Protect Your Dog’s Feet

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is an understatement in most regions in the country right now. While we are busy keeping our beloved pets bundled up for their very quick romp in these frigid temperatures, we sometimes forget about protecting their feet. For my dogs, little booties are not an option as they would not even take a single step while wearing them. I use Espree’s Paw Balm as my “go to” to help protect their feet in the cold temperatures. It also protects their feet from the salt, sand, and harsh chemicals that are put on the roads to help melt ice and snow.

Espree’s Paw Balm forms a dense barrier between the pad of the foot and the extreme conditions outside. It provides the protection needed for a quick romp outside during harsh weather. It conditions the pad of the foot while offering undeniable protection from the outside elements. Before your pet goes outside apply Espree’s Paw Balm, let it absorb into the pad of the foot for a minute or two, and you and your pet are good to go. For application purposes, I keep an old rug by the door and have them stand on it while I quickly apply the Paw Balm. Even when the weather is mild, Paw Balm is good to use on your pet’s pads one to two times each week to help lock in hydration and condition the pads. Paw Balm is a safe, non- toxic, and easy way to protect your dog’s paws.

Waterless Baths: One of Espree’s Best Kept Secret

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

Espree’s line of Waterless Baths takes the chore out of bathing your pet and allows for a quick and convenient solution to clean up after your pet. This is an extremely versatile product and can be used in so many ways to help keep your four-legged friend always looking and smelling his best. It can be used as a true waterless bath to clean up areas without doing a full bath. Spray in the desired area, towel it in and go. For longer coats, you can blow dry it and run a quick slicker brush through to finish. Either way, the coat will come out fresh, clean, and fluffy. This product can also be used like any other Espree shampoo, wash it in and rinse if you prefer to give a good old-fashioned bath. One of the best uses for Espree’s Waterless Baths is to help break down odor. This odor-eliminating product will not mask the odor with heavy perfumes and fragrances, but rather break the odor down to help get rid of the smell. You can also use it to freshen up your pets’ bedding or even put a capful in the laundry when you wash the dog bedding. Another great use for Espree’s Waterless Bath is to lightly spray it on the dog to freshen up the coat after spending the day at doggie daycare or even their vet. The convenience and versatility of Espree’s Waterless Baths make it a “must have” for every pet owner!

The Importance of Diluting Product Correctly

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

Groomers work very hard for their money. We must use every tool we have at our disposal to help get that beautifully executed groom with each dog we work on. These tools are not only our clippers, scissors, and styling products, but also our shampoos and conditioners. After all, the bath is the quintessential element of a professional groom. It is the one tool that gets the pets’ skin and coat clean, healthy, and vibrant. Therefore, it is one of the most important parts to the grooming process.

It is important in any grooming salon not to waste shampoo. After all, most shampoo used by grooming professionals is concentrated and needs to be diluted. If we don’t dilute shampoo correctly, there is a lot of wasted product and that is like throwing money out the window. Diluting product correctly is important in terms of performance as well. In order to have a product provide a solution for the pet and perform as the manufacture intended, we must pay attention to the dilution rate. If the product is overdiluted, it may not have the ability to do what it should do. If the product is under diluted, take some extra time to rinse and to rehydrate the coat. It is important to remember that when you under dilute a product, there is more surfactant being used than what the manufacturer recommends. In order to keep the skin and coat in optimal condition, it is necessary to rehydrate the coat.

Once you are finished bathing for the day, take any shampoo that has been diluted and discard it in order to prevent bacteria forming in the mixing bottles. We all hate to waste shampoo, so if you have any energy left, it may be a great time to bathe your personal dog with what is left over from the day. Don’t forget to clean out those mixing bottles thoroughly to remove any product in the bottle!

Water Temperature

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

The normal body temperature for dogs (100.2-102.8 degrees Fahrenheit) are significantly higher than that of normal human body temperature.  Because of this, dogs and cats tolerate cooler temperatures better than humans.  Temperatures that may seem comfortable to us may not feel comfortable to the pet.  When selecting appropriate water temperature when bathing, always select a temperature that is comfortable for the pet, rather than the person bathing.

Unfortunately, there is not a universal water temperature that is ideal for all situations.  It is important evaluate the skin and coat before determining the appropriate temperature.  In general, cool to lukewarm water temperatures are generally healthier. Warm temperatures are normally drying to the skin as it breaks down essential body oils and causes the skin cells to separate.  When essential body oils are broken down, the end result is skin that is dehydrated and depleted of nutrients. Warm water temperature should be avoided if a pet has sensitive, irritated, or dry skin. Warm water could potentially cause additional irritation to the skin.

Warm water is not good for pets that have dry, irritated, or sensitive skin, but it is good for pets that have oily skin.  Warm water is a natural solution for removing excess oil therefore it is recommended for bathing and rinsing greasy skin and coat.

The final rinse when bathing a pet whether the skin and coat are dry or oily should be with cool water.  The final cool rinse allows for the remaining body oils to coagulate which, in turn, allows for proper hydration of the skin.  In addition, a final cool water rinse calms nerve endings and provides temporary relief from itching.