Guinea Pig Grooming Salon opens in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jaina Brandstetter, owner of the newly opened This Little Piggy Salon in Linn County understands the issue pet lovers experience first hand. “I have four Guinea Pigs (Buddha, Dharma, Maddi and Chilea), two rabbits, a gerbil and two dogs so I fully understand the fears and frustrations of grooming through my own animals,” she tells Guinea Pig Today.
Guinea pig grooming options have been few and far between in this part of the US. While some exotic veterinarians offer these services from vet techs, the prices and availability in many areas can make this a non-option for some pet owners. Guinea pig rescues and shelters sometimes carry these options in return for a donation but this can leave busy pet parents relying on the schedule of volunteers.
Jaina opened her salon to the public in late February after hearing pet store customers comment how they were afraid to bathe or trim their guinea pigs’ nails themselves. Her home-based business now offers nail trimming, bathing, fur trims, and dematting. In addition, her mother, Beth, joins her on Etsy to sell guinea pig crafts made of fleece.
Jaina’s grooming services do have responsible limits. “I always direct people to a small animal vet for tooth trims and any other health related needs…” In addition, not all guinea pigs enjoy sitting pretty. She jokes that all guinea pigs are welcome – even the ones that kiss with teeth. “They all have their own personalities so it gave me the chance to become used to easily groomed pigs and more difficult cases. Sara can attest to me being bitten a few times!”
For more information on This Little Piggy Salon, visit their Facebook page or reach out via email. Jaina hopes her business can expand into animal-safe fur and skin care products other pet parents can use on their furry babies. “I love them like my kids and always want the best for them whether it’s health or happiness.”
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