Grooming can be a major continual expense for the dog owner. Whether you wash your dog at home or take him in to a professional, it is essential for his health and well-being to be bathed and brushed regularly. This is a guide about saving money on dog grooming.
My daughter recently moved and couldn't keep her little doggie. We have given her a new home with us. Her name is Bella. She is so little, weighing under 5 lbs. Her skin is sensitive so she had pet shampoo, and it was fairly expensive. When she ran out, I just bought baby shampoo. I thought a baby's skin is also sensitive, so I gave it a try.
I bought the cheap baby shampoo for $.99 . It worked really well on her. She is soft and shiny. I will continue using it on her. Save a lot of money with this!
By Dorothy W. from New Creek, WV
While this seems to work well for dogs, I would not recommend it for cats. Check with vet first before you use anything questionable on your animals.
Using baby shampoo, even the cheap stuff as long as it really is sensitive, is perfectly fine for dogs and cats.
Cats don't need to be bathed at all unless they get into something that's gotten them extremely dirty. They clean themselves.
Dogs, on the other hand can be a mess! And yes, dog shampoo can be quite pricey. So what I do is I lather them up once really well with baby shampoo and rinse well. Depending on how dirty they were, I may repeat this. Then I finish off by lathering them up with an oatmeal based dog shampoo. And because I live in flea country, I then put flea dip on them and make them sit in it for 15 minutes. I sit near them with a book so that they don't jump out.
My dogs' coats are always bright and shiny and soft as silk. And the oatmeal shampoo also helps any irritating places they may have on their skin. I finish off bath time by trimming their nails with a Dremel too, wiping around their eyes with a Q-tip, and cleaning out their ears. I towel dry them as much as possible and then put them out on the back deck (barricaded to keep them from going downstairs to the grass) in warm weather (inside in cold weather) until they are completely, totally dry. Only then are they allowed down into the yard. This prevents dust and dirt and whatever from collecting on their wet fur and skin.
This tip is for small dogs, not cats. Thanks for caring.
I actually have a cat with sensitive skin issues and baby shampoo works very well for him. The flea shampoo made for cats and recommended by his vet gave him a terrible rash. Johnson's baby shampoo does not irritate his skin. We don't bathe him often, just when he got in the nasty crawl space under our house. We always make sure all the shampoo is rinsed off so as not to leave any residue for him to lick off later.
Over-bathing most dogs can lead to dry skin issues. To avoid this problem, use a simple four-step process in between baths.
I've got three little white dogs that all need regular grooming, and have "learned on the job" how to do it myself. Check out the internet for useful videos.
I am going to purchase a hound brush from drsfostersmith.com. They are also known as the Hound Mitt or the Hound Glove. Do any of you use one and do any of you like it?
By Robyn from TN
You won't be sorry if you go ahead and buy this, it works an absolute treat to groom dogs and cats.
I used one on all my dogs when I had them and they loved the glove! They thought they were being petted and cooperated completely-no more struggling to get them to let me groom sensitive areas, either. I raised Boxers (short hair) but I've seen smiling Goldens, Setters, and Collies being groomed with these gloves, too.
Cats like the glove too, again, works great on long and short hair cats.
That is wonderful. I recently took a course on Dog Grooming and I read the following:
"The best way to brush a short-haired dog is to rub down his entire coat with a hound glove (as you might have guessed, a hound glove fits over your hand and is covered with semi-soft rubber bristles) and then using a curry brush, brush the coat with the grain of the hair.
Next, use a flea comb to check for the presence of fleas and then finish with another once-over with the hound glove. " Now I need to find out what a Curry Brush is.
A curry brush is a metal wire with what sort of look like saw teeth on one edge and is bent into an oval feeding down into a wood or hard plastic handle. It is also available in a soft plastic or rubber configuration that you slip over your hand:
The brush is used to curry (groom) horses primarily but also short hair dogs. You can buy curry brushes for dogs in the pet aisles. The item is usually listed as a 'curry comb'.
Dogs don't much care for the curry brush in my experience, I think because it 'scrapes' their boney areas and is an uncomfortable sensation for them no matter the configuration.
To be honest, I wouldn't waste the money. My dogs hated the curry brushes so much they would grab the brush, run off and hide somewhere they could chew the handle to bits-which is not something you want to have happen considering the dangers of having a dog swallowing splinters! When I tried the rubber ones that slip over the hand, the dogs would steal and eat those-also not good because the swallowed rubber can cause some pretty serious blockages and lead to sick dogs at the vet.
It took me a while to figure out but I eventually gave up the curry brush as a 'finish' to grooming sessions.
If you like the appearance the curry brush gives (it does smooth the coat and bring up a rather lovely gloss), a (genuine) boar bristle brush does the same exact thing and dogs seem to enjoy that a whole lot better than the curry brush.
Boar bristle brushes can be bought in the human hair brush aisle, sometimes for a lot less than a boar bristle brush on the pet aisle. Just be sure it is labelled as genuine boar bristle to get the glossy, smooth finish to the grooming session. (LOL, a genuine boar bristle brush does the same smoothing and shining work on human hair too:)
Many groomers and pet shops offer "frequent grooming" cards. After you have paid for a certain number of services you get a discount or a free service on your next visit.