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the Price of Dog Grooming at the Vet's Office

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$ 37
Jan 2008
Madison, IN
Shih Tzu
Dirty dog was made sparkling clean  more... close row
$ 52
Mar 2007
Dallas, TX
Golden Retriever
Very thorough grooming services  more... close row
$ 45
Apr 2008
Branford, CT
Shih Tzu
Puppy cut on shih tzu at vet's office  more... close row
$ 11
May 2008
Alton, IL
Straffordshire Terrier
Vet best to groom nervous dog  more... close row
$ 52
Feb 2008
Yucaipa, CA
Vet's office provide OK and expensive grooming  more... close row

Description of service

The dog grooming at our Vet's office included the basic services of washing (shampooing, blow drying, and brushing the dog's fur), trimming the dog's fur, clipping the dog's nails, trimming the hair/ fur in the ears, and anal gland extraction (yes, all groomers provide this service, and is the number one reason we have our dog groomed instead of washing him ourselves). The price of the grooming services was $45.00. With the gratuity of $7.00, the total price came to $52.00. This price did not include teeth cleaning or more involved ear canal cleaning.

Review of Service

As expensive as the grooming was, I was hoping, or rather expecting the Vet's office to do a far superior job than my local groomer (who charges literally half the price). While the Vet's office did a good job, it was nothing stellar, and I actually prefer the way my local groomer "styles" my dog's fur. The staff at the Vet's office seemed a little bit irritated and rushed, a far cry from my local groomer who is always friendly and sweet to both me and my dog. My dog has had surgery on both hips, so we thought that the Vet's office would be gentler with him, understanding how gingerly he should be treated. Our dog has never been so seemingly traumatized by a grooming experience. The Vet's office did an acceptable, even good job, but it definitely wasn't worth paying twice as much for services that someone else does better. On the positive side, however, the Vet's office only took a couple of hours to finish, while the local groomer usually keeps the dog all day.


The Vet's office usually hikes up the price for grooming services. If you trust your local groomer, stick with them. The Vet isn't the one washing your dog, so there is no reason to pay so much more for the same (and more often better) services.

$ 65
Aug 2007
Westerville, Ohio
Lab Mix
Vets have best understanding of dogs  more... close row
$ 45
Oct 2007
Chicago, Illinois
Dog even got her nails painted and a bandana  more... close row
$ 35
Jan 2008
Liberty, TX
shih tzu
Shampoo cut and blow-dry for shih tzu  more... close row
$ 30
Apr 2008
Philadelphia, Mississippi
Grooming at the vet's office  more... close row
$ 80
Jan 2007
Branson, MO
German Shepard
Vet's office doesn't allow for watching grooming  more... close row
$ 45
Oct 2007
Ft. Washington, MD
Vets have experience with dogs  more... close row
$ 65
Mar 2008
Wired Hair Terrier
Grooming at the regular vet's office  more... close row
$ 25
May 2008
Los Angeles, California
Black Lab - Large
Vet did a great job with grooming  more... close row