Frequently Asked Questions
Grooming product FAQ’s
How do I cut my pets claws?
Hold your pet’s foot carefully and ensure that you are in complete control before starting to trim the nail. Begin cutting in one smooth action. If you are unsure, only cut off a small amount at a time.
IMPORTANT: Your pet’s claw has blood vessels known as the ‘quick’. It is important that you do not cut into this area. It is easy to locate the quick on animals with light coloured claws. For those with dark coloured claws it may be easier to locate the quick by looking on the underside of the nail – however if in doubt seek the advice of your vet or pet groomer.
My pet doesn’t like me trimming their claws, what can I do?
Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed is essential for good care and grooming. If you pet is particularly nervous or dislikes having their claws clipped, try using a Mikki Nail File.
Regularly practice handling your pets paws so the become used to you touching them, this will make the task much easier for both of you.
How do I remove fleas from my pets coat?
Comb gently and systematically using a Mikki flea comb, remembering that fleas tend to favour areas where the fur is thicker. When you spot fleas trapped in the teeth immediately drown them in soapy water or insecticide.
TIP: Have a large sheet of paper underneath your pet so that the fleas & eggs can be easy seen and destroyed. Light paper will allow dark eggs to show up.
During the flea season, comb your pet daily to ensure your pet is flea free.
How do I remove a tick?
To remove a tick, position our Tick Picker over the tick with the tick in the largest section of the picker, nearest the handle. Lift the handle so that the narrow nose of the picker is flat on the skin. Draw the picker slowly and firmly towards the tick so that it is gripped securely and can be carefully lifted away from the skin and disposed of.
Spray area where the tick was attached with disinfectant.
Note: Use smooth movement when lifting the tick. Ensure that there are no traces of tick’s head or mouthparts left on or in the skin. Pets should be checked daily for ticks, their immediate removal would minimise the chance of transmitting disease.
My pet doesn’t like to be groomed, what do I do?
Try one of our Gentle Grooming products!
All our gentle grooming products are the perfect solution for pets who aren’t so keen on being groomed or are new to the process. They mimic a natural stroking action, which helps your pet become accustomed to being groomed and handled.
Grooming your pet is essential for its well-being and appearance. Just a few minutes each day will keep your pet’s coat shiny and healthy. Short but regular grooming sessions will help your pet become accustomed to being groomed and handled.
What grooming tools are best for a double coated breed?
Double coated breed usually shed A LOT! So it’s important to keep on top of grooming to keep them feeling comfortable and (along with your home) looking great!
Our range of Shedding & Undercoat products is a good place to start – particularly our Moult Master, Undercoat Rakes and Slickers.
Grooming using smooth, even strokes, applying a little pressure, move in the direction of the coat. The undercoat and dead hair will come out painlessly, giving an even glossed finish to the coat. Work evenly all over the main sections of your pet’s coat (do not use on delicate areas such as ears, stomach or around the eyes or genitals), working in sections and ensuring you don’t over repeat the process in any one area.
What grooming tools are best for a doodle coat?
Check out our Doodles range! A slicker and comb are your best friends to help you groom your doodle. Regular grooming so you can run a comb through your dog’s coat without snagging, all the way down to skin level is essential to ensuring that matts and tangles don’t form and take over your their coat.
My pet is shedding everywhere, what can I do?
Check out our range of Shedding and Undercoat products – regular grooming with a Moult Master, Slicker or (for longer double coated breeds) an Undercoat Rake will help keep your pet and home free from pesky dead hairs.
My pet has matts and tangles, what can I do?
Check out our Knots & Tangles range. Regular grooming with a comb will help keep their coat free from matts and tangles. Comb in sections, through all areas of your pet’s body including their legs, belly, tail, paws, ears and head.
If you do find a tangle, try to tease it free using one of our de-matting products.
When clearing a matt try to hold the hair at the root to avoid pulling the skin. Work with short strokes to cut progressively through the tangle.
If your pet is excessively matted it may be wise to seek professional assistance. Also, sensitive areas may be better clipped as they are more vulnerable.
What grooming products are best for a wire-haired coat?
Wire-haired breeds need tools to keep their coat coarse. Our Hard Pin Slickers are a great place to start.
How do I use a Stripping Knife?
Before you begin, ensure your dog’s coat can be hand stripped (i.e. it hasn’t been previously clipped which can soften and/or thicken the coat) if in doubt seek advice from a qualified groomer.
Before using a stripping knife, ensure your pet is relaxed and comfortable with being groomed. Don’t bath your dog prior to stripping as this will prevent you from getting a good grip on the hair. Remove any knots or matts by brushing through the coat with a slicker and comb first.
Begin by holding the stripping knife with the smooth side of the blade facing you. with your other hand, hold the skin taut close to the area you are going to strip whilst you are stripping this will make the procedure more comfortable for your dog.
Follow the grain of your dog’s coat, use a combing action to catch the hair between the serrated teeth. Hold the hair in place with your thumb and remove the hair by gently pull in the direction of the lay of the coat. Use an arm and shoulder pulling movement, rather than a wrist action to ensure you pull out the hairs rather than cut them with the knife.
Work methodically through your dog’s coat, a section at a time until the entire outer coat has been removed. By hand stripping every 4-6 weeks, you will achieve a “rolled coat” where the hairs fit neatly into each other and the coat becomes flatter and coarser.
Care product FAQ’s
Can I wash the Mikki Doodle Dog coat?
Yes, Mikki Doodle Dog coats are fully machine washable at a low temperature. We recommend using a non-biological detergent. Avoid using softener as it can diminish the waterproofing..
How can I dry my Mikki Doodle Dog Coat?
Air drying is best. The coats can be dry cleaned with any solvent except Trichloroethylene. Do not tumble dry or iron.
Will the coat rub/make my dog’s fur matt/pill?
Our Mikki Doodle Dog Coats are made with a unique polyester-silk lining that reduces friction against the dog’s fur thereby preventing knots and tangles from forming.
Will the Doodle Dog coat absorb water?
Mikki Doodle Dog Coats are waterproof which prevents water absorption.
Will my dog be comfortable wearing the Doodle Dog coat?
It is important to measure your dog first and then refer to the sizing guide provided to ensure you find the right fit. If their measurements cross two size categories we recommend choosing the larger of the two. The coat can then be adjusted via the belts, leg straps and neck to ensure a comfortable fit.
Myth: Poodle crossbreeds do not shed and therefore their coat doesn’t need to be brushed or looked after.
Truth: Poodle crossbreeds generally shed less than other breeds, this is because their loose hair remains within the coat. If this hair is not removed with a regular grooming regime it can form knots & tangles that become very uncomfortable for the dog. We recommend a short daily groom (five minutes should do the job) to help keep knots & tangles at bay. Additionally, protecting their fur against the elements (rain, wind, snow, dirt, debris, etc.) whilst out walking will help keep it in good condition. Our Doodle Coats are lined with a special polyester-silk that reduces the friction between the coat and the dog’s fur.
Can I wash Mikki pet bedding?
The Mikki pet bedding range is fully machine washable at a low temperature.
Is the Mikki pet bed suitable for all surfaces??
All products in the Mikki pet bedding range have a non-slip base, making them suitable for all surfaces. (excluding the blanket)
Is the Dog Boot waterproof?
The Dog Boot is intended for short-term protection and is not intended for prolonged use. The outer layer of the Mikki Dog Boot is made of bonded vinyl with the black part being PVC, both of which are weatherproof.
The definition of ‘weatherproof’ being resistant to the elements of wind and rain, as opposed to ‘waterproof’ meaning something can be submerged in water and there will be no water inside.
When used on wet ground, it can be possible for damp to ingress through the velcro straps.
How should I clean the Dog Boot?
The Dog Boot should be wiped down with a damp cloth only.
We would not recommend placing in the washing machine as this would damage the Boot.
How should I wash the Mikki Hygiene Pants?
The Hygiene Pants should be handwashed in lukewarm water only.
We would not recommend placing in the washing machine as this would damage the Pants.
How many Disposable Pads for Hygiene Pants are there in a pack?
There are 10 Disposable Pads for Hygiene Pants in a pack.
Training product FAQ’s
Which size muzzle should I use as my dog’s breed is not listed?
The best way to establish the suitable size is to measure the circumference of your dog’s nose at the largest part. This nose size can then translate to a muzzle size, please refer to the Size Guide for details.
How can I remove any marks left on hardwood floor by the Pup-Pee Pads?
We would recommend using furniture spray. Spray on and leave for a few minutes before wiping off.