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By: sophistiq8ted
Hickory Hills Kennels
The only place I will take my dog! The only downside I have to say about them is when I had my pit bull (now deceased) once when both dogs were being boarded, the pit bull was recorded as having bloody diarrhea. I told them to take both dogs to the emergency clinic and I would pick them up there (I worked there at the time). I nor any of the emergency staff ever saw any diarrhea. This is what I didn't like: The person that called told me that "it was probably THAT time" because of the bloody stool (indicating time for my pit bull to be euthanized) if I hadn't worked at an emergency animal clinic and had the background I have, I would have FREAKED OUT! This is NOT something you want to tell someone that is 200 miles away on vacation, and bloody diarrhea does NOT mean they are almost dead, when they are acting normal. I also, had to go BACK to them to pay my bill, they didn't remember that I hadn't paid yet (darn conscience)! And even after he died of cancer, I told them of this and to take him off of my account, they continue to ask if he is going to be boarded (2 years later) when I take my current dog in, which makes me very sad. Even though they had these couple flub ups, I know many people that used to work at Hickory Hills and they said that even behind the scenes the people are very caring, loving and good towards the animals. I lucked out finding this place, my dog loves it, it's affordable, and I wouldn't board him any other place!
By: laura.clark.hansen
T T Grooming LLC
TT Grooming is wonderful. Owner operator, Joan, did an exceptional job with both my dogs. I have poodle and a terrier mix. She listened carefully to my instructions, and groomed them both exactly as I asked. I was worried about my terrier, Tinker because she has separation anxiety. When I picked them up, Tinker was relaxed and so cute. We will use TT Grooming in the future, and we strongly recommend them!
By: stephanie
All Breed Pet Parlor
Laura at All Breed has proven to really care about the animals entrusted to her care! She treats each animal as she would her own! She has done an outstanding job grooming our beloved West Highland Terrier! I highly recommend Laura at All Breed to my friends, family, and you!
By: jameyd
Hickory Hills Kennels
Best doggy day care in Madison. My dog has been going there for three years and its been great for him. The dogs get to be outside all day when the weather is nice. Dustin is fantastic with dogs and all the staff love dogs. Highly recommend.
By: Melanie P.
Central Bark
I used the new groomer Leena for my newly adopted shelter dog. He has some issues but Leena was so kind and loving towards him I knew he was in good hands. I will defenately be going back to her!!
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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