Dog Groomers Des Moines IA

The internet and phonebook can be helpful in locating a dog groomer, but even better is a satisfied friend or trusted professional's reference. Ask your vet, trainer, breeder or rescue organization, and friends if they can recommend any good groomers in your area. Check below for more information.

It's a Dogs Life in Iowa
(515) 724-9292
2712 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
Description
It's a DOG's Life in Iowa is a full service pet grooming salon. I provide an excellent standard of care for dogs/cats & pet parents! I specialize in senior pets/special cases (recues). Every pet is treated as if they were one of my very own. I (Lisa) have kids of own and know how important it is that you as the pet parent have a special relationship with me.

small dog grooming
(515) 277-9513
1160 20th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
With 35 years of grooming experience, I offer exceptional professional quality grooming, specializing in the needs of small dogs, (under 20 pounds). Dogs appreciate the peaceful, loving environment. Conveniently located 3 blocks off I-235 in a beautiful West Des Moines neighborhood.

All-Pets Hospital
(515) 954-7214
1330 2nd Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Ingersoll Animal Hospital
(515) 274-3555
3009 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Animal Health Care Center
(515) 278-2120
Corner Of Nw 128th & Meredith
Urbandale, IA
 
Shear Pawfection
(515) 279-7297
517 Maple Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
The salon for pets in Historic Valley Junction. This salon offers full service pet styling for dogs & cats, Do-It-Yourself Pet Spa Wash, pick-up & delivery with many extras. Open Monday - Saturday by appointment.

Shear Pawfection LLC
(515) 279-7297
517 Maple Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
Full service pet styling, Upscale salon, spa, retail. Dogs and cats welcome, Do-It-Yourself, pick-up & delivery available. Open Monday thru Saturday by appointment, walk-ins & same day apppts can sometimes be accomodated.

Bryan Animal Hospital
(515) 274-3555
3009 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Berge, Kathleen W
(515) 262-8535
1330 2nd Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Snip Doggy Dog
(515) 276-2195
5715 Urbandale Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Dog Grooming Basics - Tools and Techniques

Dog Grooming Basics - Tools and Techniques

A dog of any breed will need grooming to look and feel her best. Grooming your dog appropriately may take a few minutes to quite a few hours each week, depending on breed and coat type.

Not all pet owners may have the time, skill, desire, or expertise needed to keep their dog's coat, nails, skin, teeth, and ears in the best possible shape. For these owners, it is best to hire a dog groomer.

Evaluating A Dog Grooming Business

What are your grooming goals - a well-trimmed family dog or preparing a dog for conformation showing? Finding a talented show groomer may be much more difficult than finding a wonderful groomer who specializes in fabulous cuts for pet dogs. If you are looking for a show groomer, contact your breeder or breed club for recommendations.

The internet and phonebook can be helpful in locating a dog groomer, but even better is a satisfied friend or trusted professional's reference. Ask your vet, trainer, breeder or rescue organization, and friends if they can recommend any good groomers in your area. Also ask about typical rates for services in your area. (Prices may vary depending upon a dog's breed, special health, behavior, or grooming situations, type of products used, etc.)

Prepare a list of questions (some are suggested below), and begin interviewing!

How long have you been in business? How did you learn to groom? Has an animal ever been injured in your care? What experience do you have grooming dogs of this breed? Can you provide references from other area pet professionals (vets, trainers, etc.) and from clients? (Follow up on these!)

If your pet has special coat and grooming requirements, health or behavioral problems (hot spots, existing fear of groomer, corded coats, mange, severe/extensive matting, need for anal gland expression, separation anxiety, ear plucking, fear biting during nail clipping, etc.), ask what type of experience the groomer has working with animals with the same needs.

After you've found the right answers to your questions from one or more professionals, check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company has no complaints on file; and make sure that they carry an active insurance policy. If all that checks out, schedule a visit to the facility.

The facility should be clean, well-lit, and inviting. Do the dogs look happy and well cared for? Is the staff friendly and helpful?

If you feel good about a potential dog groomer, schedule an appointment. If you are uncomfortable leaving your dog alone the first time, ask if you can attend during the grooming - this is a valuable training opportunity for you to teach your dog that the groomer's can be a great experience with lots of yummy treats! If the groomer refuses, look elsewhere for services.

Whomever you choose as your groomer should recommend dog grooming tools and supplies to help you maintain the dog's coat and good condition in between grooming visits.

Dog Grooming Tips

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What Does a De-Shedding Tool Do?

What Does a De-Shedding Tool Do?

Densely furred cats and dogs have combination coats made up of longer, coarser top fur and softer, finer inner fur that creates a warm air-trapping blanket for the skin in cold weather. It is the pet's undercoat that tends to tangle, mat and clump as it is shed if it is not groomed carefully. In extreme cases, the unfortunate result is a weakened and dulled coat, or a thick thatch that must be simply shaved.

A de-shedding tool for pet grooming reaches past the longer outside hairs and removes the inner coat hairs before they mat and thatch. It protects the coat for future growth and keeps the skin surface clean and properly aired and stimulated. The de-shedding tool does not cut hair, but it allows hair that has already detached from the hair follicle to be discarded. Most dogs and cats do not find the process uncomfortable and they enjoy the comfort of a coat not bound up with mats.

The de-shedding tool is not analogous to the thinning scissors that stylists use to reduce bulk in human hair. Thinning scissors cut; the de-shedder releases loose hair.

Typical dogs that are good candidates for de-shedding include: Poodles, Shih Tzus, Maltese, Bichons, Portuguese Water Dogs, Malamutes and Irish Water Spaniels.

Similarly, long-haired cats benefit from the de-shedding tool. Because de-shedding helps prevent hairballs, de-shedding is a health enhancement for all cats, especially Himalayan and Persian types. (Rabbits, especially Angoras, also benefit from the de-shedding tool.)

While the de-shedding tool prevents mats and tangles, it does not easily or comfortably remove them, so it should be used regularly, about once a week, in order to maintain a well-groomed coat. Winter and summer, the tool can be used according to schedule, but users will notice that the bulk of fur removal happens in spring and summer when dogs and cats naturally shed. Therefore, users do not need to worry about the de-shedding tool thinning out a thick coat. It will not cut hair...

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