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Short-Haired Dogs Need Love Too

BY NICOLE IPSON | February 22, 2018



When people think about grooming the first thing that comes to mind is long-haired dogs. It is commonly thought that a short-haired dog doesn’t need to be professidogsonally groomed. However, having your short-haired dog professionally groomed can actually be very beneficial!

Most short-haired dogs give the impression that they don’t shed quite as much as a long-haired dog. Or that they may even be easier to bathe because of the lack of length of hair. However, a lot of owners come to find that caring for their pup or slowing the surprising amount of shed their pup has to offer can be time-consuming. There are actually several double-coated dogs that are short-haired that can make life a little more hairy in your home. Dogs such as Labrador Retrievers, Pugs (Certain Types), & Chihuahuas (Certain Types). Even though a dog may not be double-coated they can still tend to shed as well. Dogs such as Jack Russell Terriers and Boston Terriers can still give their owners vacuums a run for their money.dogs

Walk-in Services Or Quarterly Grooming Can Help With Your Dogs Health

Whether your short-haired dogs are large or small getting them groomed even if its only quarterly can help with a lot of issues. Owners tend to overlook basic needs of their short-haired friends because in some ways they can be so low maintenance. Outside of bathing needs groomers also tend to see owners overlooking the need for monthly nail clipping and ear cleaning.

Short- haired floppy eared dogs such as Basset hounds. Beagles, & Mastiffs tend to present with ear infections more often. Monthly grooming

dogsroutines can always help keep a handle on this. Even if you don’t have time to leave your furry friends for a full day of grooming there are options to help!

Our salon offers walk-in services for these reasons. Simple short trips to the groomer can make all the difference with your dog’s health and happiness. Services that are offered at our salon without an appointment include:

  • Ear Cleaning
  • Nail Clipping & Grinding
  • Toothbrushing
  • Brushouts & More

Bring your furry friends into Furtastic today for a quick pick me up! Our groomers want to help make your furry family members feel their best. Whether it’s a full groom or a quick touch up there are plenty of ways we can help!

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First Time Grooming For Puppies

BY NICOLE IPSON | January 25, 2018


GroomerThe holidays have passed and with that, you may have gotten the gift a fluffy new pup! They are at the point in their lives where they can get away with anything they want. This at times also allows for them to get into stinky and sticky situations. So the question for all new or old puppy owners is when do you start grooming? When is the at home bath not enough? Well, the answer is actually pretty simple.

When someone brings home a new puppy the thought of training is one that is pushed to the future. Most people don’t realize that by the time their new little one is 8 weeks, that they can also be started on training right away. This includes, but is not limited to, dog grooming. When started early it can teach a puppy not to be afraid of grooming. Some of the things it helps them get used to are loud sounds, vibrations, & the bath. Even short-haired dogs can benefit from being started at this age. Even though they don’t need haircuts they still have to get used to the grooming process as well.

Bringing in your young friend doesn’t always mean doing the full groom. Usually, a groomer will recommend that you do a puppy trim to help with the adjustment. This will usually consist of:

  • Face, Feet & Fanny Trim

  • Basic Bath

  • Nail Clipping

  • Ear Cleaning

  • 15 Minutes of Brushing

GroomerAll of these things help to introduce the little one to the grooming process in small amounts. This allows your pup to get a feel for grooming without being completely overwhelmed or overstimulated.

Depending on how your pet takes the groom, the groomer may suggest doing this package a few times. Doing this on more nervous animals gives them more time to adjust before full grooms. Even though owners think of the salon as a spa day, they also have to remember that their little friends really have no clue what is going on. This process can make them very nervous and stressed. So patience for the process and the quality of the groom is important. A good groomer would rather take their time introducing the new pet to the process. Forcing the pup through the groom just to make it perfect never has a positive outcome.

At Furtastic Pet Grooming out first priority is the safety and happiness of your pet. The groomers in our shop do their best to make sure your pet’s visit is the best it can be. So when bringing in your new friend for a groom just remember it takes adjusting and time. We always look forward to seeing you your furry friends and are always happy to share information!


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Dog Baths After The Holiday Season

BY NICOLE IPSON | December 29, 2017

Dog Baths

As we are coming up on New Years this weekend things are slowly starting to return to normal. Your decorations are starting to come down and new gifts have found their homes. With the return to the everyday grind of life, you may start to notice that your precious pups may have been overlooked. This along with the return of the snow has presented you with a stinky little friend and short cash flow.

During this time of the year, dog baths are easy to hold off on, but we would like to help. The dogs and cats have become stinky, and matting occurs most often during this time. However, here at Furtastic, we have just the thing to help during this time of the year. We would like to present our customers with coupons that can be combined with our already low prices. Though your pet may not need a full haircut, playing outside in the snow and mud can make the need for a cleaning apparent.

Basic Dog Bath Package

  • Basic Bath & Shampoo, Nail Trim, Ear Cleaning, Anal Glands, & 15 Minutes Of Brushing. 

De-Shed Package

  • Upgraded Shampoo, Conditioner, Nail Trim, Ear Cleaning, Anal Glands, Up to 45 Minutes Of Brushing To Pull The Unnecessary Undercoat.

Cost vary based on breed and condition of pet at time of the groom.

With a simple bath, we can help keep long haired pups brushed out to avoid matting. Our packages are also good for the short-haired dogs who may be pushing out undercoat or just have an oily feel to them. Either way, we are here to help and would love to see you in the coming future. Let us help you to keep your pets clean and moisturized until they are ready for their full grooms!

Enjoy $5 off your basic bath package when booked during the week. We would also like to invite our customers to try our De-Shed Package with $10 off when booked during the week. Coupon must be printed out and presented at time of payment. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends!

From Our Family To Yours!

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A Fresh New Face

For Furtastic

BY NICOLE IPSON | November 10, 2017



Heidi Furtastic Facilities Manager

Over the years we have taken great pride in bringing love and passion to our salon. With our recent changes, we vow to continue this tradition. In doing this we also want to make the salon better for everyone who walks in. Recently, Furtastic was taken over by Melissa Tuffield with the vision in mind to turn the salon into a top end salon. She also feels it is possible to do this while keeping with reasonable prices. Melissa wanted to make sure to hire someone who would have the drive and passion to make this happen. So, she hired Heidi to take care of and improve the salon for our existing and new customers.

With almost 10 years experience in the industry, Heidi has been chosen to take over making Furtastic a wonderful salon. She not only has plans to make sure to contract with new groomers that have nothing but the safety of your pets in mind, but also the highest quality grooming skills as well. She understands that your pets are part of your family and just wants to make sure that the facility they are groomed in, as well as the people that are grooming them, want nothing but to pamper and love your furry friends.

As they do, improvements take time and patience. So please bear with us as we begin to upgrade and improve the Furtastic Salon. We look forward to answering any questions that our customers may have. We would also like to thank all of our clients, old and new, for coming to our salon. More importantly for also trusting us to take the best care possible of your pets. With that said, we would like to welcome Heidi, the new Facilities Manager, to the Furtastic Salon!

The Importance of Ear Care

BY NICOLE IPSON | September 19, 2017

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There are several types of dogs all over the world. While caring for each type can be different based on things such as breed & energy level there are other things that barely differ. One of these things is ear care. There are really only 4 types of ears if we break it down to the baseline. Simply put, you have:

  • Ears that stand
  • Ears that lay
  • Long haired ears
  • Short haired ears

Now, of course, these can be combo-ed a few different ways, but for simplicity sake, we will keep this very basic.

Most of the dogs that are considered “high-maintenance” for their ears, will have long hair, and ears that lay against their head. These dogs will be a higher risk for dirty ears which can lead to ear infections. However, so that we aren’t being biased, your more wrinkly breeds that have ears that lay flat (basset hounds, coonhounds, beagles) can also be high-maintenance.

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Here’s what happens.
Your pet goes outside, and rolls and plays in the dirt or perhaps you live in an area that just has a lot of dust. The dirt and grime get stuck in the folds of their ears as well as the hair that grows in the ear canals. Then let’s say their ears lay flat after they are done running around. Any moisture in their ears mixed with the grime that has worked its way in and a lack of airflow due to the ears laying flat against their head creates a bacteria playground over time. Eventually, if not tended to the ears become yeasty creating an infection.

Now, some dogs are lucky and either grow no hair in their ear canals or minimal amounts. If your pet is long-haired, at this point you only have to worry about the hair surrounding the ear itself. Removing this hair and general cleaning with a dry cotton ball once a week can save you a lot of time and hassle. Not to mention trips to the vet and the cost that come along with them.

There will next be the people that say, “but my dog’s ears stand up and they are short-haired, but we still have problems.” Of course, any pet can be prone to ear troubles. This is because ears that lay flat and are hairy aren’t the only ones with risk. The creases and folds inside your pet’s ears whether they lay or stand still will hold grime. This along with your pet interacting with any kind of moisture and lack of ear cleaning can still lead to the same issues. So it’s important that you pay attention to your pet and know more about what to watch for.

Here are some signs that ear care is needed and there is something going on. Things to watch for:

  • Your pet shaking their head frequently
  • Your pet scratching at their ears
  • Redness inside the ear flap and canal
  • A “bad” smell (Usually it will smell yeasty)

If you are smelling yeast, you’ve probably past the point of being able to treat your pet yourself. Yeasty smells combined with redness and irritation are signs your pet probably already has an ear infection and needs to be treated by a vet. Again, by paying attention and being diligent you can avoid this.

Once a week wipe your pets ear out with a cotton ball, either dry or with a pet ear cleaner. If you use an ear cleaner make sure to wipe the inside dry afterward to remove excess moisture. When your pet has long hair in their ears you will need to pluck the hair before cleaning it out. If you are uncomfortable doing take them to a groomer for a walk-in service.

Save yourself trips to the vet, and your pet the pain of having infected ears. Performing ear care takes minimal amounts of time, and will help to keep your pet healthy along the way!

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The Express Pet Grooming Service

BY NICOLE IPSON | August 22, 2017

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Pet grooming is something that can’t be avoided for a lot of pet owners. Whether there are allergies, or the pet’s coat just needs love and attention sometimes it just can’t be ignored. With that in mind sometimes grooming can take a while to have done. The normal grooming process can take on average 3-4 hours. For some this causes a level of inconvenience that they just don’t want to deal with causing them to put grooming off. This in return can cause their pet to developing matting, rashes & dry skin along with other issues. Fear not though there is another option to help with this problem you just have to ask!

A lot of salons actually offer a process called Express Grooming. This process is made for the pet that can’t be kenneled, is over stimulated by too many other pets, or even for the owner that just needs their pet back quickly. The express groom always consist of the same services that come with a normal groom and usually cuts time from 3-4hrs down to 1-2hrs depending upon whats being done!

The Benefits
  • Less salon time

  • Your pet is the focus

  • No kenneling

  • Done from start to finish without disruption

  • Less chance of being overwhelmed by being around other pets

The Possible Downsides
  • Additional cost (Usually Around $10 More)

  • Can stress a pet that isn’t used to the process

  • The owner must be available for pick-up immediately

  • Appointments are harder to come by as it needs to be the groomers 1st pet

    (booking the appointment in advance usually clears this issue up though.)

When considering Express Pet Grooming there is something to keep in mind if you have never had this done. Consider not doing this with a new puppy/kitten who has never been groomed. There is always a chance your pet could be OK, there is also a chance it can really scare them. The main reason for this is because of the dryer that is used after the bath. The velocity dryers used for grooming can be loud and this can cause stress. So it is best to let your pet be properly introduced to the process. Taking the time to do this slowly will help in the long run to make the service easier on them!

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 Grooming Tips To Help With The 

Check-In Process

BY NICOLE IPSON | July 26, 2017

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Taking your furry friend to the groomers can be stressful sometimes. At times, you may be asked questions that you have never been asked before. Sometimes questions can even confuse you in making a choice for what you really want. To help to clear up any confusion you may have here are some grooming tips! The next time your pet needs to be groomed you will feel more confident and prepared. Although we all want to have long flowing locks, sometimes this isn’t the best choice. You have to figure out which style is going to best suit your pet and your life style. Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing a style for your pup!

  • How much time do I want to spend brushing my pet?
  • Is your pup an active out door dog? Or mostly indoor?
  • Does your pup often drag in debris from outside?
  • Is there often a lot of water dripping from their muzzle after drinking?
  • Does your pet have a high risk/ history of ear infections?

Some of these questions may seem harmless but could mean a world of difference. For example, if your pet has a high risk of ear infections you should consider having the insides of the ears shaved. This will help airflow into your pups ears to help combat future ear infections. The length of the coat is also important! If you ever find that you are leaving your pet outside more than 15 mins at a time and there is no shade you should consider never going any shorter than a 7 blade (1/8 inch) on your pet. This will help avoid possible sunburn. Tighter trims and cuts around certain areas (bloomers, tail, tummy, front feathers) of your pet will always help with them not bringing debris into your home. The same can be said for a tight trim around the muzzle so there is less water dripping on your floor!

Lastly, when checking in your pet with your groomer there can be general terms that you hear as descriptions. Some of these include Puppy cut or Teddy bear cut. These will make check-in seem more difficult. The reason for this is because these are not actually cuts. Terms like these are very general and in the end, mean very little. The most a groomer can get from these terms is that you want a shave all over, but it doesn’t give details and groomers need to know your specifics. Next time you head to the groomer try thinking about this:

  • How short do I want the ears and tail?
  • How much do I want off the body? ½ off? ¼ off? Or do I just need a clean-up trim?
  • Do I want a breed specific head? A square head? Or a round head?

Having answers to these questions will help to make your check-in process quick and far less painless. Not to mention your pup will be groomed just the way you really need them to be. So during your next visit to the salon try to remember some of these grooming tips to make life easy!

Article By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson
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7 Years grooming in lakewood

Furtastic Pet Grooming is Celebrating 7 Years!

Pet Grooming for 7 yearsFurtastic Pet Grooming in Lakewood is celebrating our 7th anniversary.  How is this even possible? It seems like just yesterday we were building and painting walls.

We would like to say Thank you! Thank you to everybody! Thank you to our furry friends! Thank you to our families! Thank you to our awesome groomers! Willow, Tina, Sara, Cosy and Susie

We love being a part of the Lakewood and Golden Communities. Thank you too to Foothills Animal Shelter for allowing us to give back.

We look forward to the next seven years. We hope that they are just as great.
Jon & Melissa

Dog Nails: How to cut them

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Clipping dog nails can be stressful for you as well as your dog. Good news is that you are not alone and almost every dog and their pet parent is going through the same struggle. We would like to help inform you about dog nails and the best way to clip them. You may still decide to leave this task up to us. We clip dog nails all day long and are experts.


The most important advice we can offer to help you clip dog nails is to be patient and go slow. Stay calm and collected. If you get nervous, so will your furry friend. The better experience both you and your dog have, the easier this process will be in the future. Also, gather good dog nail specific tools. You will need a dog nail clipper, dog nail file, kwikstop and plenty of treats! There are many dog nail gadgets on the market, we have not found any to live up to the hype.

Both you and your dog need to be in a comfortable position on the floor. If possible, a quiet place away from other people and pets would be preferable. A clutter free well lit environment is also best. Make sure to push back any fur so that you have a clear view of the entire dog nail.

Start with very small cuts at a 45 degree angle. In many dogs, a small white dot will appear when you are getting close the the kwik. We would be more than happy to show you what to look for if you would like to stop by the salon. Always try to avoid cutting the kwik. If you do accidentally cut the dog nail kwik, apply kwikstop and pressure until the bleeding subsides. Keep a watchful eye on any damaged dog nails for at lease a few days. Consult your veterinarian at the first sign of irritation. If your dog’s nails are over grown, it may take a few sessions to get them back under control. If any dog nails split or splinter, use the nail file to tidy up any rough edges. If any nail splits beyond the kwik, you may have to see your veterinarian to have that nail removed.

We charge between $5 and $10 to cut your dog’s nails on a walk in basis or this service is included in our grooming process. We are here to help if you need us.


Winterize Dogs

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As the leaves begin to change and fall, we are always reminded that Winter is just around the corner. Do not forget about getting your furry friends ready for winter too. We have some tips and tricks to help you winterize dogs.


How to Winterize Dogs

You may have already noticed that your double coated dog is already losing their summer coat. This seems strange. Why would you lose hair with colder weather approaching? Think of if more like they are changing their coats just as we would change to a heavier jacket. They are shedding their thin cool summer coat or a much more robust and thick winter coat. Help your dog’s shedding process with a lot of brushing. Choose a brush that will get past the top coat.  Hair in the undercoat is typically thinner and fuzzier than the topcoat. If you have a hard time determining your dogs coat and its needs, please feel free to stop by anytime and ask us about it. As a rule, undercoat rakes seem to work the best on most double coated dogs. Buy one HERE. On the next sunny day, spend a maximum of 45 minutes outside brushing your dog. Your carpets and clothes will thank you. And as always, please check your dog’s skin every few minutes for redness and irritation.

For all of your single coated dogs, brushing is still going to be the answer to a successful winter. Growing your dogs coat a little longer for the winter will help keep them warm and comfortable. Unfortunately, longer coats are harder to maintain. If you choose to utilize coats or sweaters for your furry friend, be sure to remove them often. Also, know that garments may cause your dogs coat to tangle and matt quickly.

Most of all remember to get out there and have some fun!

ATTENTION: No amount of winterization will prepare your dog for every winter condition. Please monitor the weather and your pets constantly.  Provide shelter indoors whenever possible.