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Why are flea baths so expensive?

We're often asked to give a dog or cat a flea bath, with no haircut. With our current pricing structure, we charge the bath and brush price, then add on the cost of the flea bath.  For example, a bath and brush for a Shih Tzu may go for $32, then we add on the $10 flea bath charge, for a total of $42.
 
Some customers will question why they're being charged $42 for "just a bath".  Well, it's not "just a bath".  Here's what's involved, and why we charge what we do:
 
1) First, you are bringing a pet, with fleas, into our business.  We don't want the fleas in our store, we didn't cause the fleas to be on your pet, however, we're expected to have a solution; that is, the complete elimination of the fleas.
 
2) Second, flea shampoo is expensive.  Shampoo with an insecticide(s) in it is significantly more expensive than non-insecticidal shampoos.  Just check out the costs of flea shampoos at your local pet store.
 
3) Third, once your pet's hair has been completely saturated with flea shampoo, he must sit from 5 to 15 minutes in the shampoo.  In the grooming world, time is money.  The extra time we spend corraling and eliminating the fleas on your pet, is time we could spend on another client.
 
4) Fourth, after the flea shampoo has been rinsed out of your pet's hair, and he has been dried, we need to run a flea comb over his entire body to ensure no fleas survived the shampoo. Depending on the size of your pet, amount of hair, and number of dead fleas, this can take from several minutes to 15 or 20 minutes. 
 
5) Finally, if enough dogs and cats have come through the shop with fleas, we will need to activate flea foggers after we close.  This is another expense related to flea control. (I forgot to mention the flea spray we may need to use on your pet if he needs to be shaved down BEFORE the flea bath.  If a dog or cat is matted, we need to shave the hair off first.  If he has fleas, the fleas start moving and jumping as soon as the clippers start cutting off hair.  Spraying the fleas, while on the pet, minimizes their ability to jump off the table and spread throughout the store.)
 
By the way, along with the flea bath, we will trim the nails, and possibly trim the sanitary area, round the feet and/or trim hair out of the eyes, too. So, you really are getting more than just a flea bath.  We think this is a very reasonable deal.
 
The best way to avoid all of this?  Keep your pet(s) on a topical flea treatment year round...with NO lapses.
 
 
 
 

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