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24594 Sunnymead Blvd. Moreno Valley, Ca 92553

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Sunday & Monday - closed
Tues. - Fri. - 8am - 5pm
Saturday - 7am - close

Tender Touch is one of Moreno Valley's most established pet groomers. Since 1979 they have made your pet more comfortable, more attractive and healthier. "We do what's best for your pet," say Dawn Downling, owner since 1991.  If your pet hasn't been to the groomer in years or has a matted coat, they will consult with you about the best grooming method. They want you and your pet to be comfortable and to leave the shop happy. The two most common services are a Bath and Brush or a Hair Cut.  Both include toe nail trim, ear check, anal gland check and flea/tick treatment.  Large dogs and dogs with matted fur or heavy coats will have an additional charge.  Bath and Brush are $16 - $45 and up depending on coat condition and size of dog. Hair Cuts for average size dogs are $27-$35 and $45 - $65 for large dogs. Shaving the coat is extra. Cats are welcome at Tender Touch and are specially tended to by the owner.

Professional shampoo and conditioner are used to help keep your dog's coat in top condition.  Cotton is placed in the pet's ears during the bath as a precaution against infection.  We groom in an open area and do everything possible to keep your pet calm and relaxed. Tender Touch is a busy shop so please call for an appointment.

Here are some dog grooming basics to remember.

Dog grooming is one of your dog's basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule. Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming your dog. It is also important to use the appropriate grooming tools.

1. Hair Brushing

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Most dogs enjoy being brushed, and sessions will strengthen the bond with your dog while maintaining a healthy coat. A dog’s minimum brushing needs depend on hair type.
  • Long-haired dogs usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair.
  • Medium-haired dogs may be prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly.
  • Short-haired dogs can typically go up to a month in-between brushing.

Regardless of hair type, you can brush your dog daily - especially if he enjoys it. More frequent brushing during shedding season can help prevent hair build-up and excess shedding.

2. Nail Trimming

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Nail trims are often detested by dogs and owners alike. Most dogs dislike even having their paws handled and know how much it hurts when nails are cut too short. Dog owners are often uncomfortable with the process for fear of hurting their dogs.

Dogs will develop an aversion to nail trimming once they experience pain from it. The best way to avoid this is to learn how to trim nails correctly and exercise caution. Ideally, a veterinary technician, vet, or groomer should teach you how to trim your dog's nails. Most dogs need monthly nail trims, but your dog may need more or less depending on the rate of growth.


3. Bathing

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Bath time does not mean fun to most dogs and owners. It may bring forth an image of a wet dog running from the tub, dripping all over the house. Bathing does not have to be this way if your dog can get used to it. He may not like the bath, but he’ll be easier to manage. Learn how to bathe your dog properly and make the experience as positive as you can for you and your dog.

Most dogs should be bathed monthly, but bathing as often as once a week is not considered harmful. Always use a soap-free shampoo that is intended for dogs. Depending on the condition of your dog’s skin and coat, your veterinarian may recommend a specific shampoo. In this case, be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions about bathing.

4. Ear Care

Your dog's ears can be a haven for bacteria and yeast if not kept clean. Some dogs can go their whole lives without ear problems, and the only routine ear cleaning needed is during the monthly bath. Other dogs have chronic ear disease and require multiple cleanings a day.

Ear problems can often be traced back to genetics. Dogs with floppy ears or long hair tend to be predisposed to ear problems because the ear canal simply does not have as much air exposure. Many ear problems are a sign of allergies. If your dog has excess debris or foul odor in his ears, your veterinarian will likely prescribe special ear cleaners and medications. If your dog's ears are relatively healthy, you can help keep them that way with proper ear care.

5. Haircuts

Dogs with continuously growing hair, such as the Poodle or Shih Tzu, typically need their hair cut every 4 - 6 weeks depending on the breed of the dog and the style of the cut. This task is often best left to professional groomers, though many dog owners are able to learn some basic maintenance haircuts.

At Tender Touch we want you and your pet to be happy. Come in to see us a see what a difference a professional grooming can make to your dog's appearance. We love your pet!


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