Dematting Spray – The Reviews

Last year while I was volunteering, a fosterer introduced me to a dematting spray which she thinks I should get for my grooming business.

Frankly speaking, I was skeptical at first as I have not use the product before. And I know of another which is good enough for me. I didn’t get it till there was a warehouse sale from the supplier.

Espree – Detangling and Dematting Spray

Price: SGD$21.25 to SGD$25

My ratings: 4/5

If you are asking why is the bottle different if you bought this product previously. Well… There’s a change in packaging.

This can be sprayed before or after shower. It’s like a leave on conditioner with a nice smell to it. 

What I did was mainly spray it on the knots, massage it in and leave on for a few minutes before brushing. It made it easier to brush out even the tightest knots that I have come across. But of course, it didn’t work for the severely matted cases which I tried and hoping it will help loosen the knots. 

It’s one of the dematting spray that I have tried and loving it that I bought two bottles. And within about a month, I am already using up almost half a bottle! I used it mainly at work and also occasionally on my poodle who sometimes lick herself causing the knots on the fur.

This spray helped reduce fur damage as well as constant brushing on the same area which may cause the skin to be red and sore.

Highly recommend this to owners who wish to brush and do some dematting on their own. But of course, you may use it as a leave on conditioner as well. 

Choosing Groomers – What To Look Out For

good-1123013_960_720 Choosing the right groomer can be difficult. There are so many choices, not to mention majority of the salons have more than one groomer. How do you know which groomer is one that you can rely on?

I chose the wrong grooming salon once and it caused my shih tzu traumatic stress. He didn’t allow me to touch his ears for a very long time. I had to gain his trust and showed him that cleaning of ears can be therapeutic. After this experience, I learnt to ask around for recommended groomer.

Here’s some tips to choose the right groomer for you and your pet:

Reviews
Best is to read up reviews of the groomer/grooming salon. You may find reviews on the grooming salon’s website or their Facebook page. Reviews are not necessary 100% perfect as each individuals have different standards in finding a groomer. If majority of the reviews are good, you may give it a try and see if you and your pet are comfortable with the groomer/grooming salon.

The Way The Groomer Handle Your Pet
Handling and interacting with your pet tells a lot about the groomer. We’ve seen lots of abuse cases of groomers on Facebook from different countries, sometimes we do wonder if that happens to our own fur babies. That is when handling of pets from the groomers are important especially on seniors, puppies/kittens and special need pets. If you do passby a possible grooming salon, stay there for a while and observe how the groomer handles the pets that are there for a grooming session. If you choose a home groomer, you might want to be there on the first few grooming sessions and observe. Usually home groomers do have the time to interact with your pets for a few minutes to get to know them before they start the grooming session. Home groomers usually go by appointments, and if they do schedule a few minutes extra to bond with your pets, it’ll be a bonus point to look out for.

Open Concept
A open concept grooming salon would be the best choice. You get to see everything that’s going on during grooming session be it if its your pet or not. However, if your pet is the type that will get excited upon seeing you, you might want to hide somewhere instead. An active pet may hinder the grooming process and accident may happen. To avoid those, hide somewhere where your pet are unable to see you yet you’re able to observe the grooming session. Grooming salon that does not have an open concept, I would recommend you not to visit. Anything can happen behind close doors. And there might or might not be a CCTV to video down what’s going on during grooming.

Ask Questions
After making your decision on the grooming salon/home groomer, ask them questions. It’s alright to ask to clear your doubt. Here’s my list of questions that may help you decide better:

  • Certification – Check if the groomers are certified. Ask to see the certificates if they’re not display at the shop. Certified groomers have gone through a proper training and examinations compared to non-certified groomers. (Look out for upcoming blog post on groomer’s certificate.)
  • Experience – If the groomer only have the beginner certificate, it doesn’t matter. Ask the potential groomer about his/her experience or if they’ve groomed a senior or special needs if your pet(s) requires special attention.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner – Its OK to check which brand of shampoo and conditioner the groomer will be using. They will understand if your pet have sensitive skin or allergic to certain ingredients. Alternatively, you may let them know if you’re bringing your pet’s own shampoo and conditioner instead.
  • Sterilize of Tools – Sterilizing tools are important. You may check and ask how often the tools are sterilize and how it is done. Regular sterilizing of tools lessen the possibilities of spreading skin issues or infections.

Site Visits 
Visit the grooming salons that you are keen to give it a try. Cleanliness of the place is important. Especially pests free! My personal experience of working at a tick infested grooming shop aren’t pleasant. (You may read on my experience about it on a different blog post.) That’s why majority of the owners opt for home grooming instead. Unless you do mind the mess during the grooming session.

     Hope my tips may help you in finding the groomer both you and your pet are comfortable with. These are just my point of view in selecting potential groomer. If you have more suggestions, feel free to leave a comment and share with fellow readers.

    Paw Pad Trimmer – The Reviews

    Trimming off the fur on the paw pads are important. Trimming off creates more friction when your pet walks. Picking the right paw pad trimmer is important as you won’t want one that spoil easily.

    Here’s my review of the ones I’ve tried, do note that I use the trimmer on a daily basis and a durable pet trimmer is what I am looking for.

    Tife 6800

    tife 6800

    • Inbuilt battery. Charging time: approximately 4 hours.
    • Comes with attachment combs, charging cable, trimmer, cleaning brush and oil.
    • Suitable all breed sizes.
    • Price: SGD$80 to SGD$180
    • My Ratings: 4.5/5

    The very first paw pad trimmer that I got when I enrolled myself for a professional pet grooming course. It comes with the other equipment needed for the course. I would say, this is durable and worth the money.

    Like every trimmer when we use for the first time, it’s sharp making trimming the fur on the paw pads a breeze. It leaves a clean shaved paw pads. Battery life is beyond expectation. It could last the entire day with my constant heavy usage. It last me about 4 years before the inbuilt battery decided to rest for good. But nevertheless, the sharpness of the blade never fail me despite dropping it by accident for countless of times.

    Codos KP-3000

    codos kp 3000

    • Inbuilt battery. Charging time: approximately 3 hours.
    • Comes with attachment combs, charging cable, trimmer, cleaning brush and oil.
    • Suitable for all breed sizes.
    • Price: SGD$35 to SGD$120
    • My Ratings: 2.5/5

    After my Tife 6800 retired, I got myself the Codos KP-3000. I admit that I got it without reading any reviews about it, but more on the color. White looks pure and elegant. Another reason for getting one, I’ve always wanted a white paw pet trimmer. It sort of look more professional.

    Charging was relatively faster than the good old Tife. It didn’t disappoint me during the first few months of usage. Sharp and quiet. Battery life could last for the entire day. However, after countless of accidental drop by colleagues, it started to disappoint me. The blade got a little blunt, but still usable. Battery life started to drop a lot and I ended up having to plug in the charging cable to be able to use it. Before it totally died on me, I got myself a new paw pet trimmer.

    Joyu PHC-815-S

    joyu phc 815 s

    • Requires 2 AA size batteries.
    • Comes with attachment combs, trimmer, cleaning brush and oil.
    • Suitable for all breed sizes.
    • Price: SGD$30 to SGD$80
    • My Ratings: 3/5

    This would be my third paw pet trimmer after the Codos KP 3000 failed on me. What I like about this pet trimmer is that I can replace the batteries anytime, I just need to bring a spare. I don’t need to worry that I didn’t charge my trimmer. As for pet owners, you may remove the battery when not in use.

    Joyu PHC-815-S is a quiet pet trimmer. It’s quieter than the others that I’ve used. But the noise starts to get louder as I use it often. The sharpness of the blade wore off easily thus I got a replacement within less than a year. After a year and a half, the trimmer started giving me problems. Occasionally it wouldn’t work. At first I thought it was my battery problem, but it wasn’t. Removing the blade and switching on the trimmer, it worked. Placing the blade back, it didn’t. This problem creates more trouble and time consuming in hoping to make it work in order to continue grooming.

    Codos CP-5200

    codos cp 5200

    • Requires 2 AA batteries.
    • Comes with trimmer, grinder, cleaning brush and oil.
    • Suitable for small breeds. E.g. Chihuahua, Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu
    • Price: SGD$25 to SGD$60
    • My ratings: 4.5/5

    A friend recommended this to me and I thought of getting one to try on my own poodle. It gives a clean trim. Small enough for tiny paw pads like toy poodles and chihuahuas. It’s quiet, thus it won’t give your pet a fright.

    What I like about this paw pad trimmer is that it comes with a nail grinder cap. You can give your pet the necessary nail grinding to file away the sharp edges or to grind it shorter. Some pets aren’t keen to have their nails trim, but they’re OK to with nail grinder.

    So far this doesn’t give me any problems and it’s still working fine. One of the paw pad trimmer that I would give a thumbs up.