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6 Tips For Bathing Your Cat

posted on October 10th, 2016 by Big Sea

Cats love to be clean…but they don’t typically love to be bathed! Fortunately for them, those rough tongues and pointy teeth are designed for meticulous self-cleaning and pruning. Ever seen your cat gnaw or bite down on themselves as they clean? This is how they get rid of matted fur and general dirt.

Let’s face it, your average feline would rather not get near water, but if your curious kitty finds itself in a sticky mess, it’s tub time! When it comes time for cat grooming, your average cat is going to leap, jump–fly if it could–from the tub, scratching what and whomever gets in their way!

Sidenote: there are cats who actually do love the water. For example, the American Bobtail, the Savannah, and more famously, the Turkish Van — which is nicknamed “the swimming cat” thanks to its love of a good ol’ splash around.

And then there are all the other cats! That’s why we put together these cat bathing tips to help you and your cat have a more purr-worthy cleaning experience!

1. Brush First

A nice, mellow cat grooming to relax your feline friend also helps to reduce the amount of tub time by getting out some of the mats.

2. Trim Those Nails

For your own protection, and for keeping your cat healthy and clean!

3. Cat shampoo

Choose a quality cat shampoo that will be kind to the natural oils in their fur. Human shampoo is a no-no.


5. Washcloth For The Face

Have a washcloth ready so that you can give them a gentle wipe around their eyes, nose and mouth.

6. Delights

Have a nice warm towel, even a low-level hairdryer, to warm up your cat when the bath is done…and perhaps give your cat a treat to show your appreciation!

If your cat is super averse to being washed, bring him or her to us. We can make cat grooming a delight. And for the most challenging of cases, we have the know-how and the desire to keep him or her as happy as possible, with a good cleaning done as quickly as possible.

Does your cat love or hate the bath? We’d love to hear from you. Send us your pictures!

Which Dog Breeds Need The Most Grooming

posted on September 19th, 2016 by Big Sea

Short-hair, long-hair: which breeds need the most time on at the salon?

Oh, my sweet pup. Your once elegant, shiny locks are a just a little neglected. You can’t see out of those overhanging bangs, and you are literally a repository for every twig and candy wrapper in the park. And that all-over-body-fro must make you feel like you are living in a portable oven.

It’s time for a touch of dog grooming. Like now, ahora…stat!

If you are thinking about adding a dog to your brood, it can take some self-knowledge when it comes to dog grooming: i.e. just how much dog grooming you are down for? Are you all about the low-maintenance, just-wake-up-and-go look? Or, are you in for the doggy salon time it takes to maximize the beauty of those cascading body manes?  

We’ve created this handy checklist of short- and long-haired dog breeds that need frequent grooming, to help you decide what breed suits you.

Big dogs that need frequent grooming:

  • Afghan Hounds
  • Austrailian Shepard
  • Bearded Collie
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Bloodhound
  • Chow Chow
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Long-coated St. Bernard
  • Newfoundland
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Samoyed
  • Siberian Huskies

Little dogs that need frequent grooming:

  • Bichon Frise
  • Cairn
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chinese Crested
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Lhaso Apso
  • Papillion
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodles
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • West Highland
  • Wire Fox Terrier

Big or small, there are beautiful short-hair breeds that are super low maintenance. Those breeds that need frequent dog grooming are magnificent in their own right too. It’s down to your personal preference. Short on time but love long hair dogs? We are here to take care of your dog’s hair, no matter how much hair or how challenging their best hair-do might be!

Whether you want to get a pro to handle your dog grooming, or you are all about the at-home salon, we at Advantage Pet Center have everything your canine friend needs to look his or her absolute best. Call us today to get your pup, be it long- or short-haired, ready for their next big social event…or just for that regular hair tidy up. Get ready to turn heads!


Grooming Accessories for Cats and Dogs — Even the Most Discerning

posted on September 8th, 2016 by Big Sea

advantage pet center bathing and grooming

That straight-out-of-the-grooming-shop feeling: fresh, clean, and ready for the world! For every day fur finesse, you can now bring home our pet grooming tools and help your pets look their best. You will find the same quality products your cat or dog enjoys during our grooming services – their favorite shampoos and brushes, and even those fabulous bows and bandanas.

Shampoos for Every Skin and Fur
Our shampoos are of the highest quality and are preservative free. You will find a shampoo and conditioner for every skin type – moisturizing for dry, flakey skin, hypoallergenic for sensitive skin, and medicated shampoos for dogs with skin conditions caused by excessive moisture. You will also find odor-control shampoos, and degreasing shampoos for cats and dogs with oily, waxy skin.

To us, nothing looks better than a freshly washed pet with the right shampoo…until, that is, you get out the brushes!

Short-hair Pet Brushes
For shorter fur and hair, and heavy shedding dogs and cats, we recommend a de-shedding blade. This strange-looking, ergonomic tool pulls out tons of excess fur. While giving your pet’s skin a good scratch and wonderful massage, the de-shedding brush brings out their natural oils for a healthy, glossy coat. So go ahead, give your pet a dose of grooming heaven while you smarten up that hair (or fur) do!

Long-hair Pet Brushes
Slicker brushes and dog combs are ideal for longer hair and fur. The bent wires of the slicker brush work out excess fur and mats, and remove dead hair from the undercoat. Use the comb for the final touch…the comb also lets you know if you have left too much fur or matting behind, as it won’t get through the mats. Your dog will delight in losing all that excess hair, especially in the hotter months.

Coat looks great; now it’s time for the nails and pads!

To start you will need a high quality nail clipper and nail grinder – ours come in small and large sizes to suit every pooch. If your dog is less than impressed by nail clipping, we can trim those nails, quickly and happily – a pro especially make sense for harder nails! Whether you clip at home or at our grooming shop, you can round off with paw lotion to soften and nourish those cracked pads.

Grooming feels like a treat to most pets and is a sweet way to bond. It is a gift of everyday health and wellness, which is why we only offer quality pet shampoos and brushes, designed for their specific skin and fur or hair. Here’s to huggable, happy pets and their loving owners!

Call into our store and we will help you find the right grooming accessories for your pet!