If you're a pet owner then you know it can be a rewarding experience, but also a big responsibility. That's why many owners are turning to professional groomers to help with some of the work.
“Ideally, pets should be groomed every four to six weeks," Teresa Black, pet groomer said. "The hair follicle releases the hair about every 21 days, and so in order to prevent matting and excessive undercoat, four to six weeks is a good amount of time."
A thorough grooming may include a bath, brush out, ear cleaning, haircut and nail trim. A good groomer will get to know your pet and be able to identify potential skin conditions, tooth issues or other physical ailments.
“I believe an important part of grooming is building a relationship between the groomer and the pet. This is especially important if you have a shy or fearful pet. They need to get to know each other,” added Black.
When it comes to groomers though, not all are created equal. Most states require a license, but not certification. Less than 20 percent of all dog groomers have attained the title of Certified Master Groomer.
“You want to check their experience and certification," Angie Hicks, Angie's List founder said. "You also want to visit the shop. Check to make sure the facility is clean, well ventilated; that they use products that won’t dry out your pet’s skin; and that they use fresh towels with every groom.”
A standard grooming may take a few hours and costs anywhere from $30 to $90 depending on your pet’s size and hair length. Some shops may charge extra if the animal bites or is hard to handle during the process.
You should also ask if the groomer has experience grooming your breed of dog, especially something like a cocker or schnauzer with a specific fur pattern.
The bottom line, Hicks says, is that you want to feel comfortable leaving your pet with the groomer and knowing that he or she will care for it the same way you do.