Grooming is not just for show dogs and tiny pampered pooches named Princess.
It’s important for your cat or dog’s health to have basic grooming needs (bathing, combing, brushing, clipping nails, cutting or shaving mats, cleaning ears and controlling external parasites) met on a regular basis.
One of the side benefits of professional grooming is that the groomer may discover lumps, bumps or infections that you may not have detected otherwise.
First, you’ll need to decide if your pet needs a professional groomer. It really depends on the type of pet you have. Many long-haired cats and dogs are prone to matting and you may not have the time, tools, experience or physical ability to adequately groom your pet.Or you may prefer that your pet (like a poodle) have their fur groomed into a particular style that requires a professional. Or you may need to seek out a groomer for the occasional medicated or flea baths, removal of skunk odors or removal of matted fur.
Ask for recommendations
Start with a recommendations from a friend, your vet, a dog trainer, pet supply store or rescue shelter. You can always put something out on Facebook and see what kind of responses you get back from your network of locals.
Some groomers are registered or certified by a grooming school or professional association, but no government agency regulates or licenses pet groomers. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against a grooming facility.
Check out the grooming facility
Communicate your pet's needs
When you make the first appointment, share all essential information about your pet's health, temperament and your expectations. The groomer must know in advance whether your pet is geriatric or has a chronic health condition, so they can provide any special handling.Also warn the groomer about any habits that could interfere with safe and successful grooming. Remember that groomers are not licensed to dispense tranquilizers, so if your pet needs sedation to be groomed, it might be best to find a veterinarian who has a groomer on staff.
A good groomer will also ask you questions about your pet’s health, their behavior, if they are prone to biting or nipping, if there are certain spots where they don’t like to be touched, etc. . A good groomer should want to return your pets to you with the exact results you’re looking for and should be willing to make the experience as pleasant for you and your pet as possible.