Professional Pet Grooming
Having your pet professionally groomed helps to keep them looking and feeling neat, clean, and healthy. It also helps you save time and energy.
Our grooming and bathing services include everything your pet needs to stay clean, healthy, and as adorable as ever.
Some of our services include haircuts to help your fluffy friend manage the summer heat, flea control treatments, shampoos, and nail trims.
Putting Your Pet's Best Paw Forward
Our onsite professional groomer has the knowledge and skills to groom pets of all coat types and temperaments, your cat or dog will leave our office looking and feeling like their best selves.
Pet Grooming FAQs
Below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions about pet grooming at Wachusett Animal Hospital.
- What do grooming services include?
Depending on your pet's needs, we are able to provide a combination of the following during a grooming session:
- Full haircuts
- Bathing: shampoo & conditioning
- Brushing & de-matting
- Nail trimming & grinding
- Teeth brushing
- Breed-specific haircuts
- De-shedding treatments
- Ear cleaning
- Anal gland expression
- Collar Wash
- Nail Polish
- Sedated Grooms
- Ear plucking
- How often should I have my pet groomed?
The amount of times you have to come in for grooming sessions depends on your pet's breed, hair length, and coat type. However, most of the time regular grooming should be done about once every 4 to 8 weeks
- 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.
- How much does grooming cost?
The cost of your grooming session will vary based on your pet's breed, size, and type of coat they have. We also factor in whether or not your pet has any significant behavioural issues. Contact us for an estimate.
- What are the health benefits of professional grooming?
Grooming is key to ensuring your pet stays clean and healthy. This task can remove fur that’s been shed and has stuck to your dog’s coat, as well as, fleas, mats and ticks. Other health conditions can also be halted or prevented.
Because mats can create knots in your pet’s hair, it can cause your pet pain and discomfort (something every owner wants to prevent). Giving your pet a good brushing will also make their coat shine. We will also trim their nails to prevent curling and the invasion of germs.
Detecting skin problems or infections early is key to your pet’s health, your groomer will know what to look for. They can find any inflammations, new lumps, infections, rashes or lesions that could be easily missed by even the most careful owner. They might also catch an underlying problem, and the sooner these issues are detected, the faster they can be treated.
- How do your groomers handle fearful or aggressive pets?
Our groomers have hours of experience handling stressed, anxious or aggravated pets. If there is a situation where the animal is especially fearful or aggressive, your groomer might suggest using sedation during the grooming session. However, most of the time, our groomer can manage the animal by following these steps:
• A quiet, peaceful environment
• Offering treats
• Frequent breaks
• Asking a dog to do something it knows (like 'sit' or 'shake')
Why Should I Have My Pet Professionally
While you might decide to take on the responsibility and time commitment of grooming your pet yourself, there are several good reasons to have the job completed by a professional groomer:
They have the right tools.
Professional groomers are equipped with a range of quality grooming tools including various clippers, specialty skin products, adjustable grooming tables and bathtubs designed specifically for pets. They also have a selection of specialty shampoos to groom cats and dogs with allergies, skin irritations, fleas, ticks, as well as for dogs that have been sprayed by skunks.
They have plenty of experience handling dogs and cats.
Professional groomers know how 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 adore our furry pets, there are some tasks that are far from pleasant, when it comes to cleaning and grooming your cats and dogs. Some of these tasks include shampooing muddy or skunked dogs, removing fleas and ticks and cleaning anal glands. A professional groomer will do all the yucky stuff, so you don't have to.
Talk To Us To Learn More
Welcoming Cats & Dogs to Our Animal Hospital
Wachusett Animal Hospital and Pet Retreat is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Westminster companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.