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By: susan.hockensmithsmithshearer
Shedding Shack
After taking my Airedale Terrier to several different groomers, a friend recommended trying Kelly's Shedding Shack. Kelly and Brian are the best thing that ever happened to my dog! They are professional, curteous, and I believe the best groomers on the East Coast!! It may take a bit to get an appointment, but it is WELL WORTH THE WAIT.
By: Amy R.
Best Friends Grooming
Chris grooms our 4 yorkies. She does the BEST job and I wouldn't think of taking them anywhere else. She is fast and they look SO great when I pick them up. You just drop them off and she calls when they are ready. Her prices are very reasonable as well. I'm so glad we found her :))
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By: Candi H.
Best Friends Grooming
Christina is just the best! She boards my little Tucker and I don't have to worry she won't pay attention to him. The only one who maybe pays more attention to him is her husband! LOL, he loves him too!
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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