What are your favorite shampoos, conditioners, and skin and coat
products that you and your groomers use, and why?
“I like to use Grimeinator for very dirty dogs, and for dogs
with a lot of undercoat, I use Furminator. I tend to switch
up my medicated shampoo because I’m always looking for
the best one that really helps a dog with very irritated skin.
If you have the right products on hand, it makes a world
of difference for the dog because it makes their grooming
experience easier and faster.” —SUSAN DELANEY, owner of
All About Grooming in Haskell, N.J.
“We like to keep it simple here, and we only use one line of products
for our shampoos and conditioners. Our main shampoo is a vitamin
enriched shampoo, and we use a hypoallergenic cream rinse. We also
have hypoallergenic shampoo for sensitive dogs that we also use for
any cat bathing. The line is fairly pricey compared to other brands, but
our staff and our clients love it. The scent is light and subtle but stays
on the dog for quite a while, and they have a great dilution, so they tend
to last for a while.” —LINDSAYSABANOSH, manager of Walter’s Pet
Styles in New York
supplies has been growing for a long, long time.”
During her 12 years as a professional groomer and as owner of All About Groom-
ing, Delaney said she also has noticed that many pet shampoos and conditioners con-
tain ingredients similar to those in the human versions.
“I noticed that there are so many new scents and purposes with a lot of the sham-
poos that are on the market,” she added. “There are always new techniques coming
out that you can do with all products, but I like to keep it simple and use what’s best
for the dog’s coat.”
Groomers now have many more product choices, and Moore reported seeing in-
creased “use and selection of premium pet care products.”
“There used to be a limited selection of shampoos and conditioners for the profes-
sional groomer and the consumer to choose from,” she said. “Today, there are prod-
ucts geared toward providing solutions for pets such as allergy relief, senior care, anti
itch, color enhancing, odor removal, coat care and so on. There is
an increasing demand for providing natural, wholesome solutions
that are effective for the professional as well as the consumer.”
For professional groomers whose clientele includes the feline kind,
reading labels and understanding ingredients becomes critical.
With the current trend of natural and botanically based grooming
products, aromatherapies and essentials oils can come into play.
Experts agree that because cats cannot process all the components of essential oils,
groomers need to use caution with shampoos, conditioners, and skin and coat products used on kitty clients.
Cat groomers also want products that work the first time, Sabanosh said.
“It is rare for us to see a cat that goes outside here in NYC, so we are looking for
something that is gentle but also gives a good, deep clean,” she said.
In addition to wanting shampoos that clean well the first time, Delaney said she
likes to give cats the same care as the dogs.
“Cats always do well with a finishing spray at the end of the groom,” she added.
Most of the cats groomed at The Urban Pet are being bathed for hypoallergenic
reasons, Grey said.
“Perfume-free shampoo is best for them because cats groom themselves so much,”