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Taking your pet to a groomer may seem convenient but it’s also important to continue grooming your pet between appointments with the groomer. Grooming your pet doesn’t just mean brushing or trimming their hair, it also means clipping their nails, cleaning their ears, bathing your pet and brushing their teeth. Here’s a handy list of the most im-paw-tent items to have on hand for grooming your best furiend on spaw day.  

Comb & Brush

Choose a comb and brush appropriate for your pet’s length of hair and coat type.  Check out this blog to learn more about the different types of brushes as well as information on how to brush your dog or cat. 

Shampoo & Conditioner

Choose a mild, pet-safe, tearless shampoo and conditioner for your pet. Check out this blog to learn how to bathe your dog and check out this blog to learn how to bathe your cat. 

Toothbrush & Toothpaste

A pet-safe toothpaste and toothbrush is important for maintaining your pet’s dental health. Check out this blog to learn how to brush your dog’s teeth and check out this blog to learn how to brush your cat’s teeth.  

Nail Clippers & Styptic Powder 

Nail clippers made specifically for pets and a clotting agent, such as styptic powder, will help ensure your pet’s nails are a healthy length.  Check out this blog to learn how to clip your dog’s nails and check out this blog to learn how to clip your cat’s nails. 

Ear Cleaner & Cotton Balls

A mild, pet-safe ear cleaner and cotton balls should be used to gently clean debris from your pet’s ears. Check out this blog to learn how to clean your dog’s ears and check out this blog to learn how to clean your cat’s ears. 


For pets with longer hair, you may want to have an electric clipper, made specifically for grooming animals, on hand for shaving. However, trimming or clipping your pet may be best left to a professional groomer. Using clippers on a wiggly pet can be dangerous, making it easy to accidentally nick your pet. If you decide to trim your pet with a clipper, use a guard comb over the clipper blade to make the process a little safer. If your pet has tangled or matted fur, it’s best to take your pet to a groomer so that they can safely remove the tangles.  


A scissors is another piece of grooming equipment that can be dangerous around a wiggly pet or a pet with thick or matted fur. If you decide to trim your pet’s hair, use a safety scissors with a blunt end. Before trimming, use a comb to pull the hair away from your pet’s skin, and use the comb as a barrier between the skin and scissor, to prevent injury. 


One often overlooked piece of grooming equipment is a grooming table. Grooming your pet on a grooming table means you won’t have to bend over and hurt your back while grooming. Some pets are less wiggly and more likely to sit still for grooming when they are higher off the ground.  However, if your pet jumps off of a grooming table they could hurt themselves so only use a table if you are able to safely secure your pet and never leave a pet unsupervised on a grooming table. A good rule of thumb is to always have one hand on a pet that is on a grooming table at all times.   


Keep a few towels on hand, which can be helpful in any grooming procedure you’re completing. Towels can be used to wipe up messes, to dry wet pets, or you can wrap your pet in a towel as a safe method of calming your pet if they are resistant to grooming.  


One of the most important grooming tools to have on hand is some good rewards!  Giving Fido or Fluffy some savory snacks while grooming can help spaw day go a lot more smoothly.  Check out Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Treats for Dogs or Vital Cat Treats for a pawesome variety of protein sources for your best fur-iend.  

By choosing the right grooming equipment, and using lots of praise and rewards, spaw day can be a positive experience for you and your pet. To learn more, check out our other Blog Posts, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit the Vital Essentials Website and enter your email to receive exclusive offers.