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Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa W.
Verified review

This is the first time I used Nicolette to care for my cat, Zurich. Nic was great and texted me photos of him each time she visited. She was very caring and sweet which really made the difference!

Top Pro
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tiffany C.
Verified review

Paula is the absolute best at what she does. Personable, knowledgeable, and caring - your dog's best interest is always in mind. My pup's got the tools she needs now to be successful in scary situations like being around other people and dogs. She's almost there, and with continued work with Paula, I know she'll do great.

  • 8 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Mark F.
Verified review

Look no further! Lori will take care of your pet family while you are away! Dependable, reliable, pet savvy, and friendly .... Lori has a true love for animals and it comes out the moment you meet her ... No wonder she it the top rated pet concierge in north San Diego. Go away on vacation ... Just make sure you call Lori first 😺

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Just Four Paws, Inc.
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karura N.
Verified review

Taylor took such wonderful care of my cat, Peter. The note she left detailing her care was a nice touch. I will definitely be contacting Just for Paws when ever I go on vacation! Next time I won't wait until the last minute to schedule. Thank you again!

Peace Love and Walks
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Monica H.
Verified review

Meg is amazing! She is so trustworthy, honest and hardworking. Our entire family loved Meg. Our dog's eyes lit up when she arrived at our house. I never worried about our pets when we left Austin for the weekend because I knew they were in great hands. Meg took such great care of our dog and cat in a daily basis. She was so kind to both of them and their care was a priority. She takes pride in her work and puts her heart into her job. She was a lifesaver for me with a new puppy and a busy family schedule. She became part of our family! I would rate Meg an A plus and high 10. I only have positive things to say about her and the services for our pets. I would hire her again in a heartbeat !

  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Mark R.
Verified review

Michele was excellent. She picked up my little guy, took him to her house and groomed him and brought him back. She was friendly, punctual and took very good care of my dog because when he came back he was happy. Highly recommend. Mark R.

Peticularly Perfect
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Michael H.
Verified review

Alison and team care for the animals. They are experienced, thorough and professional. We are very glad to have them take care of our cat during a 2 week vacation. Thanks again and definitely recommend!!

Heather's Pet Sitting & More
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Julie T.
Verified review

Heather is honest, trustworthy & dependable. She really care about your pet. Gives feedback & voices any concerns she has about your pet. She will care for your pet as if it is her own. Julie Torgerson & Hazel

Mandy Reynoso
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Howard D.
Verified review

Mandy did an excellent job, and is highly recommended. She really cares about the pet, and has a very high quality of service and dependability as a result.

Nanny 2 Pets
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl G.
Verified review

Renee is a compassion person who truly cares about taking care of our pets. I have no reservations hiring her.

Top Pro
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I went out of town for a little over a week and needed someone to provide care for my cat. Elese was very responsive and professional. She was also very accommodating when coordinating the drop off of my key. My cat seems very happy in the daily reports I revived. I will most definitely be using Happy Paws again!

Dexter's House
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Monir G.
Verified review

Had my daughters Shih Tzu mix pup which was a mess a needed special attention because of all the tangles in her fur. We could not brush them out but Michele took her of her and the pup is so much more relaxed and is now letting pet her again! Will be back

DogLove San Diego
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Amanda J.
Verified review

Erica (and Sampson) took such wonderful care of our puppy! We cannot thank them enough! Erica knew exactly how to handle our crazy, over the top puppy who received an hour of private training while at daycare. We were thrilled about that! She’s patient, caring and has a lovely dog-friendly home with a fantastic backyard. Our puppy came home calm, well-rested and happy! Thank you Erica!

Happy Paws Pet Sitting
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mary L.
Verified review

I was very satisfied with Gayle Brigham. She took care of my cats and spent time interacting with them in addition to feeding and litter cleanup. I had a full detailed report and she also went the extra mile and shoveled snow near the front door. I won't hesitate to call on her again. A real sweetheart.

AMYLOVESDOGS.COM
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
David H.
Verified review

We recently had the pleasure of engaging Amy to care for our two cats while we were out of town. We couldn’t be happier with the service she provided. She did all the feeding and maintenance activities we requested but went above and beyond when playing and caring for our two loved ones. She sent us great pictures and updates, it was reassuring and fun to receive the photos. Our cat Kato is a real recluse when it come to new people in the home… We were so surprised to see pictures of him out playing with Amy and our other cat D’jango. We highly recommend Amy’s pet sitting!

  • 9 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Veronica V.
Verified review

Wiggly Tail took care of my cat Jewels all last year when I lived in San Diego. My cat Jewels has kidney disease and I felt so comfortable leaving her in the care of Paulina. She took excellent care of her; she kept me informed of how she was doing on a regular basis; did anything extra I asked her to do for Jewels with no hesitation. I wish I could have taken Wiggly Tail with me when I moved to FL. I highly recommend this pet care giver.

  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie H.
Verified review

She spent extra time and care with our dog because he's a puppy. She did an excellent job and we will be working with her continuously.

Ellen's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christina P.
Verified review

Ellen has been so great! My pets liked her immediately and didn't even bark at her. She takes my dog to the park for walks and visits with my cats. She has never missed a visit and she goes above and beyond her duties. If there is an accident, she handles it. She feeds everyone and takes care of the litter and even leaves me a log of what she has done for the day. She took out my trash and brought in my mail while I was gone and she is very trustworthy. I hope to have a long pet sitting relationship with her and our family :)

Alex's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 1 review
    Whitnee B.
    Verified review

    Hired Alex to pet sit our cats while we went out of town last weekend. Was nervous to leave our fur babies with just anyone; however, upon meeting Alex at our consultation, I knew she was someone I could trust. Alex is very professional, accommodating and reliable! She also kept us up to date on how our cats were doing and sent pictures of them while they were under her care! Would highly recommend Alex and look forward to having her take care our fur babies in the future!!!

    Leash Leaders

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      We are an owner-operated business that provides loving care for your pet(s). During our free consultation, we will discuss your needs and that of your pet's, and create a plan that best fulfills those needs. We are insured and Red Cross pet first aid-certified. Our clients love us because their pets love us. We also leave a daily journal that provides an overview of our visit with your pet. Please visit our website to read testimonials from some of our happy clients!

      About

      If you are looking to get away for a beautiful Hawaiian vacation or off for a business trip, I will be happy to watch your pets or home, or both. I am 100% committed to customer satisfaction as well as happy pets. I, myself, have a dog, cat, turtles, and koi fish. I am available for house-sitting as well. Your piece of mind is what I want the most, so you can relax and enjoy wherever you maybe. Happy trails.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      What is included in a dog grooming?

      Dog grooming is so much more than giving your dog a bath. Dog grooming is a broad term that covers all aspects of canine cleanliness and hygiene. The services included in dog grooming will vary based on your needs and what you choose to pay. Unless they are rolling in cowpies or playing in mud puddles, most dogs are okay getting a shampoo bath only as needed. You’ll know when they need it if they smell bad or are bringing dirt into the house. Some dogs, like shepherds and shih tzus, have thick coats that can get matted and tangled without regular care. Pro dog groomers can deftly blow dry a dog’s hair after a bath so that it is shiny and smooth. Dog grooming can include brushing that detangles dog hair and also thins the undercoat to minimize shedding.

      Dog grooming also includes hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning. Clean teeth are important to the health of your dog, and the pros have the patience and proper technique to get it done. Regular dog grooming can stave off tear stains, those reddish stains below your dog’s eyes. Anal gland expression is something not many people want to do on their own, even if they love their dog. A dog groomer can safely and efficiently release any blocked anal gland fluid. Other dog grooming services include nail trimming and clipping. Nationally, dog grooming prices range from $60 to $80. Most dog groomers offer discounts to customers who purchase monthly packages or bundle multiple grooming services at one time.

      What does a dog walker do?

      We all know our dogs love going on long, adventure-filled walks, but jobs and family and commuting can make it difficult to give them the leash time they deserve. You can hire a professional dog walker to make sure your furry friend gets adequate exercise and outdoor time each day. A professional dog walker may be an individual contractor or work for a dedicated dog-walking company. In either case, you want to make sure the pro has the appropriate insurance in case of an emergency. Some people opt to give the dog walker a key to their house; others to have them pick up the dog from the yard. Dog walking can happen as often as multiple times per day, or just a few times a month as needed. Here are some questions to ask when you are interviewing a new dog walker:  

      • Will you or someone else be walking my dog?
      • Do you have a backup plan if you can’t make it for a scheduled walk?
      • Will you walk my dog by itself, or do you walk several dogs at once?
      • What are your different walk routes?
      • When will you pick up and drop off?
      • How will we communicate?
      • Do I have to commit to a schedule or are you flexible?
      • What’s your cancellation policy?
      • What’s your response plan if my dog gets injured or becomes sick?
      • How and how often do I pay you?
      • Do you offer package pricing if I buy multiple dog walks up front?

      What is a dog groomer?

      A dog groomer is a service professional who provides dog grooming and basic hygiene care for your dog. Dog groomers are typically animal lovers who are competent and comfortable working with a wide range of dog breeds and temperaments. Dog groomers are knowledgeable about the care needs for different kinds of dog coats. A poodle will have different haircut needs than a shih tzu, for example, so it pays to have a trained pro provide the proper cut. Good dog groomers know how to safely clean your dog’s teeth, bathe your dog, and cut their nails without going too short. They understand how to trim the hair from around your dog’s face, express anal glands, and clean your dog’s ears. Many people who choose dog grooming as a profession also pursue other dog services such as attending veterinary school, running a doggy day care center, working as a professional dog walker, and more.

      What is a dog groomer?

      Keep your family dogs happy, healthy and clean with regular dog grooming. A dog groomer is a business owner or employee of a dog grooming business who specializes in dog hygiene and grooming. To find a reputable dog groomer, research reviews, ask for references and confirm that the groomer has good standing in the dog grooming community.

      A dog groomer should be comfortable and competent working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Typically a groomer will have trained with other groomers and taken educational courses to keep abreast of the latest safety information and techniques. There are brick-and-mortar dog grooming businesses, as well as mobile dog groomers who bring all their equipment and provide their services at your home or location. In some cases, brick-and-mortar businesses will also pick up and return your dog for an additional fee.

      What vaccines do dogs need to be groomed?

      It’s important to make sure your dog is up to date on its vaccines before taking it to a groomer. Vaccinations keep your dog and the other dogs that use the establishment healthy. Viruses can linger long after a dog is gone, so an unvaccinated dog can infect a number of other dogs days or even months after their visit. Find out about your dog groomer’s vaccination policies, and think carefully about receiving services from a company that does not require vaccinations. Here are the main vaccinations that are generally required for dog grooming:

      • Parvovirus: Parvo is a nasty virus that can kill dogs within 48-72 hours of infection. The virus is incredibly persistent and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is resistant to heat, cold, humidity and drying. It’s spread by dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces, environments (food and water bowls, collars and leashes, etc.,) or people.
      • Adenovirus 2: Dogs receive this vaccination to protect against canine infectious hepatitis. The vaccination can also helps prevent canine cough.
      • Canine distemper virus: Distemper has no known cure and can cause serious pain, illness, and even death, although recovery is possible with medical intervention.  
      • Rabies: This disease attacks the central nervous system and — when untreated — will
      • lead to death. The CDC recommends euthanizing an unvaccinated animal that has been exposed to rabies, although six-month isolation followed by vaccination is also permissible.
      • Para-influenza: Canine para-influenza leads to kennel cough and an unhappy dog.
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