Grooming your pet, the right way is a crucial part of caring for your pet, but grooming with the right products, even more so! While you may think vigorous washes with water are enough, they strip the skin off the natural oils that their body produces without moisturizing.
Interchanging human products for your pet products is even worse because of the difference in pH levels of their skin. The dog has a skin pH that tends to be neutral or mildly alkaline, around 7-7.5 but human skin has a much more acidic pH, around 5.2- 5.5. Therefore, shampoos or conditioners designed for human skin, or even baby products will be too acidic for dog’s skin and can damage their skin surface, making them prone to infections.
Here are a few product recommendations you should look out when providing the best well-rounded care for your pet!
When it comes to choosing the best brush for your pet, it all comes down to their coat type and length. The right brush helps distribute natural oils produced by their skin which keeps their coat soft and moisturized. Short and smooth coats do best with a traditional bristle brush while the medium length and longer hair, a wire pin brush is the best option.
2. Moisturizing The Paws
Your pets paw pads often run the risk of becoming too cracked and dry. Human moisturizer could make the pads too soft leading to injury. Products like our Pawsitively Smooth Paw Butter help keep your pet's paws completely moisturized and crack free.
3. Nail Trimmers:
Letting your pet's nails grow too long can not only scratch you but also be uncomfortable and extremely painful for them. They can dig into the soft tissue of the paw and cause discomfort while running or walking. The right nail clipper should have a safety guard to help you from trimming too low, leading to infections. Trimming their nails too much will cause bleeding and must be ideally done by an experienced professional only. If bleeding occurs immediately apply dry Potassium Permanganate crystals.
Going natural is the best way to go while choosing a shampoo. Artificial fragrances and preservatives only go on to irritate your pet's skin more. Hydrating shampoos with essential oils will not only moisturize the skin but also soothe and rejuvenate it.
The Excuse Me Fleas! Shampoo is an antimicrobial shampoo that not only serves the purpose but also does away with fleas and ticks!
A good conditioner not only helps keep the coat soft and shiny but also reduces the amount of loose hair from shedding. Shampooing, without sealing the coat afterwards, leaves the hair shaft open where residue can enter and oils and hydration escape. Whereas conditioning after shampooing will close the hair cuticle and restore hydration, moisture, and elasticity.
Our My Coat Can Gloat Leave-In Conditioner is formulated with shea butter, jojoba oil and cucumber seed oil that keeps the coat shiny and healthier than ever.
Although all of this may seem really overwhelming at first, especially to a new pet parent, you don’t need to worry. Our plant-based and preservatives free free Dog Groombox, specially crafted for every breed is the perfect assortment of products that you need, to get started on grooming your pet today!