Brushing Tips for your Pet

How to demat your silky coated dog. Do this before a grooming appointment.
How to demat your thick curly dogs coat. Do this before your dogs appointment.
For the average Poodle, Bichon, or any curly or fluffy coat
Great for any long hair Doodle, Coton, Havanese, etc…
Show Poodle Brushing
For Shelties, Collies, Australian Shepherds, Poms or any double coated breed.
Daily Routine to keep your long hair dog tangle free.
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Our Favorite Dog Grooming Tools & Products

Click on the name of each product for a link on where to find it.

Soon we will link “How To” videos with instructions for using  many of the tools listed.

The Madan Pin Brush 

This brush is great for all coats, especially if you are trying to grow a long flowing coat.

Wood Pin Brushes

Wood Pin Brushes are great for sensitive dogs!

Artero Soft Slicker Brush

These are great for getting out knots and hitchhikers in the dogs hair!

The Butter comb


These combs are a great investment! You can not maintain a coated dog without one!

IGroom Shampoo and Conditioning Products

These are the products used daily in our salon.

Latex Bands for tying up top knots

Rat Tail Combs

A must if you need to tie up a top knot.

Vetoquinol Ear Cleansing Solution

Using this after every bath or swim will help to prevent ear infections!

Thinning Shears

These will help to gently remove matted hair, and can be used to trim around the eyes.

Slicker Brush

Show Premium Pet Grooming Products

The Best of the Best!

Zymox Products

We use this in the salon for dogs with allergies and sensitive skin !

Heavy Duty Nail Grooming Tool

Diamond Wheel for Dremel

Gives a really smooth finish to the nail, more comfortable for the dog!

Ultra Quiet Nail Filing Tool

Great for dogs sensitive to loud tools.

Stripping Stone

Stripping Knife

Used for Carding a coat

Rubber Finger Covers

Used for removing dead hair on wire coated breeds

Bows

Use Bows for special occasions and dress up!

Doodle and Heavy Coated Dog Brush

Great for extra deep thick coats!

Exercise Pen

Great for puppies and seniors

Potty Pads, washable

These are the best, I use these in the salon.


Small dog Tabletop Grooming Table

Snoods

Used for keeping long ears out of food and wet grass!
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Should Your Groomer Remove Hair From Your Dogs Ears?

Have you ever picked your dog up from the groomer, and looked into the ears only to find that they do not look clean?

Honestly, these concerns cause groomers to do more harm than good to a dogs ears. Groomers often worry that if they don’t clean all of the gunk out of the dogs ears, the client will be upset.

The truth is that healthy ears do not “look” dirty. The black or reddish colored waxy substance in the ears may be a sign of an infection. When the groomer attempts to clean the ear the dogs ears may become irritated, leading the dog to start shaking it’s head.
So, if your pets ears “look” dirty, have your vet take a look and prescribe the proper ear cleansing solution.

Close-up of red allergy dog ear

Have you ever taken your dog to the vet and heard the vet say that your groomer needs to remove the hair from the pets ears?

The practice of plucking the hair from a dog’s ears is a widely debated subject among both vets and groomers.
In my salon, I do not offer this service. There are some dogs that it is simply cruel to perform this service for. Especially on teething puppies. Please ask your vet to do it if they suggest the ears should be plucked.

Ear plucking can be beneficial for some dogs, in others it can cause micro trauma to the ear allowing a breeding ground for infection to set in.

Dogs who require occasional plucking, and who develop ear infections afterwards, may need a medication prescribed before the plucking to aid in the prevention of an infection.
If your veterinarian insists that the groomer performs this service, and the groomer disagrees, then simply ask your vet to take care of it.

Healthy ears can have the hair removed, but many specialists conclude that if the ear is healthy, leave it alone.

These are examples of healthy ears, as you can see even with the hair in place the ear is fine.

Has your vet ever stated that your Dog has an ear infection because the groomer must have allowed water to get into the dogs ears?

If your pet develops ear infections after swimming or baths, you can use a good ear wash that helps to dry out the ears after swimming or bathing. I use Vetoquinol on all of the dogs that I wash.

Clean water will not “cause” an infection, but if the ear is already compromised, the moisture and warmth will provide an ideal environment for the quick growth of bacteria and yeast.

Watch this video on correctly using an ear wash!

Proper use of the ear cleansing solution is important. After the bath while the dog is still in the tub , simply fill the ear canals with the solution, allow the dog to shake out the excess, and gently wipe the ears out with cotton squares . This is recommended for healthy ears to keep them healthy.

Never use Q-tips in a dogs ears! Abnormal ears need to be seen by a vet.

Sources:

http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/otitis-quandary-pluck-or-not-pluck-hair-ear

https://vetmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/let-veterinarian-get-bottom-pet-ear-problems/

http://www.cahillanimalhospital.co.nz/dermatology-hairy-ears–to-pluck-or-not-to-pluck.html

https://groomwise.typepad.com/bbird/2013/06/no-more-ear-hair-plucking.html

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