Professional Cat & Dog Grooming Services
Professional grooming services can help keep your pet neat and fresh while saving you valuable time and energy.
We offer a variety of services, from haircuts, shampoos, and nail trims to ear cleaning and anal gland expression—everything your pet needs to stay healthy, clean, and adorable as ever.
Professional grooming services also have the added advantage of catching and alerting you to health issues that even the most diligent pet owner might miss.
Putting Your Pet's Best Paw Forward
We offer professional pet grooming services at both of our locations. Our professional groomers have the knowledge and experience to groom pets of all coat types and temperaments.
Dog & Cat Grooming FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about pet grooming at Carroll County Animal Hospital:
- What do grooming services include?
Based on your pet's needs, we can provide a combination of the following during a grooming session:
- Bathing: shampoo & conditioning
- Nail trimming & grinding
- Teeth brushing
- Breed-specific haircuts
- De-shedding treatments
- Ear cleaning
- Brushing & de-matting
- Full haircuts
- Why should I have my pet professionally groomed?
While you may choose to take on the responsibility and time commitment of grooming your pet yourself, there are a few good reasons to have the job done by a professional groomer:
They have the right tools.
Professional groomers have a wide range of grooming tools at their disposal, from various clippers and specialty skin products to adjustable grooming tables and bathtubs designed specifically for pets. They also keep a selection of specialty shampoos on hand for cats and dogs with allergies, skin irritations, fleas and ticks, and even for dogs that have been sprayed by skunks.
They have plenty of experience handling dogs and cats.
Professional groomers know what to do to keep your cat or dog safe during grooming. They are experienced in handling seniors, animals with behavioral issues, and more.
They take care of the unsavory tasks.
No matter how much we love our pets, when it comes to cleaning and grooming them, there are certain tasks that are far from pleasant. From shampooing muddy or skunked dogs to removing fleas and ticks and cleaning anal glands, a professional groomer will get the yucky stuff done with a minimum of fuss – so you don't have to.
- How often should I have my pet groomed?
The proper frequency of grooming sessions depends on your pet's breed, hair length, and coat type. In most cases, though, regular grooming should be done about once a month.
- How long does a grooming session take?
The duration of a grooming session depends on the size of your pet, and the coat type and length. It also depends on what types of services are required to groom them. That said, most grooming sessions at our hospital take between one and two hours.
- How much does grooming cost?
The cost of grooming varies depending on your pet's breed and size, and the type of coat they have. Whether your pet has any significant behavioral issues can also affect the cost. For a better idea of cost, please contact us for an estimate.
- What are the health benefits of professional grooming?
Grooming is a necessity to ensure your pet stays clean and healthy. This task can remove fur that’s been shed and has stuck to your dog’s coat, fleas, mats and ticks. Other health conditions can also be halted or prevented.
Because mats can cause knots in your pet’s hair, this can lead to pain and discomfort - something every owner wants to prevent. A good brushing will also make your dog’s coat shine. Their nails will be trimmed to prevent curling and invasion of germs.
Early detection of skin infections or problems is key to your pet’s health, and the groomer will know what to look for. They will find any inflammations, new lumps, infections, rashes or lesions that may be missed by even the most diligent owner. They may also catch an underlying problem, and the sooner these issues are found, the sooner they can be treated.
- How do your groomers handle fearful or aggressive pets?
We employ Fear Free protocols during the grooming process. Our groomers are trained in the handling of stressed, anxious or aggravated animals. In cases where the animal is especially fearful or aggressive, sedation during the grooming session may be recommended. Most of the time, though, our groomer can manage the animal with the following steps:
• A quiet, peaceful environment
• Offering treats
• Frequent breaks
• Opening a window or playing music
• Asking a dog to do something it knows (like 'sit' or 'shake')
Our bathing services include a shampooing, nail trim, ear cleaning, and anal gland extraction, as well as blowing drying and brushing.
We also use a specially formulated pet-friendly shampoo to help keep your pup smelling clean for 2 weeks.
Benefits of Bathing
There are several sanitary and dermatological benefits to regular bathing sessions for cats and dogs. Bathing:
- Removes dirt & odor for cleaner skin and coat
- Softens and conditions coat
- Reduces shedding
- Helps treat and reduce symptoms of any allergies & skin conditions
- Helps us monitor your pet's health