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Pet Grooming FAQs

Why are prices for Pet Grooming Packages not listed online?

At PetSmart, our groomers will personally meet with you to discuss your pet's specific needs and recommend just the right service. Due to different breeds, condition of coat and time required to complete services, package prices are determined after your pet is assessed at the pet salon. Call for more information and to find a location near you.

Do I need to book an appointment in advance?

Booking an appointment for a grooming service ahead of time ensures that you (and, more importantly, your pet) are not kept waiting any longer than necessary. Weekends tend to be especially busy, so appointments are highly recommended on Saturdays and Sundays. We're happy to take walk-ins when we have availability.

What vaccinations do you require?

In order to maintain a safe, comfortable environment, we do require all pets to be current on their rabies vaccinations and to wait at least 48 hours after shots before checking in. The waiting period helps to ensure your pet isn't sore at the injection site, which can cause irritability or lethargy. Puppies and kittens between 8 weeks and 4 months of age may receive services in the salon without vaccinations.

Please note: All pets must be in good health prior to receiving any grooming services.

How long will the grooming service take?

The amount of time it takes for pet grooming varies by breed and service, but you can usually plan on it taking up to 4 hours. Express services can be arranged upon request, shortening service time. Minor services, such as nail trims, take approximately 15 minutes and no appointment is necessary. Subject to availability. Wait time may apply.

Do you kennel dry dogs?

While we do kennel dry some dogs, we understand that it isn't safe for certain breeds. We always towel dry first to minimize the amount of time spent in the kennel. If you have any questions about our policy or would like to discuss the best drying process for your dog, please be sure to speak with a PetStylist when booking your dog grooming appointment.

Will my pet be kenneled before/after the groom?

Pets are cared for in our state-of-the-art stainless steel kennels and water is provided at all times. We keep kennel time as minimal as possible, and there is someone on hand to check on your pets frequently.

Do you offer grooming services for cats?

Yes, Cat Grooming services are available at select PetSmart Grooming Salons. Our cat groomers will personally meet with you to discuss your pet's specific needs and recommend just the right service. Due to the different needs of each cat, package prices are determined after your cat is assessed at the pet salon. Call for more information and to find a location nearest you.

Can I stay and watch my pet being groomed?

Yes, our Grooming Salons have a viewing area for you to comfortably watch your dog or cat getting groomed. For the safety of pets, however, we don't allow Pet Parents to assist with grooming or to stay in the grooming kennel or bathing areas.

Will my pet be sedated?

We never sedate pets, nor do we accept pets who have been sedated. If your dog or cat has been known to have a strong behavioral reaction to grooming or bathing, please advise us when dropping off. If a pet is truly uncooperative or made uncomfortable by the process, we might end the session – but we will never sedate your pet.

How much training do PetSmart Groomers receive?

We ensure that each PetStylist is qualified to care for your pet. Academy-trained groomers complete a 12-week course that includes over 400 hours of technical and safety training. Because we pride ourselves on having the highest safety standards in the industry, PetSmart requires every dog and cat groomer to be safety certified every year.

How can I be sure the best services are provided for my pet's specific needs?

At check-in, we will perform a thorough assessment and discuss your pet's needs with you to make sure the most appropriate services are selected.

Can dog groomers apply any flea & tick solution to my dog?

PetSmart Grooming Salons proudly carry K9 Advantix® II. Due to salon safety regulations, we can only apply the K9 Advantix Solution on dogs. The safety of your pet is very important to us. The solution can be purchased in our store and then brought into the Grooming Salon for application, or you can purchase a Flea & Tick Package and we will provide the K9 Advantix Solution for your pet.

What is the Look Great Guarantee?

The Look Great Guarantee is our promise to you that you'll love how great your pet looks after a visit with us, or we'll do whatever it takes to make it right – including offering your money back. That's right, you're happy or it's free!