Archive for the 'Grooming' Category

Give your dog a bath!

Author: Colleen
March 23, 2009

Cherry Dog Grooming SprayCherry shampoo for dogs and puppies

Dogs should be bathed when they look dirty and/or have a strong doggy odor. If your dog or puppy has matts, they should be removed by combing or clipping before bathing as matts seem to get a lot worse after getting wet.  Puppies or small dogs can be bathed in sinks and tubs while large breeds may require bathtubs. (After bathing your dog, be sure to scrub and disinfect the area prior to human use.) If the weather is warm, a child’s wading pool and garden hose may be used. Have your dog’s shampoo or soap, brush and comb and towels nearby before you begin. Place the dog in the tub and soak the dog through to the skin. Use a shampoo that is pH balanced for dogs. If your dog has a special skin problem, ask your veterinarian to recommend a shampoo. When starting the bath, be sure to start at the neck by lathering all around it.  This will prevent any fleas from running to their face or ears.  I personally use a wash cloth to wash their little faces because it’s easier and my dog loves it!  I shampoo twice  ( the first shampoo to loosen dirt and the second shampoo to remove it), each followed by a thorough rinsing with warm water, not hot water, should be sufficient to get your dog clean.  I also like to use a conditioner to make their coat soft and sweet smelling and it helps prevent matts.  Be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner made especially for dogs otherwise you may cause undue skin irritation and dryness.

March 14, 2009

fluffy.jpgDid you know that using “people” shampoo on your dog or cat can be very bad for them?  People shampoo is mainly designed to remove oil residue which makes it very drying and irritating to dogs and cats.  Shampoo for people is generally cheaper but in the long run, if you use it on your pets, you risk having to take them to the vet for the harmfull side effects it has on your dog or cat.  There are so many shampoos and conditioners and grooming sprays made just for your cat or dog, there’s no reason to try using people hair products on your pet.  Your pet will love it and you will love the different scents that are available such as wild cherry, berry, and much more.  so next time you are looking for shampoos and conditioners for your pet, make sure they are safe for them and made only for them

Oh! Oh! Oh! The Sweetest Thing!

Author: DogsBestFriend
February 27, 2009
Oh! Oh! Oh! The Sweetest Thing!

Monkey Joe doesn’t really like to get brushed. Sometimes if you brush the fur near the base of his tail he will turn his sweet little face toward you and bite your hand. Monkey Joe is not a bad cat; in fact millions of other cats in America share his disdain for grooming. This isn’t cats’ problem, it’s a human problem.


We need to pay more attention to how we are grooming our cats. First of all, don’t be aggressive. How would you like it if someone took a wire brush vigorously to your hide? Be gentle and make sure you have the best quality cat grooming supplies. After all, Monkey Joe is an angel, and with a bit of grooming your cat could be almost as sweet.

February 22, 2009

Dematting tools for dogs

I have two shih tzu’s and I admit, I had put off taking them to the groomer because it’s been so cold, I didn’t want their hair short.  But, I learned a lesson when I did take them to a groomer and an expensive lesson, too!  Because I hadn’t taken the time to at least comb their hair, they had developed matts in their hair which cost me extra at the groomer’s for her to remove them.  I also found out from the groomer that matts are ideal for fleas to migrate to which causes your pet unnecessary licking and biting which in turn causes more matts!  What a vicious cycle.  She recommended daily or at least weekly combings with a high grade metal comb or rake.  I took her advice and found that it really does make a big difference giving my dogs a weekly combing with dematting combs  and I take care of it while we are  just sitting watching tv when we are all relaxed! 

Brushing Your Cat’s Fur

Author: DogsBestFriend
December 5, 2008
Bamboo cat comb

Just like dogs, cats shed hair, and worse than shedding, long haired cats are prone to having mats form on their fur.  Mats can pull against the skin, not only causing pain, but also causing potential infection.  Unlike dogs, cats are often not fond of being brushed, thus it’s important to start brushing your cat when it’s a young kitten.  If you start brushing your cat at an early age, they will either enjoy, or won’t mind being brushed when they are a more mature feline. 


There are a couple options for brushing your cat.  In general, owners are fortunate that cats groom themselves, and thus their fur is often smooth.  However, mats can still form regardless.  If your cat happens to have mats, it’s best to start brushing them with a rake brush, and even use scissors to remove existing mats.  Once your cat is mat free, a cat comb applied to their fur once a week should keep mats from forming. 

November 21, 2008


The other day we covered why it’s important to check and clean your dog’s or cat’s ears.  Today, I’m going to give some tipes on how to clean your pet’s ears.

First off, I definitely do not recommend using cotton swabs or Q-tips as they are usually called.  It makes it too easy to go too deep into a pet’s ears and possibly causing damage to the ear drum.  Cotton balls are the best to use as long as you don’t push them too deep into the ear canal as this can actually push the ear wax and debris further into the ear.

Pull your pet’s ear back and place approximately 5-8 drops of ear cleaner into the ear.  Massage the base of the ear to loosen ear wax and debris.  You should hear a “squishing” sound which means you’ve gotten the cleaner down where it needs to be.  Your pet will want to shake his head.  This is definitely okay because it helps in removing all that foreign stuff.  Using a cotton ball, you can remove excess cleaner from the outer part of the ear canal so it won’t go everywhere when your pet shakes his or her head!  After you are finished cleaning the ear canal, there are powders that you can also use to keep the ear dry which will keep ear mites out and will also prevent any bacterial infection that can be a problem in your pet’s ears if they remain dampened.

Cleaning your pet’s ears should be done at least once a month.  There are a lot of good products to clean your pet’s ears including liquid cleaners, ear powders, and even pre moistened cloths.  They all work well and it really depends on your personal choice of which is easiest for you and your pet!  You can find everything you need to keep your pets ears clean at First Rate Pets and they are very affordable!  Check out all of their grooming supplies and you’ll find keeping your pet clean, happy, and healthy is easier than you thought!

November 19, 2008

Ear cleaning liquid for dogs and catsDog and cat ear cleaning kit

Checking and cleaning your dog’s or cat’s ears is very important to their overall health.  Prevention of ear wax buildup and mites in their ears can mean the difference between a very happy healthy pet or expensive trips to the vet.

When checking your dog or cat’s ears, make sure they are calm and in a quiet environment.  Most pets don’t like their ears messed with.  Look for wax buildup, any kind of discharge, and a brownish substance which may indicate your pet has ear mites.

There are several good products that can be used safely on your pet’s ears whether you have a cat or dog (or both).  Powders are great for keeping your pet’s ears dry which will inhibite the growth of bacteria and will keep mites out of the ear.  Liquid cleaners will remove excess ear wax and dirt.  Combined they will help you keep your pet’s ears clean and healthy.  You can find a large selection of ear care products at First Rate Pets that will help you maintain the health of your pet.

Be sure to check out our blog Friday as I will publish a more in depth article on how to clean your dog or cats ears using the helpful ear products available.

Do It Yourself Dog Grooming

Author: DogsBestFriend
November 7, 2008
dog grooming kit

While short haired dogs will only require a quick brush now and then, long haired dogs require regular attention when it comes to grooming.  Dogs not groomed regularly can develop serious skin problems, particularly due to matting of their fur.  Mats can pull against the skin causing irritation, and also cause infections if left alone for some time.  To prevent matting, you will need to groom your dog about twice a month.  Using a dog grooming kit is advised, as this will give you all the necessary tools to prevent matting and remove existing mats. 


To remove mats, you should first cut out the mat with scissors, and then gently loosen the fur with a rake or brush to prevent further matting.

Tips for Successful Nail Clipping

Author: DogsBestFriend
October 23, 2008

Dog nail clippersIf you have hardwood floors you’re looking to salvage, cutting your dog’s nails can be a big priority in your life. But it isn’t always an easy proposition. Dogs like to howl and wiggle their way out of the process, so it is important to follow some of the following tips to make the endeavor a bit easier (on everyone involved).


-Start young. If your dog is used to the process from puppyhood, he is likely to put up with some nail clipping with minimal complaint.


-Use the proper equipment. Dog nail clippers are not the place to scrimp in your budget. Invest in a quality pair of clippers that will cut quickly and cleanly.


-Be conservative. Don’t cut too much. This is the most important rule! If you hit the “quick,” it will cause your dog a lot of pain. Cutting a little bit at a time more often is a far better plan than cutting a bunch at once and risking that painful snip.

Trimming your pet’s nails

Author: PetsRule
September 19, 2008


Recently, a lot of attention has been placed on the importance of keeping your dog’s nails trimmed.  I’m sure you have all seen the new commercials for the dremel type tools for trimming your dog’s nails.  I’ve had a lot of people ask me what type of dog nail trimmer is best and I wondered about that too, so I did a lot of research on it and asked many pet groomers and veterinarians what they thought about it.

What I found was there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to trimming your dog’s nails.  Many factors come into play such as the breed of the dog and what the pet owner’s preferences are.  One thing I found is that most pet groomers prefer the old fashioned way using clippers specially designed for dog’s nails. They sometimes use the dremel type tool also to polish the nail and to get rid of rough edges. 

If your dog’s nails have become rather long, using the dremel tool takes longer to get the nail shorter and most dogs aren’t very patient when it comes to messing with their paws.  However, it may help in maintaining the shortness of the nail, once they have been trimmed.

Most pet owners are fearful that they may cut their dog’s nails too short and accidently cut into the “quick”.  Though that is a  possibility, it can still happen using the dremel type tool.  Everyone I talked to strongly agreed that you don’t have to get all of your dog’s nails trimmed in one sitting.  Slow and easy will get you where you want to go and your dog will gradually get used to the idea of getting his nails trimmed.  This is especially true if your dog has dark colored nails where you can’t see the quick.  If you trim just a little bit off each time, you reduce the risk of hurting your dog.  There are also special metal files that will take care of sharp and rough edges.

If you are still nervous about clipping your dog’s nails, the best course of action would be to take him to a groomer for an initial trim and then after that, maintaining them should be easy for you.

Be sure to check out the excellent grooming tools available to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and his coat shiny and healthy and matt free at First Rate Pets!