Mobile pet grooming is an easy way to bring care right to your pet!
Pet owners with busy schedules don't always have enough time to take their furry friends to the groomer. However, when Fido and Felix are in need of grooming services, a mobile pet groomer is a perfect, stress-free alternative to a full day at the grooming salon.
Mobile pet grooming has risen in popularity over the last couple of years, and dog grooming businesses have sprung up all over the United States, with most offering all your basic cat and dog grooming services like nail trimming, clipper cuts, washing, and drying. Some mobile dog groomers take it up a notch and offer styling for pets with fancier fur grooming needs. If you usually take your pet to the local pet store or to the pet salon for their monthly trims, here is everything you need to know about mobile pet grooming to see if it is a good fit for you and your furry friends.
What Is Mobile Pet Grooming?
While the pet grooming process dates back to around 1,500 to 1,600 AD, when curly-coated retrievers were groomed by their owners, it was mostly for function, not fashion. The French began grooming for looks in the 1800s, and John Meyrick published House Dogs and Sporting Dogs in 1861, covering the necessity of grooming your dog for their overall health.
Professional grooming began in the United States in the 1960s with an emphasis around pets' overall well-being, while making them look pretty good at the same time. Until recently, pet owners had no choice but to physically visit a professional groomer or veterinarian for specific services.
Starting in the late 1990s, mobile pet grooming services began growing in popularity, with franchises to independent groomers jumping on the trend. These days, the pet grooming business has expanded to the point where groomers are opening up their own mobile grooming businesses, and they are not hard to find. Many of these offer individual attention to your pet either in a mobile grooming van or a mobile grooming trailer.
Why Use A Mobile Pet Groomer?
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Mobile dog or cat grooming is not only perfect for busy pet owners, but it is a better grooming experience for pets with special needs. Older dogs and cats may not like the experience of going to a pet store or salon; it can be filled with loud noises and other pets, which causes a lot of unwanted stress. A mobile pet groomer removes many of these outside anxieties and is capable of handling all of your pet's needs faster and more efficiently.
A typical doggy groomer will offer the following services:
- Grooming assessment
- Nail trim
- Clean eyes and ears
- Fur trim
- Paw pad trimming
- Sanitary trim
- Gland expressing
Some groomers even have a signature scent they spray your dog with at the very end, and all good boys (and girls!) can get a treat if their pet parents say it's okay.
Mobile cat groomers benefit owners in many of the same ways and provide the following services:
- Grooming assessment
- Nail clipping
- Paw pad trim
- Sanitary trim
- Knot and debris removal
- Blow Dry
- Eye and ear cleaning
- Coat brushing
If it's your pet's first time, your groomer should be able to answer any of your questions. Cost varies widely depending on your area and the services you need, so make sure and research reliable groomers in your area.
National Groomer Franchises
While many mobile dog groomers own their own businesses, some have chosen to buy into franchises to help grow and scale in areas around the country. Some popular grooming franchises throughout the United States that may be of interest are:
- Groom & Go
- Zoomin Groomin
- Hydrodog Mobile Dog Grooming
- Furry Land Mobile Pet Grooming
- Aussie Pet Mobile
While these are not by any means all of the dog and cat grooming franchises that exist, they are a good representation of the amount of options available. To find a mobile pet groomer near you, you can search social media or consult the National Dog Groomers Association of America's website for a diverse list of options.
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