Stress Free Grooming
For Senior Dogs & Cats
House-Call Grooming Services for Senior Pets
Once pets enter their senior years, although I prefer golden years, things change. Some dogs may suddenly like things they never did before, and vice versa. This includes grooming. The traditional salon is, in my opinion, not the greatest place to be for an older dog. Your dog is slowing down, there are aches and pains, and the older they get, the more they are willing to share their state of mind and how they feel.
Working with senior pets is my passion, not only as a groomer, but in all aspects of their health and well being. Over the years working with pets I clearly recognized their sense of cleanliness, or lack thereof. Clients told me that their "very slow and old dog" got reinvigorated by just having her heavy coat thinned out. Other clients reported that their senior pets are seemingly happier and more active than usual. And of course, my furry friends show me exactly what they think about it: They prance, they dart back and forth, they lie down on their bed with a very content look on their face. I can tell they feel pretty good at that moment.
My grooming philosophy is that I give the animal what it needs, not necessarily what a pet parent has in mind. It is unrealistic to expect a salon-look, because that always puts unnecessary stress on the animal.
Your pet might be recovering from an injury and can't possibly be seen by a regular groomer - my approach is based on what the animal needs and tolerates. My main priority is the comfort of the animal, providing gentle home grooming sessions. No forced baths, no lengthy grooming sessions (unless they like it, and some of my cats enjoy a couple hours on my lap). Just a short grooming session of 30-45 minutes can make all the difference for your pet.
Generally, pets become officially seniors around 8-10 years of age. Even if your animal is not a senior or recovering pet, please take a seat in my virtual waiting room, I will get back to you as quickly as I can. Thank you!