Pet Grooming Is a Growing Fashion

Among the pets, dogs are the ones who are mostly groomed for the reasons of hygienic care and cleaning. The physical appearance of a dog gets enhanced. People even take a shot at entering their pets in the World Championships for the best groomed dogs.

Grooming is an essential part in the health and well-being of a dog. It can even improve its lifespan. All breeds require weekly if not daily grooming. It all depends on the breed and the age of the dog. It is also important to remember that many dogs shed their hair and there are some who do not shed at all. The ones that shed profusely need professional grooming once every couple of months.

Dog grooming is a skilled occupation that requires knowledge of the animal’s health issues, artistry and techniques of grooming with their impact on both the coat and the skin. The groomers have to be Certified Animal Hygienists and Certified Master Groomers.

Why should the pets be groomed?

Pets have to be groomed for the following reasons:

• There is a reduced chance of health problems like yeast infections, thrushes, scratches and other skin ailments.
• General cleanliness and hygiene.
• While grooming, the dog’s health could also be monitored for heat boils, cuts or swelling of any kind.
• It also helps in reducing infestation of parasites, ticks and fleas.

Grooming Popularity in Japan

Pet grooming in the Japanese style has gone up in popularity all over the world in the last few decades. There are Japanese style pet grooming salons even in California. The reason why the Japanese styles of pet grooming are becoming popular is that the Japanese focus on the animal first and not just bother on whether the pet is looking cute. They come out with unique designs and rely on advanced techniques of scissoring. They also use safe pet hair dyes. Their professional groomers are skilled in understanding how the dogs feel at a particular moment so that they can put them at ease without much difficulty even in the absence of the owners, by offering a relaxing and a stress-free environment.

Pet Ownership and Care in Japan versus USA

As far as pet ownership and the statistics go, the United States of America is the leader in this field with the figures almost tripling in the last forty five years. Today, the United States of America has 164 million pets in 67 million households. Pet grooming is also a big industry in the USA. Small sized and medium sized breeds such as Pomeranians, Toy Poodles, Maltese and Maltipoos require frequent grooming. Here is an interesting video of how a Maltipoo is groomed, http://youtu.be/PICjHqYM7_Y.

However, though the Japanese have less number of pets when compared with the United States of America, they are well on their way to becoming a super pet power in the world. They have even formed a Japan Society for Animal Specialty Education. Official estimates in Japan have put the pet population at 25 million. The interesting fact is that there are more number of pets than children. The figures of children in Japan are at 16.6 million who are under fifteen years of age.

The basic philosophy about pets in Japan is that they are preferred to children. As the birth rate in Japan is going down, the pet industry is flourishing and it has gone up to one trillion Japanese Yen. Pets enjoy holidays; there are special hotels for them and they even attend yoga classes and wear designer clothes in Japan. A poodle pullover may cost around $250 in Japan. There are gourmet dog food stores and hot spring resorts for pets.

Top-Rated Salon Air Purifier – 7 Essential Features

If you’re searching for a portable salon air purifier with high ratings, koodos to you for your concern about air quality in your salon. Here are 7 essential features an effective air purifier must have in order to receive top ratings from you.

Chemical Filter—The fumes from salon products can often be smelled from several doors away in a mall or even on the street when the door is open to the shop. So it’s not hard to imagine what it smells like inside. And you, your staff, and clients are up close and personal with these fumes for hours.

A filter that can reduce the number of chemicals in the air is crucial for every salon. Carbon is well known for its ability to eliminate gaseous pollutants. However, the chemicals that many salon products produce are heavy-duty and are known as volatile organic chemicals. Even carbon needs help eliminating these strong chemicals.

So the carbon filter should have an additive (potassium iodide) that enhances carbon’s ability to remove VOCs. This filter can also remove a number of other chemicals including formaldehyde.

Oxygen As Only By-Product—Some cleaners produced controversial by-products. Ozone and ionized particles can cause health issues. The best cleaners are the ones that only produce fresh, clean air. There is no down side to that.

Particle Filters—Even though it is usually the smell from salon chemicals that has people donning gas masks, the particles that can be generated need to be eliminated from the air as well. Large and medium size particles can be easily eliminated by pre-filters that are relatively inexpensive.

Other more normal indoor pollutants need to be eliminated especially with clients bringing in particles that are attached to clothing, packages, and hair. Your salon air can benefit greatly from removing particulates such as dust, seasonal pollens, pet hair, and airborne viruses and bacteria. A purifier with a HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filter can remove particles like these that are as small as.3 microns.

Portability—A unit with wheels gives you and your salon a huge advantage. This feature allows you to roll the cleaner closer to the source of the fumes. That means they impact the air less keeping others more comfortable and breathing cleaner air throughout their visit.

And should you move to another shop in the same city or one across the county, being able to take the cleaner with you means that fresh air in your salon is always as close as the nearest outlet.

360 Degree Air Intake—Pulling air in from all sides gives you greater flexibility in where you can place the cleaner. A cleaner constructed with this feature can be placed as close as 6 inches from any surface. This means it can be placed in a corner, by a wall and out of the way yet still perform effectively.

Multiple Filtration Speeds—At peak times when there are a lot of fumes being produced, it’s crucial to be able to filter the air faster. This keeps clients comfortable and reduces the number of fumes in the air faster.

Being able to control the rate at which the air is filtered allows you to keep air quality high regardless of how many manicures, perms, or colorings your stylists are performing. And when there is a lull, you can reduce your energy consumption and save money by turning the filtration speed to low.

24 Hour Operation—-A split capacitor motor allows for continuous filtration even when you are not there. This takes out the day’s fumes that may continue to linger in the air and allows you to open your salon the next morning to air that is fresh and inviting.

Best Salon Air Purifiers – 5 Features They Need To Have To Clear The Air

With the increasing number of services being offered and nail and beauty salons has come an increased number of airborne chemicals in the air. They cause air to be unhealthy for clients and for the people who work in your shop.

The good news is that these products don’t have to make salon air hazardous if these airborne chemicals are removed with a purifier that has filters that can eliminate them. The following 5 features have proven to be the most effective in keeping the air clean.

Multiple Filtration Speeds – Some days the air has the potential to smell worse than others because of the number and types of services being offered. If you know that a particularly smelly procedure is going to happen, being able to increase the speed at which the pollutants are removed is invaluable.

Not only does it keep clients comfortable, but it helps protect the health of technicians and stylists who are in the shop continually day after day. Weekends, evenings and days leading up to holidays can be great for business but can make the hazardous. Being able to clear the air fast is a good thing.

Easily Portable – Since cleaners clean the air that is closest to them first, being able to roll the unit closer to the procedure will help the cleaner help take the chemicals and particulates out faster. And regardless of whether you own your space or rent it, a purifier that can travel with you can from one station to another or across the country.

Enhanced Carbon Filter – Carbon has long been recognized as the best kind of filter to remove gaseous pollutants such as airborne chemicals. But even as effective as carbon is, it needs an additive to enhance its effectiveness at removing volatile organic chemicals. Potassium Iodide has been found to be the most effective at improving carbon’s ability to be effective.

Filter That Eliminate Particles – Fine pieces of nails and hair are common to the air in salons. Add the other more normal indoor pollutants such as dust, mold and mildew spores, pollen, pet dander (from the clothes of people who own them), viruses, and bacteria.

24 Hour Duty – Staying ahead of the airborne chemicals is best done by filtering them out as fast as they evaporate. And pollutants don’t just evaporate when you’re there, they can also continue to evaporate when the shop is closed.

Having a unit with a split capacitor motor allows the cleaner to continue to filter the air safely and effectively whether you are there or not. This type of motor will allow the air to be filtered continuously even through the night when you are done for the day. But its work will pay off again and again as you and your clients open the door to a salon with fresh air.

A Dozen Pet Friendly Places to Stay in Aberdeen, Scotland

As more and more people are choosing to take their pets away with them on vacation it is often surprising how few hotels and guest houses allow pets. Taking a look at a hotel’s policies can prove depressing as, time after time, you find the dreaded statement “No Pets Allowed”. The problem is particularly annoying when there are a great many hotels to plough through and with this in mind this article lists 12 “pet friendly” places to stay in the Scottish city of Aberdeen.

As finding accommodation which allows pets can prove difficult we strongly advise that you book your hotel or guest house at the earliest opportunity. It is best to book up to five or six months in advance if you are planning a vacation in the summer months and this is most important when booking hotels in scotland as many places are booked up to a year in advance. The pet friendly Aberdeen hotels and guest houses listed below have stated that pats are allowed on request in their hotel policies as many do not charge extra I have made a point of highlighting those places which state otherwise.

Thistle Aberdeen Caledonian

The 4 star Caledonian (Union Terrace) is one of the most centrally located pet friendly hotels in the city. Charges may be applicable for pets. 77 rooms.

Royal Hotel

The 2 star Royal (Bath Street) is right in the heart of the city. Charges may be applicable for pets. 42 rooms. This hotel states that due to it’s central location it can suffer from external noise.

Jurys Inn

The 3 star Jurys Inn is just minutes from the city center on Union Square Guild Street. Charges may be applicable for pets. 203 rooms.

Express by Holiday Inn Aberdeen City Centre

This 3 star Express by Holiday Inn (Chapel Street) is less than half a mile from the city center, just off Union Street. 155 rooms.

Malmaison Aberdeen

The 3 star boutique hotel Malmaison is just over a mile from the center of the city. Possible charges for pets. 80 rooms.

Holiday Inn Aberdeen Exhibition Centre

This 3 star Holiday Inn is at the Exhibition Centre under three miles from the very center of the city. Charges may be applicable for pets. 123 rooms.

Britannia Hotel

The 3 star Britannia is three and a half miles from the center of the city. Features: Sauna, Fitness Centre, Solarium, Indoor Swimming Pool. Disabled facilities. 144 rooms.

Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House

4 star Ardoe House is just under four miles from the center of the city. Features facilities such as a gym, sauna, beauty salon, tennis courts and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant. 109 rooms.

Copthorne Hotel

The 4 star Copthorne is less than half a mile away from the very center of the city. Within easy walking distance of the main shopping area. Disabled facilities. 89 rooms.

Holiday Inn Aberdeen West

This 4 star Holiday Inn is just over six and a half miles from the very center of the city. Features a gym, sauna and beauty salon. 86 rooms.

The Spires Suites

The 4 star Spires is just over a mile and a half from the city center. Fully-serviced luxury suites in the exclusive West End. 49 rooms.

Summerhill Hotel and Suites

The 3 star Summerhill is under two and a half miles from Aberdeen city center. Charges may be applicable for pets. 45 rooms, part of Cairn Hotels chain.

Wherever you choose to stay we hope that you and your pet have the most enjoyable vacation.

Choosing the Right Pet Cremation Option

Where will you go when the time comes to say good-bye to your beloved pet? Most people will go to their trusted Pet Care Provider who will hopefully usher them through this crossroads of emotion and decision making with love, support and dignity.

Surprisingly, this is not often the case. Recently when I picked up my dogs at the grooming salon, the dear lady shared with me that when she lost her most recent dog, her husband handled all of the decision making as she was just too emotional. After spending nearly $350.00, it turned out that he had mistakenly ordered a mass cremation and therefore this couple never did receive the ashes of their beloved pet. He was told by his Pet Care Provider “don’t worry, we will take care of everything; this is the option most people choose…” He had assumed, incorrectly, that he would be receiving his pets ashes in return.

While pet cemeteries have been available in many communities, burial within a pet cemetery can be a very expensive option. Many may still choose to bury their pet in their back forty but most communities now have very strict health department zoning restrictions on pet burial. Today families have become more mobile and may desire the ability to take their family pet’s remains with them when they re-locate or they may feel more comfortable with a visible, tangible memorial for their beloved pet. All are reasons that more and more pet owners are choosing cremation and as many as 70 percent of those owners are choosing to receive their pets ashes after the cremation. Just 10 years ago only 25 percent chose this option to receive the ashes back after cremation.

Knowing that cremation is your choice is not the last step in this decision. Many pet owners do not realize, as my poor dog groomer did not, that there are many options for the pet cremation and deconstructing these options and the variety of terms in use for these options is the most important aspect of the pet cremation choice. Pet cremation usually falls within three main categories; mass cremation, individual cremation and private cremation.

Mass or Communal Cremation – As the name implies this is the cremation of many animals at one time, within a single cremation session. Pet cremators (the actual pet cremation equipment) can be very large with a capacity of several hundred to thousands of pounds of weight. The animals included in a mass cremation may come from a variety of clinics, animal shelters, etc and when the cremation session is completed the ashes are gathered and taken away to be disposed of by the crematory company, generally in their private landfill. This option should be the least expensive option for the pet owner and is a sanitary and decent way to dispose of the pet if retaining the ashes is not desired.

Individual Cremation – The individual cremation is a source of much confusion for pet owners and often uninformed Pet Care Provider staff. Individual cremation simply means that the ashes that are returned to the pet owner are intended to be only the ashes of their beloved pet. Generally with an individual pet cremation, the animal is tagged with a metal tag and placed within their own individual metal tray within the cremator. Depending upon the volume of the particular cremator there can be many animals within one session, however the animals are identified and separated. When the session is complete, the ashes within each individual tray are processed, bagged, and readied to be shipped back to the Pet Care Provider or individual pet owner depending on the circumstance of its arrival to the crematory. Many pet owners believe that an individual cremation means that their pet was cremated in a single session by itself and then given back to them as a guarantee that these ashes are their pets ashes alone. The only way to make absolutely sure that is the case is with the following option and that is the Private or Witnessed Private Cremation.

Private Cremation and Witnessed Private Cremation – A private cremation provides the option for the pet to be cremated entirely alone within the cremation chamber or cremator ensuring that there are no other ashes mixed in with the singular pets ashes. Often there will be a tag with identifying numbers that will be placed on the pet and will go through the crematory process with him and returned with the obvious characteristics of the crematory process on the tag as an extra assurance. Many times the crematorium facilities will allow for a special blanket or toy to accompany the pet and some crematoriums now have waiting room facilities or facilities that allow for a witnessed private cremation.

Many of these Pet Funeral Homes even offer wonderful viewing areas and are set up to conduct private memorial services as well. Private cremations are becoming more popular as pet funeral homes are beginning to pop up across our landscape. Pet funeral homes often can arrange for pick up of the pet at the private home or Veterinarian facility as well. While all Pet Funeral Homes will make arrangements with the individual pet owner, sixty five percent of private cremations are from Veterinary affiliates so it is important to discuss with your Veterinarian what crematory company he has an affiliation with and/or does he have a pet funeral home that he would recommend if what you require is the absolute assurance that a Private Cremation will take place.

Pet Cremation costs vary greatly and are largely dependent upon the above choices and whether the arrangements are scheduled through an intermediate source such as the Pet Care Provider. Mass or Communal Cremation generally costs from $75.00 – $125.00, Individual Cremation can cost $100.00 – $200.00 and Private and Witnessed Private Cremations can cost as high as $500.00 or more depending upon whether the family chooses private pick up, private viewing and/or a memorial service. Many Pet Funeral Homes are offering preplanning and prepayment options to the pet community just as are offered in the human funeral business.

While it is a difficult subject to contemplate for every pet owner, it is best to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible before the time comes. Take the time to discuss your crematory options with your Pet Care Provider or with your local pet funeral home or crematory, make sure that you are clear on what it is they provide, have them describe their processes in detail and make sure that those services meet your expectations.