Grooming

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Badger Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer pet grooming services with experienced groomers Emily Metcalf and Cassie Howard.

Each bath and pet grooming appointment includes a nail trim, basic ear cleaning, and outside anal gland expression.

Baths are customized with a variety of shampoos and conditioners for your pet’s specific coat and skin needs.

Dog Grooming
  • Baths
  • Full Grooms
  • Maintenance Grooms

Dogs must be current on their rabies, distemper, and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines.

Cat Grooming
  • Baths
  • Shave Grooms (with or without sedation)
  • Maintenance Grooms

Cats must be current on their rabies and distemper vaccines.

Meet Grooming Supervisor Emily Metcalf

Emily is a trained groomer and supervisor at Badger Veterinary Hospital, providing pet grooming services in Janesville and Beloit. Emily shares a little bit about what she does, her grooming experience, and her favorite thing about Badger Veterinary Hospital.

Pet grooming is available by appointment at the locations below:

Badger Veterinary Hospital-Janesville: Mon-Sat
Badger Veterinary Hospital-Beloit: Wed & Thurs

Health Benefits of Grooming

Groomers have been promoting grooming as a “spa day” for pets with a focus on appearance. Although we humans find spa treatments relaxing, our four-legged friends don’t necessarily feel the same peace of mind that we find with a shampoo and a cut. Grooming services do provide peace of mind for the owners but, more importantly, grooming has health-related benefits for the pets in addition to the appearance.

There are a variety of things to consider when bathing, clipping, and brushing your pets. You need to become familiar with the type of fur your dog’s skin has so you can prevent and/or alleviate discomfort with skin lesions. Without knowledge of current skin conditions, repetitive brushing or excessive de-shedding without the proper lubrication application to your dog’s skin and coat can aggravate existing lesions or create a reaction on the normally calm skin. Consultation with a trusted groomer (and a veterinarian if necessary) is important. They can educate you on skin types and recommend the proper tools and skincare needs for your canine’s coat type.

Behavior is an important component when considering grooming at home. Fighting with your dog for at-home grooming can have a physical impact on you or your dog. By taking your pet to a groomer, you remove your personal risk of injury. A dog’s behavior is going to be different at home with the owner than at the grooming location. Much like a child going away to daycare for the day, just because it’s an unfamiliar environment at first doesn’t mean it can’t be a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Respect and discipline are two areas of behavior that can be easily attained with the correct approach. With having these two areas under control, the grooming experience can be that much more pleasant for both the dog and groomer involved, regardless of the condition of the coat.

Finally, dogs and cats have matts because of grooming shortfalls. Knots and tangles are entirely different from matting, and they should indicate a need for grooming. When knots and tangles are left on the pet, the matting process begins. Dogs are very tolerant of matting which leads owners to believe that grooming is not urgent. However, the matting process is nothing short of painful to your dog’s skin. The most significant problems with matting as seen by groomers is behavior changes due to discomfort and physical complications when the dog is finally shaved.

Once at the matted phase, it’s necessary to shave the pet. When shaving, the dog’s hair can pull on the outer layer of the skin, placing an unnecessary and unpleasant strain on a dog’s body. This can lead to permanent crippling or impaired gate with the painful flight reaction from the pull from shaving.

Badger Veterinary Hospital offers grooming at both our Janesville and Cambridge locations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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