3 Ways Dry Shampoo Can Make Your Day Easier in the Salon

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

You’re not imagining it: Dry shampoos are all the rage and are making their way into the pet market and grooming salons.  As professional pet stylists, we know that nothing beats a good old fashion bath and brush out, but dry shampoos definitely have their place in grooming salons and on your grooming table. Here are 3 ways a dry shampoo can help you on in the salon:

  1. Absorb Excess Oil from the Skin and Coat

Dry shampoo is a great tool for those pooches that have overactive oil glands.  I use dry shampoo before the bath and let them sit for 15-30 minutes to let the dry shampoo do its magic. I take a brush and lightly brush through the coat to help distribute the dry shampoo throughout the coat to absorb the excess oil.  Then bathe and style as desired.

  1. Give the Coat More Volume, Thickness, and Texture

Everyone has those clients that come in with a picture of a full-coated breed and want their barely maintained pooch to look just like that picture.  After explaining that there is not enough coat on their pup, you can turn to a shampoo to help add more body to the coat and achieve the look they want.  I really love to use it on the legs of dogs that have a “not so great coat” to give that added boost of volume and texture. It is also fantastic to use at the occiput to get hair to stand up when you have floppy head hair. Just make sure you do not get it in their eyes.

  1. De-matting

Yes, you read that correctly.  Dry shampoo works its magic on a matted coat.  Simply spray the matted area and use a slicker brush to help separate and divide the coat.  It works especially well if you have an undercoated breed with a packed coat that you cannot get through.  Saturate the coat with dry shampoo, separate and divide with your favorite slicker brush, then use a force dryer on the coat.  Dry shampoo used as a de-matting tool needs to be done before the bath so you can wash out the product.

Even though we aren’t using dry shampoo to freshen up a pet, there are many ways a dry shampoo can make our day a little easier in the salon.  And, at the end of the day, you can use it on your own hair to freshen up if you need to.

4 Reasons Not To Shave A Dog

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

Many pet owners think that shaving a dog down would help them stay cooler in the summer, but that is quite the contrary. The coat serves as a protector for the dog as it is the dog’s shade from the elements.

Typically, undercoat is thinner during warmer months which allows air to get all the way down to the skin to help with overheating.  In order for air to make it all the way down to the skin, it is important to keep your dog brushed out, so mats will not interfere with proper air circulation.  The coat must separate and divide all the way down to the skin.  In addition, the dog’s hair serves as a thermal regulator to slow down the process of heat absorption.  If the dog’s coat is shaved down, you are taking away their shade to help the regulate their body temperature. In addition to exposure to heat, there are many other dangers to shaving your dog in the summertime:

  1. Risk of sunburn.
  2. Expose the skin to insect bites.
  3. The coat could grow back thicker making it more difficult to regulate body temperature.
  4. The coat could grow back unevenly, and bald spots could occur with repeat shave downs.

 

What can pet owners do to help protect their dog during the summer months?

  1. Keep your pet brushed out so the coat can separate and divide all the way to the skin.
  2. Rather than shave your dog down, have your stylist shorten the furnishings for ease of maintenance.
  3. Choose products containing a touch of sunscreen.

Shed Happens!

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

De-Shedding Is A Win-Win

All dogs shed to some degree.  It is a natural process that allows new coat to come in.  Some breeds shed all year, while others shed seasonally.  Most stylists offer a de-shed add-on service or program in the salon to help pet parents deal with the insurmountable amount of hair the pet is leaving around the house.   When clients have guests come over to their home and have dog hair everywhere, especially on their furniture, it can be embarrassing for them.  More importantly, dogs can become uncomfortable with having so much excessive coat. Having a coat that is packed with hair can contribute to the pet’s inability to regulate their own body temperature which can be dangerous during the summer and winter months. Sometimes they will become itchy or even develop a myriad of skin issues including bacterial and yeast infections. Offering a de-shedding service is necessary and advisable for all parties involved, especially the dog.

What exactly does de-shedding mean?

It is the removal of undercoat that would have eventually ended up all over the house, furniture, and your clothes.  Shedding is a natural process, so you do not want to try to stop it!  De-shedding treatments are designed to accelerate the shedding process by removing the loose coat that would eventually end up of all over the client’s home.  De-shed shampoos and treatments ideally should change the pH by lowering it from the normal 6.5 – 7.5 range. The cortex of the cuticle opens up and allows any loose coat to slip out. Espree’s Simple Shed Shampoo and Simple Shed Treatment does this. It is also enhanced with proteins and amino acids to help fortify and strengthen overworked and damaged hair, so the result is a healthy, shiny coat.  Sometimes a De-Shed Treatment can appear drying to the coat due to the reduction in pH.  I always recommend using a De-Shed Treatment or Conditioner after shampooing to help restore moisture to the skin and coat. The end result is a beautiful, healthy coat where the coat can separate and divide so the skin can breathe.  It is an all-around win-win for the dog, the client, and the pet stylist.

Recommended tools and equipment for De-Shed Services:

Espree Simple Shed Shampoo

Espree Simple Shed Treatment

High-Velocity Dryer

De-Shed Tool

Happy De-shedding!!!!

Stinky Dogs: How Can You Get Rid of the Smell?

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

 

The best way to get rid of the odor from a stinky dog is a good old-fashioned bath! However, if you are like most people, you may find that more than just a few days go by before you can actually give your dog a bath.  Here are some ways to keep your dog smelling fresh and looking their best in between bath days:

1. Try using Espree Wipes as a way to freshen up the coat, remove dirt, food stains, and odor from your pet in between baths.

2. A great interim is the waterless bath.  When there is no time for a full bath, waterless baths are quick and easy.  Use between baths to clean bathroom mishaps and accidents, remove excess oil, dirt, odor, and stains.  Lightly mist over the coat and towel dry.  It’s that easy to keep your pet looking fresh and odor free.

3. Espree  Oatmeal Baking Soda Spray can help manage the odor between baths as well.  The spray is infused with baking soda and oatmeal to help provide relief to itchy skin while eliminating odor molecules.  This spray can be used before or after a good old-fashioned bath to help eliminate that “doggy smell” in addition, to freshening up your pet in between baths.

4. We have the perfect solution for those tough odors that seem to be impossible to conquer.  Espree Extreme Odor Eliminating Spray will naturally neutralize the odor removing the smell, even from skunks.  The proprietary blend contains Aloe Vera, Alum, and our Secret Agent 20 has the capability of eliminating the odor like the smell was never there.

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.

Not Trimming Your Pooches Nails Regularly Can Cause Health Problems!

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Sarah Drouin NCMG | Pet Tech CPR Certified | Award Winning Stylist | www.theplushpooch.com |  (484) 464-2025

I must trim hundreds of nails per month. When I tell clients that it is a necessity to trim their Pooches nails monthly, they are usually surprised.

When you let a dogs nail grow out too long/far, the vein, also referred to as the “quick,” grows with it. Therefore, you can only take off so much at a time.

I explain that they should come two weeks after the initial visit with me. This way we can take more off, as that vein will have time to recede back. This will be an ongoing process until we can get them to the desired length.

Did you know that not trimming your Pooches nails regularly can cause health problems? Such as, tiny toe fractures, arthritis, and joint deformity.

Again, this isn’t just an aesthetic problem, it’s a functional one: Compromising your dog’s weight distribution and natural alignment can leave her more susceptible to injuries, and make walking and running difficult and painful. This is especially important in older dogs, whose posture can be dramatically improved by cutting back neglected nails. It’s almost like seeing a chiropractor in just a nail visit!

By grinding away the nail all around the quick – above it, below it, and on both sides – the quick has no support nor protection, and within days it will begin to visibly recede.

A Good Life in the Golden Years

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

Our pets are living longer than ever before.  Not only are they living longer, their quality of life is better!  Some say it is good genetics, but I think it comes from understanding the changing needs of our aging pets.

There are so many ways to enhance the quality of life for our senior friends. Staying active is a crucial part of keeping your pet healthy and enjoying those golden years.  A short walk, even if it is to the mailbox and back, would not only be beneficial physically, but mentally as well.  A healthy diet is also a key ingredient to enhancing the quality of life with your senior pet.  Not only diet, but supplements are another way to offer cognitive support to promoting joint health to allow your pet to age vibrantly.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy is also imperative.  Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are not normal.  Talk to your veterinarian about ways to promote good oral hygiene.  Brushing their teeth, water additives, brushless toothpaste are just a few ways to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Regular visits to your veterinarian are important too.  Immune systems can weaken with aging pets.  This makes them more susceptible to disease and infection.  Keeping your pet fresh and clean plays a major role to your pet aging gracefully.  Sometimes caring owners have a tendency to not bathe and groom their senior pets.

Keeping the skin and coat clean and healthy is a major component to feeling better.  Don’t you feel better when you bathe and wash your hair?  Don’t you want the same for your loyal four legged companion? Let him have a spa day at home with a lavender infused shampoo for relaxation.  Or better yet, give your buddy a massage while shampooing him with one designed to sooth sore muscles, inflammation, and arthritis.  That will alleviate the hip ad joints providing immediate relief for your pet.  Don’t you wish you could have a spa day like that?

Take a few extra minutes out of your day and continue to develop the bond with your senior pet.  Human touch and interaction are important in their golden years.  A hug, a kiss, or a quick massage  helps assure them that everything is going to be alright.  They have been your loyal companion and always by your side.  Knowing that you have done everything you can to help your pet during the golden years.  After all, they have been devoted to you since day one!

Tips to Ensure your Pet is Taken Care of in the Event of a Disaster!

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National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is a great reminder that while people can be prepared for most disasters, they need to ensure their pets are also taken care of. Below are several ways that can help you and your pet family stay safe and secure in the event of a disaster.

High up on the list is to alert any potential rescuers that you have pets in the home. There are several signs or stickers you can purchase to place near your front door that will let people know how many animals you have and what they are. This can be especially useful in the event of a fire, even more so if you aren’t there when it occurs. The ASPCA even offers them for free by filling out this form online and ordering them.

Next is to always have a plan of action according to the disaster. Your area may be prone to earthquakes, tornados, floods, wildfires, hurricanes; all of which present their own unique problems to deal with.

Since tornados and earthquakes generally have the least amount of warning, you will need to have a prepared room in the house (or separate storm shelter) where you and your pets can be safe. While some pets may not like it, it can be crucial to practice a few times so that you are ready in the event of a disaster. Every animal has a certain place they like to hide, especially when scared. Learn where your pets hiding spots are so you can get to them quickly. When you are up against disasters with more warning, albeit equally destructive potential, make sure you have prepared disaster supplies ready for your family and your pets. Bowls, five days of water and food, plus first aid are all very much needed. Carriers and leashes also need to be close by, even for cats. They may not like the leash, but at least they won’t get away from you.

Sometimes disasters aren’t nearly as destructive, such as snowstorms or blackouts, but can cause similar issues to crop up. You still need to maintain backup food and water for your pets at all times and we recommend restocking your supplies at least every six months.

Expanding on this, make sure all of your pets are wearing collars with a good contact number in the event that they do get away and to double up extra security, we highly recommend getting your pet microchipped. It is generally not too expensive and will ensure that should your pet ever reach a vet or animal shelter, they will find their way back to you.

Please keep in mind that while your pets are animals, they are domesticated and depend on you for survival. If you couldn’t survive the upcoming disaster, they probably will not either. Never leave them behind for any reason.

Your animals are part of your family and we here at Espree want them to be as safe as possible in any situation. Hopefully you will never have to worry about a disaster affecting you and your pets, but it is always important to be prepared.