Bathing and Spa Services

Animal Care Center consist of 3 full service veterinary hospitals and boarding facilities that have been serving the Fairfield, Forest Park, and Blue Ash communities for over 40 years.

Bathing & Spa Services in Cincinnati

Every Pet Deserves a Day at the Spa

If you do not need to bring your pet in for a bath, there are other spa services we provide to help you keep their external body as healthy as their internal body.

These services include:

  • Nail Grinding ($10): Filing and smoothing down the nail surface.
  • Teeth Brushing ($9): Brushing of the pet’s teeth with toothpaste.
  • Premium Shampoo or Conditioner ($9): Owner’s choice of specialty shampoo based on pet’s skin and coat.
  • De-shedding ($12-$16): Furminator shampoo and conditioner to help loosen the coat followed by a heavy brush out.
  • Flea and Tick shampoo ($9): Medicated Flea and Tick Shampoo to kill and sterilize live fleas and eggs.
  • Nail Polish ($10-$15): You choose from a few options of colors, and 2 paw or 4 paw.
  • Luxury Grooming Package with Nail Grinding ($24).
  • Paw and Nose Cream ($2): Moisturizing cream applied to paw pads and nose to sooth dry skin.

Please call us at to inquire about our spa day specials as well as al la carte grooming services.

​ Tips for Keeping Your Dog Well Groomed at Home

Grooming does more than make your dog look good. Regular brushing, bathing, and—if necessary—trimming can help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy, and if you can teach your dog to enjoy these activities, grooming can be another way to strengthen the relationship between you two.

If you and your dog are new to grooming, start slow. Choose a time when your dog is relaxed and keep sessions short (5 to 10 minutes). Give your dog plenty of petting and praise (and perhaps a treat) for good behavior. As you pet your dog, try to handle all parts of his or her body, including the ears and feet, so that your dog becomes used to this activity. If at any time your dog seems uncomfortable with being handled or groomed, stop.

Brushing Your Dog

Brushing your dog helps to remove dirt and loose, dead hair as well as prevent mats and tangles. How often you need to brush your dog depends on the length and thickness of his or her hair. Long-haired dogs, like Yorkshire terriers, may need to be brushed daily. Short-haired dogs, such as boxers, may need brushing only monthly. By brushing your dog regularly, you will learn how often he or she needs to be brushed to keep his or her coat clean and tangle-free.

There are several types of brushes and combs, including:

  • Bristle brushes: Although these brushes can be used on all types of haircoats, the density, length, and stiffness of the bristles affect how well a specific brush works on a specific coat. Longer coats need longer, less dense bristles, and coarser coats need stiffer bristles.
  • Wire-pin brushes: These brushes work best on medium to long, dense coats.
  • Slicker brushes: These brushes have angled wire bristles. They can be used on all types of coats, and they help remove mats and tangles and make the haircoat look shiny.
  • Undercoat rakes: These combs are useful for dogs with double coats. They help thin out the undercoat, especially in the summer.

If you find a mat in your dog’s hair, do not pull on it. Pulling will be painful for your dog, and he or she will not want to be brushed again. Also, do not try to cut mats out—you may end up accidentally cutting yourself or your dog. Special brushes and combs are available to help split and remove mats; alternatively, consult your veterinarian or a reliable groomer. Sometimes mats must be professionally shaved.

Bathing Your Dog

The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog about every 3 months; however, certain breeds and dogs that spend a lot of time outside may need to be bathed more often. Mats and tangles are easier to remove by brushing before bathing. Try to make bathing a pleasant experience for your dog: use warm water, a mild shampoo made for dogs, and toys, treats, and calm praise as rewards for good behavior. Wear old clothes and keep plenty of large, absorbent towels on hand. If necessary, use a rubber bathmat to keep your dog from slipping. Do not pour or spray water directly on your dog’s head.

Caring for Your Dog’s Nails, Ears, and Teeth.

Nail trimming, ear cleaning, and tooth brushing are also important aspects of grooming. Teaching your dog to accept having his or her feet and ears touched can help make these activities easier.

  • Support to our local schools districts by providing free veterinary care for therapy dogs.

  • Support to our local police and fire departments by providing free veterinary care to their working dogs.

  • Paws in the Park and community outreach programs.

  • Daily support to our local SPCAs through discounted and, often times, free veterinary care.

  • Daily support to local rescue and non-profit organizations bringing deeply discounted veterinary care to pets that would otherwise not receive any.

"A special thank you goes out to DVM Mel Kattelman and the Animal Care Center at Reed Hartman for the ongoing veterinarian services provided without charge for our Montgomery Officer Ricky. Thank you!"

Our Reviews

We Treat Your Pets Like Our Family
  • “Excellent Doctors, Staff, facility, and quality of care for our pets!  We are so appreciative of everyone at the Animal Care Center!!!”

    - Brett L.
  • “Wonderful place to care for your pets. Best I’ve had in a long time. Everyone from techs to vets are very caring & accommodating.”

    - Sue P.
  • “As always you all are very helpful, friendly and through. I have a lot of trust in all the doctors and staff.”

    - Arli H.