Friday, September 2, 2016

Binky's Grooming 2 - Dog Grooming

The only thing I can think of that Binky hates done more than anything vet related has got to be bath time. I so wish she could love and enjoy the water, but she's just not there yet. We try to make bath time relaxing, fun and as non-intimidating as possible but she will still whimper the entire time and try to get as far away from the water as she can. Needless to say, mama ends up just as wet as she does, with cuddles in between rinses.
 After some cuddles when it's back in the sink to get rinsed off she'll go as far as to try to crawl up my body and climb over me to get as far away from the water as she can.  We get by though, and we're confident it will get better! With all that said, here are are the products we use for the less frequent grooming tasks such as bathing and clipping.

These are the shampoos we've wound down to. Keeping it as natural, and gentle as possible.They're quite expensive at $21.97 each, but little Binky has very sensitive itchy skin from everything I've had to deal with for her from her arrival that I wanted to pull out all the stops. 


Organic Lavender Shampoo for Dogs (8 oz)

Organic Lavender Shampoo
My Organic Lavender Shampoo makes your dog's bath time fun and relaxing. It is designed especially for dogs with sensitive skin, and features organic herbal extracts and luxurious moisturizers that won't upset your dog's skin.
In sum, it:
  • Won't upset sensitive skin
  • Contains organic herbal extracts and luxurious moisturizers such as Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender, Aloe Vera, and Pro-Vitamin B-5
  • Makes bath time fun and relaxing. Perfect for small dogs, puppies, and especially for any dog that gets stressed out over baths.
  • Is made in the USA
  • Its appealing scent may make bath time more fun for you and your four-legged family member
I can assure you, I am very concerned about the potential toxins found in so many pet shampoos. But in the area of shampoo, I'm committed to helping you give your pet equal stature in your family with its human members. So I searched for what I believe to be the very best options that not only clean and manage your dog's beautiful coat of hair - but do it in a natural way.
You can be confident Organic Lavender Shampoo contains the best organic ingredients - compliments of nature - that I could find, to bring your dog a beautiful, luxurious coat of hair. One of the best-looking fur coats in nature, worthy of your beloved dog.


Organic Peppermint Shampoo
If you're seeking an aromatic shampoo, you might want to try my new Organic Peppermint Shampoo.
Peppermint's main constituent is menthol… famous for its heady, minty aroma and remarkable "cooling sensation." After a long tiring day of romping outside, your pup will really appreciate peppermint's rejuvenating properties. To summarize, Organic Peppermint Shampoo gives your dog:
  • A rejuvenating bath time
  • Contains organic herbals and moisturizers (more on those coming up)
  • Perfect for dogs who enjoy bath time, or who like the smell of peppermint A terrific way to help reduce dog odors
Plus, it's made in the USA.
Whenever possible, I believe that you should use products directly from nature that moisturize your dog's skin and coat…
I can assure you, I am very concerned about the potential toxins found in so many pet shampoos. But in the area of shampoo, I'm committed to helping you give your pet equal stature in your family with its human members. So I searched for what I believe to be the very best options that not only clean and manage your dog's beautiful coat of hair - but do it in a natural way.
The ingredients in Organic Peppermint Shampoo make a great foundation for your dog's finest and most glorious-looking skin and hair - whether or not you ever enter her into a show.
You can be confident Organic Peppermint Shampoo contains the best organic ingredients - compliments of nature - that I could find, to bring your dog a beautiful, luxurious coat of hair. One of the best-looking fur coats in nature, worthy of your beloved dog.



Organic Peppermint Conditioner makes it easier to manage your dog's beautiful hair – especially suitable for long haired and double coated breeds. This will moisturize and condition her hair with oils and herbals.
Organic Peppermint Coat Conditioner contains the same outstanding ingredients as my shampoos do, plus two additional products from nature – to help promote a beautiful coat of hair for your dog:
  • Organic Shea Butter – An all-natural vitamin A cream from West Central Africa, grown in the wild without pesticides. Highly regarded as a superior, skin moisturizer, that revitalizes and softens skin and hair. Known to eliminate odors.
  • Organic Olive Oil – Has long been considered a "beauty oil". Softens and moisturizes skin and hair. Adds shine to hair.
You can be confident Organic Peppermint Conditioner contains the best organic ingredients – compliments of nature – that I could find, to bring your dog a beautiful, luxurious coat of hair. One of the best-looking fur coats in nature, worthy of your beloved dog. 

Ear Cleaner
Unfortunately when Binky arrived she came with ear mites. This made her ears very dirty and so they needed to be treated and cleaned. The vet didn't catch it the first two visits! And apologized on the 3rd for not checking close enough when I asked her to clean them because she was so itchy, then discovered mites. She gave me Maxi-Otic for her ears after the ear mite treatment but I did not want to expose her to an antibiotic unnecessarily because she did not have an ear infection. I'm glad I avoided that because she got over it with just cleaning. However cleaning was another hard task. At least it wasn't medicine that needed to be dosed and done daily for 10 consecutive days! But even getting liquid in one ear was a huge fete, successful barely every 3-4 days if even. The smell of the Vet's best solution alone put her in avoidance mode. It's a natural cleaner with a strong smell. So I got her a more gentle smelling one, but still, anything near her ears she doesn't like. Below are the gentle natural choices I got for her.   


$15.99 All Natural Dog & Cat Ear Cleaner By Rubold Premium - Soothing & Gentle Cleanser Solution - Fights Mite, Bacteria, Fungus & Yeast Infection - No Harsch Medication or Chemicals - Puppy Safe - 8 Fl Oz
Eye Cleaner
One of the places that needs the most cleaning on Binky daily are her eyes. She tends to accumulate a lot of goop that is quite difficult to clean. I end up cleaning her eyes at least twice a day if not more just to keep them goop free.  After reading an article on Mercola's site, I purchased some Colloidal silver, that I saturate on a cotton pad to gently clean around her eyes to avoid any irritation and kill germs. I have used Colloidal silver for many years as an oral spray to fight germs.   
  • Contains bio-active true colloidal silver – The type of colloidal silver I consider to be the ultimate in refinement and purity
  • Is free from salts, proteins, and oxidizing compounds – These types of compounds can potentially contaminate the silver supplement
  • Contains a high content (96%) of positively charged silver – Research suggests the most promising colloidal silver benefits come from positively charged silver ions
  • Employs a low silver concentration (10 PPM) – A high PPM (parts-per-million) does not necessarily equal high quality. Higher PPM formulas may have more impurities that could impact overall effectiveness 
  • Comes packaged in glass bottles – Glass is the best delivery system for this supplement. Certain plastics might cause leaching and potentially affect quality
 

Nail Trimming
Her first nail trimming with me was done at the vet's office. I brought my filer with me to ask her to show me how. She said her nails were very long and it might be hard to get her to stay still to file down the 1/2 cm needed. So I paid for the service there. I then regretted it as she screamed at every clip! In my opinion they cut too far! But the ladies insisted she was ok and they didn't hit the quick. It's harder to see where that is on dogs with black nails. I wish they would have cut less to absolutely avoid any pain. Well I learned my lesson and as originally planned, will do her nails myself with the gentle filer, even if I have to do just a couple nails a day, and get it done weekly. The vet said filing might need to be done more frequently if not a lot is filed at a time. I'm ok with that. This tool is fairly quiet and doesn't seem to be distressing around Binky, however any tool to her is a toy and she doesn't yet like to stay still for anything. But anything to me is better than watching groomers hold her down in distress! Never again.



  • SAFE & EFFECTIVE: Using diamond bit grinder, is safer and more effective than nail clipper to trim pet nails, reducing the risk of clipping the claws too short or hurt pets.
  • QUIET & QUICK: Super mute motor, brass shaft, unique mute technology, acoustic noise in the process of operation within the 60 decibels, pets won't be afraid any longer.
  • APPLICABLE TO ALL PET: Works on all breeds of cats and dogs with a powerful speed design. It has 3 ports. Choose the suitable port for your pet based on the pet's size and characteristics of their nails.
  • PLASTIC COVER: Effectively prevent nails and cuttings from flying around.
  • PORTABLE: Ergonomic design, ABS resin, PS resin, comfortable to hold it

 
  • Professional Wide and Narrow Titanium Ceramic Blade -- Wide and narrow blades combined to give your pet comfortable clipping. The general one can be used to do the whole body trimming, while, the narrower one is especially designed for the partial clipping such the foot sole of your pet baby,more practical.You will find you lovely pet is enjoyable.
  • Cordless Design -- The cordless pet clipper make the clipping work very flexible. No matter outdoor or indoor, you can finish the hair trimming in a very easy way. With cordless design, the grooming clipper will be more convenience.
  • Ergonomic Design -- The ergonomic design of the handle make it as an easy grip tool, which you can do the cutting from different angles. Equipped with a Gemany imported motor,it will bring a quiet trimming and clipping place to you.Although you pet is sleeping, it still can work better and won't disturb him.
  • Intellgent Charge Guard -- The charging guard means that when the power of the clipper is going to run out or when the charging power is full, the clipper will automatically stop working or charging, which will give the pet clippers a good protection and ensure a longer lifespan. Charging for 1.5 hour, it can sustain uses of 120 minutes.
  • Tips -- According to our test, this clippers can trim the hair of all size of cats and dogs,


I have yet to trim any of her hair yet, but I'm all prepared with the tools.

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