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How to remove tear, saliva, and urine stains with bio-enzymes!

Posted by Jordan Muzquiz on 12/6/2016

What is an enzyme?

According to encyclopedia.com, enzymes are biological catalysts, or chemicals that speed up the rate of reaction between substances without themselves being consumed in the reaction. As such, they are vital to such bodily functions as digestion, and they make possible processes that normally could not occur.

So, a catalyst is simply anything that speeds up the process of something else. In our bodies enzymes help with all sorts of things like copying out DNA, energy production and extracting nutrients from food through. Pepsin and trypsin are particularly helpful in digesting dietary proteins. 

What Are Surfactants?

Posted by Arlene Muzquiz on 10/27/2016

What are Surfactants?


A surfactant is a substance that reduces surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. Here is a great illustrated video to explain how surface tension works in water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jftkF5e6jY So how do surfactants work when introduced to water (H20)? Surfactants work by holding oils and dirt in the suspension of the bubbles using hydrophobic tails that attract the oil and hydrophilic parts that are attracted to water. When the bubbles are rinsed out, the dirt and oil rinse as well because they are attached to the surfactants. This is the basic principle behind shampoos.

Coconut & H2O

Posted by Jordan Muzquiz on 10/18/2016
    If you've gone shopping for any personal care products within the past 5 years, you've undoubtedly seen a surge in products containing coconut oil. Being a skeptic, I wanted to see if this coconutty goodness was scientifically proven or just marketing gone nutty. This short article is by no means exhaustive but in it, I hope to provide some useful information, and resources when looking for legitimate skin and hair claims for this tropical fruit. For more detailed information of the facts, I invite you to follow the links listed in the sources below the article.

Groomer's Lung

Posted by Arlene Muzquiz on 4/12/2016
Groomers Lung is such an important subject that every groomer, bather, and exhibitor needs to know about! It is real and it is dangerous!

Dangers of Formaldehyde

Posted by Sierra Muzquiz on 3/31/2016

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound. Formaldehyde is used to make many other materials and chemical compounds. It is mainly used in the production of industrial resins. In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen". Formaldehyde is formed in the metabolism of endogenous amino acids and is found in the bloodstream of humans at concentrations of approximately 0.1 millimolar . Humans metabolize formaldehyde quickly, so it does not accumulate, converting it to formic acid in the body. 

To Shave or Not to Shave?

Posted by Dr.Rush of Advanced Pet Care on 3/17/2016
Shaving a double coated breed is a constant battle for groomers. Honestly they are expensive grooms and it's easy money but has anyone ever considered the consequences? Dr. Rush of Advanced Pet Care helps explain in this video.

Are Parabens Safe?

Posted by Jordan Muzquiz on 3/15/2016

Parabens are a widely used made made preservative, popularly Butylparaben (BP) . They are also a xenoestrogen, which is a synthetic compound that behaves like estrogen by binding to and activating estrogen receptors. Exposure to estrogens and xenoestrogens has been linked to breast cancer. 

However, the current stance held by the FDA is that previous studies have concluded that the low doses of parabens exposure in today’s products is safe enough. Over the decades parabens have been a focus of scrutiny. In the 1990s studies like that conducted began detecting the estrogenic ability of parabens. They labeled parabens a form of xenoestrogen, which is a type of hormone that mimics estrogen which can lead to reproductive disorders and certain types of cancer. 

Later, in 2004  Philippa Darbre, Ph.D found parabens present in malignant breast tumors. The counter to this study was that Darbe failed to examine if parabens were present in non-cancerous breast tissues. Also, the presence of parabens in breast tissue doesn’t necessarily prove that parabens caused the cancer. From this study, the prevailing paradigm remained that parabens proved only to have weak estrogenic effects, which in small enough doses are deemed to be safe. 

However, later studies proved that parabens had the ability to bioaccumulate. This would make parabens more dangerous if they are able to compound? Secondly, a new study found that chemicals or compounds in the human body that are not present in the isolated petri dish experiments that could enhance or speed up the effects of parabens.

In this article we will take a look new studies that are challenging the notion that parabens are safe to use in small doses.

The Portuguese Water Dog

Posted by Isabel Nobre on 3/10/2016

By:Isabel Nobre
Kennel : “Pedra da Anixa” in Portugal. 

Why do Cats need to be Groomed

Posted by Rachell Nowell on 3/2/2016
Why do Cats need to be Groomed
The common misconception is that cats groom themselves and do not need grooming. This is far from the truth! Take a typical day in a cat’s life for example. Kitty wakes in the morning to eat a bowl of mashed up canned food (typically some sort of fish flavor) Once she has finished her delicious meal, Kitty takes it upon herself to “wash” her face then off she goes to lick her paws and spread her fishy breath and saliva all over herself.

Skin-Barrier Deficiency

Posted by on 11/19/2015

Does your dog itch and you cannot seem to get her to stop?  Is their skin flaky, red or irritated?  Do they seem to be miserable from the itching?  The problem could be Skin Barrier Deficiency…. Simply put damaged skin. 

Using & Storing Colloidal Silver

Posted by Jimena on 9/29/2015
Using & Storing Colloidal Silver
Our (nano) colloidal silver is produced with the purest distilled water and 99.9% pure silver using a constant current electric generator. It is a very slow process, which gives us the desired high quality, taking approx. four hours to produce 1L.

Mixing and Storing Products

Posted by Jimena on 9/29/2015
Mixing and Storing Products

Six simple steps for creating solutions for storage!


Posted by Jimena on 9/3/2015
Did you know that Pure Paws is BPA FREE?

Different Dogs, Different Necessities

Posted by Dany on 9/2/2015
Different Dogs, Different Necessities
When looking for a dog product, most people ask this simple question “What is the right shampoo?”

Laura Teichmann Story

Posted by Dany on 9/1/2015
   The most memorable moments in our lives vary from being the worst of times and the best times, either way they become milestones that will be remembered Through out our life time. The tragedy that unfolded on February 27, 2011 was one that Laura Teichmann will never forget.

Skin Barrier Deficiency

Posted by Dany on 7/30/2015
Skin Barrier Deficiency
We always have a lot of fun here on the Pure Paws Family page talking about all the fantastic results we all get at the shows, grooming shops and homes across the world. We all enjoy sharing these amazing pictures with all our canine and feline fancier community. But sometimes I like to take a deeper look at what Pure Paws is about and what is my passion. Below is an article I wrote that initially was done because of the amount of private messages I get from people dealing with all kinds of skin issues. This is an important topic to understand even if you do not have this problem with your own dogs. I would love to get your feed back from the article

What Are Sufactants?

Posted by Dany on 7/30/2015
What Are Sufactants?
When choosing your products know your facts and select a product line that works for you and your loved one.

#Dogs are not Dishes!

Posted by Dany on 7/29/2015
#Dogs are not Dishes!
Why would you bathe your loved one in a product that eats’ the fat out the skin, causes nerve damage, dermatitis, and seizures. Lets not forget to mention they can also possibly cause brain damage, and acute pulmonary edema for you dog. When you bathe your dog it is hard to avoid getting it near the eyes, ears or mouth. So make sure you use a product that is designed for bathing your dog!

Powder Puff coats, help!

Posted by Martha1 on 10/22/2010 to Chinese Crested
When working with the Powder Puff keep in mind that this is a double coated breed and requires a special attention. They do look beautiful in their long draping coats but remember that part is grooming products and the other is genetic.

When should I start wrapping my Yorkie?

Posted by Arlene on 10/22/2010 to Brittany
The ideal time to start wrapping your yorkie is when the coat is about half way down to the floor. Keep in mind that the only way to grow coat is to maintain a clean coat. Dirty coats will not grow!
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