The health and welfare of the pets in her care is a prime concern for Veronica Ochoa of On The S’paw, a new grooming shop on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.
“I usually like to take my time with my dogs, not only to make them look nice, but also so they can feel comfortable and not feel too rushed,” she says. “The purpose of grooming animals isn’t just to improve their looks.”
When asked some of the advantages of seeking the services of a professional groomer, Ochoa points to the health benefits for the animals.
“I would advise owners to keep their dogs and cats clean, not only for the physical appearance, but for their health as well,” Ochoa says. “When owners don’t keep their pets maintained, it could hide some health issues such as dry skin and other skin problems. When they are groomed, both the groomer and the owner can find this and be aware of the condition the pet is in.”
She began her pet grooming career bathing animals for about four months before taking on more responsibilities and learning the trade. After she garnered some experience and built her confidence, her role expanded from the bathing and brushing aspect to handling the scissors for the clipping part of the service.
“Since I first started working with dogs and cats, I enjoyed my job and … I have not stopped for almost 18 years,” says Ochoa, who has worked at Precious Pets here in the Santa Clarita Valley, Heart to Heart in Sylmar and both Tender Touch and Puppy Palace in Granada Hills.”
It’s a family affair at On The S’paw. Ochoa’s husband, Juan, comes in to help her bathe the dogs and her oldest daughter, Kimberly, helps at the reception desk, taking calls and making appointments. Her 8-year-old daughter, Fernanda, vacuums the hair and helps keep the shop clean.
“The hardest part is making sure that I can meet the client’s expectations, because everyone wants the best for their pets,” the business owner said.
On The S’paw is located at 18930 ½ Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country; 661-309-6264.