NORTH CANTON One of the types of businesses that were closed and missed the most by animal lovers during the pandemic shutdown were grooming shops.


Dog and cat owners have gotten used to treating their pets like part of the family and not being able to get their pets their regular grooming was challenging to many.


Dana Neading, owner of Dana’s Dog Spa on Wise Avenue in North Canton, said the business was closed March 21 along with so many others. She and her team include five groomers, six bathers and two receptionists, all of whom had been anxious to get back.


"We all love what we do and we missed doing it and we missed our clients," Neading said. "We were worried about our dogs and cats not being groomed. They get matted hair and their nails get long, which both can be very painful for the animal. Matted hair when it gets too bad can turn into almost like a pelt. Plus, some dogs get medicated baths that they need to maintain good skin health."


Neading added that the dogs seem to be happy to get back to their regular grooming because getting baths and trims makes a big difference to the dogs too.


Neading said that all of her employees came back and all but a few clients have returned, but some are still waiting a bit longer to start grooming again. All of the employees went through a Barbicide Certification, a program designed to present the most current sanitizing information pertinent to the professional beauty industry.


In addition to the certification, all employees are all wearing masks, they are sanitizing and offering a drive up drop off and pick up area, so the human clients don’t have to enter the building.


"Animal care is always our top priority in how we care for them and treat them," Neading said. "We are taking every precaution to keep them safe while they are here. It was depressing not seeing the dogs while we were shut down."


Dana’s Dog Spa is at 6811 Wise Ave. NW in North Canton. It is a full-service dog and cat salon offering baths, cuts, nails, cleaning for ears and pads and they can service all size cats and dogs. Call 330-497-9000 or visit www.facebook.com/Danasdogspaohio/ for more information.