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What to look for in a good groomer

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.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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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.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.