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Have a Dog with Special Needs? What Your Groomer Needs to Know 

Photo Credit: Handicapped Pets

Photo Credit: Handicapped Pets

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and that includes special needs dogs. Some have only three legs, others can have weight concerns and still others might have an internal health problem. Because that can affect how the dog lives her life, you may be wondering how that may impact the dog’s grooming session. 

Communication Sets Up A Successful Grooming Session

When setting up your pet's appointment, we suggest speaking with our Master Groomer Joel to discuss your dog's needs. Joel has over 15 years of experience and has groomed thousands of dogs. He knows how to adjust a grooming service accordingly.

Issues that we should know about include: 

  1. Recent surgeries the dog has had that affect movement or care in any way, such as hip surgeries. 
  2. Any health concerns that have an affect on the dog. Examples include recent injuries, trachea issues or heart issues. 
  3. Weight issues for both overweight or extremely thin dogs.
  4. Any changes related to age, such as incontinence
  5. Injuries or handicaps, like missing legs, blindness or deafness. 

Knowing about any of these issues can help us better care for your dog while we are grooming her. For instance, a heart problem might mean we need to take measures to not spook the dog with blower noises, which could put stress on the heart. Missing legs can affect how we harness your dog while grooming. We can also prepare ahead of time to transfer, lift and support the dog safely before, during and after grooming.

Mobile Grooming is Less Stressful for Your Special Needs Dog

If you have a dog with special needs, mobile grooming is typically the least stressful grooming option. The fact that we come to you means less travel. Your dog can stay near her home, and she won't have to face the noise, sights and smells of a building full of many other animals and strangers. 

If your pet has a health issue, you may wonder if loading your dog into a van is a good option. We encourage you to talk to Joel about this when you schedule your appointment. But rest assured, we are experts at lifting dogs of all types into the van for grooming. 

Ready to schedule a low-stress grooming option for your furry friend? Call us at 844-484-7666.

Grooming your pet regularly should reduce shedding by at least 40 percent


Does it seem like your home is being taken over by pet hair? If so, it's that time of year. Dogs and cats shed their coats two to four times a year, and early winter is one of those high-shedding periods.

The good news is: Grooming your dog or cat monthly will reduce shedding by at least 40 percent. Having your pet groomed every 6 to 8 weeks will reduce shedding by 10 to 20 percent. 

With our grooming services, we include a de-shedding treatment at no additional cost. Mention that your pet is shedding a lot, and we'll use a special shampoo and conditioner with aloe. And for pets with long fur, we'll use the FURminator shedding tool to remove even more of the dead fur.

While you'll see a reduction in shedding after the first grooming service, you'll see the maximum benefit after multiple grooms.

What can you expect from one of our premium pet grooming appointments?

As soon as you meet Master Groomer Joel C. Burton, you'll know your pet will be in safe and competent hands. Joel has more than 15 years of grooming experience and has even tested his skills in more than 10 grooming competitions.

During the grooming appointment, your beloved pet will be pampered and gently treated to ALL of the following:

  • Bathing Beauty Shampooing 
  • Massage-In Bathing Beauty
  • Thorough Rinse
  • Scissor Finish
  • Brush Out Knots & Tangles
  • Gentle, Towel Dry for the Face
  • Blow Dry for the Body
  • Brush & Fluff Dry (depending on breed)
  • Grinding Toenails (dogs only)
  • Lion Cut (cats only)
  • Clean Eyes & Ears
  • Teeth Brushing (dogs only)
  • Blueberry Towel Treatment (helps with tear stains)
  • Light Fragrance (with your approval)
  • Stylish Bandana (with your approval)