How Much Does Mobile Pet Grooming Cost?
Dog grooming is a service that is very important to the health and well-being of the pet as well as it look and demeanor. Taking your pet to a groomer, however, can eat up a good chunk of your day. It can be quite inconvenient since most groomers will have you drop the dog off and come back later to pick it up. Thankfully there are mobile pet grooming services that are able to come to your house or a specific location, providing the same services that any other groomer can provide. The only different is that they are able to save you a lot of time and potentially money.
How much is it?
- The cost of a mobile pet groomer is going to depend upon your geographical location, the size of your pet, what needs to be done, and the location to which they have to travel. On average, mobile pet grooming services can cost anywhere from as little as $40 for a mini-groom on a small dog to as much as $175 for a full groom on a large dog.
- Mobilevets.com, a mobile pet groomer located in Georgia, charges anywhere from $55 to $135 for a dog and $65 to $75 for a cat. The costs will depend on the size of the dog.
- Heidismobilepetgrooming.com, another professional service, charges anywhere from $50 to as much as $75, depending on the size of the dog.
|25 pounds or less||$50 to $85|
|26-50 pounds||$60 to $115|
|51-75 pounds||$75 to $130|
|76 pounds+||$90 to $150|
NOTE: These are just estimates for basic services such as a bath, blow dry, clipping and ear cleaning. Additional services can increase the price estimate.
What is going to be included?
- A regular grooming package is generally going to include a bath, blow dry, nail clippings, a hair cut and ear cleaning. Other services can include trimming the feet/pads, ear plucking, teeth brushing, inspections, massages, shaves, aloe treatments, deshedding, painting, de-skunking, prevention and using specialty products, such as shampoos.
- A mobile pet grooming service will come to any location, usually within 30 miles or so. Equipped with a larger van or RV styled vehicle, they are able to perform all of their tasks out of the back. These vehicles will have no other animals and groomers will work in a sterile, clean and comfortable environment.
What are the extra costs?
- Non-package services can often be charged up to $75 per hour.
- A full scissor cut, instead of clippers, can be an additional $20 to $50.
- Nail polishing and trims can cost $20 to $35. Painting can cost $5 to $10.
- Teeth brushing can range $15 to $25.
- Aggressive animals may need a light sedation, which can result in an additional charge.
- Premium cuts, such as a lion cut, sunflower, or boots style, can cost an additional $40 to $60.
- Adding a bow, bandana or cologne can cost up to $5 extra.
- If the anal glands need to be checked, this can cost $10 to $15.
- Matted pets may experience additional charges.
Tips to know:
- Before hiring a groomer, see how much experience she has. There are a lot of fly-by-night companies hat may not have the experience.
- Some groomers have a lot of add-ons and additional fees. Always make sure you get your estimate in writing.
- Mobile pet groomers are ideal for dogs who do not get along well with other dogs, those that become very nervous, or those that are very hyper and high-strung. Being the only dog in the grooming vehicle can greatly calm these types of dogs.
- Some groomers require that the animal is up-to-date with its vaccinations before they will provide grooming services.
How can I save money?
- The more pets you have, the more you are going to be able to save. Even if you only have one pet, consider asking friends or family if they want to go in on a package. If you have neighbors that have pets as well, asking a mobile groomer to come to your neighborhood and do a few different dogs will probably save each of you some money.
- Maintaining the animals coat between grooming sessions can save a lot. Brushing on a regular basis can keep the coat clean and fresh, which means you will not have to have professional grooming services as often.
- Some groomers will offer discounts to those who are put on a regular schedule.
- If you are on a budget, most groomers will be able to accommodate your requests. By taking off certain tasks, such as nail trims, you may be able to save a few dollars.
- 99% of the time, you are going to save the most money by actually going to the groomer. If you have the time, it is best to take them to their premises.
- Most pet groomers have specials and deals on their website. Keep your eyes peeled for discounts.
- There are a lot of grooming procedures that you could do yourself if you have the right tools. There are kits that you can purchase which will have the necessary items to make this a DIY job.