With allegations of animal abuse at the hands of negligent PetSmart employees making national headlines, concerned dog owners everywhere are wondering what they can do to keep their beloved pups safe. At least four dogs have died during routine grooming appointments at PetSmart and now experts are weighing in on how you can make sure your dog is taken care of…
Here’s some great tips from our friends at TODAY:
Vivian Nash has been in the dog grooming business for almost 40 years and is the owner of Nash Academy in Lexington, Kentucky, which offers a combination of online courses and supervised, hands-on training for aspiring dog groomers.
“It’s an age-old issue, and it’s because of a lack of education and no licensing,” Nash told TODAY about pet deaths during grooming in general.
Animal groomers are currently not required to have a license to practice in any state. “This means that you can go out, buy clippers, buy a grooming book, open a salon and call yourself a professional,” she said.
In dealing with such an unregulated industry, Nash outlined steps that pet owners can take to help ensure the safety of their animal when taking it to the groomer.
1. CHECK THE GROOMER’S CREDENTIALS.
You should look for a certificate, find out the type of training groomers have had and see how long they have been in the profession, Nash advised.
2. STAY AND WATCH THE GROOMING PROCESS.
Most facilities have an observation window or area where owners can watch the groomer at work — which Nash encourages pet owners to do if they don’t have to rush out after dropping off their pet.
3. SEE WHAT KIND OF DRYER AND EQUIPMENT THE GROOMER USES.
Most dogs enjoy being bathed, so it’s the drying part that usually causes the most issues.
4. COMMUNICATE CLEARLY WITH THE GROOMER.
Some dogs with pushed-in faces, like boxers and pugs, might never acclimate to the force dryers because of natural breathing issues, which need to be clearly discussed with the groomer.
Will you be shopping at PetSmart
or using their grooming services?