By: Heather S.
Tailwaggers Pet Grooming & Supplies
I'm blind and have a Guide Dog, and she and her helper treat Zahara with so much compassion. I am honored to be a customer, and Zahara comes home so much calmer and happier than she was after being groomed at Pet Smart. Tamara really cares about animals, and it's especially nice to know how much she supports animal shelters with a "no-kill" policy. Her price is also fair, and she never has a problem with doing those little extras that Guide Dogs need like shaving her pads, so her fur doesn't get caught between the moving & stationery parts of an escalator. Thank you, Tamara, for making us feel so special!
By: corey.scott.3154
Tailwaggers Pet Grooming & Supplies
Tamara really understands animals not just a groomer but a true animal whisperer not to mention excellent customer service me and my pet are very plz and will continue our services there.ps never take your pet to petsmart
By: Rachel H.
Furside Pet Grooming
We take our dog to Fur Side and absolutely love it. They are so sweet to our dog and they do an excellent job grooming him so that he doesn't constantly shed all over the house!
By: Sarah G.
Furside Pet Grooming
We've been taking our super hairy 80 lb. dog here for years. Daniel is great-- a real animal-lover. He does a great job and pays attention to details.
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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