More than a shiny coat: The value and health benefits of professional grooming services

ABluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming, the “grooming” part of our name plays a vital role in the overall health of your dogs and cats. Problems with the skin, fur, and nails can adversely affect your pet’s overall health and well-being. In addition to health problems that can arise as the result of poor grooming, the professional pet grooming services available at our St. Johns, Florida, veterinary clinic present opportunities for us to “catch” systemic illnesses and risks. 

Problems such as parasites and even tumors can be found during an assessment of your pup’s or cat’s skin and fur. Additionally, even seemingly subtle or innocuous changes, like a lackluster coat, may indicate everything from hormonal problems to diabetes. 

There is considerable power in these routine and healthy habits, which go beyond supporting a beautiful and fresh-smelling pet (as important as those benefits are!). 

These services also reinforce and align well with our focus on preventive, proactive care. We try to get ahead of problems before they affect your pet’s health and quality of life and result in the need for more extensive, costly treatment and recovery. 

What to expect 

There are parallels between the services available at your salon and those available courtesy of our professional groomers and veterinary care team. Generally, pet dermatology or grooming services are focused on maintaining or restoring the health and condition of the hair/fur, skin (including pesky skin folds), ears, and nails. 

Depending on your canine or feline friend’s needs at a given time, the grooming appointment might include: 

  • “Spot” treatments and deodorization 
  • Cuts; for instance, “lion cuts” for kitties with long or matted hair 
  • Bathing 
  • Brushing 
  • Proper drying 
  • Trimming 
  • Medicated shampoos and products (such as those to brighten coats or ease the itch)
  • Trimming of nails (or “pawdicures”)
  • Wax removal and ear cleansing, especially for droopy-eared dogs 
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Keep in mind that there is an “art” to seemingly simple and routine behaviors and habits. Every member of our team is highly trained on the right techniques and products to comfortably, safely, and effectively bathe, brush, dry, and trim your pup’s or cat’s fur/hair and on the other services listed here. 

Furthermore, by combining the expertise of veterinarians and skilled professional groomers, our team can work together to identify suspicious bumps or lumps. What our groomers find, from strange spots and patches to “flea dirt,” may warrant further investigation by our veterinarians. 

It should also be noted that even “small things,” such as overgrown nails, can turn into big problems for your pet. When we do not stay on top of trimming your dog’s nails, for instance, it can alter the gait and result in all sorts of problems – from pain to joint damage. 

Is your pet due for its “spa treatment?”

Call (904) 720-4275 to schedule an appointment at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns, FL. When you call, be sure to ask about our affordable wellness plans

These in-house savings plans generally cover regular comprehensive exams, and everything from parasite screening to dental cleanings, for a low, no surprises and no-strings-attached fee. We keep your pup or kitty feeling, looking, and being their healthy, frisky best! 

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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!