Grooming Tips

Pet Deodorizer Recipe (De-Skunker)

Ingredients

  • 1 pint (2cups) hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp liquid hand soap or dish soap

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Prior to wetting your stinky pet, apply and massage mixture into affected areas.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.
  4. Repeat application as needed.

Notes

This recipe should be used first and immediately after an encounter with a skunk. It should cut the smell right away, however, two or more washings may be required if the spray was really bad.

Nails

  • Start handling your pet's paws early in their life so that they get used to the nail trimming process.
  • Nail colour is determined by the colour of the surrounding skin and fur.
  • Nails should be trimmed every 2-4 weeks.
  • Nails on the rear feet usually require less frequent trimming than nails on the front feet. Don't forget the dew claws!
  • Nails have a blood supply and nerve endings called the quick.
  • If the quick is cut, the toenail will bleed and the dog may experience pain. Bleeding should stop on it's own within 5 minutes, however, topical treatments that help coagulate the blood can be used (i.e. common baking powder, "Quick Stop" etc.)

Fur

  • Unlike people, pets have hair that grows in cycles. The third phase of the cycle is known as telogen. In this stage, the hairs die and are soon shed. Hair follicles are in different stages of the cycle at any one time, so many cycles are going on at once. This is why your pet will never go bald! Regular brushing and combing evenly distributes natural oils through the coat, removes loose dirt and removes dead hair shed from the coat.
  • Hair shed remaining in the coat can easily tangle or mat.
  • Tangles and mats cause a pet discomfort and can even affect their health.
  • Many dogs have a "double coat" consisting of an outer "guard" coat and an undercoat. The real problems of matting usually occur in the undercoat.
  • Ensure you have proper tools for your pet's skin and coat type.
  • NEVER bathe your pet unless they have been thoroughly brushed out first or you may end up with "dread locks" instead of smooth fur.
  • Medium and long coated pets MUST be brushed and combed dry after they get wet, every time! (Consider a shorter clip if your pet will be around water during the summer months)