“ Pets At Home / Type: Dog Grooming „
I love our new addition to our home Pixie the Shih Tzu, she stays mostly in the house, and hates the bath, so to help freshen her up during the week when I am busier than usual, I decided to pick up this antibacterial leave in shampoo to freshen her up. Usage and Results When I first used this shampoo, I decided that I would only try it out on a test zone as I was worried that Pixie would take an allergic reaction to it, however her skin was fine, so I decided that I would do her whole coat with it. This leave in shampoo is really easy to use, you simply massage it into her fur, it does not take a lot of this product at a time, and I would recommend that you use gloves in case you take an allergic reaction to the foam. Then when you have massaged it in, just brush through the hair and then you are done. No rinsing or water is needed for this process and I find when Pixie is being co-operative, it does not take too long at all to complete. I have found that Pixie's fur is lovely and soft when I have used this leave in shampoo and also it gets rid of that 'dog smell' and leaves behind a fresh odourless doggy. I like that this is antibacterial, as Pixie spends a lot of time around the house and she needs to be germ free if she is going to have reign of the kitchen and living room. I only really use this shampoo occasionally, if Pixie needs a bath and I do not have time to wash and dry her properly I use this just for a quick freshen up. I would say that I only really use this about twice a month at the most, as I do not think it is as good as a bath. Price and Availability You can buy this shampoo in Pets at home for around £4.50 from memory, for a dog as small as Pixie, I really only go through one bottle every 6 months with occasional use. I think that this is great value for such a convenience and peace of mind that Pixie can be cleaned easily if she gets dirty in between washes. Overall I think that this is a very handy product. It is not as good as bathing Pixie, but it is good for a freshen up on days that I simply do not have time to wash and dry her. I do not use this often, but it is nice to know that it is there if I need it. Overall I would give this 5 out of 5 stars. *also on ciao under lorrainek90
My dogs are walked daily and usually find something nasty to roll around in, leaving them stinky and dirty. All of my dogs are much too hefty for me to lift into the bath and none of them like being bathed anyway, so me and my boyfriend decided to get the paddling pool out a few weeks ago when he got back from walking them as Pip and Talia were coated in fox poo. Unfortunetly none of the dogs would go in the paddling pool and we had to clean them with towels and scented baby wipes - time consuming and not very effective in making the dogs smell much fresher, either! I decided that dry shampoo would be the best option and ended up buying this a couple of weeks ago from Pets at Home. I paid £4.89 for the 200ml bottle, which works out quite expensive as I have more than one dog and all but one are large breeds (I've got labradors, a jack russell and a husky), but if you only have one dog then this won't work out too pricey as a bottle will last you for much longer. We've had this for around 2 and a half weeks and it ran out a few days ago, however I do think we got our money's worth as we have used it everyday and it's been very effective. The dry shampoo comes in a little plastic bottle which is transparent, meaning the light green liquid can be seen. The colour of the liquid makes it look a little like cleaning fluid in my opinion! There's a label on the front of the bottle which has the Pets At Home logo and the product name along with a picture of two dogs, which makes it clear which animal the product is suitable for - there is also one for cats. On the back of the bottle there is a list of ingredients and directions on how to use the product. There's a little white nozzle on top of the bottle which is protected by a plastic lid which prevents the nozzle from being pressed down. Once the lid is off, I simply shake the bottle and press the nozzle down, making sure that I have a large blob of the light foam on my hand. I then apply it directly to the dogs fur and massage it in. I usually do all over their bodies and I focus under the neck area and their backs/stomach as this is where they get the dirtiest/smelliest. My husky and my chocolate labrador have extremely thick fur and I find that I need to use quite a bit extra on them - I'd say that it takes around five large blobs of it on my other dogs' fur as they all have their summer coats but on Clyro and Pip I need to use at least ten blobs of it, sometimes more depending on how stinky and dirty they are. I always wipe them down with wet wipes and a towel before using the shampoo too, so as I said before this isn't really very long lasting if you have multiple dogs - especially if your dogs are a large breed with thick fur! I find this very easy to apply and it's much less messy than a liquid shampoo would be. It rubs into the fur well and it doesn't leave any greasiness or residue. Becasue it doesn't smell strongly or feel particullary wet, none of my dogs dislike it when I apply this and they all seem to enjoy it when I apply it as I need to rub it into their fur for it to be effective. The shampoo does make a noticeable difference and it helps get dried lumps of mud out of the fur easily and it leaves the fur smelling instantly fresher too. The smell is subtle but it's a clean and fresh smell and as the shampoo is so effective at cleaning the fur there are no nasty smells lingering - it doesn't mask the nasty smells, it gets rid of them. The shampoo not only cleans, but it also noticeably makes a difference to the condition of the fur; all of my dogs have healthy coats but since using this I have noticed that it feels a little silkier and it also has a slight shine - the difference is most apparent on my jack russell's fur - his coat appears much more glossy and healthy since I've been using this - his fur used to feel quite rough to the touch but it's now a little softer which I assume is thanks to the shampoo. The shampoo is anti bacterial and anti fungal so it gets rid of any germs which is good as my dogs usually roll in cat/fox poo, so this puts my mind at rest that the dogs aren't bringing any germs in to the house. I overall reccommend this dry shampoo for dogs - it's very effective and I can not think of any disadvantages at all.
No rinse dog shampoo is a relatively new find in our household but one that I can envisage using for many more years to come. My Jack Russell Molly is a lively little thing and loves her walks. Unfortunately she also loves rolling around in the mud and especially over rabbit droppings. One of her other favourite things to do is to find a worm and dig it out the ground and then roll over it countless times. I think this is hilarious when she is doing it but I don't find it so funny when we get home and I she is wanting up on my knee for cuddles. This is where this no rinse shampoo comes in. I found it at pets at home when browsing and it cost me £4.89. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to get it as I can't be bothered with bathing Molly every time we leave the house together plus it isn't good for her coat to be washed so much and this seemed like a good practical alternative. It works similar to how a dry shampoo on humans does but instead of being a powder this is actually a mousse. To use the no rinse shampoo you just need to give the bottle a shake and then squirt the foam either on to your hand or straight to your dog's coat. You then just work the foam through the coat before brushing off and it helps clean and freshen it whilst the antibacterial action helps remove any germs that may be lingering on it. Massaging the foam in to the coat helps loosen any dirt stains out of the coat and when it comes to brushing the foam off the dirt just flakes off. As well as helping to remove the dirt the foam does an excellent job of making Molly's coat lovely and shiny. After using it her coat has a beautiful sheen to it and it doesn't look greasy or as if there is a powdery residue like there can be with human dry shampoos. The best thing about the foam for me is the antibacterial properties it has. I feel much better letting Molly back in to the bed and up on my knee after using it and as well as being germ free she also smells lovely and fresh.
*What is the Pets At Home Antibacterial No Rinse Dog Shampoo?* This dog shampoo is part of pet shop giant Pets At Home own branded range which includes a large variety of items for dogs including food, treats, toys, grooming equipment, training tools, coats and practical items, aswell as ranges for other animals such as cats, small pets, fish and birds. *The product itself* Like a lot of dogs, Grace and Benson love nothing more than setting off on an adventure! Life is one big game to them, and every time we go out for a walk, the pair of them are off exploring everything in sight, and with mucky puddles to splash in, boggy undergrowth to investigate, long wet grass to chase rabbits through and muddy river banks to charge up and down, by the end of our walks they are often caked in mud, soaking wet, covered in bits of twig and left resembling fictional monsters that might feature in childrens books! Believe me, they really are no pretty sight! The problem is however, I've never been one for bathing dogs. Being a veterinary nurse, and meeting scores of different dogs every single day, I often come across dogs with various skin complaints, such as dryness and itchiness, or poor coat condition, and the cause behind a lot of these problems, is often over bathing. A lot of owners believe that a weekly, or more often, bath is the best way to keep a dog fresh and clean smelling, but in reality, this couldn't be further from the truth as all it does is wash away the natural goodness of the coat, including the natural oils which keep the coat clean. I always find that the dogs who seldom, if ever, have a bath are always the ones with the best coat and skin condition, and, contrary to popular belief, smell the best! Grace and Benson have only ever had one proper bath in their life (after a cow poo related incident!) and the rest of the time, they are kept clean and fresh by their own natural coat oils, with a little help from me. 9 times out of 10, all that is required to get them gleaming again after one of their muddy adventures is a good groom, a packet of baby wipes and maybe a little general grooming spray, but there are the odd occasions, where some stubborn dirt or stagnant pond odour just won't shift, and these are the times when I resort to a no rinse shampoo. No rinse or 'dry' shampoos, such as this one by Pets At Home, are foams, which, when applied to the fur, rubbed in and brushed out, help remove dirt and grime, whilst conditioning the skin and coat, and helping to remove nasty odours and generally just freshen your dog, without the need for water. This particular version also has the addition of Byotrol, which is a gentle pet friendly antibacterial and antifungal agent, which will sort out any nasty germs lingering in your dogs coat aswell as eliminating the causes of unpleasant smells, rather than simply masking them. The Pets At Home Antibacterial No Rinse Dog Shampoo is suitable for use on all dogs and puppies from 8 weeks of age, and is designed for use with all coat types, so whether you have a wiry coated Westie, a short haired Labrador, a thickly coated furball of an Old English Sheepdog or even the long flowing coat of the Afghan Hound to contend with, this product is suitable for you! It can be used on all parts of the body (of course, care should be taken to avoid the eyes, inner ears and mouth) and is suitable for regular use, so great if you have often mucky mud loving mutts like mine. *Packaging* The Pets At Home Antibacterial No Rinse Dog Shampoo comes packaging in a small, clear plastic bottle with a white nozzle for dispensing the foam situated on the top. Printed on the bottle you will find all the usual information you'd expect such as directions for use, ingredients and contact details for Pets At Home. *Price & Availability* Being an own brand product, this item is only available from Pets At Home and can be purchased both in store, and from their online shop. It comes in just one variety (mildly scented) and will set you back £4.49 for a 200ml bottle. Intially this does sound a little expensive, but I would hazard a guess that this will provide around 15 full body applications for an average medium sized dog. *My opinion* The coat of a Bernese Mountain Dog (see google images if you are unsure of the breed!) takes enough time and effort to keep looking nice and smart as it is, but when you have a Bernese Mountain Dog that absolutely LOVES to swim and get muddy, like my boy Benson, then you're faced with the very time consuming task of grooming an already difficult coat, but with the addition of bits of twig, brambles, caked on mud and leaves tangled in too! No mean feat by any standards. The other half of the terrible twosome, Grace the Rottweiler, isn't much better either. Although she has a very short, and much more easy to manage coat in comparison to her ''brother'', you'd still be surprised as to just how muddy and disgusting she can get too. So, these factors are the exact reason Pets At Home Antibacterial No Rinse Dog Shampoo, is one of my very best friends!! The majority of the time after a muddy walk, all I need to do is leave the dogs dry off completely, and then brush all the dried on mud of out their fur, using a few baby wipes to tackle any particularly stubborn grime, and then finish by freshening them up with a few spritz of scented grooming spray, and hey presto, they're all done and looking and smelling good until their next walk. There are occasions however, particularly after we've been to the beach and they've been swimming in salt water and rolling in the sand, or after we've done one of our mock gundog training sessions, and they've been retrieving dummies from boggy, wet undergrowth or smelly rivers, when they need something a bit stronger to sort their coats out, and this is where this handy little product comes in. The shampoo, although liquid in the bottle, transforms into a light airy foam as it is dispensed and all you need to do is simply rub the foam onto your dog, massage it well into their coat, and then brush through, and you're done- with no water, or need to rinse. It sounds too good to be true, but in reality, it really is that simple and effective to use. Benson's coat, as mentioned earlier, is very thick and a bit tricky to contend with, but even so, this shampoo works just fine on him. I only apply it after making sure his fur is free of any knots and tangles, and the foam massages into his fur with ease, leaving behind no sticky or greasy residue, and effectively removing, or loosening, any spots of very stubborn dirt, which can then be brushed out with ease. It leaves his fur soft and smelling pleasant, with an excellent shine. It also delivers equally pleasing results on Grace. For her, I do the same as with Benson- just brush her coat through, removing the majority of dirt and debris and then massage the foam into her coat, and after another quick brush her fur is left clean and shiny, and again, with no unpleasant residue left behind. I use this product mainly on their paws, undersides, chests and legs, but I also use it on Bensons mud magnet hairy face, and his big fluffy tail which seems to collect everything in it's path, and it works great on all areas. I normally only 'spot clean' the areas I've just mentioned, and I've found one actuation of the pump dispenser per area delivers enough foam to effectively clean but on the occasions I've used the foam to give them a full body 'bath', I tend to use around 10 actuations per dog, which gives me enough foam to sparingly apply over their bodies. This means we tend to get through around 2 bottles of this product a month, which given the size of my dogs, isn't too bad really- if you've just one small short coated dog, a bottle will last you absolutely ages. All in all, I'm extremely impressed with this product, and it performs better than I had ever really expected a waterless shampoo to do so. I especially like the antibacterial properties of this shampoo, it gives me peace of mind knowing any nasty germs and bacteria that may be present in the water sources they swim in, or the mud they trudge through, is killed and not lingering on my dogs fur, and being spread around my house and the gentle formula of this shampoo brings my dogs up lovely each time, leaving them smelling nice with clean, shiny, detangled, healthy looking fur, and no irritation to their skin. The smell of the shampoo is admittedly a bit sickly sweet, but still pleasant all the same, and certainly much better than eau de pond water. A fantastic product which is worth its weight in gold in my household, and it is something I am happy to recommend to every dog owner looking for a pleasant, effective, hassle free alternative to traditional baths, which, lets face it- generally result in owners getting wetter than the dogs!
Pets at home is one of my most visited shops. with four dogs in our house, we have a lot to buy in there. I have shopped around quite a lot for pet grooming products and there aren't many shops around that do them. Most supermarkets offer maybe one shampoo, which are usually very expensive in comparison to pets at home and are often a flea shampoo. I am pleased to say that pets at home is the exception. They sell a great range of pet grooming products and at very reasonable prices. We have got a regular shampoo that we use for our dogs which is also from pets at home but recently our oldest dog had to have an operation and was in need of a bath after. Feeling a bit anxious about bathing her we went looking for a dry shampoo to help. We found this at pets at home and thought it would be a great idea. We used it once and to be honest that was more than enough to see that sadly this product was not very good at all! Rather than cleaning the fur it actually made it look worse. It said it would 'clean' the dogs fur just by rubbing it in and then brushing it out. No need for water and rinsing. When you pump the bottle it realises a foam. You work this through the dogs fur and this supposedly cleans the fur and gets rid of bacteria. we did just this and then brushed the fur. Afterwards the fur felt greasy and dirtier than when we had started. The only thing it did do was make the dog smell better. I was very umimpressed and will not be re-purchasing in the future. I was surprised at the quality from pets at home as it usually so good but then to be fair I have never tried a dry shampoo before, so perhaps they are all like it.