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Pampering Pets to the Max

Michelle Maskaly//March 19, 2014//

Pampering Pets to the Max

Michelle Maskaly //March 19, 2014//

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Whether in the grooming salon or at home, customers want to give their pets the same exquisite spa treatments they like to get themselves.

These can be services a groomer offers, like the “Pampered Pet Package” at Smoochie Pooch in Indiana, that is an in-between full groom package for those who want to spoil their dogs a little bit.

“We offer Blueberry facials and relaxation massages,” Scott Wasserman, a groomer at the salon, said. “We also have a bi-weekly maintenance program called Pampered Pet. It’s a bi-weekly bath, nails, ears and face, feet and sanitary trim.”

Herbal wraps, mud baths and exfoliating salt scrubs are also popular.

One such canine spa treatment is Madra Mór Muds. They are formulated by a natural and organic chemist with a background in immunology. It is a detergent-free, chemical-free product that cleanses, protects and rejuvenates pets.

Their ingredients include organic aloe vera powder, rice bran oil, borage oil, zinc, colloidal oatmeal and allantion. Specific products include: Mobility Mud to help arthritis pain, Shed Safely Mud to help dry skin and excessive shedding, Soothing Mud to treat hot spots and Flea Relief Mud.

One hot trend is for groomers to offer Reiki, which can be done in many retail environments.

“What it does is stress reduction and relaxation,” Pennie Stone, who practices in Texas, said. “It will improve health and enhance the pet’s quality of life.”

Plethora of Products

When it comes to products, there is no shortage of ways for customers to pamper their pet or for groomers to use as add-ons to a regular grooming session.

In addition to offering a full line of dog shampoos, which include Oatmeal Shampoo for dogs with itchy skin and coats and a Coconut 2-in-1 Dog Shampoo and Condition, Warren London also offers a full line of dog nail polishes, moisturizers and colognes.

Their Hydrating Butter is a leave-in conditioner that is a non-oily intense hydrating treatment for silky smooth skin and coat. The extract used is a natural humectant that moisturizes and adds vital nutrients with a soothing scent. It works especially well on dry and damaged skin, coats and paws, as it leaves a dog’s coat looking shiny and smooth.

“Wet Kiss” by Warren London is an all-natural dog cologne that was built to be long lasting while also having aromatherapeutic properties. Because of its organic nature, the product can be sprayed onto a dog as much as needed to keep the pup smelling great.

Cardinal Pet Care’s line of Viva La Dog Spa is all about pampering a pet. They have a variety of shampoos, spritzes and Moroccan oil.

Easily absorbed by hair and skin, Moroccan oil gives a smooth finish and infuses a bright shine to the hair. It reconditions dry, damaged hair and coats that may be affected by heat, wind, salt water, chlorine water, color, antibiotics or diet. It moisturizes and hydrates the hair, making it easy to detangle.

It is recommended and especially good for Bedlingtons, Coton de Tulears, Poodles, Bichons dogs with extra-long hair, like Afghans, Collies, L’Hasa Apsos and dogs with very thick coats. It is also good for coats with faded color.

Tropiclean also has a special line of spa products for pets, including their Renew Shampoo, Fresh Shampoo and Comfort Shampoo.

High-Class Pedicures

Long gone are the days of just clipping a pet’s nails. Instead, there are special nail polishes and paw treatments to ensure a pet’s paws are in tip-top shape.

Pawdicure Polish from Warren London comes in 13 colors, is water-based, odorless, non-toxic and dries in less than 40 seconds.

Pet Head offers super-fast dry, one-coat, easy-to-use dog nail polish that is free of toulene and formaldehyde. It comes in four colors: Happy Pink, Fun Purple, Cool Teal and Love Red.

Another company that offers a variety of nail paint products is Espree. Their Bark Art Nail Polish Pens comes in a variety of colors, as does their regular, quick-drying nail polish. They even have combo packs.

Also from Espree is their Paw Balm, which can be particularity useful during extreme weather. Paw Palm conditions rough elbows and burnt or cracked pads. It moisturizes dry, cracked noses, too.

Get Gorgeous

Bobbi Panter offers a full line of spa products that are salt-free, tear-free and highly concentrated, allowing for twice as many washes per bottle. It also won’t wash off topical flea remedies.

Their Snarly Dog Detangling Spray is a leave-in detangler, conditions de-mats, removes tangles and adds sheen with macadamia oil and wheat protein. And, they didn’t forget about cats when they created their products like the Gorgeous Dry Dog and Car Spray, which is a spray-on, wipe-off, no-rinse shampoo for dogs and cats that cleans and enhances skin and fur while leaving a light peach fragrance.

Some groomers, or pet spas, are offering treatments you might likely find in a human salon, like brightening treatments, such as Bio-Groom’s Super White Coat Brightening Shampoo.

A coconut oil base formula enriched with protein, Super White is a mild, high-quality shampoo specifically developed for white and light colored coats. Special whiteners and pearlescent brighteners add brilliance and sparkle to the coat.