If your pet could talk, what would they say about your choice for their haircut?
You may never know the answer, but by visiting a reputable dog and cat groomer you can be assured your pet will be healthy, happy, and clean.
Before you invest in grooming services for your pet, there are a few questions you should ask. You want the person grooming your pet to care for them as attentively as you do.
Read below for 5 things you should ask dog and cat groomers before making your decision.
1. Where Are The Pets Groomed?
Dog and cat grooming often takes place at a facility much like a hair salon. Sometimes veterinary offices, short-term or long-term boarding facilities, or mobile facilities offer dog and cat grooming too.
You can ask to take a tour of the facility to see where the dogs and cats are kept before, during, and after their grooming. Check to make sure the facility is clean, spacious, and suitable for your beloved furry friend.
More recently companies have started to offer in-home pet grooming which is not only convenient for you, it is more comfortable for your dog or cat to stay in an environment they are used to.
2. What Types of Products Do You Use?
If your dog or cat has sensitive skin or any other type of allergy, you may want to know what products (if any) the groomer is planning to use.
If natural, organic products are important to you, you may be able to buy your own products and ask the groomer to use those.
3. Do You Have Experience With My Dog's Breed?
Grooming a dog can be a tricky business, especially with some of the long-haired breeds. You should ask the groomer if they have experience with your dog's breed before dropping off your pet.
Just because they don't have experience, doesn't mean they won't do a good job, but it is something to consider when picking a dog groomer.
4. What Does the Grooming Package Include
You should know what exactly you are paying for in a grooming package before you purchase. Some packages come with just a bath and hair trim, others with nail trim and ear cleaning.
You can sometimes find a list of services if the groomer has a website, but if not, you can ask about different package offerings and pricing. Keep in mind that package prices may vary based on the size of your dog.
5. Can I Be Present During the Grooming?
Plenty of concerned pet parents want to be with their dog or cat during grooming. Some groomers will allow you to be there or to watch through a window, but some will not. It can be distracting for the animal and therefore more difficult for the groomer.
If you have a mobile groomer come to your house it is more likely that you will be allowed to be present for the grooming.
Find the Right Dog and Cat Groomer Today
Using these questions will allow you to narrow down your search for a dog and cat groomer. Make sure that both you and your pet feel comfortable in the facility.
If you are looking to find a mobile dog and cat groomer in the Portland area, you can make an appointment online today!
And for more pet grooming information, check out some of our other blogs!
Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is an all women led and operated Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon.