The worst thing that a pet owner notices is that when it comes that time, everywhere you look there are doggie (or kitty) hair tumble weeds all over your house. It seems like the right time to get an appointment with the groomer, but then you ask about the price and it hits you in the face! Why is it so much to get a shed-less treatment you wonder..... it’s JUST a bath?! The quick answer, its not JUST a bath. Now to explain, Most of the shed-less treatment does happen in the bathtub, it starts with a special single stream water nozzle to help push the dead coat out, this is a slow and steady process to be effective. Then comes the 1st bath, a general cleaning shampoo to help get all the grime and dirt that is trapped into the coat is then washed and rinsed, then comes the 2nd shampoo and rinse, usually a specialty or higher quality than the first to clean, brighten and clean the skin.
Then, we are at the hard part, conditioner, getting conditioner to spread over a dog is one thing, then add loose coat sticking to your hands on top of it, we usually at some point look like we have 3 inch gloves on, for the conditioner to help naturally close the hair follicles it has to sit and condition the coat, at that time we usually clip the nails, clean the teeth and ears. Rinsing the conditioner thouroughly takes a bit of patience, at this time we also are getting clumps of dead undercoat falling down as we are rinsing. We then use our high velocity dryer to dry and blow the remaining dead coat out away from the skin. After the dog or cat is dry we then move to the table, where we grind the nails, brush and comb with different tools specifically for the certain coat we are working with to minimize coat damage and promote healthy hair growth, not excessive growth.
The whole process takes about an hour to two and a half hours to complete correctly. The price that your groomer is charging is not just because they feel like it, its taking in the consideration of the time that is going to be spent correctly grooming your pet and using the best quality products for guaranteed results, which in turn makes your pet happy, you happy and who ever cleans your house VERY happy.
Kae’s suggestion: A lot of clients ask me what certain tools to use on a shedding dog or cat. *fine tooth comb *slicker brush
DO NOT USE: *furminators- they have a nice marketing pitch but that blade isn’t being used correctly and is actually promoting excessive hair growth. *Shaving- many people think that shaving will eliminate shedding, it wont, and it will cause coat damage to many pets making it so their coat doesn’t grow back properly or at all.
Mikaela Campbell is a proud member of good standing with IPG, she is also a Advanced Certified Professional Groomer tested through IPG. IPG strives to educate stylists in safety, care and compassion. Being apart of IPG means that our salon follows all of the code of ethics and takes pride in the care that we provide to each and every animal.