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by: Angela Altass

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Customers are looking for a safe, clean, and efficient way to wash their pets and, in general, the carwash industry is a shoe-in for the addition of pet washes, says Heather Steines, executive vice president, CCSI International Inc., which manufactures All Paws Pet Wash stations.

People love their pets and want to take good care of them. Challenges, such as limited space availability and the general inconvenience of washing pets at home, are encouraging pet owners to seek out other options.

A dog wash station is an excellent add-on for an already established convenience or carwash business, says Rutherford.

Pet Washes Overview

Heather Steines, executive vice president, CCSI International Inc. provides the following overview of the types of pet washes available on the market today:

 

One of the more original designs for pet washes are self-service kiosk buildings. This type of pet wash is about the size of an average parking space. Essentially, this pet wash design is a small building that is self-supported. Though modular in nature, this type of pet wash is perhaps the most permanent pet wash design available on the market today. Pet washes such as these are often placed adjacent to carwashes. Utilities are then typically run to the pet wash from a carwash owner’s existing infrastructure. Most models on the market today are outfitted with equipment that is both safe for the pet and convenient for the carwash patron. This equipment may include specifically designed tubs and sprayers, as well as pet specific soap integrated much like self-service carwash equipment. This type of unit is unique in the fact that many manufacturers are marketing them as year-round amenities. Advancements in heating and cooling systems within this type of model now allow carwash owners to offer comfortable self-service grooming no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.

A second self-service pet wash design that is gaining popularity is a walk-up unit. This type of unit is integrated into the infrastructure of a carwash. Often, carwash owners will build an awning, much like that of a bank of vacuums, to protect the unit. Other times, carwash owners will integrate the unit directly into a carwash bay. Walk-up pet washes offer many of the same features as a kiosk building with much less infrastructure needed. Industry-wide, these types of units tend to be an economical choice. On average, the costs associated with a walk-up unit are 60 per cent less than a typical kiosk unit.

The trendiest, most compact pet washes lean on one of the newest industry advancements. Leaning on that whole notion that less is more, compact varieties seem to be hitting the market every day. Some of these compact versions fold into place. This type of design ticks the adaptability mark and seems to have been created with self-serve carwash owners in mind. These types of models can be placed virtually anywhere, but the unique design is ideal for use in self-service carwash bays. The trim nature and fold down tub require minimal floor space. Self-service carwash bays can now easily double as pet wash bays too.

Pet wash manufacturers are keeping owners and operators in mind as they continually redefine today’s pet washes.

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