Wash Out Those Mixing Bottles

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

 

As groomers, we take so many precautions to ensure the safety and well- being of our clients from salon safety procedures, using a variety of fabulous products, state of the art equipment, providing a clean and healthy environment, and the list goes on and on.  We sometimes overlook a very basic component of our routine, the importance of cleaning out the mixing bottles. When diluting, handling, and using product, it is imperative to keep hygiene at the top of our list.

Hygienic Guidelines for Mixing Professional Strength Product:

1. Wash all containers and caps with very hot water and a sterilizing solution before mixing concentrated shampoo and conditioner, preferably the night before and let the container air dry.

2. Any unused diluted material should be discarded at the end of the day.  If you can’t bear to throw away product, bathe your own dog to get rid of the product.

3. Do not mix an entire gallon of product unless you plan on using it all by the end of the day.

4. Don’t forget to wash the caps of the mixing bottles as they can hold bacteria, mold, and fungus.  This can transfer to the animal during bathing.

It is important to remember that the contamination of product can cause pets to have a reaction to the shampoo mix if it is contaminated with bacteria, mold, or fungus from improper cleaning and handling of the mixing bottles.  Unfortunately, there are not any hygiene regulations for pet groomers.  It is our responsibility as a professional stylist to set forth a standard protocol for providing proper hygiene in our salons.  This hygiene extends all the way to something as simple as a mixing bottle.

Dental As An Add-On Service!

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

Add-ons in the salon are continuing to gain popularity with groomers and their clientele.  Offering dental services is one of the most popular and one of the most beneficial to the pets and their owners.  Teeth that are covered with plaque and tartar build up can cause a myriad of problems because of the body’s inability to fight off the bacteria.  Good oral hygiene is imperative to keeping a pet healthy.

The fee for a dental add-on varies depending on location and clientele in the salons.  Regardless of whether you charge $3 or $35 for a dental service add add-on, the end goal should be to remove as much plaque and tartar as possible in addition to something to freshen the breath.  Owners have a tendency to equate fresh breath with clean teeth.  That is not necessarily the case.

There are many dental products to choose from on the market.  Many do an amazing job of freshening the breath, but it is just as important to tackle the plaque and tartar build up.  As a professional stylist, I prefer to use a disposable toothbrush with a brushless gel to brush the dog’s teeth.  Even though most products claim that there is no brushing required, when a toothbrush is added, it expedites the process of helping to remove plaque and tartar.  I prefer to finish the dental service with an oral care spray.  That is great to freshen the breath and help remove the fresh plaque and tartar. When you focus on removing as much tartar and plaque build- up rather than just focusing on breath, you can make a visible difference with the inflammation of the gums. After all, we want to see results quickly with the dental add-ons.  Faster results are best for the pet, the pet’s owner, and the pet’s groomer.

How to keep your Pooches teeth like a six month old puppy’s!

Sarah Drouin NCMG – Pet Tech CPR Certified- Award Winning –  www.theplushpooch.com

Brushing twice a day will keep your Pooches teeth like a 6 month old puppy’s. Healthy, clean, and in tip top shape.

Some folks who don’t have time for this can opt to do other things.

I recommend an Oral Care Gel. You squeeze the gel in the flews (lips) and once your pet starts to lick, the enzymes in the product start to kill bad breath, germs, & plaque. This will help and is sometimes easier than the toothbrush.

You can also feed a good soft bone, that your pooch can chew up and eat. Regular bones are great too! It really helps keep the teeth clean. Chewing seems to do a lot for the teeth.

Smaller breeds tend to have more issues with teeth than larger breeds. That doesn’t mean your larger breed is safe and clear.

There are some serious consequences for not taking care of your Pooches teeth. Before I go on, I want to mention that taking care of your Pooches teeth on a daily regimen, will be a bonding experience and cost you less down the road.

Serious problems resulting from not caring for your Pooches teeth:
#1 – Infection in Heart Valves
#2 – Liver abscesses
#3 – Sepsis (systemic infection that goes everywhere that the blood does–outside of the blood brain barrier)
#4 – Poor Appetite
#5 – Osteomyelitis (Bone infection)

A clean mouth = a clean bill of health! Remember taking the time to take action now, will save you thousands, but also your dog’s health from going downhill.