Getting your pet groomed probably isn’t at the very top of your to-do list — but it still needs to get done. That’s where PetSmart pet grooming can help.
With more than 1,500 PetSmart locations around the country, PetSmart pet grooming is a convenient option to get your dog or cat professionally groomed. In this post, we’ll look at how PetSmart pet grooming works and what types of treatments you can book.
How does PetSmart pet grooming work?
PetSmart pet grooming is available for dogs and cats who are at least eight weeks old. You can bring your pet in for several services, including bathing, brushing, and haircuts (we’ll discuss specific treatments in more detail in the next section).
Depending on what kind of treatment you need, you can either book an appointment online or simply walk into your nearest PetSmart. Bookings are required for full-service grooming and bathing, but you’re free to drop in for other treatments like nail care and teeth brushing.
In light of COVID-19 restrictions, some PetSmart locations now offer salon curbside service to drop off and pick up your pet without entering the store.
What kinds of treatments are available through PetSmart pet grooming?
PetSmart pet grooming is primarily intended for dogs since they typically require more maintenance than cats. Here are some of the most popular PetSmart pet grooming treatments for dogs.
Bath & Full Haircut
When it’s time for a trim, the Bath & Full Haircut is the treatment that many dog owners choose. It includes a bath, a haircut or shave, and styling.
Bath & Brush
The Bath & Brush is a good choice if it isn’t quite time for another haircut, but you still want to clean up and pamper your pooch. Instead, they will enjoy a bath, shampoo, blow-dry, nail trim, and more. It’s about half the price of the Bath & Full Haircut service.
With either of these services, you can choose to add on FURminator treatment, which removes dead hair and helps minimize future shedding. You can also add extra services, including nail trimming and grinding, teeth brushing and breath freshener, ear cleaning, and flea and tick services.
Although PetSmart offers fewer treatments for cats, you can expect the same basic services, like bathing, brushing, and haircuts.
Pricing depends on various factors, including your dog’s breed and your location. For example, you’ll pay more if you have a large, high-maintenance breed with lots of hair. PetSmart may also charge higher rates if you’re in a major metropolitan area.
What qualifications do the groomers have?
At PetSmart, pet stylists finish more than 800 hours of training and complete a six-month apprenticeship before becoming fully qualified. Also, each stylist must complete annual re-certification.
PetSmart recommends bringing your pet in a couple of days before your service to meet the stylist and acclimate to the store’s sights and sounds. If your dog tends to get nervous, make sure to share any known triggers (and calming tactics) with your groomer.
Before treatment, the stylist will perform a “teeth-to-tail” evaluation on your pet to assess their comfort level in the salon. If your animal is showing multiple signs of distress, the groomer may decide to cancel the service.