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What a load of floof! What are the hairiest dog breeds?

What a load of floof! What are the hairiest dog breeds?

Ladies and Gentlemen, here we present you with 5 of the hairiest dog breeds out there.  These guys need A LOT of Vamoosh in their life - and probably their own personal groomer too!  Do you have your own hairy monster? If not, which one is your fave?

1) Komondor

komondorYou may be mistaken for thinking your mop has started to run across the kitchen floor, however, this unusual Hungarian breed's coat of cord-like fur plays an important role. These dogs were bred to serve to look after sheep and other livestock, and their fur not only helps them to blend in but it also protect them from the weather or being attacked by wolves. As pets, komondors are innately protective and will defend their family and home until the cows come home.

2) Afghan Hound

hairy dogThe 'supermodel' of the group, the Afghan Hound is the epitome of sophistication. With its long flowing hair, slim build and exotic face, this doggo wouldn't look out of place on the catwalks in Paris! The Afghan Hound was originally used for hunting large prey in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan where its silky long coat was needed for warmth. Along with its super model looks come a little bit of an attitude... Afghans tends to decide for themselves when they want affection or to be petted - and it's always on their terms. They are independent and free thinking but make a great playful family pet.

3) Lhasa Apso

lhasa apsoIt may be small, but it's very hairy! One of the smallest but hairiest breeds, the Lhasa Apso hails from Tibet where its heavy coat protected it against the extreme temperatures. Despite their cute exterior, the Lhasa Apso is a tough, hard and strongwilled breed (for centuries, this breed was a watch dog for isolated Tibetan monastries) and it's often said that when a Lhasa Apso looks in the mirror, he sees a lion!

4) Keeshond

hairy dogsThe Keeshond hails originally from The Netherlands and was once a watchdog and companion on the barges of the canals and rivers of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries. Keeshonds have a wolfish grey coat with a distinctive large ruff of fur around their necks. Keeshonds are geniuinely loving and caring dogs and make a great family companion.

5) Tibetan Mastiff

tibetan mastiffEasily mistaken for a bear (!) the Tibetan mastiff is known for its impressive size - and equally impressive double fur coat.  Tibetan mastiffs were bred to guard people, livestock and temples - and guarding is what they do best. They are completely devoted to their family but do require constant and consistent discipline - don't we all?!

How to prep your home for Christmas with a pet

How to prep your home for Christmas with a pet
There's no doubt that it's beginning to look at lot like Christmas...! The festive lights have been lit, the Christmas songs are now playing on the radio and the Christmas shoppers are out in full force. As exciting as Christmas may be, there are a few parts of the festive season that can be problematic if you have a dog or cat. But with a little bit of extra planning, Christmas can be as wonderful for your pet as it is for the rest of your family.

How to prevent your drains from clogging up with pet hair

How to prevent your drains from clogging up with pet hair

Clogged up drains can cause big (and expensive) plumbing problems for your house.  Pet hair including cat hair and dog hair can contribute to the main causes of these clogs in household drains and pipes.   Here are some top tips to preventing clogged up hair from ruining your plumbing and your washing machine...

1) Clean your pet's grooming tools away from the sink

After you've given your furry friend a good brush, it's very tempting to clean their grooming tools straight in the sink.   However, cleaning them in this way is a sure fire way to clog your drains.  Instead, scoop and pull as much hair from the brush or tool as you can and pop it straight in the bin before washing it in the sink as this will save a huge amount of hair from going down your drains and pipes.  

2) Don't wash your pet in the bath or sink

When you wash your dog, try not to do so in the bath or sink as even the short-hair breeds will shed a lot.  If your budget extends to it, use a professional dog groomer or if you do bathe them at home, use a strainer or bath tub hair catcher to collect the hair before it gets washed down the drain. 

3) Vamoosh it! Dissolve the hair away in the washing machine 

Your doggo's pet bed, car blankets or towels will pick up a lot of hair especially during shedding season.  It's not as simple as throwing these items in the washing machine as hair is notoriously difficult to get rid of and excess hair in your machine can quickly clog up your pipes and drains plus cause it to break down.   To prevent this, wash your pet's bedding with Vamoosh Pet Hair Dissolver.  Vamoosh breaks down the hair during the washing cycle so that it simply washes away with no clogging or excess hair left in the machine.  Used regularly, Vamoosh will also help to protect your appliance's drains, pipes and filters. 

 

Black Friday Offer EXTENDED!

Black Friday Offer EXTENDED!

Our Black Friday offer has been extended - buy Vamoosh Pet Hair Dissolver today! 

black friday vamooshGet 6 sachets for the price of 4 with our 50% extra free offer.  With free P&P, now is the time to get stocked up - or try Vamoosh for the first time.  Say goodbye to pet hair in your washing machine for good with Vamoosh.

Vamoosh is so easy to use.  Just pop a sachet in your washing machine dispenser drawer, pop your pet's bedding your machine and run your longest hottest cycle (between 85-95 degrees celsius).

You will be left with a sparkling clean and hair-free washing machine and your pet will be treated to lovely fresh pet bedding that smells divine.

What are you waiting for?  Get your Vamoosh today. 

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Top tips for looking after your dog this winter

Top tips for looking after your dog this winter

Brrrrrr.... The weather has certainly dropped over the last week or so - and we're told that we're in for an even colder spell next week, so we thought it'd be a good idea to share some of our top tips on looking after your furry friends this winter. 

Let us know your suggestions too!

1. Doggy jumpers and coats

No, these aren't just a fashion statement, some breeds really do need a little extra help when the temperature plummets.  If you have a short coated breed such as a greyhound, Doberman or Chihuahua, pop them in a cosy jumper or coat when they go outside.  Of course, if your dog has a thick coat (such as a husky, lab or german shepherd) a dog coat or jumper will be too much for them as their fur coat already does a great job at keeping away them toasty warm, so in this case, an extra layer would do more harm than good. 

2. Out and about

dog reflectiveThere is no need to stop or reduce your doggy walks as the weather drops (unless you need to for health reasons of course) but just make sure you get yourself prepared with hi vis clothing if you are walking after dark and also get your pet some reflective gear so that they can be easily seen too by motorists.

When it gets extra icy and the gritters come out, the roads and pavements will be covered in salt which may irritate your furbaby's feet.  After walking, simply wash their feet so that their footpads are clear of salt/grit.  If you suspect their feet are cold, there are also some great dog booties on the market which may be a worthwhile investment.  

3. In the home

dog in blanketIf your house is a bit on the chilly side, just remember that your dog may feel the temperature difference too, so make sure they have plenty of thick blankets to lie on (which of course can be washed with Vamoosh!) - and of course, lots of extra cuddles! (We know that won't be difficult!)  If you find that you are giving your dog less exercise during the colder spells, make sure that you reduce their intake of food as they will be burning less energy.  You can of course exercise your dog in the home too though by playing simple throw and fetch games or playing tug.  Just be careful you play on a non-slip surface though so they don't injure themselves. 

And remember....

dog xmasWe know you know this already, but please please keep the Quality Street out of your dog's reach over Christmas as chocolate is toxic to dogs.  Also, just because us humans tend to overeat at Christmas, it doesn't mean you need to overindulge your pooch too.  At best, overfeeding your dog can cause them to become ill, but too much rich, fatty food may even cause them to have serious health problems, so keep an eye on what Great Uncle George is slipping your furry friend under the dinner table! 

 

 

    Vamoosh & the environment

    Vamoosh & the environment

    Recently, we've had a few of our customers ask us some environment-related questions about using Vamoosh Pet Hair Dissolver - and although we've answered those questions individually, we felt it was important to follow up some of these on our blog below...

    Looking after our environment is high priority for us (as we're sure it is for all of you) and we have done our best here to explain how we developed Vamoosh to have a limited impact on the environment.   If you have any other queries though please feel free to comment or drop us an email at info@vamooshcleans.com

    Some of your environmental considerations...

    • To dissolve hair, surely it must contain toxic chemicals that are harmful for the environment? 
    • Isn't running a 90 degree wash bad for the environment? 

    Our answers...

    When developing Vamoosh Pet Hair Dissolver, ensuring the safety of the environment and the safety of the pet was a huge priority for us.

    Vamoosh does not contain any toxic or harmful chemicals (unlike drain cleaners!)

    Vamoosh works on the same premise as a drain cleaner - i.e. it dissolves hair in water.  However (and this is the most important bit!) whereas drain cleaners often contain caustic powerful chemicals that, once flushed away, make their way into our eco-system - including lakes, rivers and soil - and can harm our eco-system, humans and wildlife, Vamoosh Pet Hair Dissolver does not contain any ingredients that leave harmful residues for the pet or the environment in our ecosystem. (You can read more about the science behind Vamoosh here if you are interested in finding out more.)

    Using a hotter wash

    Because we were so keen to make sure that the Vamoosh formula did not contain any of these harmful chemicals (and the fact that hair is so difficult to break down) it did mean that in order for our formula to work, it would require a high temperature wash. 

    From an environmental perspective, we are all recommended to wash at a lower temperature, however, washing machine manufacturers do in fact recommend running a 85-95 degrees wash every month to make sure there are no bad odours caused by bacteria building up in the washing machine drum due to low wash temperatures.  This monthly hot wash can therefore be combined with your pet bed/Vamoosh wash to save electricity - and as Vamoosh ensures the machine is left hygienically clean you can easily combine the two. 

    On another note, during our research before launching Vamoosh, we found that pet owners' alternatives to removing pet hair from their washing machine were no better (and sometimes worse) for the environment than using a hot wash.  Their methods for removing pet hair without Vamoosh included: using single-use plastic wet wipes to wipe away the hair, or running multiple washing cycles to get rid of the hair therefore using a lot of extra water and electricity.  

    To conclude...

    In summary, Vamoosh does not contain any harmful or toxic chemicals that will leak into our eco-system and affect animals or humans.  And although we would love to be able to develop a formula that works using a lower temperature (and believe us, we are constantly looking at ways of doing this!) for the moment, Vamoosh does require a higher temperature washing cycle of 85-95 degrees celsius to work, but as mentioned, this can be combined with your monthly hot wash (as recommended by your washing machine manufacturer) - and this also needs to be balanced against the alternatives for not using Vamoosh (such as running extra cycles and using wet wipes or other means of removing hair).