Being groomed can be highly stressful for some pets. To maintain a healthy pet, however, this treatment is necessary. For the comfort of the pet, they should be taken to a boutique or salon where they will feel relaxed. Check out the credentials and the atmosphere of a salon or boutique before getting your pet groomed to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for your furry friend. Here are a few great options in Tampa Bay that will impress both pet and owner.

Poodle Penthouse
4802 Gunn Highway, Suite 152
Tampa, FL33624
(813) 960-1013

Poodle Penthouse has been serving customers in the Tampa Bay area for 40 years. Owners Wayne and Suzanne Grande specialize in high-maintenance coat care and hand-scissored styling. All pets are dried by using a hand-held blow dryer. Poodle Penthouse offers a relaxing spa atmosphere for clients’ loved ones. Suzanne is a master groomer who specializes in bichons, poodles and other small dogs.

Joni’s Pet Salon
4512 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 902-9489

Joni’s Pet Salon is a full-service salon for dogs and cats. The business was voted best pet service in Tampa in 2005, 2007 and 2008. The groomers here consult with pet owners before the grooming appointment to discuss the owner’s expectations, the lifestyle of the pet, the type of coat the pet has and the condition of the coat. This helps the groomer provide a more pleasant experience for the pet when it is being treated. These groomers are well trained to handle geriatric, disabled and terminally ill pets.

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All Around Pet Care
1268 S. Highland Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 462-5284

Jamie, the owner of All Around Pet Care, has been grooming pets since 2001. She is a 2000 graduate from the Academy of Animal Arts in Largo. Jamie does not use cages at her salon and also provides a pick-up service for pets with a grooming appointment at her establishment. Her love of pets carries over into her grooming of animals as she takes great care in each appointment. She proudly provides a stress-free environment for all of the pets that visit.

Steppin Out Grooming Salon
3877 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 572-8594

Heidi, the owner of Steppin Out Grooming Salon, believes that grooming is more than making a pet look good, it is also about the pet’s hygiene and health. She uses only natural products in her salon and does not use harnesses while grooming pets. She provides services for the Clearwater area, Feather Sound and Carrillon. Full grooming prices start at $35 for dogs and cats and include flea shampooing at no extra charge.

Pampered Paws Salon

7054 Broad St.
Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 410-0005

Pampered Paws Salon got its start because owners Deb and Mel Waldron wanted a salon where the focus was on the quality of the work, not on how fast a pet can be groomed. They believe in meeting the needs of each pet on a one-on-one, individualized basis. Deb and Mel can also provide insight into diet, training, health and flea control for pets.

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