Professional Pet Grooming in Fort Collins
Professional grooming helps keep pets looking and feeling neat, clean, and healthy – and saves you both time and energy.
Professional grooming helps to remove flakes of skin, dirt, and debris from the coat removes shedding hairs and helps to stimulate skin glands to condition the dog’s coat. Not only will your dog look better but they will feel better!
From haircuts to help your fluffy friend manage the summer heat, to flea control treatments, shampoos, and nail trims, our grooming, and bathing services include everything your pet needs to stay clean, healthy, and as adorable as ever!
Putting Your Pet's Best Paw Forward
We offer professional grooming services at our animal hospital. Our professional groomer has the knowledge and experience to groom pets of all coat types and temperaments.
Dog & Cat Grooming FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about pet grooming at South Mesa Veterinary Hospital.
- Why should I have my pet professionally groomed?
While you may choose to take on the responsibility and time commitment of grooming your pet yourself, there are a few good reasons to have the job done by a professional groomer:
They have the right tools.
Professional groomers have a wide range of grooming tools at their disposal, from various clippers and specialty skin products to adjustable grooming tables and bathtubs designed specifically for pets. They also keep a selection of specialty shampoos on hand for cats and dogs with allergies, skin irritations, fleas and ticks, and even for dogs that have been sprayed by skunks.
They have plenty of experience handling dogs and cats.
Professional groomers know what to do to keep your cat or dog safe during grooming. They are experienced in handling seniors, animals with behavioral issues, and more.
They take care of the unsavory tasks.
No matter how much we love our pets, when it comes to cleaning and grooming them, certain tasks are far from pleasant. From shampooing muddy or skunked dogs to removing fleas and ticks and cleaning anal glands, a professional groomer will get the yucky stuff done with a minimum of fuss – so you don't have to.
- How often should I have my pet groomed?
The proper frequency of grooming sessions depends on your pet's breed, hair length, and coat type. In most cases, though, regular grooming should be done about once a month.
- How long does a grooming session take?
The duration of a grooming session depends on the size of your pet, and the coat type and length. It also depends on what types of services are required to groom them. That said, most grooming sessions at our hospital take between one and two hours.
- How much does grooming cost?
The cost of grooming varies depending on your pet's breed and size, and the type of coat they have. Whether your pet has any significant behavioral issues can also affect the cost. For a better idea of cost, please contact us for an estimate.
- What are the health benefits of professional grooming?
Grooming is a necessity to ensure your pet stays clean and healthy. This task can remove fur that’s been shed and has stuck to your dog’s coat, fleas, mats, and ticks. Other health conditions can also be halted or prevented.
Because mats can cause knots in your pet’s hair, this can lead to pain and discomfort - something every owner wants to prevent. A good brushing will also make your dog’s coat shine. Their nails will be trimmed to prevent curling and invasion of germs.
Early detection of skin infections or problems is key to your pet’s health, and the groomer will know what to look for. They will find any inflammations, new lumps, infections, rashes, or lesions that may be missed by even the most diligent owner. They may also catch an underlying problem, and the sooner these issues are found, the sooner they can be treated.
- How do your groomers handle fearful or aggressive pets?
Our groomers have spent many hours handling stressed, anxious, or aggravated animals. In cases where the animal is especially fearful or aggressive, sedation during the grooming session may be recommended. Most of the time, though, our groomer can manage the animal with the following steps:
• A quiet, peaceful environment
• Offering treats
• Frequent breaks
• Opening a window or playing music
• Asking a dog to do something it knows (like 'sit' or 'shake')
Our bathing services are available daily, and include shampooing, nail trim, ear cleaning, and anal gland extraction, as well as blowing drying and brushing.
Our 12-point Grooming System
We have an extensive grooming system to ensure your pet is completely taken care of. No matter the breed, your dog's grooming needs will always be met at our Fort Collins grooming facility.
2. Check for fleas and ticks
3. Nails ground and filed
4. Ears plucked and cleaned
5. Feet Trimmed and clipped
6. Warm bath with 1st shampoo
8. Anal glands expressed
9. Blow dry and fluff up
10. Check for skin/teeth problems
11. Hair clipped to breed standard
12. Final brush and fresh cologne