Company in Roy offers one-stop nail trimming service for a variety of pets


By Brandon Hansen / For Nisqually Valley News

Aneka Montello wants your pet to feel good and one way to do that is to trim their nails.

Montello runs a business based in Roy, where she focuses specifically on trimming the nails of dogs, cats, goats, alpacas and other small animals.

“I started doing this as a side job and I had no idea it was going to explode like this,” Montello said. “I had so many clients that I was able to easily transition into full time cutting. Now I work weekdays from 8am to 6pm and just have a steady supply of clients.

His business, Aneka’s Nail and Hoof Trimming, allows him to travel to western Washington. Before doing this, Montello had a background in equine medicine, where she was able to gain more knowledge in veterinary medicine.

“You have to overcome their anxiety before you make a cut,” Montello said. “I really like to build trust with them and show them that it’s okay, take it easy, make eye contact and be very nice, but firm.”

Montello has worked with many dogs, some of which were neglected earlier in life or had trust issues. She worked them with a calm but firm approach.

“I get a lot of returning clients because most of the time I’m the only one who can work on it,” Montello said. “I also have a lot of groomers referring to me as well.”

Montello said she approaches each animal with great patience.

Luna, one of Montello’s rescue dogs, had to earn her owner’s trust before she could cut her nails for the first time in many years.

“You really should start trimming puppies at six to eight weeks old to show them it won’t hurt,” Montello said. “If you hear your dog snapping his claws on the floor, it’s probably time for a cut. Having their nails trimmed helps with the joints and ensures they train their paws in the correct position.

While Montello lives in Roy, she travels to clients everywhere as long as her essence is covered. She also organizes a group day in certain areas that allows people to bring their pets to her in order to reduce her travel costs.

“There aren’t a lot of goat cutters, so a lot of people are like, ‘I’m glad I found you,'” Montello said.

Typically, she says, clients schedule their pet’s trimmings about once a month, but every pet is different, so the time between trimmings can vary.

“It’s gratifying to watch a dog go from being terrified and anxious on their first visit to being more relaxed and willing during their trims,” ​​Montello said.

For more information, people can visit her Facebook page called “Aneka’s Nail & Hoof Trimming”.

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