If you’ve ever had the pleasure of lugging a pair of skittish 60-pound German Shepherds to a groomer to have their nails trimmed, you’ll appreciate Lytisha Salazar’s services. Salazar launched Clip and Grind, LLC, a mobile “pawdicure” business, earlier this month.
She provides in-home nail clipping or grinding for dogs in Columbia and Richmond counties, as well as much of Aiken County, particularly North Augusta.
“I started this business because my dog has anxiety; she can’t go out in public without having a complete breakdown,” Salazar said. “I come to where your pet is most comfortable, which is home.”
She charges $20 for the first dog and $10 for each additional dog.
“I have a grooming table I can set up for dogs that are wiggly,” Salazar said.
She began grooming her pets’ nails as a child and has perfected her quick, painless technique. While Salazar has primarily worked in food service, she also served as a kennel technician for various companies on and off since about 2010. In those roles, Salazar often volunteered to trim dogs’ nails.
“I’ve thought about opening up for three or four years,” she said.
Salazar has no breed restrictions, but if a dog is a danger to either itself or her, she won’t attempt to perform the service.
So far, most of Salazar’s business has come from North Augusta, and she devotes Thursdays and Fridays to residents in that area.
Salazar wants to help her customers avoid taking their anxious dogs to a groomer or veterinarian’s office.
Clip and Grind is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, visit the business’s Facebook page or call 803-869-9313.