VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital
Published: Dec 05, 2012

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If you have a dog with a thick coat, or a canine who has hair rather than fur, chances are you're going to need a groomer at some point in your future. Dog grooming can not only make your pet look better, it also plays an important role in his pet health. To make sure your groomer is right for the job, here are some tips on what to look for when browsing services in your area.

Can I groom him myself?
You may be wondering if you can save money by grooming your pet yourself. For some this may be an option, but remember that if your dog has hair, you'll likely need to use scissors, which can be dangerous if you aren't confident in what you're doing. Professional groomers have equipment that keeps the dog in place and the skill to make sure they don't injure the dog. However, if you are only thinking about brushing or washing your dog, you should be able to easily take on these tasks on your own.

Location and price
Should you decide to go the professional route, you'll need to find a location that is near your home and within your budget. However, make sure that you don't compromise quality for price. If at any point you feel that the groomer's establishment is unprofessional or could in any way endanger your dog, then you should move on and find somewhere else.

When touring the location, make sure it has all of the necessary accommodations for your pet. This means a large bath tub for washing your dog, collars that will help keep your pet steady while being trimmed and crates where your canine can be held when he's not being groomed.

Interviewing the groomer
Before you schedule your dog's first appointment, ask to speak with the groomer. He or she should be able to answer any questions you ask and demonstrate expertise and kindness. You want to make sure that your dog will be happy in this environment, and that he will be able to form a positive relationship with the groomer. You should also ask your groomer if he or she knows how to spot ticks on dogs, as these are often discovered during grooming sessions. Also ask about the shampoo he or she uses to make sure it is meant specifically for dogs, and inquire about the brush he or she will use to remove any tangles or mats in your dog's hair.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.