The Spaw Treatment
We discuss what services you would like and assess the current condition of your pet. Once we’ve got an idea of "the look" you want for your pet--we start on the basics or the "prep". First, we trim the toenails. Next we trim the hair that grows on the bottom of the feet—this can help combat a potential infection of the pads. Next, we clean your pet’s ears and pluck the hair from them if necessary--again this helps prevent and combat potential or existing infection. The last step of this preparation process is brush your dog and give them a "rough-cut" if applicable, to remove any severe mats and reduce drying time. Optionally, Bordeaux Spaws groomers can grind your pet’s nails or brush their teeth with enzymatic toothpaste, if you choose. We can further explain the advantages of these services upon check-in.
Once your pet has been "prepped", we carefully place them in a veterinary-grade, stainless steel tub for their massaging spaw bath treatment. We have multiple methods used for bathing, depending on the requirements of your particular pet. Our bathing systems ensure the soapy water solution gently powers right down to the skin--for a truly clean pooch. We use a variety of specialty shampoo treatments like Oatmeal, Aloe, Medicated, etc. to sooth, moisturize, or treat special skin conditions.
The blow dry. After thoroughly rinsing your pet, we blow the hair dry using a hand held dryer, much more powerful than the normal hair dryer. This serves to speed up the drying process. It also helps remove excess dander, undercoat or dead hair that remains after the bath treatment. We call this "AIRBRUSHING". It really aids the fluffing-up of curly coated dogs, straightens longer coats and, for double-coated dogs or super-shedding breeds, is crucial in helping to get the coat ready for the final process. Certain sensitive areas such as the ears, paws, and face are primarily excluded from this hand-drying process to reduce the stress on the animal.
The final step. Once your pooch is clean and dry, they are placed in our "FINISHING PROCESS". For short-haired pets, this simply means a final brush out. For longer coats or dogs that require haircuts, this process sometimes involves even more brushing and then the final, polished haircut to detail the specifications you give us during check-in.
As a general rule, the entire process takes between 45min-3 hours--because of the myriad of steps outlined above. The majority of this time is spent, prepping, drying, de-matting and brushing. Other factors that determine the length of time are the length of your pet’s hair, the condition your pet is in, and the services we’re providing. For example, a bath and brush on a boxer will be much more rapid than a bath and a style cut on a standard poodle.
We hope this gives you some insight on "Why does it take so long?" --and what happens while your pet is in Bordeaux Spaws mobile spaw unit. If you have specific questions, please feel free to call and we’ll be happy to answer any further questions you may have.
Prices (based on weight and coat condition
Bath only starting at $50
Bath and Tidy starting at $65
Premium Spaw Package starting at $75
Furminator (de shedding package) starting at $45
Dentals starting at $50
Vet clinic and shelter employee discount
Ultimate Pampering Package
Become an Elite Bordeaux Member; 4 grooms of your choice pre-booked and paid for, providing the best care for your pet all year long, providing the utmost convenience, no need to worry about not getting your pet in for an appoinment due to full appointment slots or having to pay everytime we visit, its all taken care of! As part of the Elite member program you will recieve a discount on every groom and a members only price on dental and furminator packages.
**All Grooms includes; pawdicure (nail trim), ear clean and fluff dry