The humanization of pets involves a variety of experiences and products, among them the services and equipment available to owners for keeping their canine companions looking and feeling clean and fresh.
One option is to visit a well-educated, professional groomer at a salon, where dogs can be thoroughly pampered and emerge ready to compete for a ribbon at a local show. Another is a mobile grooming service, but that convenience comes with a noticeable cost ($76.25 per hour on average in the U.S., according to Groomer to Groomer magazine) and requires a flexible schedule (setting up a multiple-hour window for when the services are to be performed).
Spending that much money and time for routine maintenance of skin, hair and teeth might not be feasible on a regular basis—or even necessary. Thanks to manufacturers and retailers, dog owners have a range of products at their disposal they can buy and use themselves to make their pets the envy of the block (or the dog park).
Lightweight shears are just the thing for a quick trim and to thin out a thick mane. And that at-home cut should come with an accompanying shampoo and brushing. Several shampoos address itching, shedding and dandruff, while brushes are designed to aid in the removal of loose hair and contribute to a shiny coat by distributing a dog’s natural oils.
As for nails, clippers are one way to go. There’s also a rechargeable, rotary-style device that’s not nearly as stressful on the dog (or owner) as it gently grinds each nail, smoothing out pointy and rough edges for a fast pet pedicure.
By guiding customers to a few trusty tools and other grooming-related products, retailers can feel good knowing that dogs everywhere will be looking good.
Andis Cordless Nail Grinder
The Cordless Nail Grinder delivers a three-hour runtime on a single charge. The six speeds adjust from 7,000 to 18,000 RPM to quickly trim nails of any thickness. The tool also has an ergonomic design for comfort and sure handling, and the cordless operation makes the job that much easier.
Eyenimal Pet Clipper
Treat your pets to the “groomer” experience at home with Eyenimal’s electric pet clipper. This cordless clipper has an adjustable ceramic blade to keep cats and dogs looking neat, trimmed and stylish. It has an ample use time of four hours, and users can easily know when a charge is needed via the LED battery indicator display. Quiet and powerful, the electric pet clipper makes it easy to keep your pets looking their best.
NO-CHOKE Control/Slip Lead
The Groomers Helper “NO-CHOKE” Control/Slip Lead prevents the “choking” of pets by using the same proven principles of the Groomers Helper Grooming Loop. It even has different use options for brachycephalic and older “trach” dogs. An emergency quick release buckle has been incorporated with other safety features.
Safari Bamboo Brushes
The seven Safari Bamboo Brushes by Coastal Pet are made with eco-friendly bamboo and offer coated wire pins for comfort. Each brush is designed for a specific task, from lifting out loose hair and debris to cleaning and shining a dog’s coat.
Oatmeal and Aloe Grooming Wipes
Specially formulated for dogs with itchy, dry skin, earthbath’s Oatmeal and Aloe Grooming Wipes uses the unique properties of colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera to safely clean and soothe dogs’ coat and skin between baths. These wipes are a natural extension of the company’s popular line of oatmeal and aloe shampoos and conditioners.
The Dremel 7300-PT rotary tool provides a safe, effective, less-stressful alternative to using clippers on a dog’s nails. The device uses a 60-grit sanding drum to comfortably trim nails in a harmless and humane manner. Its cordless operation provides optimal control. Gently grind away long nails quickly and painlessly with this Dremel nail groomer.
Miracle Care Grooming Shears
Miracle Care thinning shears are made of high-quality stainless steel and then ice tempered for a long-lasting, surgically sharp edge. These lightweight shears reduce hand fatigue and feature a buffered action that prevents pinching. The shears remove bulk quickly and blends well with surrounding hair. They are perfect for thinning thick and unruly manes.
Beeps by Pet Society Pet Products
A full line of salon-quality bathing and grooming products, including specialty shampoos, conditioners, detangling spray and grooming accessories. Combines bright packaging and fun fragrances with safe and effective formulas designed specifically to meet pet owner needs.
Buddha Bubbles Shampoo and Conditioner
Buddha Bubbles shampoo is made with organic ingredients for sensitive skin, a biodegradable plant-based cleanser, and is both antiseptic and antifungal. It aids in itch-relief, prevents shedding and reduces redness, scaling and skin inflammation. The conditioner works as a pest-repellent and is naturally antibacterial. It treats dry scalp and irritation, helps detangle, prevents shedding and fights dandruff.
Vetericyn FoamCare Shampoo
Vetericyn has made bath time faster and healthier. Vetericyn FoamCare Shampoo sprays on for quick coverage, foams instantly and conditions the skin as it cleans and rinses easily. The shampoos are available in one medicated and three coat-specific formulas. FoamCare is safe, non-toxic and paraben-free.
BaBylissPRO PET Long Pin Slicker
Conair’s BaBylissPRO PET Long Pin Slicker features a bubble gel, anti-slip handle allowing for comfortable all-day use. The stainless steel, flexible long pin design easily penetrates and brushes out mats, straighten coats, or fluff dry. Three sizes are available to cater to a wide range of breeds.