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A grooming session at Lotus Veterinary Hospital leaves your pet looking and feeling great!

Our groomer is trained with years of experience. Professional grooming offers many benefits such as keeping your pet's coat, skin and ears in good condition, increased comfort, social acceptability, and eliminating pet odor. Frequent and regular grooming makes your pet feel better too, and has definite health benefits in cases like allergy and sensitive skin problems. A day with our professional groomer might just be what your precious pooch needs! We provide grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats. We provide basic bath and brushing that includes bathing with pet formulated shampoo, hair trims, toe nail trims, ear cleaning, and anal gland expression. We also offer a custom design cut to your specifications, including body shaves and lion cuts. We also offer flea baths and tick dips when needed.

If your pet has a medical concern, why not combine the visit and schedule your pet's grooming appointments around its doctor examination?

Grooming services are offered during regular hospital hours. Please call the Lotus Veterinary Hospital to schedule a grooming appointment for your pet.

Grooming policies:

Grooming services are available by appointment. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Grooming charges are based on the size of your dog, its breed, current coat condition, degree of matting, and specialized grooming needs unique to your pet.

Drop off and pick up times

Grooming pets should be dropped off on the day of their appointment depending on their scheduled grooming time. The groomer will meet with you to discuss any special needs you may have. You should plan to pick up your pet after 3:00 pm, but before the closing time at the end of the day.

Medical and vaccination requirements

For your pet's safety and the safety of our other guests, we require that all grooming pets be up to date on their vaccinations and free from internal and external parasites at the time of grooming. If the Lotus Veterinary Hospital has not provided these services, you will need to provide proof that your pet is up to date on the following:


Dogs Requirements:



Bordetella (kennel cough)

Free from external parasites or on flea prevention


Cats Requirements:



Free from external parasites or on flea prevention

We reserve the right to refuse grooming to any pet that does not meet these requirements.

Payment Policy

Payment in full is due at the time of the pick-up. We encourage you to ask for an estimate of the grooming services so that you are prepared when you arrive for pick up. We accept cash, checks with valid ID or driver's license, and credit cards (Master Card and Visa).

Our Sedation Policy

Most of our grooming cats are sedated to prevent injury to the cat from excessive movement or to calm aggressive cats. However, we will not sedate without your permission. Sedated patients are monitored by the vets.

The following is a partial list of the services we can perform during a home visit. After an exam, our doctors present our clients with the most appropriate and cost effective options.

Wellness Exams

  • These are the periodic and healthy pet exams that are usually combined with routine diagnostics and vaccinations.
  • Sick Animal Exams
    • These are for animals who are feeling under the weather or who have medical conditions. These exams are usually combined with diagnostics and treatment plans.
  • Young or Senior Animal Exams
    • Very young or elderly animals require special care. These exams are designed to meet the needs of those age groups.
  • Exotic Small Mammal Exams – Maryland, Virginia and Delaware Only
    • These exams are designed to meet the special care needs of exotic small mammals (Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents) and should be scheduled twice annually.
  • Routine Diagnostics
    • Intestinal Parasite Checks (Fecal Tests)
    • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) Test
    • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Test
    • 4DX Test (Lyme, Heartworm, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia)
  • Wellness Diagnostics
    • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
    • Chemistry Panel
    • Urinalysis
  • Other Diagnostics
    • Skin Scraping (for Mite Infestation)
    • Ear Cytology (for Bacteria and Yeast Infections)
    • Fine Needle Aspirate Cytology (for Skin Growths or Masses)
    • Ear Mite Swabs
    • Bacterial Culture with Antibiotic Sensitivity Test
  • Preventive Medicine and Treatment Plans (Including Medications Dispensed During the Visit or Shipped Directly to Your Home)
    • Heartworm Monthly Prevention
    • Flea and Tick Control
    • Prescription Medications
  • Core and Recommended Vaccines
    • Dogs
      • DHPP Vaccine (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus)
      • Rabies Vaccine
      • Bordetella Vaccine
      • Lyme Vaccine
      • Leptospirosis Vaccine
    • Cats
      • FVRCP Vaccine (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
      • Rabies Vaccine
      • FeLV Vaccine (Feline Leukemia Virus)
    • Ferrets – Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington DC Only
      • Ferret Distemper Vaccine
      • Rabies Vaccine
  • Compassionate At-Home Euthanasia

Your trip to the veterinarian is almost as educational for you as it is checking out your pet. Besides your many questions and concerns that you may bring with you to the exam room, please bring any relevant health information you have, such as records of vaccinations and worming. While answering your questions, your veterinarian will likely do the following:

The Lotus Veterinary Hospital advises that all animals undergo an annual health check. This is often carried out at the time of the annual vaccination, although even species such as guinea pigs who don’t need vaccinations still need to have check-ups to enable early detection of diseases. 

During the annual health check, our vets will examine: 

  1. Eyes for signs of conjunctivitis, tumors, cataracts, and glaucoma.
  2. Ears for signs of infection, irritation, and tumors.
  3. Mouth for signs of dental disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis which can result in tooth loss. Many insurance companies require that pets have regular dental check-ups. Rabbits and guinea pigs can also suffer from overgrown teeth.
  4. Heart for irregularities in the heart beat and murmurs enabling early detection of congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy, as well as the pulse.
  5. Lungs, for signs of infection and pulmonary congestion and breathing rate.
  6. Abdomen is examined for indications of painful areas or tumors.
  7. Skin and coat are examined for signs of infection, parasites such as fleas, lice, mites, ticks, and tumors. Advice is also given on parasite control using modern effective preparations.
  8. Limbs are examined for causes of lameness, along with indications of arthritis and tumors. Many effective treatments are now available to alleviate the discomfort of osteoarthritis enabling your pets in living an active, pain-free life.
  9. Nails are also cut and anal glands evacuated as required.
  10. Weight of the pet will be measured and their temperature taken.

 We also ask our clients to bring a urine sample from their pet. We check this for indications of early kidney problems, diabetes, and other conditions such as Cushing’s Syndrome. 

We advise that elderly animals are examined at least twice a year as problems can often develop quickly at this stage of life. If problems are detected, further investigation will be discussed and any further appointments will be made as required. 

We feel that early detection is vital to prevent unnecessary pain and distress. Often early treatment also enables the progression of a disease to be slowed down, ensuring a better quality of life.

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