How long does it take?
Quick services such as nail trimmings only take about 5 minutes.
Bath services (with nails, ears, brushing, etc) usually take 30min-1 hour.
Full services with hair cuts usually take 1hr-1.5hr, up to 2hr for larger dogs.
Creative add on services can take a couple of minutes or longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you accepting new clients?
Currently we are not accepting new groom clients. We are accepting new clients for Reiki services (and art work). You may be placed on a list if more availability opens up.
Will my dog be kenneled or with other dogs?
Only one family's pets are here at a time. If you have multiple pets they are able to share an appointment. This way no pets need to be kenneled or are interacting with other dogs. Special arrangements can be made in case of late pick up or special requests.
How much does a groom cost?
Estimates may be given but because there are many variables it is hard to know a price without seeing or even working on an animal. Factors such as breed, size, behavior, time since last groom, health conditions, desired grooming services all play a part in the price. Rates are very good compared to surrounding salons. Plus the price here is inclusive (including tax), where as many other salons charge extra for things that are done routinely here (express groom, nail grinding, special shampoos, etc). The only add on charges are for creative services, dental, fleas, artwork and Reiki.
Are creative services safe?
There are a variety of products that are used for creative touches. These products vary from things specifically used for dogs and others used in crafting. Items chosen are nontoxic, AP approved, and commonly used in the dog grooming world without problem. However, dogs (like people) can have reactions to things at any time. Not all dogs are good candidates for all creative possibilities.
Creative grooms have been reduced in options as the demand is too low to keep many products in stock.
How often should my dog be groomed?
Regular grooming is recommended every 6-8 weeks. This can vary with dog, breed, owner care at home, and desired hairstyle.
Are cats groomed the same as dogs?
NO. Cats are extremely different than dogs. Not all cats can be groomed safely and may be referred to a vet. Cats can stress too much, so signs of stress are closely monitored. Panting, drooling, and other signs may cause the groom to stop and cat be sent home. Cats also receive a cat specific shampoo. Cats are dried with a quieter dryer, and while in my lap on the table for best comfort and control. Cat's skin is also thinner and there are higher risks of a cat becoming injured during a groom especially if the coat is not in good condition. Minimal force is used on cats to keep them relaxed. The best interest of the cat always comes first when grooming, followed by safety of the groomer!
Though we are not taking on any more cat grooms we are here to help guide you in caring for your cat. We can give guidance in things you can do at home with your cat or help you in what to look for in a groomer for your cat.
Do you sedate pets?
NO. No drugs are administered to any pets. Pets that are medicated or sedated may still able to be groomed depending on the situation. It is important for the groomer to be aware of any medication given so the pet can be properly monitored. Please bring this up before medicating and bringing your animal for a groom.
Do you muzzel pets?
Pets may be muzzled if it is necessary. Some dogs try to bite but don't "mean it," these dogs I prefer to work with and teach them to trust that they do not need to bite. Some dogs try to bite and may injure themselves biting tools or the groomer; these dogs may be muzzled if safety loops or a cone are not enough. Many times a muzzle acts as a tool to calm the dog down, and some dogs do not do as well with a muzzle. Muzzles are not kept on long as it greatly restricts breathing, and also are not used on some dogs which already have breathing/respiratory issues. Cats are never muzzled, but a c-collar (cone collar) is may be used for safety. Each dog is handled individually for best interest of the dog and groomer.
What are your hours, do I need an appointment?
This is a business run out of our home. We are always open, but not always doing business! Earliest appointments are usually 8 am, and latest ones around 5 pm. Currently the days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday and Sundays. Appointments are required, even for quick services.
Do you require proof of vaccinations?
It is state law that your pets be current with the rabies vaccination. Currently we only require seeing the proof of rabies for cats or dogs that are "higher risk" of biting. If a cat bites medical treatment is needed to prevent high risk of a possibly fatal bacterial infection.
Anytime a person goes for treatment for animal bites (dog or cat) information on the owner and animal are taken for follow up and vaccination verification. If rabies vaccine cannot be verified the groomer would have to go through painful rabies treatment.
Rabies vaccination can only be administered by a vet. If you need help getting your pet vaccinated there are many low cost clinics that provide the vaccine for around $10.
Do you accept tips?
Tips are greatly appreciated but not required. We try to keep our prices low enough for all families to be able to afford to get their pets groomed. Those who can tip help keep descent prices for everyone!