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How does Mod Mutt schedule appointments?

We schedule appointments by the day. Drop off time is between 7:30 and 9am, allowing the pet owner to drop off any time between those hours. If you cannot make it in for the open drop offs, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance so we can reschedule. The groomer gives the pet owner a call as soon as they are finished. Generally, that time frame is between 12pm and 3pm. If you need a specific pick time just let us know when you drop off, and we can accommodate you. Otherwise the pet’s owner has until closing time at 6pm to pick up.

Do you accept walk ins?

We do accept walk in nail trims, but to prevent over booking we do not accept grooming requests on a walk in basis. All appointments are prescheduled.

Is my pet ready yet?

The grooming process involves several steps which you can view in its entirety on the homepage of our website. After check in, your pet gets their initial clip and pre bath work completed. Then they get a sitting break. After that they get a bath and blow dry. Then your pet gets a water break. When ready, your pet goes onto the finishing table for their finishing touches. Upon completion your pet is offered a water break while waiting for your arrival. Having breaks throughout the process is a positive experience that helps alleviate stress, keeping your pet from feeling rushed, allowing them to sit, observe the salon and relax. We do offer an express service for $15 so you can have your furry friend back in 2 hours from the point you dropped off, but we highly encourage giving your pet(s) time to rest in between the grooming process.

What do I need to do?

Before the appointment, Mod Mutt needs your current veterinarian records on file, including Rabies vaccinations for all pets, Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations for dogs, and FVRCP (distemper) vaccinations for cats. This can be sent to us via email or in person. The day of your pet’s grooming appointment, please curb your pet before coming in allowing them to relieve themselves. Car rides, and coming into a business can be exciting. While most dogs are accustomed to “holding it” we generally do not take dogs outside (unless your pet exhibits signs of needing to relieve themselves, or pick up has been scheduled for the late afternoon). Cats are offered a litter box during their break periods.

Can I stay with my pet?

We strive to make our clients comfortable with the grooming process by being transparent. We do offer clients the ability to stay with their dog and watch the entire grooming process. Appointments are available for afternoons only to accommodate this special service.

How much will my pet cost?

You can view our pricing for most breeds on our pricing page located at If you don’t see your breed listed, feel free to give us a call (512)436-8398 or get in touch via the website through

My pet is matted, what are my options?

It depends on the severity of the matting, which can be determined by the Groomer. Most matting can be reasonably brushed and combed out. We like to save coats! If there is moderate matting (lot of mats, but away from the skin), de-matting charges start at $30 for every 30 minutes. However, if the severity of the matting causes the pet discomfort, and there is pain associated with brushing out the mats (generally this is matting that is to the skin), we will need to discuss with the pet owner how we can save as much coat as possible without causing unnecessary pain. For some cases, we offer a “fresh start” getting underneath the mats (between the skin and the mats) with the longest blade possible. While it may be shorter than either Mod Mutt or the Pet’s owner would like, it offers the pet and their owner a fresh start in maintaining the coat as it grows back out. We will help teach and encourage using brushing and combing techniques for at home use in between grooms so your pet can stay comfortable and happy in their longer growing coat.

Did you trim the nails as short as possible?

Mod Mutt prides itself on giving the shortest most rounded nails your specific pet can have. We want it to last for you and your pet, and know that the further back we can take the nails each time, the further back the quicks (blood supply) will recede. Some pets have long quicks. We have to stop trimming and filing when we reach the blood supply (for the safety and comfort of your pet). For a desired shorter nail, we offer walk in nail trims in between grooming appointments. A way to think about it: pet’s nails grow like people’s nails if not faster… every time you trim your nails, your pet needs theirs done too.

What discounts do you offer?

We offer discounts for maintaining your pet’s skin and coat with weekly, and bi-weekly appointments. Our maintenance schedule can be customized to your preference. For example: bath package one visit, groom package the next visit for bi-weekly clients.

The Importance of Dog and Cat Grooming

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While for many people the concept of grooming your pet conjures up notions of brushes and bows, it is in fact a vital element to their overall health and wellbeing. Regularly grooming your animal allows you to catch any underlying diseases or conditions early, meaning that they will be able to be treated quicker and more efficiently and will therefore be less likely to have any lasting effect on your pet.

However not all animals enjoy the grooming process and many owners find that it is easier to send their pet to a professional groomer on a regular basis instead. If you have a puppy or a kitten then training them to ensure the grooming process is an important part of their learning and will be beneficial to them as they reach maturity. This is especially true of nail clipping and ear cleaning which require them sitting completely still for the process. Good breeders will often begin grooming their litters as soon as they are old enough to help get them used to the process. Even if you do opt to use a professional pet groomer, there are still a number of regular grooming techniques that you can do at home with your pet to strengthen your bond.
Here are some of the important benefits of pet grooming.


Quite often misconstrued as the only part of grooming, brushing is still a huge element of the process. Regular brushing removes dirt, dandruff and dead hairs from your pet and in kittens and cats can also cut back on the number of hairballs that they ingest. It also prevents tangles and matting which can lead to pain and infections. Brushing also stimulates the natural oils in your pets’ fur, which are then spread across the coat leaving it with a glossy and healthy sheen.
When brushing your pet you will be able to do a thorough examination of its skin, identifying any issues such as ticks, fleas, bald and dry patches. Any swellings or other abnormalities will also be easier to feel.


Ears can be a concern for a number of different breeds who are more susceptible to infections and parasites. They should be clean and odor-free. Anything that looks red, swollen or has an unpleasant smell, plus any sign of infestation by mites or ticks, should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.


Eyes can also be prone to infection if the hairs around them are not kept trimmed. They should be bright and clear. Any watery eyes or anything that looks sore should also be checked by your veterinarian.


Regular teeth brushing is the only way to help combat periodontal disease, and if your pet has bad breath then it is a sure sign of a dental problem. Your vet will be happy to recommend specialist pet toothbrushes and toothpaste – just ask!


Bathing your pet too often can actually have a detrimental effect on their health as it strips all of the natural oils from their skin, leaving them with dry, itchy patches which when scratched could then cause infection. That said, some washing is needed to ensure that your animal remains clean and germ free. Ask your vet what sort of bathing schedule they would recommend for your breed of dog.

Nail Trimming

Pets can have extremely sharp nails which, if not frequently trimmed, can cause serious injury. Regular trims can reduce the risk of injury, stops them getting caught in carpet or other upholstery, and prevents the likelihood of in-growing nails. For older pets it can also ease arthritis and other joint pain.
We hope that this article has helped highlight the importance of grooming your pet for its overall health and wellbeing.