Grooming Pets with Special Needs

A visit to the dog groomers can be a very stressful event for your pet, especially if your partner is a special needs dog.   A dog groomer that specializes in special needs dogs can  alleviate your dog’s stress and make grooming a positive experience.

Some examples of dogs with special needs are:

  • Seniors dogs
  • Dogs that suffer from anxiety
  • Shy or timid dogs
  • Dogs with medical issues (i.e., high blood pressure, joint/hip issues, cardiac issues)
  • Dogs that suffer from motion sickness from traveling in cars
  • Dogs that may not get along with other dog breeds

    There are a few things to look for when looking for a special needs pet groomer

  • Look for a dog groomer who has graduated from a dog grooming school and has obtained certification. Certification/Licensing requirements may differ from state to state. Click here for more information on  Dog Grooming Licensing in New Jersey
  • Look for a dog groomer that has  experience with working/volunteering with dogs/cats of all breeds.  Click here for more information regarding Pet Grooming Training
  • Request to see the pet groomers portfolio as well as client references
  • Ensure your pet groomer is fully bonded and insured
  • Make certain your pet groomer has all the appropriate equipment

Prior to writing this blog I had the pleasure of interviewing Tia Livingstone, the owner of  Little Buddies Grooming. We wanted to share with you what impressed us about Tia. She is a very caring knowledgeable professional pet groomer.  She started her mobile pet grooming business in 2014. She has experience with multiple types of animals in many different situations.

Some examples are:

  • working for a petting zoo
  • working/volunteering in kennels
  • working with 4H.

Tia also has had her own show rabbits that she raised and shows across the United States.  She is currently enrolled in college and is in the process of  obtaining additional certifications in animal control and as a veterinary assistant.  

Disclaimer: “This content is strictly informational/opinion of the author and owner is not claiming to be an expert in this topic”. Consult your Veterinary Professional for all medical advice and treatment.

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