Lakeland Veterinary Hospital provides grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats. Our professional groomers have over 40 years of experience between them. Full and partial grooming, nail trims and baths are provided for any breed of dog or cat.

Regular grooming can help keep shedding to a minimum, as well as keep your pet's coat from becoming matted.  Matted coat can cause and/or hide skin irritations.  Our groomers check your pet head to tail and could possibly find health problems you overlooked that require veterinary attention.

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Frequently asked questions about grooming:  

Why does my dog need a Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine to board or groom if it is current on its other vaccines?

Bordetella is a highly contagious, upper respiratory disease of dogs. It is spread from dog to dog by inhaling air containing the bacteria from an infected dog. Stress and confinement increases this risk of infection. Vaccination protects your pet, other pets and the hospital.

What does a grooming with Lakeland Veterinary Hospital include?

Dogs and cats will receive a "Hydrosurge" bath and conditioner, brushing, haircut, nail trim, ears cleaned and anal glands expressed. Also, our groomers will make you aware of any obvious medical problems your dog may have, such as dental problems, ear infections and lumps and bumps they may find. Your groomer will recommend you see a veterinarian if they find any health problems.

What is a "Hydrosurge" bath?

HydroSurge® Animal Bathing Systems are a State-Of-The-Art development in bathing for pets. This unique system produces a vigorous, penetrating, combing action spray of shampoo and water through a hand held sprayer. The bathing solution easily penetrates through the hair and down to the skin to flush away dirt, debris, loose hair, dead skin and/or dander for the healthiest skin possible. Animals love the massage-like invigorating sensation!

Do short-haired breeds need to be groomed?

Short-haired, shedding breeds such as Labradors, Pugs, Basset Hounds and German Shepherds can benefit from regular grooming. With our Hydrosurge bathing system, we can greatly reduce the amount of hair your dog sheds. We use a conditioner which helps stimulate the hair to shed in the bath tub, then use a high-velocity blow dryer to blow the shedding hair off your dog. Our customers tell us this greatly reduces the shedding in their houses, if done on a regular basis.

Does my cat need grooming too?

Many cats groom themselves and do a good job. However, long-haired cats tend to get matted if you don't help them by brushing and combing. Short-haired cats can benefit from a professional grooming as well to help with shedding. Most cats don't like grooming, so many of them will need to be sedated. We use the same method for grooming cats as we do for dogs, complete with Hydrosurge bath and high-velocity blow dry.

How often should my dog be groomed?

Dogs that need haircuts (i.e. poodles, schnauzers) should be groomed every 6-8 weeks. With an especially long haircut, your dog may need grooming every 3-5 weeks. Dogs that need a good grooming bath (i.e. Pugs, Labradors, Beagles) also benefit from 6-8 week groomings, but frequency of grooming is really up to the owner.

At what age will my pet need grooming?

The sooner the better! Our groomers like to see your pet when it is a young puppy or kitten, so that it can get used to the sights and sounds of grooming. Three months old is a good time to bring them in, even if it's just for a facial trim, nail trim or bath. We want your pet to enjoy grooming! Dogs and cats who receive their first grooming at 6 months or older tend to be very nervous and afraid of the clippers and dryers, and it may take us longer to train them to relax and enjoy themselves.

To help with shedding, when is the best time to bring my dog in for grooming?

To get the longest-lasting groom on your dog, you should bring them in when shedding is the worst. If you can lightly pull on the hair and it comes right out, we will be able to remove the most hair. If your dog isn't shedding, we can still get it clean, but your dog may start shedding a few weeks later.

How long will my pet need to stay while he is being groomed?

We keep the pets at least 4 hours. Some large dogs will need to stay longer in order to get dry. Your pet will not have to stay standing on the grooming table for the full time he is with us. We work on 8-10 dogs a day, rotating between them all, letting them rest throughout their stay.

Do you ever sedate the pets for grooming?

Never without the expressed permission of the owner. Unfortunately, some pets (especially cats) will not allow us to groom them while they are awake. Luckily, we have the option of sedation at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital for these few pets that need it.

 Grooming Gallery

Before and After
Guapo Before Guapo After

Before and After
Hart parti cocker before Hart parti cocker after

obie shedding

This is a good example of why short hair dogs still need grooming.  This is following a hydrosurge bath and brushing.  Look at how much hair was removed that will no longer be shedding in his house.  


About LVH

Lakeland Veterinary Hospital has been providing quality service to the Brainerd lakes area for over 40 years. Our award-winning facility was designed and built in 2000 by local architects with the purpose of providing our patients with a clean and comfortable environment.

Our professional staff is dedicated to providing your pet with the best medical attention available. We strive to provide


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If you have an after-hours emergency, please call our hospital at (218)829-1709 to have the on-call doctor paged. Lakeland Veterinary Hospital shares emergency call on a rotating basis with other local hospitals and AEVS in St. Cloud.

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