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Best Friends Grooming Salon - Bellevue, Washington

Do you groom cats?


Yes! We have many years of experience with our feline friends, while many groomers do not offer this service. It would be our pleasure to have you as a customer, fellow cat-lovers!

What type of grooming do you offer?


We provide full Styling and Grooming services for all breeds and sizes of dogs and cats. A typical bath includes a full body brush-out, nail clipping, ear cleaning (non intrusive), anal gland expression (for dogs, if needed), and shampoo (medicated, flea/tick, etc. as indicated). A typical styling/haircut starts with a bath, plus (depending on the pet breed) styling with scissors, thinning shears, and sculpting with electric clippers.

How often should I have my dog groomed?


It depends on the breed of your dog, his lifestyle and on how you want him to look and smell. While it’s true that a clean animal is a healthier one, excessive bathing can dry out the skin and strip it of its natural oils. Generally speaking, short-coated dogs with no skin conditions can go six to eight weeks between baths unless they have gotten into something dirty or smelly. Longer-coated dogs should be groomed every four to six weeks to ensure their hair doesn’t get matted and isn’t harboring insects or hidden skin conditions. Of course, certain haircut dogs should be groomed more often than others to maintain their appearance.

Should I have my dog groomed less in the winter?


If we are having a harsh winter in the Pacific Northwest, the effects of salt and snow on the animal’s body may call for more frequent grooming in the winter.

Why does my dog sometimes “scoot” his rear on the floor?


Most likely, he’s attempting to express his anal glands. It’s time to see us to have the waste fluid squeezed out.

What are anal glands and why do you “express” them?


Anal glands are sacks located just below a dog’s tail that collect a fluid from the animal’s body. Historically, the excretion of bulky feces pressed against the anal sack during defecation and resulted in a natural squeezing out of the waste liquid during elimination. However with more complete absorption of modern pet foods and correspondingly smaller stools, the anal sack is often not pressed during bowel movements and so periodically needs assistance from humans to “express” or squeeze the over-full sack to remove this fluid. This is an especially putrid liquid so we recommend leaving this task to us (you'll thank us later).

Why does my dog shake his head after grooming?


As part of the grooming process we clean the ears and pluck hair from the ear opening(unless the owner asks us not to do so) to allow air to flow more freely into the ear to keep it dry. After cleaning and removal of the ear hair, the dog sometimes has a tickling sensation and shaking his head is the dog’s way of responding to the tickle. It is nothing to worry about.

Should I get my cat groomed?


In general, cats do a good job at grooming themselves, but there are a number of reasons for grooming a cat. Some longer-haired cats tend to get matted and require professional brushing or de-matting to prevent it from worsening. In more severe cases, brushing alone is too little too late and the cat has to be stripped down for comfort. Some cats get fleas or soil themselves so need professional cleaning. Some longhaired cats are prone to hair build up in their stomachs (“hairballs”) from self-grooming and professional brushing can remove “dead hair” to minimize these hairballs. And some cats are given “lion cuts” to keep them feeling and looking cool.

When will my puppy be ready for his first grooming experience?


We wouldn’t accept a puppy for grooming prior to completion of initial vaccinations (usually about 15-16 weeks old/around 4 months old). Initially we’d suggest the grooming be brief. The objective is to have the experience be a positive one at the outset so your pet looks forward to each future grooming experience for a lifetime. Be unemotional when you drop him off and give him a lot of praise when you pick him up so you don’t telegraph anxiety at the outset and show pleasure at the end of the experience.