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5. Pet Care By Kristin
from 3 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I hired Kristin first back in 2010. She bathed my dogs and they looked great. She also explained parts of the process that I was unaware of. I told her one time I took them to the groomer only for a bath and one of my dogs' eyes looked quite red afterwards. I know you're supposed to be careful when washing the face and the groomer had told me it was probably just irritation and it'd go away. But when I told Kristin about this experience, she informed me how she administers an eye rinse before and after the bath to prevent and get rid of any soap that may have gotten in the eyes (so the dog won't have to suffer with any "soap irritation" in the first place). She also was adamant that I contact her ASAP if I did notice my dog's eyes looking red or irritated (but I never did). She obviously truly cared. She did a great job and only charged me $55 to bathe both of my small dogs! She said she could do one dog at her typical $35 rate and give me the "sibling discount" on the second dog and only charge me $20 for his bath (even though they weren't "actual" siblings!) When I would take them to the groomers for just a bath I'd get charged around $60 for ONE dog. A total of $120 verses a total of $55 for the exact same services that were done of the same quality (if not better?!) AND additional services such as complimentary drop off/pick-up and nail trims, ear cleaning, brush-outs were included in the price instead of being "add-on" services costing extra. NO doubt in my mind some people just want to overcharge and others are much more fair and genuine. I trust Kristin 100% and have never used anyone else for ANY pet care service I needed ever since! (I WILL admit I gave her a big tip, but someone like her deserves it!) I continued having my dogs regularly bathed by her every 8 to 12 weeks or so and she almost always gave me some type of repeat client discount! She helped me save a LOT of money. When my wife and I went on vacation, I hired Kristin to walk and feed my dogs twice a day for the 10 days we'd be out of the state. I also asked her to do check-in visits. She said she didn't want to bother me while I was on vacation and would only contact me if there were any problems, however, I could contact her to check on my dogs as often as I wanted. Well, I ended up contacting her quite a bit via text! She didn't mind at all and responded to every text within a matter of minutes. One of her texts included a picture she had taken of the dogs during their walk. On another day, I sent an email to check on them and she provided a very detailed response for me along with a picture she took of her and the dogs playing catch in the backyard. And there was yet another day when I checked on them by text. Again, she responded immediately saying it was raining out so they were playing inside. Her check-in visits including giving my dogs TLC while she was there and that was incredibly reassuring to me (anything from playing with them to petting them to even bonding over brushing them!) She even gave doggie massages. This vacation was much more relaxing knowing that my dogs weren't stuck in a cage at a kennel this time and were being taken care of by someone they knew and loved. The longest it took her to respond to my request for an update on my dogs while I was away was about 15 minutes. Absolutely five star treatment with prices affordable for anyone. Highly recommend! Matthew Corowski Bartlett, IL"

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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 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 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.

How much does it cost to groom a dog?

Dog grooming costs depend on the service your pet requires. Nationally, the average price for dog grooming ranges from $40 to $100, varying by location. Not surprisingly, dog grooming on New York’s Upper East Side costs nearly double what it costs in a small town in Montana. Dog groomers typically handle every aspect of your dog’s beauty and hygiene, from tooth brushing to hairstyling. One potential way to save is to have your dog groomed at your doggy daycare — sometimes they offer discounts on dog grooming prices for clients. Here are some examples of average dog grooming costs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please note these prices would include transportation fees for picking up and dropping off your dog to your home:

  • Nails: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Toothbrushing: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Tooth scraping (removal of plaque from teeth to prevent infection), with anesthesia: $600
  • Tooth scraping, without anesthesia: $400.
  • Wash and dry: $60
  • Ears: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Grooming package: $130 — includes wash, nails, teeth, ears, gland expression and haircut

How much do you tip the dog groomer?

Do you have a dog that you get groomed regularly? If you do, you’ve probably wondered how much — or even if — you’re supposed to tip your dog groomer. Treat your dog groomer as you would your own hair stylist. A 15 percent to 20 percent tip is an appropriate amount to show your appreciation for a dog grooming job well done. If your dog didn’t get clean or their nails didn’t get properly clipped, then you certainly don’t have to tip. But if you’re satisfied with the service, consider the tip part of the standard dog grooming price, and just plan it into your dog care budget so you’ll have a happy groomer and a well-groomed dog. Here are a few examples of when you should tip extra:

  • Your dog bit the groomer! Not good. A big tip will help.
  • Your pooch barked like a wild beast or wrestled the groomer the entire time.
  • Your dog’s hair was extra gross and dirty — think dog poo or major mud matted in their hindquarters.
  • Your senior or disabled dog can’t stand on their own and needs extra care and support.
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