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Keeping You Informed
In addition to pet grooming services, Groomingdales Spaw in Houston, TX also provides more information on pet care. We have answered some frequently asked questions to help you understand your dog’s grooming requirements. Read on to learn more about pet grooming.
- Why does it take so long for my dog to be groomed?
Groomers do not groom one dog at a time. Dogs are bathed before they are groomed, even if they’ll be clipped short. While one dog is drying in a cage under a soft dryer, another is being washed. It doesn’t make much sense to stand around waiting for a dog to dry when you can stay busy working on another. Blow dryers are great, but dogs are not particularly fond of the noise and will only take so much before they object.
By the time two or three dogs are washed, the first dog bathed is dry and ready to be groomed. It might seem silly washing a thick coated dog that is going to be clipped short, but a clipper blade forced through a dirty coat not only takes twice as long, but the hair cut will look choppy and unprofessional.Other interruptions are inevitable, the phone is ringing, dogs are checking in and out, and there’s no doubt going to be more than a few messes to clean up. Some dogs have never been groomed before and need extra time to overcome their fear of the unknown. The safety and comfort of your furry pal comes first. We never rush.
- Why does my dog have fleas?
All dogs should be on an internal flea preventative. Fleas can be spread without dog to dog contact. They live in grass, waiting for a host. They live in your carpet. On squirrels, birds and all manner of critters. Fleas are a nuisance, no doubt, but for about $8 a month your dog can be flea free. Please see your vet for right flea preventative for your dog.
*Note: It is our experience that over the counter remedies such as flea collars, shampoos and sprays do not work well, if at all. Fleas are resourceful little creatures that hide in your dogs nose and ears as soon as the water hits and they stay 6 inches away from any flea collar. That is why you won't find them for sale here at Groomingdales.
- How often should my dog be groomed?
The general rule for most dogs who require regular grooming is every four to six weeks. Poodles, Shih Tzus, Maltese fit into this category. Other breeds are done less often and are at the owners discretion. Shepards, Great Pyrs and St Bernards for example.
- Why is my dogs coat so white when finished?
We use a special "whitening" shampoo the removes all the dirt and oils from the fur, leaving your pet clean and white.
- Why can't my buddy be out early, he hates being crated for long periods?
Rushing a dog through the grooming process stresses both the animal and our staff, who have to hurry, and that is just not comfortable for either party. However if you wish to have your dog at the front of the line, we do have an express fee. Please see our PRICE page. This fee compensates the groomer and bather who care for your dog on a first out basis.
As for being crated, we promise, your dog loves it here. There are smells to investigate, sounds to pay attention to, and so many new friends to make. They all nap. They all sit and watch the constant activity. They talk to their neighbor. They are also loved while they are here, constantly talked to and pet by our staff. They are in and out of their crates for bathing, grooming, and potty breaks.
- What happens if I am late or can't pick up my dog due to unforeseen events?
We make every effort to contact owners/pet parents before closing time, but when we are unable to contact you, we set your furkid up with food, water and a comfortable place to sleep for the night. There is a regular boarding charge added to your bill according to the size/weight of your pet. Pick up must be before noon the next day to avoid another half day boarding charge.
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