Pinecrest Groomer Spotlight: Best in Show Pet Spa


Pinecrest Groomer Spotlight: Best in Show Pet Spa

Animal Enthusiast Tess Oliver is the owner and groomer for Best in Show Pet Spa, a mobile Grooming Business serving the greater Miami Area. Growing up as an animal lover, her grooming career did not blossom until she became a grooming assistant in 2011. Working for many different salons, taking tips from each one and perfecting her techniques she knew this was her calling.

Tess’s Grooming Background: Tess appreciated how the salons she worked in made each dog feel spectacular and how a spa day could transform their look and happiness. Referring to the groomers she said, “They were artists and magicians, and after a short time of working with them I wanted nothing more than to be that, too.”

In 2014 Tess took matters into her hands and began her own business with a few loyal and lovable clients in her home grooming salon. We can tell Tess is passionate and committed to her career as she says “grooming should be an enjoyable part of every dog’s life. I wanted to create an atmosphere where every visit is completely catered to each dog, with gentle, all-natural products, relaxing aromatherapy, and an endless supply of kisses.” We couldn’t agree more!

This was the beginning of Best in Show Pet Spa as she took her skills on the road with a Mobile grooming van. “While my mission hasn’t changed, I am absolutely ecstatic to be able to offer all of my fur-babies and their parents my premium service right in their driveway!” Tess is now on a journey to make every dog feel like a champion.

Services Offered:

  • Bath & Tidy
  • Bath & Groom

Premium Add-ons:

  • Mud bath
  • De-shedding Treatment
  • Flea and Tick Treatment (if necessary)
  • Creative Grooming (Feather Fur Extensions, Coloring & Fur-Dazzling)

Both standard services include: a blueberry facial, shampoo & conditioner that is best suited for dog, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, nail clipping, nail filing, and aromatherapy. Depending on the pets need, they will receive a medicated bath or hypoallergenic rinse.

All grooming services are provided by Tess Oliver and her husband, Faress Hattar. You can visit for more details and pricing on these services.


Tess loves creating a perfect look for your pet. “We are able to work with you to create a cute, original look for your pup. Whether you are looking for an easy maintenance haircut, or an Asian Fusion style groom, we’ve got it covered!” Tess means business, this is not your standard fur trim or bath time!

Best in Show Pet Spa caters to a large area including Pinecrest, South Miami, Kendall, Miami Lakes, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, & Plantation.

How to Schedule:

Tess requires each client “to be on a 2, 4, 6, or 8 week grooming schedule to ensure that the pups not only look their best, but FEEL their best”. You can contact Best in Show Pet Spa by phone or text at 786-208-0155. You must schedule a minimum of one week in advance.

First time clients need to register online and Tess will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your grooming needs. Keep in mind, Tess does not give a provide a  quote until inspection of the pet. As stated on her website, “It is very difficult to give a quote without assessing the dog in person. Pricing depends on which services you would like performed on your pet, the condition of the coat, as well as the behavior of the pet.”


  • 70 lb weight limit
  • Does not service aggressive pets
  • Does not service dogs with fleas/ticks

Tess’s Grooming and Cleanliness Tips:

How can you keep your pup in tip top shape between grooming sessions? Tess says, “Puppy wipes are a fantastic way to keep paws, booties, and short-haired pups fresh between visits.”

If you are looking for a bit more maintenance, Tess suggests the following: “For dog’s with some fluffy, it’s important to own a slicker brush as well as a greyhound comb—and use them!! First, fluff out your furry friend with a brush. Then, comb the pup nose-to-tail. Make sure you begin at the base of the hair so you don’t miss any tangles!” A fabulous tip!

How to Prepare a Nervous Dog for Grooming

Do you have a shy or nervous pup who has never been groomed before? For first timers Tess suggest an electric toothbrush! “It might sound a little silly, but an electric toothbrush is a great way to condition puppies & first timers to the feeling of clippers & scissors on their body. Every day, turn on the toothbrush and “brush” their cute little noses, their ears, their paws—even their tails! If you start them young, they’ll probably even catch them snoozing!” That is experience talking; we love the creativity behind this all star tip.

Pro Dog Grooming Product Suggestions:

“We absolutely LOVE Espree’s Blueberry Facial, which is why it is the only thing we will use on a dog’s face.” It is tear-free, soap-free, and 100% natural. Tess and Farrah have even tested the product themselves, what dedication! The Blueberry Facial smells great, is gentle exfoliator, whitens, and prevents tear-staining.

Also, she recommends Espree’s Dead Sea Mineral Mud Bath, which leaves the skin and coat soft, shiny, and moisturized. To top off the list of products are their essential-oils. She says, “No spa day is complete without the aroma of Lavender to soothe the pups.” All products Best in Show Pet Spa uses are eco-friendly, all-natural, cruelty-free products.

The next time your dog needs a pawsome new look, call Best in Show Pet Spa. Treat your dog to a well deserved day of luxury!


PetPaint: The Latest Trend in Pet Halloween Costumes


PetPaint: The Latest Trend in Pet Halloween Costumes

Miami has numerous festivals and activities that celebrate Halloween. With so many fun events and costume contests leading up to Halloween, our social media feed has been full of announcements for canine costume contests such as the Costume Yappy Hour at the Spillover in Coconut Grove on Thursday October 27th, and Paws4You’s 6th Annual Howl-O-Ween at Pinecrest Gardens on Sunday, October 30th.

Being involved in the pet industry and animal world for some time, we have seen a variety of pet costumes. From the cute dachshund dressed as a hot dog to a golden retriever dressed with a lion’s mane, we have seen it all! Our team was on the search for fresh new trends and the latest and most creative way to deck out our pets and found PetPaint, colored hairspray for your pup!

New (Safe) Pet Costume Idea: PetPaint


After scouring the Internet for the surefire costume to receive the most “oohs and aahs,” we came across a product called PetPaint. It’s a veterinary-tested and dog-safe hairspray that comes in a variety of colors and is easy to apply (it’s an aerosol that takes anywhere from ten seconds to two minutes to dry) and washes off easily with a regular shampoo. 

What is PetPaint?

According to the website, “The company was founded by Abe Geary, who sought to change the way people celebrate occasions and holidays with their dog. After the establishment of clinical protocols, and rigorous formula testing, PetPaint was conceived.” PetPaint is affordable, safe, and offers a fun way for you and your pet to bond and honor the occasion. Even if you are an amateur painter, they offer a great “How To” section and FAQ page on their website to get you started.

Not only does PetPaint provide colored spray, but they have stencils dedicated to holidays and occasions. For example, in honor of Christmas, the company provides stencils of candy canes, Christmas trees, snowflakes and reindeer to decorate your dog. In addition, the company sells Swarovski jewels and extensions for doggy dazzling.


PetPaint Reviews: Is It Right for Your Pup?

While we have not had the chance to use it ourselves, we did check out many reviews on Amazon. The consensus was an overall good product with true color. Some did find their dog was afraid of the spray and noise, so if you have a shy pup who scares easily you’ll want to use their pet jewels instead (yes, they are adorable). Halloween costumes should be fun for your pooches- so take it slowly with them the first time! More on celebrating Halloween with your dogs responsibly here

Others said the color fades quickly; however, PetPaints was forthcoming on their site, saying it lasts about a day. For a short holiday weekend, it seems like a simple, innovative and enjoyable way to dress up your pup! 

Not an artist? Not a problem! According to PetPaint, “everyone’s artistic abilities vary so our inexpensive durable stencils may be the very tool you need to look like a pro. Available at fine retailers, or PetSmart grooming salons you too can get your PaintOn!”

Your Groomer Could Help with Your Halloween Costume!

If you don’t have the patience or the time for this new artistic medium, ask your local groomer what kind of coloring costumes they can provide for your baby. Your pup will be the star of the show before you know it!

The sky’s the limit with your pet costumes. Use color and creativity to bring to life your favorite character or toy. Who does your dog remind you of? That could be a great way to begin!

For more information and to order this trendy pet product visit: Check out some of these fantastic paint jobs. In addition, Pinterest offers some amazing ideas for pet Halloween costumes too!


Pet Mosquito Repellents and Pesticides

effects of mosquito repellent on pets

Effects of Pet Mosquito Repellent

Recently, South Florida has experienced an outbreak of Zika, which is a virus spread most commonly by the bite of mosquitoes. It causes minor symptoms of rash, fever, joint pains and conjunctivitis. There is no known vaccine or medicine. Also, it can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, which can cause birth defects. In addition, the virus can be sexually transmitted.

Now, more than ever, the Miami community is taking every preventative measure possible. Miami-Dade County is handing out mosquito repellent, spraying aerial pesticides, and clearing out any standing water in targeted neighborhoods in the Miami area.

National news has covered how this virus is affecting humans and how to avoid this infection, but how does it affect your dog or cat? Equipaws wants to bring attention to the effects of insecticides on pets how we can protect them from mosquitoes with pet mosquito repellent

The Dangers of DEET to dogs and cats

Mosquito repellent may be helpful to humans, but it can have adverse effects on our furry family members. When high doses of any repellent containing DEET are ingested by canines, it can become a very dangerous situation. If consumed, they may experience the following symptoms:

  • Drooling
  • wobbly gait
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • and loss of appetite.

If you notice these signs contact your emergency veterinarian right away.

Remember, your pet has to come into contact with a large dose of DEET for it to have an effect. Be careful if you have a happy puppy who can’t get enough licks of their human or if you are spraying repellent in close proximity to your pet. This could turn into a dangerous scenario.

Pesticides in Miami-Dade:

Miami-Dade has been attacking the Zika virus with two methods. Naled has been used to attack adult mosquitoes and kills on contact. In addition, the chemical stays in the air for an extended period of time.  

Bti has been used as an aerial spray that kills mosquito larvae and black flies. According to the EPA, “Bti is a biological or a naturally occurring bacterium found in soils. (Bti is short for Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis.) It contains spores that produce toxins that specifically target and only affect the larvae of the mosquito, blackfly and fungus gnat.”  It works on larvae that are in standing water and once consumed kills from the inside out.

Effects of Mosquito Pesticides on Pets:

Naled: The pesticide is not toxic to mammals and not likely to harm cats and dogs, according to the EPA: “The amount of naled from mosquito spraying that enters the body of dogs, cats, or other animals is very small. It is not likely to harm pets, even if they are outside during spraying.” However, there has been some controversy over the use of Naled in Miami Beach as it is classified as harmful by the European Union. Read more about Naled here. 

Bti: Does not pose a health risk to people or pets.

If you are still concerned about aerial sprays, keep your pet inside. The Miami-Dade County web page on aerial spraying will provide information on dates and times for aerial sprays.

Mosquito Repellent for Your Pup:

Although our pets are protected by their coats, they are still susceptible to mosquito bites which can transmit heart disease and the West Nile Virus. As pet parents we have to protect exposed and sensitive areas such as the ears, face, and nose.

K9 Advantix II is the most common treatment used as a pet mosquito repellent for dogs. This remedy needs to be reapplied every 30 days. K9 Advantix kills mosquitoes trying to get a quick meal, but also detours the bug from coming close to your pet. The treatment is a clear product that is applied directly to the exposed areas. Monthly treatments to protect against mosquitoes, flies and ticks are readily available online or in store.

K9 Advantix II is NOT for cats gives this helpful tip, “If you have both dogs and cats in your house, keep them separate until the product dries completely on your dog. It’s very important that cats avoid any contact with K9 Advantix II, because even though it’s a helpful mosquito repellent for dogs, it’s toxic to felines.”

Any repellents containing either permethrin or pyrethrins will protect your pooch. A warning: K9 Advantix ll contains Permethrins, which can be deadly to cats. If your dogs and cats are buddy buddy, make sure there is no affectionate grooming. If your cat does ingest the treatment call your vet right away. One last tip, “If your dog likes to swim, keep it out of water for about 48 hours. The mosquito treatment is toxic to aquatic life, too.” Of course, always ask your veterinarian before applying a new medicine!

Caution for Cats: If a cat is bitten by a mosquito they may experience Mosquito bite hypersensitivity (where their immune system has a bad reaction), or heartworm disease if they’re not on their heartworm pill. An antibiotic cream on the wound and a monthly heartworm pill is a feline’s best bet.

Also, as most cats are indoor critters, keep Citronella around the exterior of your home or placed in indoor patios as an extra preventative measure. Make sure your pup doesn’t get into it; used correctly, citronella is not toxic to pets but your dog should not make a meal of it. Avoid citronella candles if your cat has asthma as the smoke is thick.

Main takeaway: A golden rule would be to avoid any mosquito repellent that is not safe for animals. Because cats are affected differently than dogs, look for cat-specific mosquito repellent with your veterinarian’s blessing. 

Top Mosquito Repellents for Dogs:

  • Vet’s Best Mosquito Repellent Spray
  • Epi-Pet’s 16oz Lavender Scented Skin Treatment Spray
  • Wondercide natural flea, tick & mosquito control kills the entire flea life cycle.
  • Bayer’s K9 Advantix II Flea, Tick & Mosquito Control Treatment for Dogs

For more details on a few of these natural repellents please visit

Living in Miami we have a beautiful paradise to roam with our pets. With that luxury comes a responsibility to keep ourselves and our pets safe from those disease-carrying mosquitoes. Take every precaution and protect your pet with these tips!