We offer grooming for dogs and cats at our hospital. Certain breeds—especially those with long hair that mats easily—may need assistance maintaining their coat. Animals that are older or have physical disabilities may also benefit from our grooming services. If your pet is having difficulty grooming itself, it can be a sign of an underlying health issue. Be sure to mention this when you schedule an appointment. You can also call us anytime to discuss your concerns.
During your pet’s grooming session, we will bathe him or her in a specially formulated shampoo tailored to its individual needs, as well as express their anal glands, trim nails and do a routine ear cleaning. We will also check and clean your pet’s eyes, paws and pads. In most cases, pets respond favorably and take pleasure in the grooming process. However in some cases the pet may find the experience unpleasant or frightening and become very uncooperative or aggressive. If this situation occurs, we will contact you and give you the option of administering a sedative under the veterinarian’s supervision to complete the grooming process. This way, no one gets injured, your pet gets groomed, and he or she probably won’t remember anything about the whole experience.
In addition to making your pet look and smell good, grooming provides many health benefits. Regular brushing helps remove dead hair, mats and dirt. It also distributes the dog or cat’s own natural oils throughout the fur, keeping the coat clean and healthy. Trimming nails prevents overgrowth of toenails, which can lead to painful broken nails or additional discomfort if they have arthritis. Additionally, long nails are more likely to be become caught in carpets, sweaters or upholstery, not to mention scratching floors and their owners. Please feel free to ask us for a product recommendation for pet shampoos, conditioners and other grooming products.
Medicated baths can help ease many skin conditions in your pet. If he or she suffers from seborrhea (a noncontagious condition that can cause skin to become dry and flaky or oily and scaly), a medicated bath can help alleviate the itching. Pets with allergies, flea infestations and other skin issues may also find relief with a medicated bath.
We may recommend a medicated bath after one of our veterinarians has examined your pet and diagnosed the problem. Illnesses seemingly unrelated to the skin, such as thyroid disease, can also cause skin problems in pets, so we want to be sure we’re treating the root of the problem, not just a symptom.
Please contact us so we can address any concerns you may have regarding your pet’s skin and coat. Our goal is to help your pet feel and look better.