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GROOMING FAQS FOR OUR PAWS-ITIVELY AWESOME PATIENTS
All animals can benefit from regular grooming. While some breeds need more assistance with their grooming than others, there is no denying that having a professional take care of the bathing, trimming and other parts of grooming in a calming and enjoyable fashion can be a wonderful break for you and your pet. Here at Westlake Animal Inn we want to help you and your pet enjoy the grooming process and answer some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) here.
WHAT OCCURS DURING THE PROFESSIONAL GROOMING PROCESS?
During the grooming process, we take care of bathing, blow-drying, brushing, nail trimming, anal-gland expression, ear cleaning, and the haircut of your choice. Please ask us about additional services such as special shampoo, paw balm, teeth-brushing, and more!
HOW LONG DOES A GROOMING APPOINTMENT TAKE?
The time depends on how much is needed for your pet. If your pet hasn’t been groomed in a while or has a lot of hair that needs trimming, it might take a little longer. We also may need to schedule extra time if your pet has some anxiety. The typical groom takes 1-3 hours.
MY PET IS NERVOUS ABOUT THE GROOMING PROCESS. CAN YOU HELP?
Yes! Our staff is used to working with animals at all sorts of comfort levels. We understand how to help our furry friends feel calm in our presence during the grooming process and will work with them to help them see we are there to help. On rare occasions, sedation medication can be beneficial to allow your pet to feel more relaxed. Please speak to your veterinarian in regards to finding the best option for your pet’s needs.
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT VACCINE RECORDS?
Yes. For the safety of our staff and the other animals that are being groomed, we will require up-to-date vaccination records for your pet prior to your grooming appointment. Canine requirements consist of Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella. Feline requirements include Rabies and Feline Distemper. If our records are incomplete, please fax the updated records to 727-767-9200 or bring them in when you arrive. All vaccines must be up to date prior to your grooming appointment. Titers will be accepted with proper documentation.
CAN A TRAVEL SHEET BE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR VACCINATIONS TO BE ADMINISTERED THE DAY OF MY APPOINTMENT?
Travel sheets have always been a convenient option to allow vaccines to be completed upon arrival. However, at this time, we kindly ask that all required vaccines are completed prior to your grooming appointment. Please call Westlake Animal Hospital at 727-938-9135 to make an appointment.
HOW LONG CAN MY PET STAY AFTER GROOMING?
After the grooming appointment, your pet has the option of participating in our day care services. Day care dogs requires the Influenza Bivalent vaccine as well as an up to date fecal test. The latest pick up time is 5:30 pm Monday-Friday.