Do you know what professional pet grooming is? If not, it’s time you got to know! Professional pet grooming is a service that provides care for your pet’s coat, nails, and teeth. It’s a great way to keep your pet looking their best, and it can also help to reduce the amount of stress your pet experiences. In this article, we’ll discuss five things that give a pet professional grooming.
Professional Pet Grooming-Enhancing Pet Health
Dog and cat groomers, more than any other group of pet health care professionals, fill a very unique niche in enhancing pet health. Your profession requires certain attributes not required by veterinarians, trainers, breeders, pet shop owners, kennel operators and pet food retail salespeople.
Carefully Observe each subject
Dog Grooming is fun! To be a successful pet grooming professional you must have hands on contact with your subjects, you will be required to carefully observe each subject while grooming, and you will be doing this while patiently controlling the pet. Your job requires you to spend time with the pet in such a manner that you will be able to judge the pet’ s physical and mental attitude. No other pet health care professional is required to fulfill all of these conditions in the execution of their job… the professional groomer holds a unique and vital position in pet health care delivery.
Healthcare Advocate on behalf of pets
Of course there’s a huge responsibility you must bear not only to be the best groomer you can be but also to be a healthcare advocate on behalf of the pets with whom you work. With your hands-on contact and acute observational skills you should be prepared to relate to a veterinarian or to the pet’s owner any deviations from normal that you detect in the pet.
Discovered Some Subtle Health Problem
Every day in my small animal practice the groomer (she happened to be an independent contractor, not my employee, so I refrained from calling her “my” groomer!) would call me in to the grooming room to point out something on the pet that needed attention. Often she had discovered some subtle health problem that had evolved since the last time I saw the pet for vaccinations. In addition, because many veterinarians are pressed for time due to a busy schedule, their observation of the pet may be hurried. The average office call lasts about twelve minutes. So here’s where the groomer really has an advantage because you are forced to concentrate on this one subject while you pick at it, scrub it, pluck it and shave it with that old faithful clippers that sounds like a lawn-mower then blast a tornado of warm air over it until it’s dry so you can then scissor, shape and brush it and then confine it and hope it doesn’t urinate in the cage and soil itself before the owner shows up three hours late! Did I forget the bows?
Open and Co-operative Dialogue Regarding the Pets
If you are fortunate to be working in an animal hospital, you and the attending veterinarian should have open and cooperative dialogue regarding the pets in your care. If your grooming business is in a kennel, home or pet boutique and there is no veterinarian close at hand, there are a few things you should consider.
Health notes-Pet’s Chart
First of all set aside some time where you and a nearby veterinarian can spend a moment discussing your grooming philosophy. Explore the fact that sometime in the future you will be needing the veterinarian’s advice and may even need to rush in with a grooming subject that needs immediate care. The time to set up this mutual cooperative relationship is before a crisis occurs! On your customers’ chart you will always have recorded the pet’s usual veterinarian, however that veterinarian may not always be available, so you need a backup you can be comfortable calling when the need arises.
I’ll try to give you some hints and clues about what to look for when assessing the pet’s state of physical and emotional health. Hopefully you will be able to fine tune your already good sense of observation. Do not be reluctant or shy about relaying your thoughts or observations about the pet’s health to the owner or veterinarian. You might not know it but I believe the pet will thank you somehow! Oh, yes… so should the owner and veterinarian!
If you haven’t made it a habit to keep very good records, you better start now. Taking a few minutes to write down what you have seen and done with every pet, every time you groom it, will be the best time investment you can make; it simply makes your job easier and your clients will be impressed with your organized and professional manner. Good record keeping is absolutely vital.
In this blog we are going to discuss some of the benefits of professional pet grooming. By getting your pet groomed by a professional, you are ensuring that they are kept clean, healthy and looking their best! Here are 5 things that give a professional pet grooming:
Frequently Asked Questions
What animals do pet groomers do?
A pet groomer does everything from bathing and clipping to needle and threading. They typically work with dogs and cats, but may also work with other types of animals.
How often should dogs be groomed professionally?
Every four to six weeks, they should be professionally groomed and brushed at least twice a week, if not more.