November 28, 2012

A Plethora Of Dog Grooming Supplies

I truly had no idea the sheer amount of options that exist in dog grooming supplies. I mean, a simple Google search finds hundreds of retail sellers with hundreds of options. From shampoos and conditioners to clippers to grooming tables, we can find all we would need to groom our dogs. Incredible.

I thought that for this article, I would simply discuss the basics, what any good pet owner should have and why. Dog grooming supplies are a necessity for any dog parent.

First, we must own shampoo and conditioner for our pets. In most cases, a dog owner can bathe her pup at home. This saves money and time while also allowing for a better bond to build. PetSmart’s website listed 116 options and PetCo had 118 for shampoo and conditioner. A quick Google search displayed even more options. I personally use the shampoos and conditioners that are natural, environmentally-friendly, and those that are hypoallergenic.

Second on the list of necessary dog grooming supplies is a dog brush or multiple brushes. Some dog parents like to have multiple brushes like the undercoat brush, pin brush, thin combs, and thick combs. Other pet parents prefer just one: the FURminator. I must say that the FURminator is a great addition to dog grooming supplies. It seriously works to de-fur a dog without the same pain and frustration of other brushes. I have a variety, including the FURminator, to help keep my dog fresh and tangle free.

Once pet owners have the above three dog grooming supplies, they have the basics. After this, we must decide what we will do ourselves and what we will pay a vet or pet groomer to do. For instance, we can purchase clippers to help keep our pets’ paws short and trim. We can also have ear and eye cleaners to help our pets’ senses stay healthy. We can even buy all the materials we would need to trim our pets’ coats should we want to. There is no end to the dog grooming supplies.

Any good pet owner should definitely have shampoo, conditioner, and brushes and combs, but beyond that we should decide what we want to do ourselves and what we are willing to pay for to groom our puppies. Of course, we can be overwhelmed by the options of dog grooming supplies, so we should always consult the professionals first. Our vets can recommend what they feel is the best dog grooming supplies as well as recommend the best dog groomers in town.

Dog grooming supplies are necessities to having dogs as part of our families. Hopefully, this helped to guide you on what you need.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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