Some pet owners are fortunate to have short-haired, smaller dogs that can be bathed easily at home in the bathtub or kitchen sink. Let the dog air-dry and that is it! They may even do nail trimming, ear cleaning and anal glad expression (external). As long as you have a cooperative pet and the right equipment, it’s easy!
Some pet owners with medium and larger-sized dogs, opt to use do-it-yourself pet washing stations. With this option, you leave the mess and clean up to someone else, but still have a low-cost bonding experience with your pet. To find one near you, just Google “self service dog wash” Richmond VA and you’ll see plenty of good choices.
Some pet owners take their pets to their veterinarian or a grooming shop — also fine choices. Groomers are professionally trained to handle dogs and cats, give breed-specific haircuts and keep animals comfortable during the process.
Taking Pets to the Groomer Can Be Exhausting!
I used to take my brood to the grooming shop – several different ones over the years. I didn’t have any horrible experiences, but it was always a complete hassle. I had a Golden Retriever, a Pekingese, a Lhasa Apso and 5 cats, two of which were long-haired Persians.
Getting them to the groomer was quite an undertaking! Cats had to be in carriers, dogs on leashes and all crammed into the car. Off we would go with a chorus of meows and barking dogs. Then we’d unload everyone and get them into the shop to wait our turn to check in. Total exhaustion! This would all take place around 9 AM and if we were lucky, they would be ready for pick-up around 5 PM. Then, reverse the process to get back home — all worn out, but looking good!
Obviously the transportation was a downside and leaving the pets all day in a strange place was very stressful for the animals. We also had several incidents of kennel cough they picked up from infected animals also left there for grooming that day. Back then, there were no regulations requiring animals to have a current kennel cough shot. Personally, I thought that would be a very good idea since kennel cough is a difficult disease to treat and can lead to pneumonia.
Bringing The Groomer To You!
About 15 years ago, I decided there had to be a better way. I was right — and it’s called “mobile pet grooming!” The groomer arrives at your home and takes the pet(s) into a van that is a fully-equipped grooming shop. From there, they groom and take care of the pets.
Your dog and cat aren’t exposed to the pets of other people who may have diseases like kennel cough and the grooming time is minimal, compared to leaving your pet at a vet or groomer’s shop. When a mobile pet groomer comes to you, your animals are not exhausted or stressed. They return to the house looking “show ready.”
I use The Pet Spa owned by Walt MacKay. I can’t say enough good things about him and the services he provides. He is great with the pets. One of our pets is older and has special needs and takes a while longer to groom — she refuses to stand up which creates a problem. But Walt still manages to make her look great!
The Pet Spa specializes in smaller dogs in Midlothian VA and North Chesterfield county. There are many other mobile dog groomers serving the Richmond area and they’re easy to find. Just Google “mobile pet groomer” or “mobile dog groomer” and add your specific location. You’ll find at least one who services your area of the city. Then, be sure to check reviews and customer testimonials. Unfortunately, not all groomers accept cats. Be sure to ask.
Now, with four long-haired dogs, we never have to deal with the hassle of transportation and worries our pups will stress out being cooped up all day in cages with barking stranger dogs where they could pick up kennel cough or fleas. Mobile dog grooming is a perfect option for our pet family. Give it a try!
Carole Tomas is the owner and president of Pet Pleasers, Inc. She is a graduate of Ohio University and a Charter Member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. When she began Pet Pleasers in 1985, business was conducted Old School via a landline, snail mail and an answering machine the size of a breadbox. No internet, email, text messaging, digital photos, social media or mobile phones! What has remained constant over three decades: Carole’s love of animals and an unwavering passion for professional pet sitting.