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Blue Ribbon Pet Styling

14243 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
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Blue Ribbon Pet Styling is a pet salon that serves pet owners in Richmond and the surrounding areas. It offers dog grooming services, which include shower baths, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and anal gland expression. It also performs haircuts, with a specialization in scissor trims. Owner Kathi Johnson has been working in the pet styling industry for more than 25 years. She has won awards at local and national grooming competitions, including AKC events for conformation shows.

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Petite Pet Inn

3010 Hilliard Road, Richmond, VA 23228
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Petite Pet Inn is a pet grooming business that serves owners and their pets in Richmond. Its team of professional groomers specializes in providing grooming services to small dogs. Services include the use of coconut oil-based shampoos, nano-bubbles for dogs with skin allergies, and security cameras focused on bathtubs and grooming tables. Petite Pet Inn also offers additional services, such as hair dyeing, boarding, and daycare services for dogs and puppies that have received two sets of vaccinations.

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4.3
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4.3 / 5 (53)
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4.1 / 5 (17)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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PJ Petts

407 North Ridge Road, Henrico, VA 23229
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PJ Petts is a locally owned pet supply and dog grooming shop serving the Richmond community. It offers full dog grooming services for small and large dogs. Nail trim services are also available. Owners can schedule drop-off and pick-up times according to their availability. The shop offers a variety of products for pets such as dog and cat food, accessories, leashes, and collars. Its senior staff member, Chili, is a cat who likes to greet guests at the door and requests pets as tips.

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4.7
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4.8 / 5 (30)
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4.5 / 5 (11)

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Ridge Dog Shop

1505 North Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23229
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Located in Richmond, Ridge Dog Shop is a professional dog grooming and bathing service that has been in operation for more than 30 years. Its dog grooming services include bathing, blow-drying, ear cleaning, nail clipping, and haircutting services. It also provides oatmeal shampoo and conditioner treatments, hot oil treatments, and flea and tick treatments. Ridge Dog Shop is a member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America. It has been named Richmond’s Best Groomer by Richmond Magazine.

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4.4
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4.4 / 5 (171)
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4.8 / 5 (94)
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3.5 / 5 (40)

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Silky Paws

Richmond, VA
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Silky Paws offers mobile grooming services for dogs of all ages in Richmond. It specializes in working with small dogs up to 20 pounds. Its basic services include a massaging bath with the appropriate shampoo treatment depending on the pet’s needs, re-moisturizing conditioner treatment, brushing and fluffing, haircutting, ear cleaning, and nail clipping or filing. Kay Sir, Silky Paws’ owner and operator, is a graduate of the Canine Clippers School’s 600-hour course on pet grooming.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (18)
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4.0 / 5 (6)
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5.0 / 5 (3)

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The Barking Lot

5208 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228
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The Barking Lot is a professional pet grooming service that has been serving the residents of Richmond for more than three decades. It offers grooming services for all breeds of cats and dogs. These services include bathing, coat brushing, de-matting, nail trimming, and teeth brushing. It also provides medicated baths, flea dips, ear cleaning, and breed-appropriate styling services. In 2010, The Barking Lot was featured in Richmond Magazine as the editor's pick for best grooming establishment.

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4.5

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is dog grooming?

Grooming is a key part of keeping your dog’s coat and skin healthy. Brushing and combing stimulate circulation in your dog’s skin and help keep fur clean between baths. Bathing gets rid of the dirt, and depending on the soap used, bathing can moisturize, relieve itching, or kill parasites, like fleas and ticks.

How can I groom my dog at home?

Brushing should be a part of every dog owner’s routine to keep the fur in excellent condition. Ideally, brush your dog’s coat at least twice a week. Choose tools to match your dog’s coat, such as a wide-toothed brush for longer, coarse fur and a narrow-toothed brush for shorter fur.

How often should I groom my dog?

You should typically brush your dog twice a week and bathe it once a month. Frequent brushing removes loose debris and distributes natural oils from your dog’s skin throughout its coat. Monthly bathing usually prevents fur from getting smelly without overdrying a dog’s skin.

What is included in dog grooming?

Some basic services to expect from a professional dog groomer include bathing, brushing, and trimming fur. Groomers generally make sure to remove matted fur and clip fur into breed-specific styles. Groomers also clean ears and clip a dog’s nails when needed.

Does dog grooming include nail clipping?

While dog groomers typically trim nails, it isn’t necessarily included with a basic grooming session. Every groomer is different, and while one may include it, another groomer may charge an extra fee. Some other additional services groomers offer include expressing anal glands, brushing teeth, skin therapy regimens, and flea treatments.

How long does dog grooming take?

Expect a full grooming session to take two or three hours. If your dog has thick fur, it could take even longer. Making sure your dog’s coat is dry is one detail that takes extra time. It’s important that the coat be completely dry to prevent hot spots, known as acute moist dermatitis.

Should I bathe my dog before grooming?

You rarely need to bathe your dog before taking it to a groomer. However, it may depend on the groomer’s personal preferences. For example, if you’re taking your dog in for a detailed style, your groomer may prefer that the basic grooming steps be done ahead, such as bathing and brushing out matted fur.

How much does dog grooming cost?

If you take your dog to the groomer’s facility, a basic dog grooming session typically costs around $40 for a small dog and $75 for a large dog. Expect to pay a higher price if a mobile groomer comes to you. Additionally, expect to pay more for complicated styles and extra services.

Can I use CareCredit for dog grooming?

While CareCredit doesn’t specifically cover dog grooming costs, it covers some routine care grooming services that veterinarians provide. So, if your pet needs to be sedated by your vet for tasks that include clipping matted fur or trimming nails, that’s typically covered. Dental cleanings are generally covered if performed by your veterinarian.

Do I need to tip my dog groomer? How much?

While tipping a dog groomer is optional, it’s standard practice if you’re satisfied with the work. The standard tip to offer a groomer is 20%, as of 2021. If your dog is difficult to groom, it’s considered polite to offer a larger tip.

What vaccines do dogs need to get groomed?

Dogs need to be current on vaccinations before getting groomed. The specific vaccinations vary based on the animal’s age and the regulations in your state. Parvovirus, adenovirus, canine distemper, rabies, and para-influenza are among the common vaccines an adult dog should have before visiting the groomer.

Can a dog get groomed without shot records?

You must present your dog’s shot records before a groomer can work on your pet, and you might only have to share records on your dog’s first visit. Some groomers may work on the honor system and might not ask to see your pet’s vaccination records.

How can a dog groomer groom a matted dog?

A groomer can groom a dog with matted fur by starting with a rough cut to remove mats. If the mats are too close against the dog’s skin, the groomer might use clippers or shave under the mats. The groomer would then bathe and dry the dog before finishing the style.

How will a dog groomer handle an aggressive dog?

A dog groomer might handle a mildly aggressive dog by covering its face or muzzling it before grooming. A groomer might also require that a more aggressive dog be sedated before grooming begins.

How do you become a dog groomer?

You have several options for becoming a dog groomer, beginning with on-the-job training. With this option, you get paid while learning how to groom dogs. You could also take online courses or attend dog grooming school. With this option, you gain certification that you can present to an employer to show your qualifications.

Do you need a license to groom dogs?

No license is required to groom dogs. However, there are certifications available that a groomer can earn to show expertise and advance their professional careers. You can gain certifications for grooming specific breeds, or you can complete all the certifications and then test to become a National Certified Master Groomer.

How do I become a certified dog groomer?

The National Dog Groomers Association of America, Inc. (NDGAA) offers breed-specific material you can study when you want to earn certification as a dog groomer. After studying the materials, you would then attend an NDGAA workshop and take the certification test that’s offered at the end of the workshop.

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