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Saint Paul Holistic Veterinarians

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  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elaine D.
Verified review

Jerrie has been wonderful. She took the time to come out and meet with us and get to know the animals for about 45 minutes before the first time we hired her. We have an elderly cat and a very energetic dog with separation anxiety. We cannot have just anyone staying with her. Jerrie has been great with both of them. She has visited during the day and has also stayed with them overnight on 2 separate occasions when we went on vacation. We were able to feel relaxed when we were on vacation knowing that she was taking care of our babies. Jerrie leaves a detailed diary telling what they did each day. She also takes care of the trash, the mail, the plants, etc, which is a real bonus. She is always responsive to texts and phone calls. The other thing that I really appreciate is that she makes a point to make sure that our neighbors know she is staying over and that she has the vet information in case of emergency. Jerrieis very responsible and reliable, plus she has a way with animals that makes them feel instantly comfortable. We highly recommend her.

  • 17 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle C.
Verified review

Referring to Amy as a "dog walker" is simply an inadequate description for the service Amy has provided to me, my home and my pets. While I hope my situation is a little unusual, my puppy had health issues at the time I adopted her. When the Vet and I thought the issues had passed, Amy was attuned enough to think otherwise. Amy called me at work one day and offered to take a sample to the vet. Amy was right. My dog was still quite ill. When I estimated the extra compensation for Amy's time and travel, Amy left the extra money on the counter. When I next saw Amy, I'll never forget the look I got. While an astute enough business person, Amy's fundamental concern is clearly for the welfare of those in her charge-- and I include myself some days. She's taken in my deliveries, shut off devices I've left on and is beyond simply trustworthy and reliable. I can leave my pets and home each day knowing Amy will be here-- and that my home, my dog and even my cats have a friend and protector that we depend on to stay safe, healthy and happy. My dog loves her walks with Amy and I couldn't be happier we found Amy. Michelle C.

For the Love of Dogs LLC
4.2
from 5 reviews
    Kristine D.
    Verified review

    Kristin Elmquist has been helping me build strong relationships with my dogs for nearly 5 years. I adopted Dexter, a mixed breed dog, in 2008. Shortly after his adoption, we started pet obedience classes with Kristin at For the Love of Dogs. The classes were informative, as well as fun! Not only was she immensely helpful in teaching pet obedience, she was a resource for students in answering questions regarding nutrition and potty training. It was not uncommon to have several students waiting after class to ask her questions. I knew training to be a lifelong project for us and I wasn't going to be happy with a lap-dog. Kristin introduced us to the sport of dog agility. What fun we have with this sport! We have been successfully competing in agility trials for several years. My second dog, Tesla, came home in July of 2010. Tesla has been a challenging dog for several reasons. Kristin has been able to provide us with resources to get the help he so desperately needes at the time. Tesla and I completed the pet obedience classes, similar to Dexter. However, Tesla's life journey has taken a detour around agility. Even so, Kristin has been able to offer him a training alternative in canine nose work. These classes allow him to continue training and exploring his environment in a well-controlled, safe method. Kristin's help and expertise has allowed Tesla to be more successful than I would have ever imagined. As an instructor, Kristin is extremely knowledgeable. She continues expanding her repertoire of training methods. She is a strong proponent of positive reinforcement training. In her classes, she really wants you to understand why you are doing something. Simply saying, "Do this," isn't good enough. This knowledge allows her students to take their training and apply it to real life situations.

    Paw-T-Time Pet Care
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Debby L.
    Verified review

    Melissa's vet tech. Experience made me very confident that my cat and dog would receive their medications correctly. It put my mind at ease knowing they were being well taken care of when I was away from home. I would recommend Paw-T-Time pet care 100%!

    Delicate Paws And Whiskers
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
      Joan F.
      Verified review

      Annie is awesome. She has taken care of our cats for about 2 years, One of our cats has Graves' disease and needs a pill every day and Annie is a definite pro at getting the cat to take it. In fact she has taught me how to give the pill easily as well when we were first learning and my husband was out of town. We have sought her advice on our sick cat several times as she has previously worked in a vets office and is very knowledgeable. Annie is very reliable and does it all: feeding cats, giving pills, feeding fish, cleaning litter, bringing in mail, taking out garbage, etc. She also likes for us to text her when we return in case our flight is delayed, etc. She has our cats well being always in mind! I strongly recommend her for watching any sort of pets.

      Amy Nelson
      4.5
      from 2 reviews
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Amy K.
      Verified review

      I liked that Amy was able to take me on as a client at very short notice. My cats also gravitated towards her and weren’t shy around her. I also found it reassuring that she had vet tech experience in case my older cat needed special care.

      It's A Riot Pet Grooming
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 3 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Madilyn L.
      Verified review

      Kelly is awesome! She has been grooming my shih-poo Stitch for two years now. At first he was afraid of the groomers, but Kelly really made him feel comfortable. He loves going to see Kelly, she also clips my bunny Cadburry's nails and does a fantastic job, before Kelly he was a little terror when getting his nails trimmed, not even the vet would do it, he loves Kelly. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great groomer.

      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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