Tip of the Month

7/29/2011 Drying

When it comes to pet grooming one of the most daunting tasks can be drying. Depending on the animal, you may have to use a variety of tools to get the job done. In this article we will discuss different tools that can be used for drying a pet.

Every pet is different, not only in coat type but also in their demeanor. Not all dogs like the blow dryer. Actually many pets are afraid of the noise. It is crucial to make sure the client is as comfortable as possible while grooming. This will prevent any anxiety, stress or harm to your client. There are several options available for groomers to ensure the client can be dried in a safe and happy environment.

Generally a groomer will use a small or portable air dryer on your pet. This tool is especially beneficial when it comes to dogs and cats with thick fur and or an undercoat. Sometimes a groomer will use a kennel attached to a blow dryer. Often times the noise of the dryer or the sensation of the air blowing may cause panic or distress in a pet. In this instance there is a product that may be helpful. It is called the Happy Hoodie. This product is gauze like and stretches over your pets head and ears. This allows the pet to be dried without the loud and discerning noise of the blower.

Another method for drying pets would be to let them air dry. This is more common with short haired pets. If your pet has sensitive skin, an abrasion, or incision that would be otherwise irritated by the rubbing of a towel or heat from the dryer, air drying may be a good fit youíre your pet. Usually air drying is not recommended because it can cause fungus growth in between the paw pads or under the armpit and can also cause more serious problems like an ear infection. If a dog or cat with long hair or an undercoat is left to air dry it may cause matting of the fur and other skin problems like hot spots.

Lastly you have the towel dry method. There are several different products available for towel drying. They all have the same functionality; it would just be a matter of preference for your pet. For example the Drypet is a hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial towel used for fast drying. This product reportedly can hold five times more water than a cotton bath towel. The Safe -T-Pet Dry towel is said to be made of a new, revolutionary material similar to that of an automobile chamois. It holds more water than a regular cotton towel and also claims to be resilient against ripping and tearing. The Safe-T-Pet Dry towel is easy to use and only needs to be rung out to dry. There are also products like the Pet ní Dry. The Pet ní Dry is a glove or mitt made for drying. Rather than using a large towel simply place this micro fiber glove over your hand and begin petting your client dry. This product is small and compact. It claims to be five times more absorbent than terry cloth towel.

No matter how you choose to dry your pet or your clients, remember to keep the environment friendly and comfortable to ensure a happy customer. If you are interested in a specific product to dry your pet make sure to consult an ABC Certified Dog Groomer.

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