As a Chihuahua mama, I do most of Chuy’s grooming at home. However, I do take him to the groomer to have his nails clipped and filed as well as expressing his anal glands every 6-8 weeks. Even if you see a groomer on a regular basis, there are some things you need at home to keep your pet looking and feeling irresistible.
I wanted to share my DIY Grooming Kit with you so you can see what type of items I keep on hand for Chuy.
Pet Grooming Bag
My grooming bag was actually a gift I received prior to my wedding to help me organize my wedding day makeup and beauty items. I ended up using it instead for Chuy’s beauty stuff because I have way too many makeup organizers/containers as it is! It works perfectly for pet grooming supplies because there’s plenty of sections, zippers, and pockets. They have a variety of different bags like this on Amazon that are perfect for a DIY Pet Grooming Kit. Here’s a few of my favs that I found for you. Click on the image to get more information.
Ten Items to Include in a DIY Pet Grooming Kit
All you need to do to create a do it yourself pet grooming kit is to get a grooming bag and then fill it up with your supplies! There are some basic items that everyone should include in their pet grooming kit but then again there are some items that are a personal preference and dependent upon the needs of your pet.
1. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Pets need to have their teeth brushed on a regular basis. All you need is a pet friendly toothpaste and toothbrush. Chuy hates to have his teeth brushed, so we sometimes we use dental wipes instead.
2. The Furminator or Pet Brush
I swear by the Furminator! Even though Chuy has short hair, you wouldn’t believe the amount of hair that comes out when we use the Furminator. Seriously, this thing will save your house from hours of dusting and vacuuming pet hair!
I typically use good old fashioned Dawn Dish Soap to bathe Chuy and I’ve been doing that since he was a puppy. However, from time to time we like to try other shampoos like and from 1800Pet Meds.
4. Ear Cleaning Solution
I have both a RX ear cleaning solution and a regular one that you can pick up at the store or online. It’s important to keep your pet’s ears clean to avoid infections!
5. Nail Clipper or Nail File
Chuy won’t have anything to do with us trying to clip his nails at home. However, if your pet likes their PAWdicures at home, keep a nail clipper or nail file inside your grooming bag! This is the face Chuy gives if I even pull out the PediPaws nail file:
6. Q-tips and Cotton Balls
Qtips and cotton balls are great for cleaning ears, eyes, etc.
7. Hand Towels
Small hand towels are helpful to dry off fur or clean up messes from any of your products. I recommend the microfiber towels as they absorb water faster than a regular one.
Some people may choose to keep grooming supplies separate from medications. However, I prefer to keep all of Chuy’s health care essentials in one place. He doesn’t take any regular medications outside of his monthly heart worm pill. However, he is currently on three different medications for his back pain. I like to keep all of them tucked away in his grooming bag. We have a separate Pet First Aid Kit with items we don’t use on a regular basis.
9. Vitamins and Supplements
Again, you might keep these separate but I fnid it easier to keep these items all in one place. If you have vitamins, hip/joint supplements, etc you can include them right in your pet’s grooming bag.
I keep a small notebook inside of Chuy’s grooming bag to write down when I gave him certain medications, baths, pills, etc. I also use it to track any odd symptoms he might have so that if we need to get to the vet, I can take this with me to reference.
Where to Get Pet Grooming and Health Supplies
I order most of my grooming supplies and medications online from 1800PetMeds. They have a variety of products, great prices, and free shipping on all orders over $39!
Chuy and I want to know what you keep your pet’s grooming kit or if you don’t have one, what are you planning on putting in it?
You don’t list a brush and comb. The Furminator has limited uses. Fine for a Chihuahua, but not for any other dogs. I recommend a handled comb and a Universal Slicker brush for almost all breeds.
Also, Dawn Shampoo is great for many purposes or short term use, but it is very drying. It strips the natural oils of the coat. I’d use a good quality pet shampoo, not a human shampoo…and a coat conditioner. Don’t use a combo shampoo/conditioner. They work at cross purposes.
Ryan’s Pet Supply is a good source for grooming supplies and “Notes from the Grooming Table” is an invaluable dog grooming guide.
I’d also have Rich Health or Tomlyn products for skin irritations.
I’m a certified second generation groomer with over 30 years experience.
That’s so organized! I’ve heard good things about the Furminator, do you know if it’s okay/good for cats as well?
Furminators are good for dogs, but EXCEPTIONAL for cats! I think it may be the most important tool in the battle to combat cat hair all over the house, as well as keeping them groomed to minimize hairballs. I can spend 15 minutes on a cat and actually get enough hair off to make another cat! LOL! Every cat I have used it on was hesitant at first, but within a very short period of time, they actually love it!
I love that purple tote
Amanda Yantos says
I LOVE this idea! Like Chuy, Wynston will not allow me to trim his nails at home – I’ve tried so many times and have failed! (Little does he know, he’s getting them trimmed tomorrow!) I do bathe him at home, clean his eyes daily, and all that good stuff. I use Aroma Paws shampoo when he gets a bath and I’ve been very happy with it. His bath and care items are scattered about my bathroom cabinet so I definitely need to get him an organizer! Thanks for introducing me to this fantastic idea!
I LOVE how organized this is! I don’t have a dog, but if I did this is the way to set things up! Great job!
Dee Dee (@MissFoodieFab) says
Oh my word, how cute is this face?! I can’t even begin to deal. This is a great post for pet parents.
I have the furminator brush thing for my Australian shepherd and it s a life saver thing every dog owner should have one
Sara @ BestPetReviews says
Our dog didn’t like pedipaws either, the sound scared her. I like the organizer idea! Also that’s a great idea to keep a notepad in there to keep track of anything that pops up! Thanks for sharing these ideas!