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How to Choose a Pet Groomer

Everyone wants their pets to be clean and healthy, with shiny coats and trimmed nails. It’s not just about beauty. Grooming your pet can decrease shedding, help ward off pests that attach themselves to pets, and help improve a pets’ overall quality of life.

But grooming pets can also be a frustrating and difficult chore. Many pets will collect from running water, baths and dryers. You may find it almost impossible to keep them still. Combing and styling your pet may prove equally challenging. And the mere thought of trimming their nails is enough to send you and your pet scurrying into separate rooms.

So your pet is in need of a haircut and a good bath, you may want to check out a local pet grooming service.

Here’s how to pick the best one for your pet.

Get referrals

Family and friends should be your first stop. They might know of a good pet groomer in your area. Referrals are a large part of any business. Most groomers make an extra effort to make sure their customers are satisfied. If you are coming to a groomer via a recommendation, tell the person. The groomer will be happy to know that their business has a great reputation. It is likely they will go the extra mile to make sure you are pleased with their services.

Groomers are most often found in large pet stores, veterinary offices and stand-alone storefronts. You can find them through your local newspaper or online. Make a list of groomers that are conveniently located near your home or business. You will drop your pet off and pick them up later in the day.

Visit and ask questions

Visit groomers on your list and inspect their shops. Check for cleanliness and professionalism. The service area should smell fresh and clean. The pet waiting room should also be free from debris and chemicals.

Observe how the groomer and staff interact with animals and customers. Nothing can be more difficult than a slick, wiggly pet. But a groomer should be gentle. He should never yell or jerk a pet around.

Inquire about their services. Do they groom both cats and dogs? Is there a separate waiting area for the two types of pets? Can you choose the shampoo?

Are nail clippings and anal gland expressions part of the package, or do these services cost extra?

Checking about these things ahead of time will spare you the shock and disappointment when you bring your pet home. Some groomers do not perform these services. It’s important to know what you can expect.

Also, be sure to ask about medical services. What happens if your pet has an emergency while they are at the groomer? Does the groomer have a relationship with the local veterinarian?

Another option is a mobile pet groomer. These professionals have a vehicle with everything they need to groom your pet in front of your house. If traveling is inconvenient, mobile pet groomers might be an option for you.

Bringing your pet

Prior to scheduling an appointment, bring your pet to their office. Observe the relationship between your pet and the groomer. Are they comfortable with each other?

Tell your groomer if your dog is sensitive to having his or her nails trimmed or ears cleaned. Some dogs are terrified of the hair dryer. Mentioning it to your groomer helps the situation be more successful and less stressful.

Choose which services you need before your arrival. Sometimes, groomers who work on commission might try to up sale you. Never let them talk you into services you do not need or want.

If you are unhappy with the way your pet looks when you pick it up, speak to the groomer right away. It might be due to miscommunication or your pet’s behavior. Most groomers will be sure to fix the problem to your satisfaction immediately.

Remember, you can always change your groomer. If you are uncomfortable or your pet seems stressed, look for a new pet groomer. It is important that you and your pet are satisfied with the groomer’s results.

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