Shaving vs De-shedding Facts and Myths
Myth- “Bathing is bad for dogs. It should only be done once a year.”
Fact – Bathing with harsh chemicals like dish liquid or even baby shampoo is very damaging to the skin of both dogs and cats. Our pets have a different ph balance (6.5 to 7) than humans (5.5). ISB line was formulated on exhaustive research which shows that the oil, or sebum, on canine and feline skin and hair is essential and necessary to protect them from bacteria, pollutants, and other environmental factors. If you do not replenish this necessary layer of protection, problems such as dryness, itching, skin problems and health issues begin to occur. With ph balanced ISB shampoos, balsams and therapy treatments, you may bathe daily. These products are safe to use on puppies and kittens.
Complaint – “Shave him down, He has dry skin.”
Fact – Shaving will only continue the cycle. Shaving the hair strips natural oils from the skin.
Complaint – “It’s too hot for my dog to have hair.”
Fact – Hair is a sun and wind barrier. The hair will raise and lower to insulate or ventilate the animal when cold or over-heated.
Complaint - “I can’t afford to have haircuts all the time.”
Solution - Ask your pet stylist about low cost maintenance brush-outs with no bath or trimming, nail trims, and ear cleaning.
Complaint – “My pet hates being groomed, I don’t want to put him through it again so soon.”
Fact – Dogs love routine, Cats are another matter entirely. Regular visits help alleviate unknown fears and maximize skin health. Proper and ethical handling leads to a calm, or in some cases exuberant, and happy pet.
Complaint – “He won’t let me brush him.”
Fact -We offer free brushing and de-matting lessons as well as a low cost brush and comb set you can use at home. Schedule your lessons like an appointment.
Complaint - “Just shave him down.”
Fact – Shaving strips the skin and hair of natural oils, clogs pores and exposes the skin to bacteria, pollutants and harmful UV rays. These factors intensify itching, allergies and irritation. Length of hair will not reduce allergies for you or your pet. regular and proper cleansing of the skin will.
Complaint – “It grows too fast”.
Fact – Shaving will not slow growth, it will compound skin irritation and may lead to future problems.
Complaint - “I can’t handle all the shedding, just shave the hair off.”
Fact – Hair growth is cyclical. Shaving means shorter, pin-like hairs everywhere as well as the danger of exposing the skin to bacteria and pollutants as well as harmful UV rays. A good pet technician can remove 85-95% of the loose hair on your pet and leave him/her shiny and hydrated.
For more information see the article “The Elusive Allergy, A Different Approach”