How much does dog grooming cost?

Extras, such as special conditioning treatments or teeth brushing, add to the cost of pet grooming. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Extras, such as special conditioning treatments or teeth brushing, add to the cost of pet grooming. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Are you having trouble brushing your pet's fur? Does it look like an '80s hairdo? It might be time to head to the dog grooming salon. 

Pet grooming costs

The main variable in the price of pet grooming is the type of animal and size. A collie, for example, would cost at the high end because it is a large dog with very thick fur that is time-consuming to comb out.

Pet groomers typically charge extra for additional services such as teeth cleaning, flea treatments and nail clipping.

Average cost for pet grooming

On average, expect to pay between $30 and $50 for standard grooming, and closer to $100 for additional services. Angie’s List members who had similar grooming done in 2013 reported paying an average of $48 with a general range of $43 to $52, not counting discounts many service providers offer to Angie’s List members.

Pet grooming for your pet's health

Why groom your dog or cat? According to the ASPCA, you should groom your pet on a regular basis to avoid potential health issues.

1. Bathe or brush your pet on a regular basis to cut back on hairballs in cats and dirt and tangles in dogs.

2. Trim your cat's or dog's claws regularly to avoid infections caused by the nails growing into the pads on the bottom of your pet's feet.

3. Gently clean your pet's eyes and ears checking for any signs of infection, such as mucus surrounding the eye or an excess of debris in the ear.

RELATED: How to find the right pet groomer

There may be times when you would rather not groom your pet yourself. Maybe you're running short on time or are afraid that you'll make a mistake and hurt your pet? In these instances, consider taking your pet to a professional animal groomer.

Editor's Note: This is an updated version of a story originally posted on August 20, 2013.


Grooming is an important part of a dogs life. Pets learn that this is normal to have a bath, toenails trimmed, etc. Pets become aclamated to all the sounds and often enjoy the warm bath. I recommend grooming after the first set of shots .

Bonnie is my 8 week old lhasopoo.she's two Pds.when should I begin grooming?and how much should it cost? Sincerely,Tanzy

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