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Pittsburgh Pet Care Professionals

Browse these pet care services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Pittsburgh.

Scooby Doos House of Play
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Alexis C.
Verified review

Dee Dee was wonderful, she visited me before she took the job, took lots of notes about my pets and she is bonded! Each day she texted me about how she found my pets, she sent pics and offered advice

  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Claudia O.
Verified review

Very pleasant lady. Professional and always care about my cat. I would come back again.

Animal Companion
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon N.
Verified review

Rhonda has been a godsend. She adores my furbabies and they seem to love her visits. They seem to look at me to say when is Rhonda coming when I have been home for a while. When my late cat was sick she took him to the vet to ensure he had the care he needed. When he passed she was as heartbroken as me. If you want someone who will love and care for your pets like you would Rhonda is definitely the caregiver for you.

  • 10 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Marian Y.
Verified review

Mr. Hindes sent an outstanding sitter, who took excellent care of my dogs and bunnies while I was away. She gave a sick bunny his meds and he was feeling fine by the time I returned home.

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Lynn's Canine Care
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jen A.
Verified review

Lynn took care of our dog Draco in her home for approx. 9 days while we were away on vacation. I don't think Draco wanted to come home with us after her awesome care (including his yummy bed time snacks). Lynn sent us pictures and videos of Draco throughout his stay (which made it way easier as we knew he was having a great time). Draco especially loved all the attention he received from Lynn and her husband and getting to play with her 2 dogs. I would highly recommend Lynn for anyone looking to have personalized one-on-one attention for their doggy family members when you are out of town!

Sandy's Sitters
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
John E.
Verified review

Sandy and her sister Lynda have done an outstanding job taking care of my cat Benny when I need to leave town. They call me everyday when they visit him and let me know how he is doing. Would highly recommend them to take good care of your pets.

Suzie's Doggie Care
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
James M.
Verified review

Susan is a great dog care person. Experienced and highly qualified.

B's Small Barks Grooming
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Rich A.
Verified review

She was wonderful! She groomed my dog and took special care with him because he is senior. He loved Brittany, and he looks gorgeous! Highly recommended!

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Travis T.
Verified review

Judy was a fantastic pet sitter! She was able to help out with very little notice. Played with our cats while she was here and even sent pictures of them. We know our pets were in great hands. We'll definitely be using her and her pet services in the future.

Joyful Heart Pet Care
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly C.
Verified review

Lisa has been my loving and capable "cat lady" for years, taking care of cats who were older, had special needs, and didn't want their claws clipped! We frequently take trips of two or more weeks, and have always returned to happy healthy pets and watered plants. You can't go wrong with Lisa.

Walk and Roll! Dog Services
4.6
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer P.
Verified review

Ellie is great with my Shar pei Chewie. Chewie is a very nervous dog and She trusts Ellie. She loves walking with Ellie. One night I was in the hospital about to be admitted and I called Ellie to get her to pick up Chew at 1130pm at night and she went and picked her up and watched her for me while some tests were being done. I trust Ellie in my apartment with my things and moreover and importantly I trust her with Chewie. Chewie was abused I think by the way she cowers when she occasionally had an accident and hides. She does not trust everyone and she trusted Ellie almost instantly which is a very rare thing for Chew. I don't think Chew trusted me when I get her as a rescue in November for almost a week. Ellie is awesome!!! Oh I also called Ellie the very day that she emailed me and I told her I needed her tomorrow. Ellie met her and came to the house that day. Ellie is the best pet walker and sitter!!

C & D Pet Sitters
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Danny K.
Verified review

After we met Tracy, we adopted a 3rd cat because our daughter in Philadelphia felt bad that he is an adult cat who had not been adopted in 4 months. His prospects for getting adopted seemed slim. So we brought him to Pittsburgh. Our 2nd cat was not happy with the new guy and we did not have enough time to get everyone adjusted before we asked Tracy to care for them. She did a wonderful job taking care of each cat and keeping everyone in their "safe" areas. When we returned, everyone was happy.

Paws and Claws
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lori A.
Verified review

Glowing references, always returned calls and emails, knowledgeable and concerned about the care of my cats. I feel comfortable leaving my cats in her care.

Pet Sitters Plus
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nay B.
Verified review

Renee has been our petsitter for 11 years. She is absolutely amazing with our 3 dogs and 2 cats. We are truly blessed to have her and can not imagine anyone else caring for our precious furry babies. We trust her so much and she always goes above and beyond to take care of our house and other needs when we travel out of the country. If your looking for the best pet care ever...you found it!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Noreen P.
Verified review

My dogs are happy and healthy when I return from a trip. And I have piece of mind knowing they are well cared for during my trip.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Grant F.
Verified review

Great, last minute cleaning! I appreciate her quick and thorough communication, as we were long distance!

Stephanie R.
Verified review

Jess took great care with my two dogs and cat while we were on vacation. I knew from the moment I met her that the animals would quickly adapt to her caring for them. They instantly fell in love with her wonderful personality and passion for animals. Dependable, caring, and affordable. Highly recommend.

About

I love animails and kids. If I can travel to you, I will. I am 25 years of age and I have a 5-month old son whom I take care of by myself.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I will treat your pets as if they were my own. With loving care and affection, your pets will be well taken care of.

About

I offer pet sitting, walking, and loving your pets. I'm taking care of the elderly in their home, preparing lunches, etc. I have love and compassion for people, especially the elderly and pets. I will also help with light household chores if needed. I'm reliable and trustworthy.

About

I can do a wide range of things, from pet care to housecleaning! I am very flexible, so I can work around your time and schedule! Working with people is my passion! I look forward to meeting you!

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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