How to find a pet groomer

How to find a pet groomer

Having a pet is like having a baby. You have to love it, take care of it and remember that it won’t survive without your help. So, you need to know a lot of general and essential things about your pets. It doesn’t matter what kind of pet you have, they need to be fed, get enough water, cleaned and brushed. Of course, there are some exceptions, for example if your pet doesn’t have any fur, or it if afraid of water and so on. In all other cases, you can use general rules.

Pets have wool, that is very important in their lives. It protects a skin from external adverse factors. Sweet glands and fur regulate the heat circulation and helps animals to feel comfortable in any weather. Variety of body secretions are constantly polluting the fur. A dirty coat is a perfect environment for insects, diseases, microorganisms. So, grooming a very important hygienic procedure. Every pet owner should learn more about grooming, equipment he may need. It is very easy to find all necessary information about pet grooming surfing the internet.

If you have a pet, especially a dog (because they don’t clean themselves as good as cats), you have to buy a specialized grooming kit. Different kinds of animals need different types of equipment. Make sure all clippers and brushes are safe and won’t damage a skin of your pet. Also it is better to use anti allergic shampoos and soaps. If you have problems choosing a pet grooming kit or using them, you can contact any grooming service and ask them for consultation. Also there are specialized mobile services, that will come directly to your home on a truck and clean your animal in it. They can provide you with good advices and show how to care about your pet’s breed right.

Opening a phone book, you’ll find lots of pet grooming services, but you never know if they are good, so, you’ll have to make a research. Of course, all of them claim they are the best. Visiting company’s web site you can be misleading with fake positive reviews, and it is better to visit several forums and check this information. As a rules, customers leave feedbacks about bad companies. If you didn’t find any information, you can think that the company is pretty good.

Visit your local pet store. They have to take care about lots of different breeds, so they use grooming services very often and if the store is good, they will work with reliable service. Ask them for help and additional information.

Don’t forget about your veterinary. Very often pet groomers contact vet sand provide them with information about their service. Also veterinary may be pet owners themselves and will be able to give you an advice.

After choosing several companies and ask them several questions like what animals they specialize in, what materials and cosmetics they use, if it is safe and won’t cause allergy, how long they work on the market and other questions that will help you to determine how good company is.

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Is it Time for Licensing in the Pet Grooming Industry? – The Time Has Come to Consider Professional Regulation for Pet Grooming in the United States.

When I first opened The Paragon School of Pet Grooming in 1991, I had to be licensed by the Michigan Board of Education. Granted, it was not licensing for pet grooming – it was for ensuring students received consistent training in a safe facility. The licensing was primarily for their protection – not ours.

Was the set-up process challenging? Absolutely! We had to prepare, complete, and comply with all required:

  • forms
  • regulations
  • rules
  • fees
  • documentation
  • inspections

It was daunting, to say the least. To make it even more challenging, we have to renew our license annually. Each year we have to jump through all the hoops again.

I found the entire licensing process tedious. Frustrating. Annoying. Intimidating.

But you know what? In the long run it made us a much stronger business and a better school. It forced us to pay attention to details I might have missed. Those details could have put our pets, students, employees, and clients at risk.

Today, more than ever, I feel licensing is necessary. Regulations and licensing are put in place to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the consumer. They also set acceptable standards in each field.

Today, there are hundreds of occupations and businesses that are either licensed or regulated.

  • accountants and CPAs
  • real estate agents
  • appraisers
  • architects
  • builders
  • carnivals
  • childcare
  • collection agencies
  • cosmologists and barbers
  • engineers
  • funeral directors
  • landscape architects
  • medical doctors
  • chiropractors
  • post-secondary schools
  • ski areas

…and the list goes on and on…

So why should professional pet groomers be any different?

Professional pet grooming is similar to two other industries: cosmetology and childcare. Both are heavily licensed and regulated.

...And for good reason.

Licensing and regulation isn’t needed because things are going well. They happen because problems exist that need to be corrected.

The idea of licensing within the pet grooming industry is not a new one. I still remember the efforts of Gregory Krisp and Kathy Rose 20 years ago. They were backed by the late Sally Liddick and Barkleigh Productions. They formed the Groomer Licensing Founders Committee in 1996. They were on the forefront of the licensing issue in our industry. Unfortunately, they were way ahead of their time. Their efforts fell upon deaf ears.

But some people were listening. Voluntary certification organizations were stepping up to the plate. They created comprehensive education and testing programs for groomers and stylists. Many states had strong professional groups that were hosting educational workshops. Ways to strengthen our profession were being developed from within. Voluntary licensing, testing, and continuing education were building in intensity.

I fully endorse setting mandatory regulations, standards – and ultimately licensing – for the pet grooming industry. But it needs to be on OUR terms, not by well-meaning individuals with no knowledge or understanding of what they are attempting to regulate.

Ideally, pet industry leaders and professionals would work closely with individual states. As they work together, they would create regulation guidelines for professional grooming establishments that are realistic and attainable for any competent professional.

Carelessness has created situations in which dogs have been injured – or worse – in grooming salons around the country. Owners are up in arms… and they should be. If it was my pet – I would. If it was your pet – my guess is you would be, too. Wouldn’t you want to do something about the safety and well-being of pets left in a pet professionals’ care?

The State of California tried to pass licensing for professional groomers. That bill was not written by industry leaders. It would have been devastating if it had passed because it was drafted by people who did not understand our industry. Teri DiMarino and Judy Breton, acting with the newly formed California Professional Pet Groomers Association, Inc., won a Barkleigh Honors Award for their extraordinary work in getting that bill defeated. Texas, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts currently have bills in the works. Licensing for professional pet groomers is just around the corner for many states.

Luckily, we have a group on our side. Recently, the Professional Pet Groomers & Stylists Alliance was formed. According to a July 21, 2015 press release, “The PPGSA was created to harness the experience and expertise of the three major national pet styling associations, IPG, ISCC, and NDGAA to develop industry wide best practices.” They are working together with other industry leaders, associations, and major retailers to develop a set of suggested Basic Industry Standards. These standards could be presented to each state as licensing moves forward.

The primary focus of the PPGSA is on pet safety. Subject areas include:

  • animal housing
  • handling
  • equipment
  • products
  • facilities and safe operations
  • attentive animal care

The PPGSA will not offer any form of certification, testing, licensing, or regulations for our industry, but they are our voice. In other words, they have our backs when a bill hits YOUR state. They will be there to guide industry leaders – in each state – as bills are introduced. The Basic Standards will guide future legislation. It has been created to be used by any school, organization, or certification program. It can be enhanced to fit their unique needs and goals.

Regulations and licensing is definitely a challenge for any business. However, the time has come to seriously consider professional regulations for the pet grooming business in the United States.

If a bill is introduced to the State of Michigan to regulate professional pet grooming, I’ll be one of the first people to jump and help craft a workable bill. I hope you have the same attitude when the situation presents itself in your state.

What do you think? Are you prepared, worried? What do you think should be considered?  Jump over to the Learn2GroomDogs Facebook page and tell us how you feel.

Happy trimming,

~Melissa

Author of “Notes From the Grooming Table”

Keep Your Cat Looking Great With The Best Cat Grooming Supplies

Keep Your Cat Looking Great With The Best Cat Grooming Supplies

Although cats like to groom themselves, there are times when you need to give them a little help, especially if you allow them in your bed or when you have kids in the house. To do this, you need cat grooming supplies. The following are the basic cat grooming supplies that you will need.

Brushes and combs

Cat grooming supplies, like brushes, will depend on the kind of fur your kitten has. For example, you use slicker brushes on cats with short hair. This type of brush eliminates unwanted hair while being gentle on your cat’s skin. Shedding combs are another type of grooming tool that is good for long-haired cats. Long-haired cats like Persians and Main Coons need daily grooming, and you can do this while being gentle on your cat by using shedding combs. Aside from regular brushes and combs, you will also need deshedding tools for your long-haired cats.

Scissors and nail trimmers

Your cat’s claws can become really sharp so you may need to trim them from time to time. There are ideal nail trimming options, especially those that come with the guillotine-type of mechanism for cutting your cat’s nails. Another less painful alternative is soft claws nail caps, which you can use instead of cutting your pet’s nails. You simply slip these over your cat’s  nails.

Grooming glove

A grooming glove is one way to bond with your cat while grooming it. The glove allows you to keep its coat free of loose undercoat, which often traps dust, dander, and mites.

Dental kit

Another important tool that you should have in your arsenal is a dental kit. This comes with a toothbrush as well as a tube of cat toothpaste.

Cat supplies are available online. You will find great options for pet supplies such as cat beds, cat food, and cat furniture in most online stores

 

Olivia Peterson is a well known expert in cat grooming supplies, cat toys, cat beds and almost all things cat-related. Be sure to follow up on her other articles for the best advice and information on how to get the best cat supplies.

What’s in a Name?

Have you ever called a customers dog by the wrong name by accident and then spent the next five minutes apologizing and trying to explain, to the highly offended pet owner, why you called their furbaby the wrong name, knowing full well that they will never forget or forgive you no matter what you say?

I haven’t done it often, but I have done it.
Boy, do they remind me every time they come in. 
“Do you remember his name this time?”
“Don’t call him by the wrong name again?”
“Oh, you got his name right this time!”

I do have a bad habit of shortening dogs names, or calling them a cute nickname.
Sometimes this tends to offend the owners also.

Sooo, how do I act when they call me by another name?

I have been called Linda.
I have been called Nancy.
I also have one customer, that no matter how many times I have corrected him, he calls me Debbie every time he comes in, and I have been grooming his dogs for years.
Actually, I stopped correcting him a couple of years ago and just let him call me Debbie.
The funny thing about that is, that I have found myself explaining why he calls me Debbie to other customers that over hear him. lol

Then the other day I had this conversation with another customer whose dog we have been grooming for years also.

Ms. Who Cares: “Hi Debbie! Here is ‘CeCe’. Just do the usual;” she tells me as she sits her dog on the counter. Suddenly she stops and looks at me….“It is Debbie, right?”
Me: “No, it’s Lisa…..”
Ms. Who cares: “Oh, I thought it was Debbie;” she interrupted. “Why did I think it was Debbie?”
Me: “That’s okay;” I said laughing. “You are not the only one who calls me Debbie.”
Ms. Who Cares: “Oh good, okay I like Debbie better anyway, I’ll just keep calling you Debbie.”
Me: …… :-p

Oh well, whats in a name????

We had one other funny/strange moment last week.

I groom right next to our front window, but I happened to be bathing a dog when my daughter (who grooms across the room) noticed, out of the corner of her eye, movement at the front window.
She looked over to see two elderly women picking up the bench in front of our shop.
(The bench is ours, and the only one in the shopping center.)
They picked it up between them and proceeded to walk it about 50 feet over to in front of the Beauty Salon on the corner.
My husband popped his head out the door.
Before he could say anything, one of the ladies looked over at him and said; “We wanted to sit in the sun. We will bring it back when we are done with it.”
They did.

People never cease to amaze me. lol

Pet Grooming: The Good, The Bad, & The Furry

Dog Grooming Table Info – Dog Instruments For Grooming

Dog Grooming Table Info – Dog Instruments For Grooming
Most men and women love to use a dog for the pet. This will need is even more should you use a small kid at an age where creating a dog is surely an obsession. As a complete complete lot as men and women would love to obtain dogs, dogs take some operate to keep, especially with grooming. In case you fail to groom your dog correctly it is going to not just appear poor to suit your needs, but it will even often be a way of spreading germs within your residence. Therefore grooming your dog and preserving it at its best is genuinely important.

There are different goods when it comes to grooming dogs. Out of the equipment, dog grooming tables take a major place. Dog grooming tables are tables on which you can chain and retain a dog whilst it is being groomed. Inside world of dog grooming tables too you will discover different types. Picking the suitable one to your dog might be genuinely a work should you tend not to do your investigation on them correctly. Picking out a dog grooming table that is unsuitable to your dog will only make it harder to suit your needs to complete your grooming work correctly.

Hydraulic dog grooming tables are one sort that you get among several other forms of dog grooming tables. These tables are made with an adjustable hydraulic lift to transform the height in the grooming table according to your will need. These varieties of tables are excellent for qualified groomers who get to groom dogs of different types. Electric grooming tables are an additional sort of dog grooming tables. Tables of the sort use electricity to transform their height. There are also portable dog grooming tables that are very easy to transport and create. Grooming tables of the sort are excellent for qualified dog groomers who do home visits. Most houses don’t have their private grooming tables, and creating a portable dog grooming table will allow you to complete your work of grooming perfectly and simply.

If you are paying for a dog grooming table, no matter whether for domestic use or qualified use, you will discover numerous issues that you ought to consider. The initial of these is going to be the easiness and comfort in the dog. It genuinely is very important that the table that you select is comfortable for that dog. If your dog is uncomfortable it is going to only make your work of grooming it harder. The other factor is going to be the sturdiness in the dog grooming table. In case you are an expert groomer, make certain that the table you invest in can assist the weight of all varieties of dogs. In case you are paying for it to groom your private dog, go for one that has the capacity to assist as big a weight as feasible, even though your dog doesn’t weigh that a complete complete lot. This will likely allow you to use the grooming table for other dogs that you may get in future.

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Pet Supplies For Your Cat Or Dog

Pet Supplies For Your Cat Or Dog
Owning a dog or cat is a wonderful thing. They seem to have an almost uncanny ability to immediately become one of your family members. They are giving creatures who bestow unqualified love upon their masters and mistresses without so much as asking for a thing in return. They trust their well-being to you completely. It is precisely because of this that you as a pet owner will want to properly provide for your animal. With this in mind, let’s take a quick look at some pet supplies for your dog or cat.

Let’s start with Fido. Once you bring a new dog into your home there are a few staples you will want to have already in place. The most obvious things are food and water bowls. Just be sure to buy a bowl that is commensurate with your pooch’s size. You will also want to have a collar and leash on hand. Dogs love to run and play, and you do not want to have your dog go missing the first day.

Most dogs love to go for a spin in the car. They eat up the chance to stick their heads out the passenger window and soak up the scenery with the wind at their face. Some people are reticent to have their dog join them while driving. The concern is that Fritz will get his hair, among other things, all over the car’s interior. The answer to this is to purchase doggy car seat covers designed for the car.

There are a few other items you may wish to have in tow for the dog. They will make both you and the pooch happier. They include: a flea collar, dog treats, toys, and a bed.

Now on to cats, they have very sharp claws and they love to keep them that way. Along with their quickness, they are your cat’s first line of defense. As such, the legs of your table, rug, and favorite chair are candidates for claw abuse. But there is an alternative. Consider providing old Fluffy with either a scratching post or pad. Your furniture will thank you.

As with dogs, some cats love being outside to explore their surroundings. Sometimes their adventurous spirit leads them quite away from your house. So it is a good idea to attach an I. D. Tag to their collar. It should include your contact information, not just the cat’s name surrounded by a heart.

Cats tend to be immaculate animals. Whether they are an in door or outdoor cat, or some combination of the two, they will use the litter box and not some corner of your living room floor. There are myriad choices available today. There are hooded models, self cleaning ones, and even electric litter boxes.

The number of pet supplies for cats and dogs extend into the hundreds. This has been but a small sample of what is available for your pet. You can get dozens of more ideas, from the obvious to the quirky, with a simple search on the web.

Pets are wonderful for adding enjoyment to our lives. More and more people are buying pet supplies Brampton. If you are buying puppies Toronto, and live in a small space, please consult pet supplies Mississauga for advice.

Overspending Your Time Budget

Time-Is-Money-740rrIt’s interesting that some people who are so disciplined and focused regarding their financial budget, think nothing of overspending their time budget.

Let me explain what I mean. There are only so many hours in a day, a set number of days in a week, and a measurable number of days in a year. Those hours and minutes never change. These blocks of time shape our lives. They frame when we work, when we sleep, when we eat, and when we play. Yet, many people treat these blocks like hands full of cash just waiting to be spent. They forget that time is finite and has limits.

Many of us know, whether we create definite schedules or just have a rough idea, how our days, weeks, and months will be shaped. Others schedule their whole lives down to the last detail. I’ll bet you know:

  • what time you’ll get up each day.
  • what days you’ll work.
  • when you’ll leave work and go home.
  • what time you hope to go to bed.
  • your plans for the weekend.
  • when you’d like to take a vacation.

Given those facts, you also know:

  • roughly how many hours you’ll work this week.
  • how many hours of sleep you’ll get tonight.
  • how much time you have left to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night.

Our lives are all about time. We think about it constantly, whether we realize it or not. Tapping your foot because someone is late? You’re thinking about time. Honking your horn because the car in front of you didn’t go when the light changed? You’re thinking about time. How many times did you glance at your watch, clock, or phone today? It’s all about time.

So now that you realize you’re thinking about it, let’s talk about spending it. Time is like money – when you have it, life seems more in control. So why do so many of us spend time like it’s a limitless resource?

Time is the same for all of us. We all have the same amount of time in our “wallets.” We all have the same numbers of seconds, minutes, hours, and days. Yet, I see people who overspend their time budgets everywhere I go.

Have you ever thought about what mismanaged time is doing to you and those around you? Let’s start with your health. Are you eating right or just grazing on whatever you can find? Are you sleeping well or enough? Is your body reacting to the stress with pain, skin issues, or illness? What about your relationships with others? Are your irritable, impatient, and withdrawn? Are you missing out on family events? How much time do you get to spend with your friends? For that matter, when did you last take any time for yourself?

If the answers to those questions are negative ones, it’s time to make some changes before you lose your mental and physical health, relationships, or job. There are ways to stop that flood of overspending, but like anything else, you have to be honest with yourself and assert some discipline.

Know your limits

You need to eat and sleep. To nurture your relationships, you need to set time aside for those you love. You need to pick your kids up from school. You need to set time to take care of yourself. That means you need a reasonable schedule and you need to stick to it. That doesn’t mean you have to be inflexible, but if you’re in time trouble, you need to be as ruthless with your time spending as you would your cash if you were deep in debt. You need to retrain yourself and that means that at first, there is no bending of the rules you set for yourself. Eventually, with practice, you may be able to lighten up on the reins, but until then, stick to the plan. How will you know when you’ve achieved the proper balance? Simple. Ask your doctor, family, and co-workers. When they give you the thumbs up, you can ease up a bit.

Create an emergency fund

Setting a schedule or framework builds in the gift of time. When you set time goals and stick to them, you suddenly have time available at the end of your day. No, that doesn’t mean you can start spending it like a $ 10.00 bill you discovered in your jacket pocket. That time is emergency money, like a credit card that you use only for dire straits. Use that time to get other scheduled tasks done ahead of schedule, so if something urgent comes up (and it will), like a family emergency – you can handle it with limited effect to those who are depending on you.

Become a master of efficiency

Doing things the same old way has gotten you into this mess. Are you using your time properly? Just because it’s the “way you’ve always done it” doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Finding better ways to do tasks reduces their power over you. Sometimes you do a task the most efficient way, but at the wrong time of day, and it eats up valuable minutes.

Do you always put that phone call off because you’re uncomfortable? Do it first and get it out of the way so you don’t spend the rest of your day dreading it. Some tasks can be made easier with technology. Look for better ways to do things and you’ll be surprised how those moments, like pennies, begin to add up.

Eliminate procrastination from your vocabulary

Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “I can’t wait to procrastina…” I love that joke, but it’s also so true. Think of all the time we waste by putting things off. We waste time just thinking of ways to avoid a task. We waste even more by trying to think up ways to justify it to ourselves. Some things are just always going to test your nerve, your resolve, or your patience. Just do them and get them over with, then move on to the good stuff as a reward.

Accept that sometimes the answer is, “No.”

I remember asking my mom for something when I was little. I can’t remember what it was, or even why I wanted it (which shows how important it was, right?). What I do remember is what she told me when I asked why I couldn’t have it. She simply (and not unkindly) said, “Honey, sometimes the answer is ‘no.’”

It was an important lesson then and it still matters now. Sometime you have to say “no.” When you make a promise you can’t keep, it’s more than an inconvenience – it’s a breach of trust. Keep it up and your word is worthless. Be realistic with your expectations and abilities. Know when to say that more time or help is needed – or even the reality that you can’t do it. Give the other person a chance to pursue other options. They won’t look down upon you for being honest – they’ll be glad you didn’t leave them high and dry when you couldn’t keep your promise.

Know when to ask for help

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. Maybe you can’t do a task alone, but with the right help…? You still have worth and value even if you need assistance. Knowing that you need help lets others know that you understand the problem and have a plan.

Asking for help can actually save time. Two people carrying in all those grocery bags will get the job done a lot quicker, right? Just because you can do something alone doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

Be present

Being present means you are paying attention to the task at hand, not the next thing you’re worrying about. With proper planning, you will be able to compartmentalize tasks a little easier. That means that you can get things done in the time allotted. Being present also means understanding that loved ones need you just as much as those tasks you are trying to get done. When you can’t remember the last time you tucked your child in at night or thought to give your spouse a kiss goodnight, things need to change.

Respect boundaries

This is a big one. Know your limits AND those of others. Do you have deadlines? Meet them especially if you’re part of a chain of events. If you’re late, they will be, too. If they can’t make up the time downstream, the end result will be late. People who plan can often help those who don’t, but they won’t for long.

Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on theirs

If you overspent your time, it creates a ripple effect on others involved. If you created an emergency because of poor planning and execution, don’t always expect others to bail you out. Mutual respect breeds trust and a solid team. When we all work together, everyone wins.

Time can be a beautiful thing. When you have it, you can appreciate the loveliness of the world around you. You can enjoy time spent with others. You can actually be present with those who matter most. When you are a slave to time because you failed to control your misspending of this finite resource, you create a prison for yourself. Luckily, there is a key… YOU!

Do you sometimes struggle with time management?  Jump over to the Learn2GroomDogs Facebook page and tell us about it!

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~Joelle Asmondy

Author of “Notes From the Grooming Table”

Grooming your Collie

Grooming your Collie

Collies come in two different varieties, “smooth” and “rough.” Rough collies require much more grooming, but smoothes do need to be groomed regularly to keep their coats healthy. Collies have a double coat of hair, meaning there is a thick undercoat and an outer coat of thinner and flatter hair.

A smooth collie has shorter hair like that of a Labrador or Dalmatian. The hair is short and smooth with a thick undercoat. Rough collies have a long and flowing topcoat and a dense undercoat. You can keep your collie looking good, no matter what the variety, with regular brushing.

You’ll need a pin brush, a slicker brush, a comb, scissors and a spray bottle filled with a conditioner spray. You can buy a commercial conditioner spray, or make your own using 1 to 2 tablespoons of dog conditioner diluted with water. Make sure it is diluted well or the spray will make your Collie’s coat greasy.

Make sure to spray your dog’s hair thoroughly before you start to brush. Never brush a Collie’s coat dry because it will break their hair. If you have a rough collie, part the dog’s hair and brush from the roots out. The pin brush can be used if your dog is not shedding and is free of matting.

The slicker brush and comb are helpful for shedding dogs and for removing mats. If a mat cannot be brushed out of the Collie’s hair, you can cut it out. Collies most often have matted hair behind their ears, underneath the front legs and on their underbelly so make sure to check those areas carefully. For a smooth collie, a slicker brush will suffice for both the undercoat and outer coat.

You should brush your collie everyday during shedding seasons, and at least once a week when they are not shedding. Regular brushing is important to remove the dead hair. If left alone, the dead hair will cause hot spots on your dog’s skin.

Collies generally do not require all over trimming, but you might want to keep their feet trimmed. With a small pair of scissors, carefully trim the hair around each footpad.

This will keep your collie’s feet clean. While you are working with your collie’s feet, you can also trim the nails. This should be done every 1 to 2 weeks to keep the nails from getting too long.

If your collie is a puppy, you can train them to be used to a Dremel tool with a sandpaper attachment. Apply light pressure with the Dremel and grind down to just before the pink quick.

The alternative to using the Dremel is to use a standard dog nail trimmer. Before you clip the dog’s nails, find the pink quick and cut just before that point. Cutting into the quick will make the dog’s nail bleed. If this happens, styptic powder is helpful to have on hand to stop the bleeding.

Finally, remember to clean your Collie’s ears about once a week. You can purchase a canine ear cleaner at any pet store. Squirt the ear cleaner into your dog’s ear canal and then rub the base of the ear. This will help the ear cleaner coat the inside of the ear canal. You can use a cotton ball to remove the excess cleaner and then allow the ear canal to dry naturally.

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