On NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt reported on Petsmart grooming deaths in the past 5 months. These deaths took place in New Jersey and other parts of the country. You can see the video here.
I thought to myself, "Thank goodness I am a groomer and can take care of my pets myself." I was grateful to have never lost a dog while under my care this way. Then I thought about those who lost their dogs and became sad. And this is why I am writing to you.
What to Consider Before Grooming
While most Pets love their time at the spa, some might find it stressful. Pet owners and groomers should talk about these things before any grooming session. The first step to stress-free and safe grooming is to consider the pet.
Younger and older dogs can be more afraid of noises and vibrating equipment.
Shy and fearful Pets will have a harder time being away from their humans and/or handled by a stranger.
Any health condition can aggravate and make the grooming experience a stressful one. Make sure your pet is healthy before going to a grooming shop.
A snout that is shorter and flatter will have more breathing problems. There will be a risk of the dog overheating during times of stress.
Every pet is different. And it's important the groomer learns as much as possible about the dog's past experiences. As a pet owner, I want to make sure my dogs will be okay. As a groomer, I want to know how to care for another person's dog in the best way. Professional and cruelty-free care begins with understanding every pet’s needs before grooming.
How We Do Grooming
At D'tails Pet we are all about stress-free dog grooming. We understand that a Saturday morning when it is busy is not best for every dog. Some dogs need to come into the shop on a Tuesday afternoon or early in the morning when it's more quiet. Knowing the pet makes a difference.
The best way to provide stress-free dog grooming is by appointments. This ensures that every dog comes into the store at different times throughout the day. No dog has to wait in a cage the whole day their turn for grooming.
Appointments allow groomers to have a certain amount of time to complete a groom with safety.
Consider Your Dog
Whether you take your dog for grooming at our shop or another one, think about his or her well-being. Communication between owner and groomer is key to our fur-babies’ grooming experience and safety.