2200 West Oakland Park Blvd.

Oakland Park, FL 33311 US

2200 West Oakland Park Blvd.

Oakland Park, FL 33311 US

(954) 731-4228

Pet Grooming FAQs

Top 5 Pet Grooming Frequently Asked Questions

Is your dog or cat new to professional pet grooming? Even if your pet has been professionally groomed in the past, you may still have questions about what to expect during your pet’s first appointment Oakland Park Animal Hospital. Below, our veterinarian and groomer answer five of your most frequently asked questions about pet grooming:

#1: Why should my pet receive professional grooming care?

Even if you enjoy bathing your pet at home, professional pet grooming is still important for your pet’s health. For example, some types of professional care, such as nail trimming or anal gland expressing, can be difficult to perform and are best left up to the experts. Many pets also become anxious or nervous during grooming, even for routine care such as baths. Our professional groomer understands the best ways to help pets relax and enjoy their experience.

#2: What if my pet has a skin condition – how does this affect grooming?

If your pet frequently scratches or itches his skin, your pet may be experiencing a skin problem. While some itching is normal, excessive scratching, along with biting or chewing at the skin, may indicate a problem. If you are not sure about your pet’s skin condition, our grooming team can help. Our professional groomer is trained to identify potential skin problems. Should a possible issue be identified, our Oakland Park veterinarian is just steps away to make a full diagnosis and recommend care. This is part of our animal hospital’s commitment to going above and beyond in everything we do!

#3: How frequently should my pet be groomed?

Pet grooming frequency depends on your pet’s lifestyle and wellness needs. For example, long-haired dogs that frequently play outside may need more grooming than shorter haired breeds that spend most of their time inside. This is due to that fact that longer-haired breeds are more susceptible to matted fur. Additionally, more time spent running, swimming or playing at a dog park increases the risk for contracting fleas and ticks. Regular bathing and coat trimming will prevent matted fur, which can quickly become a breeding ground for these parasites.

#4: Does my cat need professional grooming?

Yes, even though your cat may appear to fastidiously clean him or herself, cats will still benefit from professional grooming. Cats that frequently lick themselves are only redistributing dirt and dander throughout their fur. Additionally, for long-haired breeds, frequent personal grooming can actually increase the risk for hair balls. Our vet recommends scheduling grooming appointments throughout the year to keep your cat’s coat healthy.

#5: What grooming services will my pet need?

All pets will benefit from regular baths. Longer-haired breeds may also benefit from a “haircut” that removes excess fur but does not leave pets vulnerable to sunburn. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle and wellness needs, we may recommend additional services such as nail trimming, ear cleaning and anal gland expressing. Talk to our veterinarian about how professional grooming can benefit your pet.

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  • "AWESOME, Dr. Spencer Ratnoff is the best he treated my cat for a fractured top k9 tooth, when He finished with him, he looked like he was born without a k9 tooth. He did that surgery so well it’s refreshing a Dr that actually cares, his team is wonderful and very attentive, I left a message and not even 10 minutes later, I got a call back. My family is forever grateful .thank you for everything."
    Maryem K.
  • "I initially had a bad experience due to the Doctor that was in on that day. I returned for a checkup for my girl 'Cali' 'Cat' and the energy Dr. Ratnoff had was much better with my girl as she can be very temperamental. I was very pleased during this visit as Dr. Ratnoff had more patience and better vibe as our pets sense negative energy. Its a shame my first experience was not pleasant but I will be back and only ensure Dr. Ratnoff with my girl. Thankyou Doc!"
    Jeff G.
  • "Probably the best Vet experience I’ve had! They listened and took great care of my dog. I felt like I understood everything that was being done, and was given an estimate beforehand."
    Joana A.
  • "Very professional, friendly and nice clean environment. I highly recommend coming here for all your pet needs!"
    CorJames S.
  • "Dr. Ratnoff has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years."
    John / Oakland Park, FL

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