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By: Robert K.
Four Paws Grooming Salon
I have two Chihuahuas and one Maltese. My Chihuahuas are 7 and 2.5 pounds while my Maltese is 6 pounds. I’ve been to several groomers over the course of time. Four Paws has been the best my wife and I have delt with period. For one, they have always groomed my dogs the way I’ve asked. When I need to be the first there due to my job, they will come in early just to accommodate me. When I need a favor, they will do what they can to make things work. Courtney is beyond a doubt the best groomer. She has updated me when one of my dogs had worms, something I didn’t know before then. My Maltese is so fiesty, he has been banned from many groomers in the greater San Diego are, yet they treat him like a king and I feel safe. I had another groomer here in town once cut him on purpose out of anger, that isn’t a good thing, but Courtney treats him special. My wife still can’t believe how great their prices are and I have no complaints. If anyone has ever had a problem with these groomers, they didn’t even attempt resolution.
By: evelyn.janeski
Man's Best Friend Inc
They are so great. Open very early which is great for my busy work schedule. They treat my little man like the prince he is and they are all just fantastic to deal with. My family has been taking our pets there for about 13 years and the quality is always superb Have never had a single complaint.
By: lynn.g.carlson.3
Four Paws Grooming Salon
It's a place with friendly folks, open cubbies, and lots of ear scratching. The staff at Four Paws always works with me to get my dog cleaned up and looking spiffy, no matter how much mud and stickers she drags in!
By: Annette W.
Four Paws Grooming Salon
Always welcoming and get me in within a week. Have been using them for 8 years, never disappointed and my dog is never miss treated. Thanks for the great service and great prices.
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By: Teresa C.
Man's Best Friend Inc
I love them, and so does my dog!
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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