Hygiene is vital to the well-being and health of every pet. Pets need daily hygienic care especially regarding injuries, parasites and general cleaning needs. Pets also need regular professional grooming services such as bathing, hair removal, stripping and nail trimming. Professionals are also trained to monitor for health problems especially concerning the pet’s skin. In addition, some dogs such as poodles do not shed and should have professional grooming no more than every six to eight weeks. Here are five of the best places to get your pet groomed in the Twins Cities metro.
Dog and Cat Grooming
Dig It Dog Grooming
1748 Lexington Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
Stephanie Hahn and a team of other groomers provide several levels of grooming service as well as walk-in service such as nail trimming and tooth brushing. Dig It touts a hydrotherapy bathing system employing a jet system to remove dirt and loose hair and to exfoliate the skin. Don’t let the name fool you, as two groomers specialize in cats.
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CocoBear Boutique and Pet Care
197 7th St. E.
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Downtown and Lower Town residents have an excellent and convenient bathing, brushing, drying, nail trimming and ear cleaning service for all breeds of dogs and cats. CocoBear also has one tub for self-serve dog grooming customers. The shop provides shampoo, towels, blow dryers and brushes. Call to ensure availability of the tub.
Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash
Ollu Dog Wash & Grooming Salon
221 Main St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
New to Minneapolis in 2009, this full-service pet-grooming salon with trained professional groomers provides grooming services by appointment. But Ollu also provides a clean self-wash area, carefully regulated water temperatures and all of the gear and products conscious pet owners could desire. The facility provides human protective gear such as waterproof aprons, non-slip mats and large bath basins. It also has equipment to make the chore much easier than home-based pet care such as zoom groom brushes, equipment for teeth cleaning, ear cleaning and dryer rooms with powerful but gentle dryers to shorten the task and allow for a quick finish. Check out the many product options for shampooing, leave-in conditioning and even cologne.
Bark & Bathe
3883 W. Broadway Ave.
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Reasonable prices based on the size of the dog make Bark & Bath a good choice for do-it-yourselfers. The easy-entry, non-slip ramps and waist-high tubs make each visit a breeze. There’s no need for scheduling appointments because there are multiple tubs. Bark & Bathe has aprons, toothbrushes, fluffy towels and an assortment of shampoos, conditioners and brushes. Be sure to call ahead for any full-service grooming needs including selection of shampoo and conditioner, ear cleaning, tooth brushing and full brush out. Although co‐owners Karen Moe and George Selman just opened this new store in 2013, they have a 29-year professional pet groomer on staff.
Extended Services For Dog Owners
6315 Penn Ave. S.
Richfield, MN 55423
Dogs are social animals, not unlike their owners. Woof accommodates both species. Owners enjoy free coffee and seating while waiting for their pet’s grooming services. Pets that are boarding or visiting for the day have extensive space to play with peers. Indoor play space at the facility is greater than 5,000 square feet and is divided into three separate play areas to accommodate differences in temperament, age, size and playfulness. An outdoor area is set aside for potty breaks four to five times a day. Woof also provides taxi service or will come to the home for potty breaks, waste pickup, walks or extended playtime. Attendants provide skill building on pet behaviors such as jumping up, pulling, nipping or excessive barking.
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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn., and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.