Brazos Bend Animal Hospital | (281) 342-1117 | 721 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77406
We offer professional, veterinary supervised grooming services. Appointments fill up very quickly, so please call 281-342-1117 or contact us today to reserve your appointment date and time.
Our exclusive groomer, Bridgett has excellent attention to detail and a gentle touch with animals.
Grooming Services Offered
- Full Groom – bath, blow dry, hair cut, nail trim, ears cleaned, anal glands expressed; price is according to size.
- Basic Bath – bath, blow dry, nail trim, ears cleaned, and anal glands expressed; price according to size.
- A la Carte – choose among: nail grind, nail polish, tooth brushing, de-shed package, and shampoo upgrade
Why Choose Grooming?
Just like humans, pets have different needs: long haired dogs need different grooming supplies than short haired breeds. The professional groomers are aware of this and use the most appropriate grooming supplies for top results and to avoid any irritations. A groomer will know what type of hair brush to use and will give a hair cut when needed.
We are very proud to offer veterinary supervised grooming services for your pet. The health benefits of veterinary supervised grooming are many. Well groomed pets look and feel better! They also have fewer health issues, especially with their skin and ears! And this is not just for dogs. Cat’s need grooming, too!
During your pet’s grooming session, we will bathe him or her in a specially formulated shampoo tailored to its individual needs, as well as express their anal glands, trim nails and do a routine ear cleaning. We will also check and clean your pet’s eyes, paws and pads. In most cases, pets respond favorably and take pleasure in the grooming process. For more on our baths, please visit http://brazosbendvet.com/services/bathing/.
However in some cases the pet may find the experience unpleasant or frightening and become very uncooperative or aggressive. If this situation occurs, we will contact you and give you the option of administering a sedative under the veterinarian’s supervision to complete the grooming process. This way, no one gets injured, your pet gets groomed, and he or she probably won’t remember anything about the whole experience.
In addition to making your pet look and smell good, grooming provides many health benefits. Regular brushing helps remove dead hair, mats and dirt. It also distributes the dog or cat’s own natural oils throughout the fur, keeping the coat clean and healthy. Trimming nails prevents overgrowth of toenails, which can lead to painful broken nails or additional discomfort if they have arthritis. Additionally, long nails are more likely to be become caught in carpets, sweaters or upholstery, not to mention scratching floors and their owners. Please feel free to ask us for a product recommendation for pet shampoos, conditioners and other grooming products.
Health benefits of grooming include:
Detection of Early Warning Signs
Professional groomers are familiar with dog anatomy and if they notice abnormalities such as lumps, skin discoloration, rashes, skin lesions, bald patches, gum discoloration or bleeding, they might be able to alert the medical staff to early warning signs of illnesses.
Detection of Parasites
A well-trained professional groomer will be able to tell the medical staffimmediately if your dog has parasites. He will check your pet’s coat for fleas, the ears for ear mites and other parasites that may not be visible for you.
A professional groomer can observe if your pet’s skin is too dry or too oily. The medical staff will then be able to make suitable dietary recommendations for your dog’s well-being. The skin of your dog will reflect his diet. If this is imbalanced, your dog will have unhealthy skin. An unhealthy skin means dull fur and hair loss, so it’s better to detect the problem from its root and start healing the skin to a get shiny, good-looking coat for your pet.
Dog breeds that require regular grooming to stay happy and healthy:
- Afghan hound: the long, impressive coat must be groomed daily, if not it will rapidly mat (tangle).
- Airedale: a hard, wirey and dense coat that requires consistent, regular grooming.
- American Cocker Spaniel: the slightly wavy coat with long hear and dense feathering on the legs must be groomed daily to prevent matting. The long hair on the ears can get messy after eating.
- Bichon Frise: the flully coat requires regular grooming, otherwise it rapidly forms mats.
- Bouvier des Flandres: the coat is best kept short to avoid matting. For dog shows the coat is slightly trimmed.
- Cesky Terrier: the dark, wavy hair is clipped, except on the legs and head, leaving prominent beard and eyebrows.
- Chinese crested dog: the Hairless variety needs careful maintenance of its skin that should be oiled regularly to prevent it from becoming dry and scaly.The Powder Puff’s coat needs thorough grooming once or twice a week.
- Chow Chow: the plushy, thick coat needs regular brushin to avoid the building of thick mats.
- Cocker Spaniel: the silky coat requires daily brushing and combing to avoid matting.
- English Cocker Spaniel: the coat needs regular brushing and combing.
- English Springer Spaniel: daily brushing and combing is recommended to keep the feathers and long hair from tangling and matting.
- Kerry Blue Terrier: a soft, silky and dense coat that should be cut with scissors.Great Pyrenees: the double coat needs regular brushing, two or three times a week.
- Lhasa Apso: the coat requires daily brushing and combing, even when trimmed shorter for ease of care.
- Maltese: the coat must be brushed daily with a pin brush to get through the dense coat.
- Old English Sheepdog: when the soft puppy coat becomes harder and shaggier, it needs a weekly, extensive grooming to prevent the hair from matting.
- Polish Tatra Sheepdog: coat must be brushed two or three times a week.
- Pekingese: the coat needs to be brushed thoroughly several times a week to prevent it from tangling.
- Poodle: the poodle’s coat needs either regular home-grooming or professional grooming sessions. The modern show ring only allows three clips: the English Saddle Clip, the Continental clip, with the pompons, but with full-lenght body hair requiring constant attention, and the Puppy clip (for puppies under one year of age). The show clips require so much care to keep the hair in show condition that it is nearly impossible for the average person to keep the trim in perfect condition. The Kennel (or sporting) clip and the Dutch clip are much shorter and popular among pet owners because they are easier to maintain. Poodles kept shaggy, with a fuzzy face and fuzzy feet (a popular trim among Toy Poodle owners) still need to brushed out daily. Even though the show clip may look a bit peculiar to the novice eye, it does have a history in the breed. Standard Poodles were originally bred as water retrievers. The long “lion mane” and puffs on the feet were designed to keep the dogs vital organs and feet warm when they swam in cold water. The puff on the tail allowed the owner to spot the dog while it was swimming in the water. The rest of the hair was shaved to keep the dog from getting water logged and to prevent sticks from catching in the hair.
- Puli: the puli’s coat hair form a corded pattern. The long cords should not be brushed out but regular bathing is advisable to preven the dog from developing a strong odor. From an early age, the coat is trained to form the traditionally corded pattern.
- Rough Collie: the abundant coat needs daily, thorough brushing sessions, right down to the skin to prevent the hair from matting close to the dog’s skin.
- Schnauzer: the coat needs constant attention and should be trimmed regularly. The bushy beard catches food and needs to be cleaned after eating to prevent infections.
- Scottish Terrier: pet dogs are usually clipped, while show dog coats need to be stripped.
- Sealyham Terrier: the long-wiry coat requires expert preparation for the show ring.
- Shih Tzu: the long, double coat should be brushed daily.
- Silky Terrier: the coat of the Silky Terrier should be shorter than that of the Yorkshire Terrier and should not feet and pasterns. Regular brushing will keep the coat in good condition.
- Welsh Terrier: the coat requires stripping four times a year. Hand-stripping performed by an expert will make the breed look at its best.
Schedule Your Groom Today!
Please contact us today to reserve your appointment date and time. We look forward to your visit!