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By: Vicky M.
Village Pets Tequesta
We have used Village Pets for our dogs for 31 yrs. Immaculate facility, also serving as a boutique and pet photography service. They provide excellent care and grooming, as well as working with the clients to facilitate scheduling. We tried a grooming service on wheels and our dog did not take to the groomer or the claustrophobic salon, He was so happy to be back with John at Village Pets. A wagging tail was evidence that we remain with Village Pets as long as he lives.
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By: Francesca C.
Village Pets Tequesta
Village Pets is a pet and people friendly business who genuinely love dogs. John is like the dog whisperer and has a connection to each of the dogs he grooms. His talent for grooming dogs is amazing. I found him by personal reference and I have been taking my pets there since 2000. I have a Westie and when I pick her up after her "spa day" she looks just like the Ceasar dog. I highly recommend John and Village Pets for excellent service and caring
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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