Pet Grooming 101: Angie's List Reveals Tips for How to Choose a Groomer

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Pet grooming can get expensive, as Angie's List shows nearly one-third of owners spend more than $50 per visit to take care of Fluffy & Fido. All those baths and trims add up to big bucks when you consider 35 percent of owners visit the groomer monthly.

Mobile groomers come right to your door

Respondents to a nationwide Angie's List poll made no bones about the importance of their pets and pet grooming. Seventy-five percent of poll respondents count pets as part of their family, and nearly one-third of them spend more than $50 each time their four-legged friend is groomed. All those baths and trims add up to big bucks when you consider 35 percent of the owners visit the groomer monthly.

"Good pet grooming can help keep your animal healthy as well as beautiful, but you can keep your cat or dog in good shape and still save money by tackling some of the tasks yourself," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "Brush your pet's teeth regularly at home to reduce the number of dental cleaning visits, which can take a big bite out of your wallet. Save the more complicated jobs like nail clipping for professionals."

This is also a busy time for the folks who keep Fido looking and smelling good. September requests on Angie's List for pet grooming services have increased nearly 150 percent from five years ago. Grooming is most important during the fall and winter seasons because just like you, your animal will spend more time indoors with you, and it's best for all concerned that your pet is clean.

Angie's Three Tips for Choosing a Groomer for your Pet:
1. Shop around: Check Angie's List for pet grooming services. The list rates local shops, national chains, and mobile groomers. Also, check with your vet. Many veterinarians have incorporated grooming into their practices.

2. Do some research: Make a few telephone calls and ask questions about services, costs, hours, pick-up and delivery.

3. Tour the shop: The facility should look and smell clean. Ask where the animals are kept. Observe how the staff handles the pets. A nervous pet can make the grooming process more stressful for both your pet and the groomer. While only six percent of poll respondents use a mobile groomer, this is an option to consider for reducing your pet's stress.

"Mobile groomers come right to your door," said Hicks. "They allow your pet to stay in their familiar surroundings and offer fewer distractions than a grooming shop. Mobile groomers are also convenient for the busy pet owner."

Angie's List Poll Results:

  • 75 percent: Own a pet
  • 35 percent: Take their pet to a groomer
  • 55 percent: Spend $25-$50 on their pet at the groomer
  • 24 percent: Have the groomer trim their pet's nails
  • 35 percent: Take their pet to the groomer every month

*1,254 List members took our poll. Responses are representative of members, but not the general public.

Angie's List is where consumers turn to get the real scoop on local contractors and companies in more than 280 different categories, including pet grooming services. Currently, more than 500,000 consumers across the U.S. rely on the list to help them find the right contractor or company for the job they need done. Members have unlimited access to the list via Internet or phone; receive the Angie's List magazine, which includes articles on home improvement and maintenance, consumer trends and scam alerts; and they can utilize the Angie's List complaint resolution service. Get more information and consumer tips at http://www.angieslist.com .

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