Dog Hair, Don't Care - Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries about grooming, owning a small business, and taking care of your pet.

Our First Blog Entry

Dec 2017

Lavender Dog Grooming Company - Friday, December 22, 2017


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Well!!! 2 and a half years in to this business venture... 


It has been a huge learning curve for me... I have learned about finances and the value of a good bookkeeper! I have learned that I have a lot left to learn about dog grooming and I have learned how important it is to have a great team of staff at the shop!


We have added in some retail into the shop this fall, including a treat bar full of yummy, mouth watering doggy treats like bully stick, chicken feet, and puppy bonbons!


I am looking forward to 2018 and what Lavender will become in the next year... We have plans to attend a grooming show in Tacoma, WA this spring, and the Master Groom Canada show in Calgary, AB... Yes, I say I will never compete again every year when I get there and am stressed out... but then I start planning what I’m going to do at the next show... I am learning that I am crazy that way!


Thank you for all of our clients LOVE AND SUPPORT in 2017 - without you, there would be no Lavender Dog Grooming Company

Don't Panic - It's Just Lice...

February 9, 2019

First of all, it is dog lice - it doesn't transfer to people or cats, etc. It's generally found most commonly in spring and fall here in Kamloops... but with mild winter or summer weather, I have found it on clients dogs all year round. 


Second, it's easy to treat, and easy to prevent. Check with your vet about his/her recommendation, but I treat my own dogs every 3 months with Bravecto. Another common treatment prescribed by your vet is Revolution, which is applied monthly. Both of these treatments work to prevent ticks, lice, fleas and some other parasites.


If your dog does have lice, your vet will prescribe the treatment that he/she thinks best. With Revolution, you will likely be given 3 treatments; the fist is applied immediately, the second is applied in fourteen days, and a third is sometimes applied thirty days later (especially if your dog attends a daycare, a kennel, goes to the dog park regularly etc.) to ensure there is no chance any parasites are missed and passed on.


With Revolution, and other treatments like it, all live lice are dead within hours of application. The second application will ensure any eggs that may have survived and hatched will also die.


Bravecto works continually for 90 days, so there is no need to re-treat.


That's it! For real. No panic, no fuss, no need to worry about your home being infested; lice do not live for long without a "host". I felt better when I had washed my dogs bedding... though it isn't necessary!


If your dog is itchy, and now that you've read this - you will probably want to check anyways - the most common places to find them are behind/under the ears. Sometimes I find them at the base of the tail or  the armpits. They look like tiny little brownish purple specks on the skin. Eggs (nits) are found on the hair shaft and look a bit like dandruff, but will not shake off.


I see lice and ticks often here in Kamloops. They are both common in our area. I always recommend preventative treatment. Please talk to your vet about what they would recommend for your dog. More than anything, we want to se your pooches happy and healthy!

How often?

Feb 11, 2019

In a perfect world, I'd have all my clients booked in every 2 weeks. In a perfect world I’d groom my own dogs, Peppy and Charming, every week or 2. But lets face it, life happens and it’s just not a perfect world. I make an effort though, because I want my dogs to be clean and tidy, as well as happy and healthy. Its can bit like the mechanics car, or the plumbers leaky sink around here... the groomers dogs are often the last to get their tub time! LOL


Because life happens and funds can be tight (and it’s not a perfect world), I’d like to say that as a groomer, it would be awesome to see my grooming clients every 6 weeks (or less). 


We are offering premium grooming rates for our clients when they have their dogs groomed more frequently.

Clients that book every 1-2 weeks get a 40% discount, and clients that book every 3-4 weeks get a 30% discount.

We find that dogs have healthier skin and coat when they are groomed more often. What I love most about it, is that the dogs can generally be kept a little bit longer, and always look clean and tidy. Peppy and Charming are at work with me every day. I love being able to bring them out so clients can see what length of hair I am talking about or how cute short ears look, etc. Health-wise, more frequent grooming means I check over my dogs, nose to tail, every couple of weeks. I notice anything unusual, like a lump or rash, and can treat it or get the dog to the vet before it grows or becomes a big scary issue. More frequent grooming also makes the grooming process quicker and easier for both the dog and the groomer, thus the discounted price! We love each and every one of our furry clients, and the goal for us is to help their humans keep them healthy, comfortable and happy.


If bringing your dog in for a full groom more frequently is not an option, you can most definitely bath your dog at home in between grooms. We recommend a bath every couple of weeks for some breeds, and monthly for others. Please chat with one of our staff about what we would recommend for your breed.


Here are a few tub time tips:

  • Brush through his or her hair before the bath. This is the best time to catch mats. Each time you wash a matted dog, the mats become more “felted” and closer to the skin. It makes it harder to get them out, and more painful for the dog.
  • It is best to invest in a dog shampoo! Dogs have a different ph level on their skin than humans, and some shampoo ingredients found in human shampoos are toxic to dogs. Every dog shampoo can be watered down. Professional shampoos are usually watered down 30:1 at least.
  • Water down your shampoo. This ensures that you get the shampoo right to the skin. It also makes it easier to rinse the suds out. Leaving soap residue behind will cause itchy skin and often leads to hot spots and other rashes.
  • Towel drying is simple when you have a short haired dog like a lab... there is no danger of causing tangles... Shih-tzu, Maltese, Poodles, Doodles, and other higher maintenance coats mat easily. It is best to wrap the dog in a towel and pat dry, not rub them dry.

Can we bath our dogs too much... I’d have to say that I rarely ever come across a dog that gets bathed too often. But it is important to remember that each time we bathe our pups, we strip the natural oils out of their coats. If you bathe more frequently than once a month, you should consider using a good conditioner to replace the oils. A monthly bath is generally a good goal. Some dogs like labs or German Shepherds can go longer. Regular bathing and blow drying with a high velocity dryer will cut down on shedding though.


Nail trims generally need to be done every 2 weeks. You can do them at home, or have your groomer or vet do them. We will talk about nail care in between grooms more in another post.


Have question? Please pop by or call us so we can help you out. Overall, we want your pooches to be healthy and happy.