Payment is due at time of service.
I take cash, checks and credit/debit cards.
The price is mainly based on an hourly rate of $80-$100/hr, as well as the effort required.
The amount of time and effort your pet will require for their grooming is based on many variables, some of which are listed below. For the most part, there are minimums for each breed, but the list below will give you guidelines to help you understand how the final price is calculated.
I never give firm prices before the first grooming! There are too many variables to do that.
If I give you a price, it is the minimum you will be charged unless I am happily surprised with less work when I arrive. Like other professionals, these are preliminary quotes. I cannot know how much time and effort is necessary to finish the job until it is done.
Please do not assume the price you are quoted is the final charge. And please don’t stop reading because you think you have found your pet’s type.
While mobile grooming can be a viable option for most pets, it is not a panacea. There are some animals who need extra help, such as tranquilizers, or special handling. If you know, or have been told your pet is one of these, you do have options, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
Some pets do not settle when groomed mobile. They know they are still home, and instead of calming them, they just want to get out and go home.
And then there is dementia…which could be a 2 person job. Since I work alone, it may not be safe for me to groom some dogs suffering from advanced dementia, and I would suggest a grooming at the vet.
All minimum prices reflect the work which can be completed for the average of that breed on an animal in good shape, and who is well behaved. They are subject to the groomer’s discretion. I cannot emphasize how important it is to read the whole page. And I would urge you to read my Mobile Information and Grooming in a New Era page as well.
Please keep in mind, the first grooming may be one which, because of one reason or another takes longer than subsequent groomings. This can be discussed when you make the appointment. It can again be discussed before the grooming when I can actually meet the pet, run my hands through the coat and evaluate the work needed to do what you want.
Extra time dealing with bad behavior, obese animals or animals who otherwise cannot cooperate with the grooming process, may be charged the hourly rate for the extra time and effort it takes to do the work. This can include, but is not limited to puppies who will not take reassurance, nervous, and older dogs who, for physical, or other reasons cannot handle the process as they used to. Biting animals are not welcome. Thank you for not asking!
Now that I’ve thoroughly scared you, on to the pricing...
~ Cats ~
I do NOT bathe or clip cats’ coats! But I will clip their nails if they are cooperative.
Nails are a minimum $30 ea.
If you have a cat requiring more than a nail trim, please contact Michael’s Mobile Pet Grooming at 650-372-0265
Bathing includes nails, ears, brush-out, and fluff dry.
On long haired breeds it also includes a sanitary trim, pad shaving, and rounding the feet and trimming around the eyes and face.
I carry a variety of shampoos and conditioners to meets your pet’s needs, and also offer skin and fur friendly de-shedding services.
Short Hair Breeds:
The MINIMUM price per bath is $75
Long hair breeds are a MINIMUM $85
* These prices include the bath *
“short clips” - Dogs under 25 lbs. are a minimum $100
Again, these prices reflect the amount on a well behaved pet in good shape.
If your dog has a thick coat, that will lengthen the grooming time.
Hand scissored clips, (clips in which the body is scissored, as well as the legs, feet, and head), will be charged the hourly rate. An hourly rate after the first 75 minutes is charged in 15 minute increments.
Nail clipping is a minimum $30 for the first pet, and a minimum $25 for each additional pet. It is recommended the ears be checked and wiped at the same time as the nails are done. This includes cats.
Animals who’s nails have not been done in a long time, and require extra trimming, or animals who misbehave may be charged more.
Extra dirty pets can be $10-$20 more, depending on size, coat, and number of sudsings necessary to get them clean.
If your pet is significantly overweight, there may be an extra charge. Overweight pets cannot help as much with the grooming, they need to rest more often, and working on the underside is an adventure in itself. In other words, they take longer, and require more effort.
If you or your vet provides a medicated or special shampoo requiring soak time, the charge is $10-$15 depending on the instructions.
$50 & up over minimum bath price..depending on your dog’s size, coat type and condition, and the extent of the spray.
De-skunking cannot, unfortunately take the place of avoidance, (though cats are pretty good at it), however we can
do a pretty good job of minimizing the effects. As the musk is oil based, you really have to let it wear off, or grow out which can take several months. It requires a minimum of 3-5 sudsings with several shampoos, soakings and other formulations, along with lots of brushing and combing. Even so, your pet may still smell a little for several months when that area gets damp.
The key to de-skunking a pet is to do it ASAP!!! I mean RIGHT AWAY. If your dogs has been skunked once, and is likely to be again, keep the baking soda/H2O2/dish liquid recipe on hand.