Yes! Dr. Pete will need a copy of your pet’s vaccination records. Please either email, have your veterinarian email, or bring a copy of your pets’ vaccination records with you on your first visit. Of all the things you can do to keep your pet healthy and prevent the spread of disease, vaccination is by far the best way. It is imperative that I do not allow unvaccinated pets to enter my grooming unit so that I do not spread diseases between pets. Also, I must be sure that there is no risk of people including myself getting sick with a zoonotic disease (a disease that can be passed between humans and other animals).
In order to maintain a proper and manageable coat, it is recommended that you have your dog groomed every 4 – 6 weeks. This is true for non-shedding breeds such as Poodles, Bichons, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Terriers, etc. The coat on these breeds can easily become painfully matted if not properly maintained. Breeds that have short, shedding coats can usually wait 8 -12 weeks between grooming appointments, as long as they are brushed thoroughly at home.
Rarely is it a good idea for a pet’s caretakers to be present with their pet in the grooming space during the grooming process. Dr. Pete will evaluate this on a case-by-case basis. Since pets are strongly influenced by the strong emotional relationship that they have with their caretakers, pets are calmer and much better behaved for grooming when no caretaker is present. When a caretaker is present the pet is so focused on the caretaker that they are much more likely to “act up.” This disrupts the grooming process. It is simply harder on the pet and the groomer. The pet’s full attention and connection with the groomer and their grooming is extremely important. Very sharp tools are being used around your pet’s eyes and other sensitive parts of the body. With a caretaker present in the grooming space the pet will not remain still enough for the pet to be groomed safely.
Pets are much more likely to comfortable with the grooming process and thus take less time to groom when they are exposed to the groomer and process early in life. It is best to start getting your pet groomed as early as 8 weeks of age. Your puppy’s or kitten’s first visit will be short and simple. Usually they will just get a standard High-Quality Grooming (see the Services page on the website or ask for a copy). It is important to start very slow and sweet as to not stress the little puppy or kitten and to avoid making the grooming process something that your pet is uncomfortable with.
Probably not, but older pets are one of the more challenging groups to work with. Luckily, Dr. Pete is a professional. Depending on the health of the pet, Dr. Pete may recommend that only a standard High-Quality Grooming be done so that the grooming process is as short as possible. If an older pet needs lots of grooming it is better for the pet’s health to keep the individual grooming time short and then groom the pet more often.
Because it hurts A LOT! Dr. Pete will try his best to save as much of the coat as possible, and use a deep conditioner that works to detangle the hair. If the pet’s hair is matted, the hair is already damaged and will not brush out to healthy looking or feeling hair. If the dog has a mat or two that is a different story – Dr. Pete will do his best to remove the mat and continue on with the haircut.