IN SUPPORT OF GEORGINA FERAL CAT COMMITTEE
Great news! It looks like groomers in Ontario have been allowed to open shop as early as next week!
Not so great news, our groomer has a waitlist of 300+ customers.
It looks like I’ll have to do at least one more (x 3) at home makeovers.
How does this support rescue? Independent Scentsy consultant, Jennifer Carter rescued her cats, Trix, and Toby from Georgina Feral Cat Committee (GFCC). It is kitten season, and sadly, as is the case with most rescues, COVID-19 has prevented many fundraising opportunities. Jennifer is offering to donate 20% of the commission from party sales to GFCC. In addition, hostess gifts will be donated as auction items for future fundraising events.
Jennifer provided me with samples from Scentsy’s new Pet Line. Products include Pet Shampoo, Detangling Spray, and Deodorizing Spray and are available in the following gentle fragrances:
- Oatmeal & Aloe
- Honey & Chamomile
- Orange Zest & Nectar
- Tea Tree & Peppermint
Products ship within Canada and U.S.A.
I am a fan of this line and will add more to my Scentsy wish list.
Regular grooming is essential to pet health. Regardless of breed, nail trimming prevents discomfort and reduced traction. Too long nails may cause a slip and fall. Additionally, if nails curl back into the paw, the pads may be cut, or the nail could grow into the pad, and the paw could become infected. Split or torn nails can be very painful and, depending on severity, may need to be treated. Long term effects include splayed feet (to compensate), and injured tendons.
I admit I was terrified to clip my dogs’ nails and hope the following tips help you feel confidant.
TIPS FOR NAIL TRIMMING
Not all tools are created equally
- unless you have a large dog, scissor-type clippers are recommended as they are less likely to put pressure on the nail and pinch the toe
- ensure clippers are sharp; worn or dull clippers may also cause pressure and may split or pull the nail. NEVER use equipment that has become rusty as may cause infection as well as being extremely uncomfortable
- hold paw firmly and project nail by using additional pressure with your thumb
- clip a tiny bit at a time. If you make this a regular habit, a tiny bit is likely all you will need to do, at regular intervals
IF YOU CUT THE QUICK (nail bed)
use styptic powder to stop the bleeding. If you don’t have this on hand, tightly pack a small container with corn starch; this is equally effective
If you are only clipping a small amount of nail, these accidents are less likely to occur.
THE RIGHT BRUSH
This will depend on your dogs’ coat.
Bristle brushes are great for short-haired, smooth-coated dogs that frequently shed.
The FURminator® is also used for de-shedding. This toothed metal comb has a release button for collected fur, which collects quickly with our cat, Goose. It works on flat, short, combination, heavy and double coats; it can help reduce shedding up to 90%. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR NON-SHEDDING DOGS (like mine).
Slicker brushes works with all coat types. The rows of thin wire pins easily remove loose fur and help detangle the mats.
The Undercoat Rake is designed to get deep into double and heavy coats. Look for one with pins that roughly match your dog’s hair length. If pins are too short, they will miss the inner layer of undercoat; rakes that are too long might irritate the skin.
There are many different types of tools; research what grooming products will work best for your companions.
- use non-pointed, round-ended scissors
- hold your dog’s muzzle, comfortably yet firmly while trimming
- clip away from eyes
- never trim too close to sensitive areas
TIPS FOR THE TUB (or shower)
First of all, your dog’s breed will determine how often you choose to bathe your dog. For example, short-haired breeds require bathing less frequently as they can easily maintain their hygiene.
Dogs with water-repellent coats need to preserve their natural oils. This is also the case with dogs that have skin sensitivities and allergies. In some cases, the oil reduces itching. My guy, Henry, is a sensitive boy.
Double-coated or thick-coated dogs may also need fewer baths. Instead, plenty of brushing will help remove loose hair and stimulate and distribute natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.
If your dog has come into contact with an unnatural grease or oil, apply shampoo directly to this area and massage into the hair, prior to wetting the dog. This is also the case with skunks – albeit a special shampoo will be recommended.
- Make bathtime fun. My dogs know there is a treat waiting for them.
- Reassure your pet during the process. Henry and I sing in the shower together (no, there will not be an audio clip)
- Make sure the water is a comfortable temperature – Lukewarm
- Use shampoo formulated for your pet as their PH is different from ours
- Rinse, rinse, and then rinse. This is a very important point as shampoo left in their coat may irritate their skin. It feels gross, and your dog won’t be too happy having to go back for a rinse later
- Towel-drying is good fun. After which, my dogs tear through the house, all squeaky clean. Henry and Rosie love having their locks blow-dried. I use the lowest heat and only for a brief floof. Otherwise, they air-dry as it is better for their skin
There are many different shampoos on the market. Again, do your research. I choose only the most natural products.
Saving a few trips to the groomer each year could be part of ‘the new norm’ and save you money.
Please feel free to share your tips with a comment below.