At our animal hospital in Baltimore, we help your furry friend put their best paw forward with bathing and professional pet grooming for all breeds of cats and dogs.
Our professional grooming services help keep pets looking and feeling healthy, clean and neat – and saves you from spending the time and energy to do it yourself.
From haircuts to help your fluffy friend stay cool in the summer heat to flea control treatments, nail trims and shampoos, our grooming and bathing services include everything your pet needs to stay clean, healthy and as cute as ever!
One day each week, you can bring your pet in for a professional grooming session. Our professional groomer has the knowledge and experience to groom pets of all temperaments and coat types.
These Frequently Asked Questions will help you understand more about pet grooming at Falls Road Animal Hospital.
Based on your pet's needs, we can provide a combination the following during a grooming session by request:
The time commitment and responsibility of grooming your pet yourself can be a lot to take on. There are a few good reasons to bring your pet to a professional groomer to have the job done (and off your plate):
They have the right tools. Professional groomers have numerous tools at their disposal, from specialty skin products and various clippers to bathtubs designed specifically for pets and adjustable grooming tables. They also keep a range of specialty shampoos on hands for dogs and cats with skin sensitivities or irritations, allergies, fleas and ticks, and even for dogs that have been sprayed by skunks.
They have plenty of experience handling dogs and cats. Professional groomers have the training to keep your cat or dog safe during grooming. They have years of experience in handling animals with behavioural issues, senior pets and more.
They take care of the unsavoury tasks. We love our pets - that much is undebatable. But grooming goes beyond lathering them with soap, and some of these tasks can be farm from pleasant. From removing fleas or ticks to shampooing skunked or muddy dogs and cleaning anal glands, a professional groomer gets the yucky stuff done and pays attention to the details – so you don't have to.
The proper frequency of grooming sessions will vary depending on your pet's breed, coat type and hair length. In most cases, regular grooming should be done about once a month.
The duration of a grooming session will depend on the size of your pet, and the length and type of coat. It also depends on which services they require. That said, most grooming sessions at our hospital take between one and two hours.
The cost of grooming will vary according to your pet's breed and size, and his or her coat type. Whether your pet has any significant behavioural issues can also affect the cost. For a better idea of cost, please contact us for an estimate.
To ensure your pet stays clean and healthy, regular and thorough grooming is a necessity. With grooming, we can remove fur that's been shed but has gotten stuck to your dog's coat. We can also get rid of any mats, fleas or ticks. In doing this task, other health conditions can also be prevented or treated.
Mats can cause knots in your pet's hair, leading to discomfort and pain - something every owner wishes to prevent. A good brushing will leave your dog's coat nice and shiny. Nails will also be trimmed to prevent germs from invading, and curling of overgrown nails.
The health of your pet's skin is an indicator of overall health. Detecting skin issues or infections early is key, and your groomer will know which signs to look for. They will find any infections, new lumps, inflammations, rashes or lesions that even the most diligent owner may miss.
A groomer may also spot an underlying problem, and the sooner these issues are discovered, the sooner they can be treated by capable veterinarians.
Our groomers are well-trained and have spent many hours handling anxious, aggravated or stressed animals. In cases where the pet has been especially aggressive or fearful, we may recommend sedation for the duration of the grooming session. However, most of the time our groomer can manage an animal by taking the following steps:
• Creating a quiet, peaceful environment
• Taking frequent breaks
• Opening a window or playing music
• Offering treats
• Asking a dog to do something it knows (like 'sit' or 'shake')
Dogs should be up to date on wellness exam, DHPP, Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza, Bordetella, and Rabies.
In addition, dogs should have a fecal parasite exam once a year and be on Heartworm, flea and tick prevention year-round.
Cats should be up to date on wellness exam, FVRCP and Rabies vaccinations.
We have bathing services available daily. Your furry friend will enjoy a shampoo, ear cleaning, nail trim and anal gland extraction, in addition to blow drying and brushing.
We use Fresh n' Clean to keep your pet smelling great for 2 weeks!
Cats and dogs receive several sanitary and dermatological benefits from regular bathing sessions, including: