Holiday Kennels, Loving Experienced Care Since 1970, Seattle’s Premier Pet Resort

22211 Russell Rd.
Kent, WA 98032

(253) 872-8015
(888) 872-8015
(253) 872-9176, Fax


Manager: Caitlin Nolan

Assistant Manager:
Sarah Gunion

Grooming Manager: Shannon Wright

Boarding Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm-6:00pm
(closed all major holidays)

FAQ Grooming

Q: Do I need to schedule an appointment to have my pet groomed at Holiday Grooming Salon?

A: Yes. Appointments allow us to give each pet the special attention and time they deserve. Please call us at (253) 872-8015 to set up your first grooming appointment. We are open 7am-7pm Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm Saturday and 2pm-7pm Sunday. Our groomer salon opens at 8:00 am, but you are welcome to drop off earlier than your appointment time as long as you have previously communicated your grooming instructions to the groomer. Groomer may need to reschedule appointments more than 20 minutes late. We require 24 hour advance notice of an appointment cancellation. New clients must make online appointment (reservation), which requires a deposit. After two cancellations, a client must prepay a non-refundable deposit for all appointments.

Q: How much does it cost to have a pet groomed at Holiday Grooming Salon?

A: Prices are based on the breed and size of the animal. Age, behavior, special needs and condition of the coat can influence the cost of individual grooming services. Just as a reminder, we provide the last day of boarding “free” at our kennel facility with a groom or a bath.

Q: At what age should my puppy have his/her first professional groom?

A: Puppies should be introduced to professional grooming at 8 weeks of age and scheduled for a follow up visit every 4 weeks. This will gradually let your puppy get acquainted with the sights, sounds, smells and procedures.

Q: How often should my dog be groomed?

A: Frequency of grooming can depend on breed, coat type and length, lifestyle and how much brushing and detangling you do at home between grooming appointments. If your dog has a longer hair style or a coat that tends to get tangled he/she should be professionally groomed every 3-4 weeks. A dog with a short hair style or short coat can be groomed every 6-7 weeks.

Q: How long will my pet need to stay for its grooming appointment?

A: A typical grooming procedure takes about 3 hours. Additional time may be needed for larger dogs or dogs with thick or matted fur. At Holiday Grooming Salon we provide “free doggy day care” so you can pick-up your pet at the most convenient time during the day.

Q: Does Holiday Grooming tranquilize pets before a bath or groom?

A: Our professional stylist will not tranquilize a pet in order to groom it. We are well trained to handle a nervous pet, and treat every pet with tender loving care. If a pet is too agitated to be safely bathed or groomed, we will not attempt to force the service upon the pet.

Q: Does Holiday Grooming Salon employ heated drying cages in its grooming facility?

A: No! In fact we have a policy against the use of these devices. Our stylists are trained to hand-dry pets after they have been bathed. The process involves brushing out the coat to remove shedding hair, while blowing it dry with equipment similar to, although larger than, the hair dryer you might use at home. When the pet’s coat is almost completely dry, he/she is put into a holding compartment to rest. A high volume of room temperature air is circulated through the compartment and exited outside by a controlled exhaust system which allows for constant exchange of fresh air. We NEVER add heat to the circulating air.

Q: Will my pet come in contact with other animals during the grooming process?

A: No. All grooming pets are handled individually and do not have contact with any other animals during the grooming process.

Q: Do we shave down short haired dogs?

A: We do not normally shave down short haired dogs unless a severe skin condition is present. In most cases we try to brush and blow out the undercoat so the hair can breathe and allow the natural oils to work on the skin. We don’t want the dog’s skin exposed to the environment.

Q: Should I have my pet groomed in the winter?

A: Yes! Grooming is a year round process. Some people prefer to let their dog’s fur be longer during the winter months. Longer fur has a greater chance of developing mats and tangles. Mats do not allow proper airflow through the coat and this can lead to health problems. Short haired breeds also need attention in the cooler months. Pet skin can become dry and flaky due to a lack of humidity in the colder air. Regular shampooing, conditioning and brushing can help stimulate the natural oils to ease the dryness.

Q: Why do dogs shed?

A: Hormones in a dog’s body control shedding. Most shedding seems to occur between winter and spring when the dog loses its thick winter coat. Shedding seems more prominent in breeds that originate from colder climates. Almost all dogs shed. A shed-less grooming procedure can tremendously reduce the amount of hair left around your house. (Note: Excessive shedding that does not respond to treatment can be a symptom of an underlying health problem. Please consult your veterinarian.)

Q: How can shedding be reduced?

A: Shedding can be reduced by 60% to 80% after 1 to 2 applications of a shed-less treatment. A shed-less treatment consists of a specially formulated de-shedding shampoo followed by the application of a de-shedding solution. A special tool is then used to remove the undercoat and loose hair.

Q: Would my dog benefit from Shed-less?

A: Shed-less treatments are formulated for “shedding” breeds such as Labs, Goldens, Shepherds, Huskies, Border Collies, Pugs, Shelties, Beagles, Dachshunds, Boxers, Malamutes, etc.

Q: Why is my dog itchy?

A: Dry skin, hot spots and fleas are the most common cause of itchy skin. Holiday Grooming Salon offers medicated baths, oatmeal baths and flea treatments to sooth your pet’s skin.

Q: Will cutting my dog’s hair short in the summer make him cooler?

A: Actually a dog’s coat protects his skin from the elements, insulating him/her from both heat and cold. Making sure that the dog’s coat is thoroughly brushed out and all undercoat is removed so that the air can circulate through the coat will keep him/her cooler.

Q: My dog had a flea treatment and I see fleas on him. Does that mean the flea dip isn’t working?

A: At Holiday Grooming Salon we use Frontline® Plus flea treatment that offers residual protection up to 30 days. The residual protection is not a flea repellant. The flea will die within a few hours once it bites your dog. Proper flea control must also include treatment of the environment. This may include your home, yard, vehicle and your dog’s bedding. No flea control product can penetrate fleas while they are in the pupae stage. You will need to treat these areas at weekly intervals to kill the newly hatched fleas. It can take 3 to 4 treatments to completely rid the environment of fleas as per the flea life cycle.

Q: How can my cat have fleas when he/she never goes outside?

A: Fleas jump. They can be carried in to the house on your clothing or brought in by other animals.

Q: Can my cat get a flea treatment?

A: Yes! Holiday Grooming Salon only uses products that are approved for cats. The chemicals that offer residual protection in dog flea dips are harmful to cats and should not be used.

Q: Can I get fleas if my pet has fleas?

A: No. Fleas may bite humans but prefer cats and dogs due to the higher body temperature of the animals.

Q: How can I tell if my pet has fleas?

A: Most animals are very itchy when fleas are present. They will typically scratch and bite themselves. Dogs will tend to bite their backs just above their tail. Hair loss on the dog’s back above the tail is another good indication fleas are present. Tiny black specs throughout the coat are a definite indication that fleas are feeding off your pet.

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