush that is for more sensitive use. Remember, do not misuse the brush as in tip above, thinking you can save a few bucks by fully utilizing the grooming brush.

Selecting the right shampoo for your pet is also another important point that you should take note of. Many pet owners thinks that pet grooming is as simple as just shampooing and washing their pet using normal shampoo but nothing can be further from the truth. Animals are sensitive to shampoo made for humans. To prevent skin and coat irritation to your pet, make sure you choose a pet shampoo that is suitable for the kind of skin that your pet has.

Another point to take note for the inexperienced pet groomer is to find a proper place to groom your pet. The obvious choice is to go for the toilet. However, if you are not able to do so, find an enclosed area that can be easily clean up after each pet grooming session. Failure to lock in or enclose your pet will result in a wet per running all over your house and messing up your home.

However, if you are going to groom a big dog which cannot be fit inside a small bathtub, try taking it out to the backyard for the grooming session. This can only be done during the warmer months. Do not try it cold weather or it can seriously affect the health of your dog.

Last but not least, you need to have patience when grooming your pet. This is especially so for first timers new to grooming your own pets. You may not know how to handle your pet initially but with patience, your pet and you will learn to bond better and enjoy the grooming sessions together.

Extend the Life of Your Pet

Pet products may be hazardous to your pets

There are few events more distressing than the injury or death of a pet. Psychologists have likened it to the death of a family member.

After the recent pet food contamination that killed some pets and made many others sick, worldwide attention focused on making sure pet products are SAFE. Can you honestly trust most manufactures to do that for you?

Products we normally use on our pets – shampoos, odor eliminators, etc. – may create health concerns for our pets just as they can impact our health. Toxic synthetic chemicals used in personal care products are also used in pet care formulas. When scientific studies show these ingredients cause cancer, heart disease, hormone disruption and other aging diseases in humans, the tests on animals generally have the same results.

We need to be aware that chemical ingredients cost pennies and profits are huge, so incentives to inform consumers may be missing. Our pets’ lives are more important than that. I, for one, am willing to spend more to protect my pets and extend the quality of their lives.

Living on a ranch presents a host of unique problems every day. Our horses, dogs and cats are exposed to more things that require greater care than you can imagine. So, I have had the opportunity to identify a variety of solutions for these four-legged loved ones. That includes protecting them from various problems in the environment, small critters and the irresponsible actions of two-legged creatures as well.

Here is what I have learned:

Shampooing is a major effort that can be very messy. Putting your dog in the bathtub or shower isn’t exactly fun for them or you. I recommend using a safe, ToxicFree® pet shampoo. Remember, you are applying it all over their body and most of the time it is not all rinsed out of their hair. So you’ll want one without harmful ingredients or drying agents that will irritate their skin. Find a natural, organic shampoo without synthetic chemicals that can affect your pet’s overall health. It may cost a few pennies more per application, but the safety of our pets is worth it.

Can you imagine having your pet sprayed by a skunk? It’s the worst smell and it lingers for days! Our dogs have greeted us with this unpleasant odor and it nearly drives us out of the house. We use an oxygen-based odor eliminator to neutralize the worst pet odors safely. I recommend you look for products with NO artificial fragrance. Synthetic fragrance is toxic for pets and humans. These petroleum-based ingredients settle and hover about 12″ off the floor where pets and babies (if you have any) spend a lot of time – walking and crawling through non-biodegradable toxins!

As an informed consumer, you can make effective, healthy choices -for yourself AND your pets. I recommend you avoid the following at all cost:

· Sodium laureth sulfate: ethoxylated cleanser found in most shampoos – may contain dioxane, which is banned by the California Safe Cosmetic Act.

· DEA (diethanolamine): carcinogenic foaming agent; significant risk to children (National Toxicology Program; FDA Office of Cosmetic Fact Sheets)

· Propylene glycol: can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

· Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl): xeno-estrogens which may contribute to sterility and hormone imbalances (Brunel University)

· Fragrance (usually contain phthalates): highly toxic; can affect central nervous system (Environmental Health Network; FDA Office of cosmetics Fact Sheet).

I sincerely hope this information is helpful. We all love our pets. Now you can protect your little friends and feel confident you are making the very best choices for them. Extend your pet’s life…now.

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Why You Should Never Use Human Shampoo for Your Dog

Dog shampoos are an integral part of dog grooming. Just like we cannot buy just any shampoo for our hair, shampoo also needs to be chosen with care. Along with buying a dog shampoo, a dog conditioner is also a must-have item for protecting the coat of your pet and also for providing it with a luxurious shine.

So why is buying a dog shampoo so important? Why your pet should not use human shampoo? Just like we have different types of hair like dry, oily or wavy, dogs too have different types of coats. Some coats are as smooth as butter whereas some coats are wiry and curly. It is needless to say here that straight hair and curly hair need totally different types of shampooing and conditioning.

Some pointers to keep in mind before you buy shampoo and conditioners for your dog online:

  • Never ever buy human shampoo for your dog! Shampoos for humans are formulated for use on human skin and not on canine skin. If you use a human shampoo on your dog, you might see adverse reactions like rashes and itchiness.
  • Human shampoos contain many artificial fragrances and colour. Both of these components are harmful if your dog has sensitive skin. Even big strong dogs can have sensitive skin and it is not limited to small breeds.
  • Look for shampoos with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, honey, aloe vera and Vitamin E. These are all natural components and wont harm your dog’s skin in any way.
  • The fragrances added to the pet shampoo should consist of natural ones like lavender, chamomile, citrus and eucalyptus. Some of these fragrances are also natural insect repellers!
  • If you find any dog shampoo labeled as “organic”, please buy it only after reading the list of ingredients. Just the label “organic” doesn’t guarantee that the product won’t have any artificial ingredients.
  • Whether you buy from a store or from an online pet store, the ingredient list is always available. Make good use of the same and buy a shampoo which is the most suitable for your dog.

One bottle of dog shampoo can last for almost a year, so investing in big bottles can save you a lot of time and money. Dogs don’t need to be bathed regularly and just a good clean once in a while is good for your pet. And don’t forget to buy the conditioner!

All Pet Shampoo’s Are Not Created Equal – Read the Labels Before Buying Your Next One

Pet shampoo’s are not all good for your pets. Most will do no harm, yet some can cause skin problems and or loss of hair. Not all shampoo’s are good for our environment either. As a matter of fact very few are biodegradable. It is always good to remember that you get what you pay for, a cheap shampoo is a cheap shampoo.

I thought I was doing the right thing once with a bottle of shampoo by rinsing it out and putting it into the recycling bin. For some reason I decided to read the label. What it said was a shock. “Do not rinse before recycling”. Why would I not rinse? What could be in it that is not good for your drinking water? On another label it said in capital letters:

  • SHAMPOO MAY CAUSE EYE IRRITATION.
  • HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.
  • KEEP AWAY FROM PUPPIES AND KITTENS.

Makes you wonder about what might be in some of these products. Sure we all are careful when we bathe our pets, but things happen. What if a little shampoo gets in their eyes or in their mouth. What am I going to do?  Some suggestions are as follows:

Flush promptly with water.

Induce vomiting with 1- 2 glasses of water or syrup of ipecac.

Have you ever thought about the ingredients in your pets shampoo? Do you pay attention to how your pets look after a bath?  Just take a few minutes to look at what is in some of  these products.

  • Purified Water
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (causes eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands.)
  • Co Co Amide (can cause cancer in animals)
  • Glycerin (a thickening agent, no harm here)
  • Salicylic Acid (an acne medicine)
  • PCMX (low – toxicity antibacterial)

Need I go on? Seems to me that some of these ingredients have no business being in a pet shampoo.

Now lets look at another  brand, one that is sold exclusively through SHUREPETS, an equivalent to the medicated shampoo above. First thing to look for is are there any warning labels. Ingredients listed are:

  • Concentrated detergent and soap free
  • Coconut shampoo base
  • Vitamins A,D,E,
  • EDTA (sequestrate)
  • Glycerin
  • Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinete (an emulsifying agent)
  • Hydrolyzed extracts (antibacterial)
  • DMDH hydration (moisturizer)
  • Deionized water (free of charged atoms and molecules, used in water base cleaning)

Sounds confusing but none of these causes any problems in animals or their human counterparts. Pet owners need to read the ingredients on the products they buy for their furry friend and educate themselves about the effects they may have.