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PetEdge is a pet product wholesaler and professional grooming supplier.
Interests: pet products, dog grooming, wholesale pet supplies, grooming information, the pet industry, animal care
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October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and while there are 3-4 million shelter dogs curled up in cages, waiting against the diminishing hope of being rescued from euthanasia, heed this advice: don’t adopt a shelter dog this month. Yes, that’s right: I’m recommending that you do not adopt a pet during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, for there’s more than one way to support shelter dogs. While it’s great that a commemorative month is in place to raise awareness of dogs in shelters, some would-be parents don’t always consider whether the time is right for pet adoption. Meanwhile, groomers are usually the last people that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at PetEdge
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Caring for a senior pet is a difficult task that should not be taken lightly, but as pet parents, it’s our duty to do everything we can to make our four-legged friends’ twilight years as happy and comfortable as possible. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at PetEdge
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For years, Katie Heikkila had devised a plan to bring ordinary, New England pet groomers together with a competition to celebrate their everyday work. Her vision was both simple in concept and radical in its goal of drawing everyday groomers into an endeavor perceived to be as glamorous as it was highly competitive. The culture of grooming competitions is a difficult one to enter. It’s a world that can be intimidating to some. It’s a huge commitment in time, money, and coat upkeep to enter the competition arena, and it can be difficult for many stylists to find owners with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at PetEdge
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October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and while there are 3-4 million shelter dogs curled up in cages, waiting against the diminishing hope of being rescued from euthanasia, heed this advice: don’t adopt a shelter dog this month. Yes, that’s right: I’m recommending that you do not adopt a pet during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, for there’s more than one way to support shelter dogs. While it’s great that a commemorative month is in place to raise awareness of dogs in shelters, some would-be parents don’t always consider whether the time is right for pet adoption. Meanwhile, groomers are usually the last people that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at PetEdge
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Savvy and successful groomers are constantly searching for the highest quality equipment for their shops. From tubs to tables, and dryers to tools, quality and innovation are of the utmost importance, and many groomers will spare no expense equipping themselves and their employees with the most cutting-edge products. This quest for innovative, durable, and versatile equipment extends to one of the most important purchases a groomer will make for his or her shop: professional-grade clippers. While it’s true that industry heavyweights like Andis®, Oster®, and Wahl® dominate the marketplace, there’s a German clipper brand that’s become a hit with pet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at PetEdge
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You know the sound—the dreaded buzzing of a mosquito flying around in search of an unsuspecting victim. As much as spring and summertime represent the welcome end to a dreary winter, they also bring with them a seemingly endless variety of blood-sucking pests to feed on human and animal hosts. As unpleasant and irritating as insects are, they also pose a very real threat to pets and pet parents alike. Many fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can carry and are known to transmit dangerous diseases to anything they bite—diseases like Lyme disease, dengue fever, malaria, and the fast-spreading Zika virus. Zika... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at PetEdge
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Friends, colleagues, and valued customers...it is with great excitement that we announce that 2016 marks our 60th anniversary! Over the last 60 years, we've established ourselves as the #1 trusted source for pet care professionals, but we know that we never would have reached this impressive milestone without your continued loyalty and support, and for that, we thank you! A young Loeb Katz Loeb Katz started PetEdge as New England Serum Company in 1956. Initially, Loeb's sold serums out of the back of his Chevy pickup truck to fellow dairy farmers in the Topsfield, Massachusetts area. Before long, New England... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at PetEdge
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It’s been a busy year or two for professional groomer Anne Francis—she made GroomTeam USA, has been competing on a regular basis, and even got married! Never one to shy away from pushing the envelope, Anne has enjoyed a long career that has seen her gain a reputation as a mixed-breed specialist with a penchant for perfecting new and innovative styles. Anne recently came by our office for a photo shoot, and we sat down with her to chat about her influences, her career, and some of the incredible experiences she’s had along the way. PetEdge: What initially drew you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at PetEdge
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There’s something special about Halloween—it’s the one day a year you get to dress up as anything you like and go around begging for candy. But as fun as Halloween is for people, it can be stressful or even dangerous for pets. So before you carve up the pumpkins or grab the perfect costume, check out this list we put together to help you safely and happily enjoy the spookiest of holidays with your four-legged friends. 1. Watch what they eat. As fun as it is to go around the neighborhood asking for candy on Halloween night, it’s important to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at PetEdge
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Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means—rising demand for holiday grooming services. While the increased revenue that comes with this busy time of year is definitely a positive, a negative byproduct of the holiday season can be added stress. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned veteran groomer, no one is immune from feeling the added pressure this season can bring—here are some important things to keep in mind for the holidays! One important thing to remember this holiday season is that you are not a superhero, so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at PetEdge
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We all know that clippers and blades are the workhorses of a successful grooming operation, but what would you do if you came in to work one day and found that your most important tools had fallen into disrepair? Don’t let it get to that point—proper clipper and blade maintenance is absolutely essential to maintaining the effectiveness and productivity of the groomers in your salon. To find out exactly what you should be doing for your clippers to keep them in optimum shape, consult both the manufacturer and your trusted clipper-repair technician. Instructions on how to replace parts or perform... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at PetEdge
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Summer is still in full swing—time for barbecue, beaches, and, unfortunately, thunderstorms. Those of us with pets sensitive to thunder are always on the lookout for a way to ease their discomfort. As pet care professionals, groomers are often asked for solutions and remedies for this sort of anxiety, which begs the question—how can we help without overstepping the boundaries into practicing veterinary medicine without a license? Some dogs are made uncomfortable to the point of panic. Those dogs will benefit most by a recommendation to see a behaviorist or veterinarian, but dogs with a lesser degree of reactivity may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at PetEdge
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Summer’s just about arrived everywhere in the US by now, and some places (like the eastern part of Washington State and northern Idaho) are experiencing unseasonal and potentially dangerous heat indexes. Temperatures in the triple digits are hard enough to handle for humans not used to it—what about their pets? Heatstroke and heat exhaustion can be serious issues for pets, both at home and at the groomer’s. Knowing the signs and symptoms and how to treat these dangerous conditions can save lives. June 13 was Canine Heatstroke Awareness day, and some of the best writers in the pet industry contributed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at PetEdge
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There's a lot to like about spring and summer—the days are longer, the grass is greener, the sun is brighter. For many, summertime is synonymous with vacations, cookouts, and trips to the beach with family and friends. However, with the nicer weather comes something far more ominous...the yearly influx of dangerous, disease-carrying insects. While many of these pests may not be active during the cold winter months in areas that experience a hard freeze, it doesn't take long for them to start wreaking havoc again. In fact, in many parts of North America, ticks can be active as early as... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at PetEdge
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In the United States, GroomTeam USA sets the standard by which one’s professional dog grooming chops are measured. With a roster that includes many of the nation’s top groomers, members of GroomTeam USA are pioneers in the industry. However, while the trail may have been blazed by the likes of Cheryl Purcell, Jodi Murphy, and the late, great Liz Paul, a new crop of young, hyper-skilled groomers is emerging—the most recognizable of whom is Mackensie Murphy. If her name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she comes from famous stock—Mackensie’s mother is world-renowned groomer, competitor, educator, speaker, contest judge, and fellow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at PetEdge
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It's the time of the year for holiday parties. Do you give gifts to your fellow groomers each year? What makes a good grooming gift? If you had a price tag of $25 or less what grooming gift would you give or like to get? We have several grooming products under $25 in our Top 20 picks. If you had the #1 pick in the swap, which of these gifts would you be taking home? Master Grooming Tools™ Brush & Comb Grooming Kits - $24.99 Master Grooming Tools™ Ergonomic Professional Nail Clippers - $4.69 Geib® Buttercut Stainless Steel Clipper Blades... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at PetEdge
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Increase Loyalty and Boost Your Add-On Sales: The holidays are the perfect time for add-on grooming services and festive finishing touches. As your clients prepare to host parties and houseguests, they'll want their pets looking, feeling and smelling their best. You can make a great impression on your clients by offering holiday add-ons as a complimentary service or a profitable add-on. LITTLE EXTRAS: Colognes in holiday and designer-type fragrances make a great impression when clients pick up their pets. Order some for shop use, and stock some extra bottles at the front counter for easy resale. Sparkle Spray adds a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at PetEdge
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Groomers are in a unique position to benefit from upscale retailing. It can be used to reinforce and upgrade the salon image, can strengthen the customer/salon relationship by improving the service level, and it can provide much needed extra income. Take Time for First Impressions The retail area is usually at the entrance of salons; therefore, it is very important to make a good first impression with current clients and new visitors. Where space is at a minimum, take great care to ensure that merchandise is always clean and well organized when displayed along walls or on shelves. How you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at PetEdge
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Be ready for the new year by making sure you're ready with first aid. First Aid is exactly that; the initial care given to an injury. It may be followed up by more extended care given by a professional, or it may be all that is required. In either case, all employees should be trained to administer appropriate first aid in case of emergency. As pet care professionals, it is important to be prepared for any emergency that might occur when dealing with animals in your business. Keeping a well stocked first aid kit on hand as well as knowing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at PetEdge
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Now is the time of year when pet groomers can really get creative and try new finishing products on groomed pets; such as, hair dyes, sprays, and gels. Pet owners are more open to seeing what you can make their pet look like for Halloween or the holidays. There are probably some of you that don't believe in getting too creative with customer's pets and that is understandable. A bow or feather here or there is fine, but when you start to dye animals hair, well, that is something else. However, if you do like to get creative with more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at PetEdge
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One-stop shopping has become key for successful businesses today. The fewer stops one has to make, the better. A grooming business can cash in on this trend by offering a few additional services, especially now around the holidays. While a pet is in the shop for bathing and grooming, offer to brush its teeth, administer plaque and tartar control products, or help remove tear or other stains. For the perpetually shedding dog, offer a carding service. Fifteen minutes spent with a magnetic stripper, pumice stone, or other carding tool can provide the groomer with extra income and the pet owner... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at PetEdge
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Halloween is just around the corner so I thought it would be good to talk about a grooming "horror" story to get us all in the mood. I asked our resident groomers at PetEdge for one of their "horror" stories. I'm sure you also have some good "horror" stories so please feel free to post on our Facebook page or make a comment on this posting. This story is from Daryl Conner, owner/stylist, FairWinds Grooming Studio, Appleton, ME "For many years I did house call grooming in Memphis, TN. This meant I went door to door, grooming cats and dogs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at PetEdge
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PetEdge is commited to providing educational instruction and value for our product selections. Shears provide pet groomers a valuable tool and their importance in the grooming salon cannot be matched. Our resident groomer, Audrey Vogt, gives a clear, detailed explanation of the Master Grooming Tools™ 5200 Series Shears. Our Guide to Shears is an excellent resource for a full understanding of the type of shears best suited for you and your salon. Straight Shears: Ideal for all around scissoring. Standard straight shears have a narrow blade that is suitable for light or fine coats. Wider 88-style or Filipino-style shears are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at PetEdge
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What are the different types of whitening shampoos and how do they work? There are two major styles of whitening shampoos: brightening shampoos and heavy surfactant whitening shampoos. Both styles are effective at enhancing the color of white coats, but they each use a different approach to get the job done. Brightening Shampoos Brightening shampoos are designed to brighten and enhance the natural color of coats without bleaching or harsh chemicals. These shampoos are formulated with optical brighteners that attach to the hair shaft and help to improve the absorbtion and reflection of light. This gives the coat a brighter,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at PetEdge
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ME Everyday Pro Deluxe Lift Tub At the end of the day, are your arms and wrists sore? Does your back hurt? Groomers feel the impact of all the hard work that goes into creating a beautiful, sweet-smelling pet at the end of the day. Far too many groomers suffer from repetitive motion injuries, as well as chronic pain from overexertion. Even if you have been fortunate enough to have avoided such discomfort, there are tried-and-true practices, equipment and tools you should use to make your work go faster and more efficiently. A few subtle changes can help ease symptoms... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at PetEdge