Austin

Grooming Services

At this time, we are in the process of seeking out a high quality groomer to provide grooming services for your pets, as our long-time groomer of 19 years Shelley has retired from grooming in early March, 2022.

Scheduling

We look forward to your visit! Grooming can typically be scheduled by appointment Monday through Friday with drop off from 7:30-8:30am (7:45-8:15 preferred), 10am, or noon, and pickup when finished or by 5:30 pm.

Request Grooming Appt. Form

We are sorry; at this time we are not scheduling new grooming appointments, as we are in the process of looking for a new groomer. Our previous long-time groomer, Shelley, retired from grooming in early March, 2022.


Additional Information:

On Pricing

Pricing for grooming is determined by the amount of time, effort, skill, and risk that it takes to complete the groom, and therefore will vary depending on the particular pet, their size, behavior, and coat length and condition. Pets with matting or coats that require hand trimming take longer and therefore will increase the cost, and add-ons such as grinding nails, cleaning ears, special needs, etc may also increase the cost of providing the service. Ballpark estimates can be provided while booking, but more accurate estimates can be provided on the day of your appointment after the groomer has assessed your pet’s coat and discussed what you would like done that day.

**Coming soon: we are working on a price list by breed for ballpark estimation which will be published here when ready. Thank you for your patience!**

On Grooming and Bathing Cats

We typically discourage full-on bathing for cats, as it can be very stressful for them. As an alternative, we offer a quick-drying, wiped-on shampoo that does not require rinsing with water – most cats find this to be a significantly less stressful method of cleaning. For cats who may be overly stressed out during the grooming process and are difficult to work on safely, sedation prior to grooming may be necessary. Please consult with our medical team to discuss if this option may be necessary and appropriate for your cat.

On Sedation for Cats

Sometimes it is necessary for a cat to be sedated to be safely handled for grooming. We prefer not to sedate cats if it is avoidable. If your cat does require sedation, it must be discussed with the doctor prior to the grooming. Please note that there will be additional paperwork on drop-off, and that one of our doctors must have done a physical examination on your cat within the last year in order to be able to administer sedatives. If we feel we are unable to perform the grooming in a way that is safe for everyone involved, we will not perform the grooming. Safety is our priority.

On Treating Flea Infestations & Flea Bathing

Please call and inform us in advance if you suspect your pet may have fleas on it; we will be very happy to discuss an effective treatment plan with you. We do not typically recommend flea baths, as they are not an effective means of stopping or preventing a flea infestation. If live fleas are found on a pet during grooming, the pet will need to be treated appropriately. We do recommend year-round flea and tick preventative for all pets.

If your dog has been recently sprayed by a skunk

If you know that your dog has been sprayed by a skunk recently – even if they had a skunk bath afterwards – please let us know in advance of your grooming appointment. Skunked dogs receiving a bath here must be brought in, bathed, and taken home immediately after the bath is finished, so that the smell doesn’t get into the air and onto any other dogs who are with us.

We also carry Skunk Off shampoo and spray, which can be used at home. (This option, if practical, will help keep your car’s interior from getting skunky, since you won’t need to transport your freshly-skunked dog.)

Please note that skunk baths rarely remove the skunk smell completely, but will typically reduce the odor to a manageable level.


Health and Vaccine Requirements for Grooming:

Please note that any overdue or first-time vaccinations may need to be done at least 10 days prior to a grooming appointment. Please consult our medical team if you have any questions regarding your pet’s vaccination history or status.

Requirements For Cats:

Rabies Vaccine

Strongly Recommended For Cats:

Feline Distemper Vaccine


Requirements For Dogs:

Rabies Vaccine

Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, and Adenovirus-2 Vaccine

Leptospirosis Vaccine

Kennel Cough (aka Bordetella) Vaccine

Canine Parainfluenza Vaccine*

*Canine parainfluenza is typically included in distemper combination vaccines and in some kennel cough vaccines; it must be given annually to be effective. Please note that not all veterinarians administer this each year – typically if it’s only given with their distemper vaccine every 3 years and is not included in their kennel cough vaccine – so it must be confirmed prior to boarding.

Canine Influenza Vaccine, for strains H3N2 and H3N8.