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Cardinal Taps Crystal Winners
September 25, 2014

No stranger to success, National Certified Master Groomer Lindsey Dicken was named American Groomer of the Year for the second year in a row at the 26th Annual Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards held at the SuperZoo tradeshow in Las Vegas in July. The awards honor groomers and other professionals by recognizing outstanding achievement in several categories.

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The World Pet Association (WPA) honored Tony de Vos, president and CEO of Cardinal Laboratories, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the SuperZoo trade show, which was held in Las Vegas July 22-24.“Over the past 42 years, Tony de Vos has selflessly led and mentored those in the pet business on natural pet products, and ecological and sustainable business practices,” said Michael Twain, vice chairman of WPA. “He worked tirelessly in the formation of the American Family Pet Expo, the Sustainability Coalition, and acted as a wonderful past chairman of WPA.

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PetEdge (petedge.com) has debuted its Master Grooming Tool 6-Inch SharpPro Sharpener, which features a considerably larger disc than its original 2.5-in. sharpener, making it easier to sharpen clipper blades and shears. The 6-in. model has a bigger wheel and levelers, and it can accommodate all sizes of clipper blades and shear blades. A professional-grade sharpener, it comes with an ergonomically designed soft-grip tool, to protect fingers, and it works on all grades of metal.

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Palm-sized EasyClip from Andis
September 25, 2014

The EasyClip Mini, from Andis (andis.com), is all-in-one clipper/trimmer for smaller dogs, touch-ups, and light face and paw grooming on medium- to large-breed dogs. Palm-sized at 4 in. and weighing only 3.2 oz., the EasyClip Mini has a stainless-steel blade that cuts to 1 mm. The worldwide dual voltage makes it convenient for competitions and trips abroad. The mini also includes four easy-to-use numbered guide combs sized 1/8 in.,1/4 in., 3/8 in. and 1/2 in.

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Madra Mór (madramormud.com) has introduced gallon sizes of its Canine Mud Treatments. Formulated into a thicker blend specifically for grooming professionals, the treatments are designed to supply vital nutrients, hydrating omega oils and soothing aloe vera to cleanse, protect and rejuvenate dogs’ skin and coat. The formulas include: Fortifying Mud, Mobility Mud, Shed Safely Mud and Soothing Mud.

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Polish Pens Now in Blister Pack
September 11, 2014

Warren London (warrenlondon.com) has introduced its Pawdicure Polish Pen Blister Pack.  The pack features any two colors of the retailer’s choice. The polish pens are non-toxic and water-based, and they dry in under 40 seconds.  The U.S.-made Pawdicure Polish Pens are available in 13 colors: red, pink, purple, blue, white, yellow, black, silver, gold, neon pink, neon purple, neon green and neon orange.

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Innovacyn (innovacyn.com) has added Feline Hydrogel Wound & Skin Care Spray to its Vetericyn line. The immediate-acting, one-step product is non-toxic, and steroid and antibiotic free. It can be used to clean wounds, and manage cuts, minor burns, scratches, hot spots and skin irritations. It does not contain alcohol or tea-tree oils. The spray is also safe if licked or ingested, and it can be used around a cat’s eyes, ears, mouth or nose.

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Groomers Helper (groomershelper.com) has expanded its offerings with two introductions: the ActiVet Brush line and the Essential.Like the original Groomers Helper, the Essential is a pet safety and positioning system that safely secures a pet to a grooming table. With a lower price point than the original, the Essential is for pets up to 45 lbs. and will fit both 1-in. and 3/4-in. square grooming arms. It uses all of the classic Groomers Helper loops and accessories.

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Dr. Gold’s Itch Relief, from SynergyLabs (synergylabs.com), is formulated to address pain and itching. A combination of hydrocortisone, allantoin and lidocaine soothes and relieves pain due to inflammation and skin irritations. The accelerated-healing formula treats skin irritations caused by flea bites, poison ivy and harsh shampoo, and dry skin caused by low humidity and allergies. It is available in an 8-oz. spray.

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Adding to its line of oatmeal and aloe products, earthbath (earthbath.com) has debuted Fragrance Free Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner. The itch-fighting characteristics of colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera work in combination with other all-natural ingredients to provide a safe and effective way to clean and condition coats and help soothe minor skin irritations in both dogs and cats.

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Humane Cat Handling
September 18, 2014

There may be no better time for professional groomers to remember the old adage about grooming smarter, not harder, than when working with feline clients in the salon. Cats, by nature, react to their environment. So, if the environment in the grooming salon is cat friendly, the use of restraints can and should be reduced drastically. However, due to most pet salons’ hectic and often chaotic environment, keeping a cat calm can be quite challenging.

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Handle with Care
September 4, 2014

In an ideal world, all dogs would enjoy being groomed. They would stand immobile like statues for as long as we wished, and turn around on the table or in the tub on a simple verbal request—“Come on, Fluffy, turn around so I can get the other side.” We would ask, “Paw, please,” and they would lift each foot in turn to have nails trimmed or dremeled. And they’d politely close their eyes and hold still to have their heads soaped and rinsed, or dried.

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  For the past couple of days, the topic de jour at many water coolers has been the dramatic weight loss achieved by the winner of the NBC TV show The Biggest Loser. Here at Pet Business Media, however, we’ve been awaiting the results of a very different weight loss program: the Pet Shape Up Challenge, a Dog and Cat Weight Loss Program.  Fetch!

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Brought to you by PetBusiness.com.   There was a time when the saying “spare the rod, spoil the child” described a widely accepted approach to rearing children. Today, not so much.Views on child raising are always evolving and changing with the times, as research and just plain old observation give experts—and parents—new perspectives on the best ways to both nurture and discipline children. A similar dynamic is at play in dog training.

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Fetch! Pet Care, a nationwide dog walking, pet sitting and boarding franchise, has joined forces with natural pet food manufacturer Halo, Purely For Pets, to fight a growing—literally, growing—problem: pet obesity. It is well known that people aren’t the only mammals fighting the battle of the bulge these days. Statistics reveal that more half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are classified by veterinarians as overweight or obese. Paul Mann, the CEO/founder of Fetch!

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Photo Courtesy of PetPaint The 31st of October will usher in the usual parade of ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses.

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 The recent Las Vegas outbreak of a new strain of parvovirus is an important reminder of the necessity for grooming salons to have strict policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of their clients’ pets. Because parvovirus is so contagious and difficult to kill, the real key is to prevent infected dogs from entering the salon in the first place. Here are six tips to help keep your salon and clientele safe from this deadly virus. 1.

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Crystal Foundations
June 28, 2013

In 1981, grooming industry icon Shirlee Kalstone partnered with Cardinal Pet Care to create a first-of-its-kind awards program to honor top professional groomers—The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards. Since then, the program has undergone some changes, including a move from the Intergroom trade show to the Groomer Supershow at SuperZoo (July 23-25 in Las Vegas), as well as the inclusion of awards for grooming businesses.

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Road to Success
June 5, 2013

Opening up a full-scale, brick-and-mortar pet grooming salon can be daunting. The challenges range from having to secure a location to buying equipment and supplies to finding reliable employees.

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Cool, Cool Summer
May 31, 2013

  It is no longer a forgone conclusion that people will leave their pets at home or in a kennel when they hit the road for vacation. Pet owners are increasingly traveling with their pets. In fact, many tourist-bound destinations and businesses—such as hotels and even restaurants—are opening their doors to pets. But while this is good news for many pet owners and their companion animals, travelers need to be aware of the precautions they should take to keep pets safe this summer.

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