Top to Tail Pet Grooming

Pet grooming with care

01761 239167 / 07803 538794
5 The Mead, Brewery Holcombe, Radstock, BA3 5EG

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Useful Online Shop Selling Natural Flea Treatments as well as Treats for You.

Top to Tail has its own handmade products especially designed for your pets, we use these in the salon regularly. We have a herbal and all natural Anti Flea Dry Shampoo (see the pic below), this is made from all natural ingredients and can be used safely at home, on dogs bedding, carpets and floors to rid your pet and your home of fleas. Leaves your pet and home smelling lovely!
Also available is a range of shampoo bars, all of which are made from scratch from natural products. such as organic coconut oil, pomace olive oil, neem, natural butters and essential oils, There is a shampoo that is suitable for all coats (
Nourish me Naturally), one that is designed for sensitive and problematic coats (Vexed ) , and a gentle cleansing bar suitable for puppies, kittens and cats, which is unscented yet cleansing
these products are 100% natural, free from parabens and completely biodegradable. These are all available in the salon or online, please click on the links to view the products in my Etsy shop.

Sally Dixon, Laser Pet Therapy

A local lady offering low level Laser Therapy. This is a good solution to healing soft tissue wounds, ongoing problems such as arthritic pain. My own dog has had some sessions with Sally and I would say it has made the world of difference. She is now able to walk without any problems.
Sally offers an assessment and treatment in your own home or here at Top to Tail Salon. Please see this link for more information -

Wild Walkies with Carra

A brand new local service for all people who need their dogs walked and cared for. Additionally, you can also choose to have your dog bathed or groomed with Top to Tail after the walk. Lots of services by a very trustworthy lady - including a country walk, socialising with other dogs (if appropriate for your dogs needs), daycare where your dog will be well looked after.
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Pet Portraits & Art

We have access to a local artist who does fabulous work, please ask for details.

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Why groom in between visits to the salon?

Brushing enhances the coat, removes dead hair and keeps skin healthy. It also keeps tangles and matts at bay, saving your groomer time and therefore you money when s/he goes to the grooming salon.

Are you brushing your dog correctly?

There are different types of dog coats and for each one there is a way to brush, and equipment that suits the coat.
For very short haired breeds such as Dalmation or Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a popular tool is the rubber palm pad ('Zoom Groom' for example). This aids shedding and used properly will draw the oils to the top coat making it healthy and giving a gleam to the coat. Circular motions are used when using this tool, this should be done until drawing a brush through does not pull any hair out.

Double coated breeds such as German Shepherd, Golden Retriever or Collie coats normally require intensive work. A good tool to use is a grooming ‘rake’ for the very thick areas such as around the neck or tail. A good slicker brush will be essential for general brushing. Another tool is the 'Coat King'. These vary in size depending on the coat type of your dog. For example, the German Shepherd will normally require a large coat king. These are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in many good stores and online.

Wool Coats such as the poodle coat tend to knot up quite easily, so regular brushing through with a slicker brush followed with a wide toothed comb will help enormously.

Silk Coats such as Yorkshire Terrier will benefit from brushing through with a slicker followed by combing. Any knots can be teased out with a matt breaker.

A good method of grooming through all coats is to part the hair at the roots starting from the neck and going through it systematically, brushing out knots, old hair and any debris.

A word of warning…. Ensure that you use the brushes and combs correctly. It is easy to burn the skin with a slicker brush if you brush it against the skin continually. It is also easy to scrape skin with a comb.

Remember… grooming your dog is a necessary task, but not all dogs enjoy it, so make it easier for them with treats, giving lots of breaks & spacing out grooming times. Regular attendance at the grooming salon will compliment your care and keep the coat in order.

Author - Julia Samuels - Qualified Pet Grooming at Top to Tail