The importance of pet grooming services from your trusted vet in Jacksonville & St. Johns, FL

When you bring your pet in for a grooming service, you may be solely focused on improving the way they smell or look. However, grooming your pet regularly is an important part of maintaining their overall health and wellness. When an experienced team of animal care specialists like the ones at Bluestar Pet Hospital and Grooming, groom your pet, it allows us to identify certain conditions or diseases early, when they are most easily treated. If you are in the Jacksonville & St. Johns, FL area, we encourage you to talk to us about how often your pet should be coming in to be groomed.

Start grooming early

We understand that not all pets love the grooming process, but one thing you can do to try and alleviate that is to start doing it early and often. If you start training your puppy to enjoy the grooming process from an early age, it will make the entire process easier for the rest of their lives.

Benefits of pet grooming

There are many benefits to having your pet groomed regularly. Here are some of the most important ones.


Bathing your pet too much can strip their fur of its natural oils and wreak havoc on their skin. Still, it’s important to keep your pet clean. Your vet can recommend an appropriate bathing schedule based on the breed of your pet and recommend the right types of shampoo to use.

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Brushing your pet is an essential part of the grooming process. Not only does it leave their fur soft and fluffy, but it’s also important for removing dirt and dandruff, preventing matting which can lead to infections and to stimulate the natural oils in the fur which leads to a beautiful, shiny coat. While brushing, we also look at the skin for any issues such as rashes, dry patches, ticks, fleas, bald spots, or swelling.


Brushing your pet’s teeth is one of the most overlooked components of their care, yet one of the most important. Routine brushing is the only way you can help prevent the development of periodontal disease which can be very harmful to your pet. Talk to your vet about tips for toothbrushes and toothpaste to keep your pet’s teeth healthy.


Certain breeds can be more susceptible to ear infections and parasites. If you notice any pus, inflammation, or foul smells in your pet’s ears, it’s important to have it checked out by the vet as soon as possible.


Woman Cutting Dog's Nails

Long, sharp nails are a serious injury risk as they can easily get caught up when walking. Additionally, long nails can exacerbate pain from arthritis in older dogs. If you are not comfortable trimming your pet’s nails on your own, your vet can do it during the grooming appointment.


Healthy eyes should appear clear and bright. If you notice redness or watery eyes, it could be the sign of an eye infection and should be looked by the vet.

At Bluestar Pet Hospital and Grooming in Jacksonville & St. Johns, FL, our number one priority is the health, wellness, and quality of life of your pets. Ask us about our grooming services and the importance of regular grooming during your next visit, or give us a call at for Jacksonville location and (904) 720-4275 for St Johns location to schedule an appointment.

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Meet Dr. Venkat Gutta Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!