General Business Listings:
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Fur Falls Grooming 208-777-1555
After Hours Pet Grooming 208-704-3332
Sue's Pet Grooming 208-457-7884
Dog House Grooming 208-777-9988
Corey's K-9 Grooming 208-772-2097
3rd Street Grooming 208-664-5300
Puppy Sudz 208-416-1867
Angelheart Grooming b208-667-8243
Bubbles and Bows Pet Spa 208-687-4333
Heavenly Pets 208-772-7329
K-9 Cottage 208-777-2890
Marsha's Town & Country 208-772-5297
Northwest Grooming 208-772-1806
Paws & Claws Pet Resort 208-667-6700
Posh Paws Pet Spa 208-773-9198
Pretty Pooch 208-773-9198
R Dog Grooming 208-687-6565
Star's Pet Grooming 208-292-4547
Suzie's Hound House 208-772-7836
Touch of Love Grooming 208-773-2516
Choosing a Groomer
Imagine how you would look and feel if you never bathed, brushed your hair, or trimmed your nails. To be healthy and happy, your pet needs basic grooming, too.
You can handle the brushing and other simple grooming procedures yourself. This type of regular grooming helps build a close bond between you and your pet and keeps you informed about the condition of his fur, skin, teeth, nails, and ears.
In fact, it is not uncommon to discover lumps, infections, and other problems during a thorough grooming routine. Grooming may include bathing, combing, brushing, clipping nails, cutting or shaving mats, cleaning ears and controlling external parasites.
1. Decide if you need a professional groomer. Should you take your pet to a professional groomer? The answer depends on the type of pet you have and your comfort level.
For example, many people feel comfortable grooming their short-haired cats, while owners of long-haired dogs who are prone to mats opt for professional grooming. You may not have the time, tools, experience, or physical ability to adequately groom your pet. For example, some animals (like poodles) have their fur groomed into particular styles that require a professional. Or a pet may require regular or seasonal clipping, medicated or flea baths, removal of skunk odors or harmful substances or removal of matted fur.
Typically, a trained professional can more safely and humanely handle tricky procedures and temperamental or frightened animals. (Removing severe mats should always be done by an experienced groomer to avoid accidental cuts.) Keep in mind, however, that professional groomers aren't miracle workers; it's up to you to stay on top of your pet's grooming needs.
A side benefit of thorough grooming: It's not uncommon to discover lumps, infections, and other problems.
2. Find a groomer.
Start with a recommendation from a friend, veterinarian, boarding kennel, dog trainer, pet supply store, or animal shelter.
Some groomers are registered or certified by a grooming school or professional association, but no government agency regulates or licenses pet groomers. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against a grooming facility. After narrowing your search, call groomers to ask about services, costs, and hours of operation. Also request the names of a few current clients to interview.
3. Evaluate the grooming facility.
Before selecting a groomer, tour the facility. Here are some factors to consider during your evaluation:
4. Understand what grooming will cost.
Grooming costs vary depending on where you live, your pet's species and size, the severity of matting, and the simplicity or difficulty of the cut. Fees for a shampoo and brushing and/or cut can range between $40 to $60, depending on those factors. More extensive grooming services cost more. Expect to pay more for mobile grooming services that come to your home.
5. Ease your pet's fears.
It's important for your pet to tolerate being groomed, regardless of how often you take her to a professional. To train your pet, groom her briefly when you're both relaxed. For example, begin by gently massaging her coat each morning as you feed her. Gradually introduce a brush or comb. Each day, increase the grooming time and work on different areas. Reward your pet for cooperating. The more comfortable your pet feels with home grooming the better she'll tolerate professional grooming. (This is also true of strangers: The more comfortable your pet is around strangers, the easier it will be for her to relax at the groomer.)
6. Prepare for the first visit.
For the health and safety of both your pet and the groomer, make sure your pet is up-to-date on veterinary treatments, including vaccines and sterilization. Spayed and neutered pets are generally calmer, and sterilized dogs are less likely to bite.
A pet who is particularly nervous or difficult to handle makes the grooming process stressful for both your pet and the groomer. If this sounds like your pet, work with an animal behavior specialist or dog trainer.
Before hiring a groomer, ask for the names of a few current clients that you can interview.
7. Tell the groomer about your pet's needs.
When making the appointment, share all essential information about your pet's health and temperment. The groomer must know in advance whether your pet is geriatric or has a chronic health condition, if he or she is to provide special handling.
Also warn the groomer about any habits that could interfere with safe and successful grooming. Keep in mind that groomers are not licensed to dispense tranquilizers; if your pet needs sedation to be groomed, find a veterinarian who employs a groomer.
8. Keep goodbyes short and sweet.
Finally, when you drop your pet off at the groomer, bid your pet good-bye quickly: Emotional departures will increase your pet's stress level. When you pick up your pet, both of you will enjoy that clean, mat-free coat that makes pets—and their people—more comfortable.
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