By Lauren McGregor Downs for The Dog Daily
Recently, a major pet store was thrown into the media spotlight, and the news was not positive. A groomer at the store was charged with cutting off part of a dog’s ear and attempting to glue it back on without telling the pet parent what had happened.
While an incident of that nature is completely inexcusable, pet grooming incidents are nothing new. Even the most trained and skilled professionals in the industry understand that such accidents happen from time to time. But grooming is an industry that is not regulated. No license is required to work in this field. As a result, if you don’t take the time to check your groomer’s credentials, the consequences could be very harmful to your pet.
Sometimes even the most harmless of objects can become deadly. Back in 2008, for example, NBC’s “TODAY” show featured a story on the dangers of grooming after a staff member’s Labrador retriever was found dead as a result from being dried with a blower that was set to 100 F for 30 minutes.
How can you, as a pet parent, ensure your dog won’t fall victim to untrained hands? If you have a prospective groomer, be sure to ask them serious questions about where they learned to groom, how long they have been in the business, whether or not they have a safety program for handling pets, and how they handle pet emergencies and injuries. Also, go to see them in practice to observe how they interact with clients and animals.While you may not be able to see all parts of the salon, you can usually view how the groomer handles dogs on the table. This -- and other research on the groomer’s training, equipment and manner -- will help give you peace of mind that your dog will be in caring, professional hands.
Lauren McGregor Downs is the founder of BlogFourPaws.com and has been working with animals for most of her life, from volunteering with animal rescue organizations to becoming an academy-trained dog groomer.