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A Rundown on Dog Grooming: Brushes
It can always be a bit of a shot in the dark to get the proper grooming tools for your dog, but we are here to help! Here are a rundown of a variety of brushes and other tools so you can make the selection that is best for your best friend.
Slicker brushes have fine, short wires close together on a flat surface. They are used on medium-to-long-haired or curly-haired dogs to remove mats. There are many different varieties of slicker brushes on the market, but choose one that is the correct size and use light pressure as to not cause your dog discomfort.
Slicker brushes are used on many dog breeds, including Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and St. Bernards. Longer-haired dogs are more likely to develop mats which will need to be removed. If you find that after you brush your pet you have enough loose hair to make a whole other dog, this is the brush for you!
The Undercoat Rake
Undercoat rakes are brushes designed to penetrate into a dog’s thick coat and remove tangles and dead undercoat near the dog’s skin. The brush looks like a lot of small pins next to each other.
Rakes should be used on thick-haired dogs including German Shepherds, Malamutes, and Chow Chows. These breeds tend to develop dead undercoats, especially during shedding season, and their thick coats also tend to trap dirt.
Note: If your dog is double-coated – don’t have them shaved. Shaving the undercoat damages it and doesn’t actually help your dog regulate their body temperature during warmer months. Also, shaving makes their skin more at risk for sunburn and fleas.
Deshedding blades are used on short-haired, smooth-coated dogs that shed frequently. The teeth of the blade pick up dead hair and dirt.
Bristle brushes can be used on breeds such as Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Jack Russell Terriers, and Boston Terriers.
Note: Only brush your pet with the blade following the natural direction of their hair. Otherwise, the teeth on the blade can irritate their skin.
Combs with long teeth are primarily used to get matts out of long hair. The teeth of the comb rotate in order to make the process as easy as possible for your dog. Combs can be used on any breed that has longer hair or is at risk of matts, including Poodles and Golden Retrievers.
Ruffwear Is Here!!
We are so excited to announce that we are now selling Ruffwear products at our store!
If you are new to the brand, it is one of the most popular, durable, and outdoor-friendly dog brands available. We sell a variety of their products, including harnesses, leashes, toys, packs, and even doggie lifejackets!
Ruffwear is made for dogs and their humans who love to go outside and explore nature. All of their toys are inspired by the natural world (see if you can find the one that looks like a pinecone!) and are made of natural petroleum-free rubber. They are durable enough to be thrown around in any situation and are perfect to get muddy outside or chewed on indoors. Even non outdoors-y types can appreciate their popular harnesses with their durability, adjustability, and variety of sizes that can fit the smallest to the largest breeds.
Ruffwear uses the same technical cloth and materials found in human clothing for their high-tech fabric offerings. Ruffwear is also dedicated to sustainability and use a business model that reduces waste in the supply chain. Their team is made up of dog-lovers with a passion for the outdoors who are dedicated to making comfortable and practical products.
Overall, we are so excited to be selling Ruffwear products in the store and hope it serves the adventurous members of our community!
Treating Lyme Disease in Dogs
Lyme Disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in dogs. It can cause a variety of symptoms, but the most common is lameness from inflammation of the joints and bones. General feeling of lethargy and a lack of appetite are also common. However, it only causes symptoms in about 10% of dogs. If your dog tests positive for Lyme Disease, it's still possible they might not be showing any symptoms.
We always recommend you follow your vet’s recommendations for what to do if your pet is diagnosed with Lyme Disease, especially since in some cases it can lead to serious heart and kidney complications. Vaccines and antibiotics for Lyme do exist, but there are many ways to manage symptoms if they are present and persistent.
At Petwell Supply we offer several options specifically for Lyme Disease. We have joint supplements like Herbsmith's Sooth Joints edible powder that can be added to your pet's meals and Wondercide's Fidoplex hip and joint support pills that can be chewed, swallowed whole, or broken down into powder. There are also remedies specifically to amp up your pet's immune system, like Earth Animal's Immune Support liquid and Herbsmith's Support Immunity powder.
Flower essences can also be used for treatment and to help deal with energy-related problems. These essences are specially prepared extracts of flowering parts of certain plants that work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside- there's even a flower essence specifically for Lyme Disease!
Prevention is key, especially during the summer months when ticks are more common.
- If you live in an area with ticks or have let your dog walk in a tick-infested area, do a once-over of your pets coat daily. If there is a tick remove it by hand or tweezers. make sure to not crush the tick as you remove it because it increases risk of infection.
- Make sure your dog’s home environment is clean. We recommend using a spray, such as Wondercide’s to kill the life cycle of ticks that may be in your dog’s bed or crate. It can also be sprayed on your dog to kill any existing ticks and prevent against future ones.
- Make sure to stay vigilant in your tick checks, as the risk of your pet picking up ticks only decreases after the first heavy frost.
What You Need To Know About That FDA Alert
There’s no question that everyone wants what is best for their pet. That’s why it’s easy to panic when the FDA issues alerts about the foods we give our furry friends every day. The recent FDA statement that there may be a link between several grain-free dog foods and heart disease has sent many owners into a tizzy. Of course we are always here to support you and answer your questions in-store, but a little information might at least start to quell the worry.
The FDA’s announcement was not a blanket statement by any means. Their studies focused solely on cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (or DCM). This type of heart disease weakens the heart muscle’s ability to pump blood, which often ultimately leads to congestive heart failure. Some breeds are already genetically prone to this kind of cardiac health issue, regardless of their diet. The President of the American Veterinary Medical Association John de Jong also pointed out that “the F.D.A. has a responsibility that if there are more than five or ten isolated cases [of an issue], that is something to be reported.” Out of the estimated 77 million pet dogs in the United States, there have only been 506 cases of DCM reported that were potentially linked to diet since 2014.
In short, the alert is not an immediate call to toss out the food you give to Fido. Nutrition is a constantly evolving and sometimes imperfect science. At Petwell Supply, we generally recommend foods with the highest quality ingredients and the lowest amount of processing in production. Some pets have allergies or GI issues that require them to have a grain-free diet, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they will develop DCM as a result.
“We’re not saying don’t use these brands, we’re just telling pet owners to work directly with their veterinarians because we’re still investigating,” said Lindsay Haake, a spokesperson for the FDA.
Diet is also not the only factor in your pet’s heart health. Frequent communication and regular check-ups with your veterinarian are always a good idea, but you can also do your part by making sure your pet has proper exercise, weight management, and dental care. For more information, click here to read this blog post! And, of course, if you’re still anxious after all of this talk of cardiac problems, feel free to stop by our store or our website where we sell taurine supplements for overall heart health!
- Petwell Supply Team