4 Steps to Better Grooming

While charging my phone at one of the charging stations during the SuperZoo event in Las Vegas, I had an amazing conversation with Dale R. Sanson, Ph.D., MBA – Director of Formulation Development and Compliance Chemistry at PBI/Gordon. I had no idea who he was, and I was wondering why he was so interested in what groomers/bathers were looking for in shampoo products. After talking to each other for a while we both took our phones off of the charging stations, and he asked me to come with him to the Lambert Kay booth. He shared so much valuable information with me regarding the chemistry and science behind the products, and what people want vs. what the dogs need. Lambert Kay’s Fresh ‘n Clean product line has developed a system that not only saves time for groomers, but provides excellent, long-lasting results for the pets we groom.

Lambert Kay’s 4 Steps to Better Grooming:

4-Step System to promote healthy skin & coat, and excellent results.
4-Step System to promote healthy skin & coat, and excellent results.

I tried this system using the sample bottles that Dr. Sanson gave me on two different dogs. One is a Malti-Poo, named Ginger, and the other is a Lab/Chow mix with a bald patch of scabbed skin along her back at base of the tail. Because the Chow mix had bad skin issues, I decided to use Banixx as well, and I will share more about that in my next article.

4 Step System
4 Step System

Ginger is in for a TREAT!

Ginger has no idea how good she's about to feel!
Ginger has no idea how good she’s about to feel!

Using the 4 Step System:

The products rinse off clean and leaves the coat feeling soft!
The products rinse off clean and leaves the coat feeling soft!

Drying took less time, and the coat felt much better than the last time I groomed her.

Drying Ginger was a breeze, and the coat feels so crisp and clean!
Drying Ginger was a breeze, and the coat feels so crisp and clean!

Let the proof be found in the pudding 🙂

The finished result :-) Her skin feels so smooth, and her coat feels so soft!
The finished result 🙂 Her skin feels so smooth, and her coat feels so soft!

For more information, or to find out how to order the products, please visit http://lambertkay.com/pet-professionals

Here are the product details if you would like to try this system for yourself.
Here are the product details if you would like to try this system for yourself.

Honestly, I was impressed with the results and I would recommend this 4-step system to other groomers and pet owners who wash their dogs at home. Those of you who follow my blog know that I also have a 4-step system that I call the Furrific Way: 1)Prep the Skin (DeShed) 2)Cleanse (Shampoo) 3)Hydrate/Moisturize (Conditioner) 4)Dry and Finish. Everything we do should be with the dog’s health and wellbeing in mind. When we wash a dog without following a process or understanding what the skin needs, we are unintentionally causing a lot of cellular damage to our dogs’ skin that will show up later on down the road through symptoms like itching, flaky skin, rashes, bumps, hair loss, bad odor, and many other undesirable conditions.

I’m not saying that you must use Lambert Kay’s products, or 4-step system, or your dogs will suffer from skin issues. What I am suggesting is that you research and study the anatomy and function of the dog’s skin and coat thoroughly before going in there and interfering with the natural flora. There are mites, bacteria, fungus and other cellular debris that live on the dog’s skin, and they all balance each other out. It’s a lot like a rainforest in there with it’s own ecosystem. When we start to interfere with the natural flora without knowing what we are doing and why we are doing it, we unknowingly cause the system to get thrown off balance. Because it is all happening on a cellular level, we never see the effects immediately. It’s usually a few days or weeks after the bath that we begin to see the symptoms, and most people will blame the diet. Diet does play a role in skin health, but that would be like changing my diet to try to heal athlete’s foot. It wouldn’t hurt, but it probably wouldn’t help much either.

Thank you all so much for all the support and encouragement! I love hearing from you, and I appreciate all your comments and suggestions. My next article will be a follow up to this one, where I use this 4-step system along with a product called Banixx (www.banixx.com), that I wrote an article on previously: http://furrificspaw.com/2015/07/28/banixx-safe-effective-way-to-heal-skin-problems/.

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