What are your grooming days and hours?
- We are open Tuesday-Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, except major holidays
Do I need to schedule an appointment to have my pet groomed at Paws N Pals Grooming Salon?
- Yes. Appointments allow us to give each pet the special attention and time they deserve. Please call us at (253)478-7278 to set up your grooming appointment. Our grooming salon opens at 8:00 am, but you are welcome to drop off earlier than your appointment time if your pet is a member of our off-leash daycare program. If not, you must arrive at appointment time and pick up once you’ve received the call indicating your pet is finished with his/her spa treatment. Our groomer may need to reschedule appointments more than 15 minutes late. We require advance 24-hour notice of an appointment cancellation.
How much does it cost to have a pet groomed at Paws N Pals Grooming Salon?
- Prices are based on the breed and size of the animal. Age, behavior, condition of coat, and any special needs can influence the cost of individual grooming services.
At what age should my puppy have his/her first professional groom?
- Puppies should be introduced to professional grooming at 8 weeks of age and scheduled for a follow up visit every 4 weeks. This will gradually let your puppy get acquainted with the sights, sounds, smells and procedures.
How often should my dog be groomed?
- Frequency of grooming can depend on breed, coat type and length, lifestyle and how much brushing and detangling you do at home between grooming appointments. If your dog has a longer hair style or a coat that tends to get tangled he/she should be professionally groomed every 3-4 weeks. A dog with a short hair style or short coat can be groomed every 6-7 weeks.
How long will my pet need to stay for its grooming appointment?
- A typical grooming procedure takes about 3 hours. Additional time may be needed for larger dogs or dogs with thick or matted fur.
Does Paws N Pals Grooming tranquilize pets before a bath or groom?
- Our professional stylist will not tranquilize a pet to groom it. We are well trained to handle a nervous pet and treat every pet with tender loving care. If a pet is too agitated to be safely bathed or groomed, we will not attempt to force the service upon the pet.
Does Paws N Pals Grooming Salon employ heated drying cages in its grooming facility?
- No! In fact, we have a policy against the use of these devices. Our stylists are trained to hand-dry pets after they have been bathed. The process involves brushing out the coat to remove shedding hair, while blowing it dry with our drying equipment, that is larger than a hair dryer you might use at home. When the pet’s coat is almost completely dry, he/she is put into a holding compartment to rest. A high volume of room temperature air is circulated through the compartment and exited outside by a controlled exhaust system which allows for constant exchange of fresh air. We NEVER add heat to the circulating air.
Will my pet encounter other animals during the grooming process?
- No. All grooming pets are handled individually and do not have contact with any other animals during the grooming process.
Do we shave down short haired dogs?
- No, shaving pets that have double coats or short coats can cause damage. As well as alter the ability to regrow healthy hair.
Should I have my pet groomed in the winter?
- Yes! Grooming is a year-round process. Some people prefer to let their dog’s fur be longer during the winter months. Longer fur has a greater chance of developing mats and tangles. Mats do not allow proper airflow through the coat and this can lead to health problems. Short haired breeds also need attention in the cooler months. Pet skin can become dry and flaky due to a lack of humidity in the colder air. Regular shampooing, conditioning and brushing can help stimulate the natural oils to ease the dryness.
Why do dogs shed?
- Hormones in a dog’s body control shedding. Most shedding seems to occur between winter and spring when the dog loses its thick winter coat. Shedding seems more prominent in breeds that originate from colder climates. Almost all dogs shed. A shed-less grooming procedure can tremendously reduce the amount of hair left around your house. (Note: Excessive shedding that does not respond to treatment can be a symptom of an underlying health problem. Please consult your veterinarian.)
How can shedding be reduced?
- Shedding can be reduced by 60% to 80% after 1 to 2 applications of a shed-less treatment. A shed-less treatment consists of a specially formulated de-shedding shampoo followed by the application of a de-shedding solution. A special tool is then used to remove the undercoat and loose hair.
Would my dog benefit from Shed-less?
- Shed-less treatments are formulated for “shedding” breeds such as Labs, Goldens, Shepherds, Huskies, Border Collies, Pugs, Shelties, Beagles, Dachshunds, Boxers, Malamutes, etc.
Why is my dog itchy?
- Dry skin, hot spots and fleas are the most common cause of itchy skin. We offer medicated baths, oatmeal baths and flea treatments to sooth your pet’s skin.
Will cutting my dog’s hair short in the summer make him cooler?
- Your dog’s coat protects his skin from the elements, insulating him/her from both heat and cold. Making sure that the dog’s coat is thoroughly brushed out and all undercoat is removed so that the air can circulate through the coat will keep him/her cooler.
My dog had a flea treatment and I see fleas on him. Does that mean the flea dip isn’t working?
- At Paws N Pals Salon we use Frontline® Plus flea treatment that offers residual protection up to 30 days. The residual protection is not a flea repellant. The flea will die within a few hours once it bites your dog. Proper flea control must also include treatment of the environment. This may include your home, yard, vehicle and your dog’s bedding. No flea control product can penetrate fleas while they are in the pupae stage. You will need to treat these areas at weekly intervals to kill the newly hatched fleas. It can take 3 to 4 treatments to completely rid the environment of fleas as per the flea life cycle.
How can I tell if my pet has fleas?
- Most animals are very itchy when fleas are present. They will typically scratch and bite themselves. Dogs will tend to bite their backs just above their tail. Hair loss on the dog’s back above the tail is another good indication fleas are present. Tiny black specs throughout the coat are a definite indication that fleas are feeding off your pet.