Pet Grooming at North Paws

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North Paws Veterinary Clinic

The Medical Importance of Grooming Your Pet

Being gorgeous takes work. There's a lot more, however, to pet grooming than making Fluffy look fabulous. It's about keeping your dog or cat clean and healthy.

Grooming is an important part of preventive medical care, and regular grooming at our Maple Grove grooming salon will help prevent serious medical problems—not to mention make your pet look, smell and feel better. By having your pet groomed regularly you can help detect skin infections and growths before they become a problem.

For the safety of our staff and other pets, your dog must be up-to-date on Rabies, Distemper Combo and Bordatella vaccines, and your cat must be up to date on Rabies and Feline Distemper Combo vaccines before being groomed at North Paws Veterinary Clinic. Pets cannot be groomed within 24 hours after receiving vaccinations due to possible vaccine reactions within that period of time. For more information, please contact North Paws Veterinary Clinic.


Dogs require regular bathing to keep their skin and coat healthy, and brushing between baths will get rid of tangles and mats. We recommend brushing your cat weekly to decrease the number of hairballs it ingests. Longhaired and senior cats should be brushed more often to prevent mats from forming. Mats on dogs and cats are painful and can cause skin infections, and matted hair around the hindquarters is especially painful and dangerous. Take a peek at your pet's bottom every now and then to make sure it isn't matted or infected. A foul smell signals trouble. With dogs, scooting often signals a problem.


In general, your dog's nails are too long if you can hear him or her tap-dancing on your floor. For both dogs and cats, long nails can get caught in carpet or cause them to slip. On some pets nails curve around and grow into the feet, causing pain and infection. Keeping nails trimmed for senior pets can help reduce pressure on joints, relieving arthritic pain. Regular trimming is an excellent alternative to declawing — and reupholstering your couch.


Ear cleaning is important in preventing ear mites and infections, and if your pet has hairy ears, he or she needs extra attention. Healthy ears do not have an odor and look clean, and anything different should be examined right away.


Keep the hair around your pet's eyes clipped short enough so it can see properly. Long hair that dangles into the eyes can cause irritation or damage the cornea. Also, the matter that collects in the corners of eyes should be cleared away regularly (for some pets, daily) so debris doesn't create sores.

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The staff at North Paws Veterinary Clinic is happy to offer full-service grooming. The typical visit for your pet includes: bathing, conditioning and blow-drying; brushing and combing the coat; checking for infections and parasites; trimming longhaired pets if needed; nail trimming; ear cleaning and hair-plucking the ear canals; and, if necessary, expressing the anal glands.

Your treasured pet is unique, and so his or her grooming needs will be different from other breeds of dog or cat. We can recommend a grooming routine for your pet so you know what to look for and how often.

If you have a precocious young puppy or kitten, acquaint him or her with grooming early to ensure an easy process from the start!

Receive a 10% discount on grooming services with the purchase of a preventative care package! For more information, contact North Paws Veterinary Clinic.

If you would like more information about the Maple Grove, MN pet grooming services North Paws Veterinary Clinic offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Maple Grove, please contact us.