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10/01/2015
By: Brooke B.
The Barker Shoppe
Our baby boy is short haired so we don't take him to get groomed but we have taken him to get his nails trimmed here. The atmosphere is wonderful! Each time I have come in here I never have any nervous feelings or get worried. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Our dog also enjoys the people and the other dogs! I love how they bring him in and are not scared of him like most people are (1 year old blue nose). He gets so excited to be around the other dogs. He is put up on the table they trim his nails real quick and painless and he is done. It usually is only a couple minutes we are in there but every time we have been in there it is a pleasant experience. I would highly recommend this place! The prices are reasonable and the staff is knowledgeable. They are only open till 4pm which is sometimes hard with my work schedule but I don't mind stopping in on the weekends because they are very conscious about doing a great job and it only takes minutes. Keep up the great service!
03/16/2016
By: Nina R.
Abigail's Top Knots & Tails
My experience here was amazing, she was very accommodating to my dogs special needs and is very helpful with any questions I had! If you want to a truly great groomer go there!
Tips & Advices
Some pet groomers have viewing areas where owners can sit and watch their pets being treated. Most prevent owners from being in the same room as the pet, however, as the owner's presence might cause the pet to become too excited.
Pets that cannot interact with strangers do not make good professional grooming candidates. Sometimes medication can help, but some groomers don't take animals that have been sedated. If a pet becomes too unruly, a groomer may end the session entirely.
It's best to fully vaccinate pets before bringing them to their first grooming appointment. Dogs should receive the DA2PPC vaccine, which stands for canine distemper, canine andenovirus type 2, canine parvovirus, and parainfluenza. It's also a good idea to vaccinate dogs against Bordedatella (aka “kennel cough”). In fact, New York City requires dogs receive both DAPP and Bordetella shots. Cats, meanwhile, should get the FVRCP vaccine: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus infection, and panleukopenia. In addition, all pets should be up to date on their rabies shots. Owners should wait at least 24 hours after getting their pet vaccinated before bringing it to the groomers.
Technically, there is no such thing as a pet that is too old for a professional groomer. In fact, older pets with joint or mobility issues often can't groom themselves and need someone else to clean them. However, pets that are blind, deaf, or have serious medical issues might not do well at a groomer, especially if the person is inexperienced. Owners should feel free to ask potential groomers about their understanding of elderly pet issues. Often, older pets will exhibit puppy-like behavior and squirm or yelp during grooming. Alternatively, they might not be able to stand for long periods of time. As such, grooming an older pet usually takes more time than grooming a young one.
Puppies and kittens should be at least 10 weeks old before their first professional grooming session. They should be used to being gently handled by strangers and comfortable being separated from their owners for a few hours at a time.

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