If you have a pet that requires grooming, keeping up with the practice is important for pet hygiene and health just like it is for you to get your own hair cut or styled. Regular groomer visits result in pets with healthy, clean coats. When searching for a professional groomer, use these tips to make the process easier.
Tip 1: Ask friends, co-workers, and relatives for referrals to their favorite groomers. A veterinarian might also have a recommendation and some vets even perform grooming services. Reading online reviews of local groomers is also recommended because the best reference is a current customer.
Tip 2: Research whether a groomer must have a license to operate in the town and ask prospective groomers if they have this license. Inquire about how accidents like burns, scrapes, and cuts are handled. Research any previous customer complaints or accident reports. Provide the selected groomer with the veterinarian contact number for emergencies.
Tip 3: A reputable grooming facility requires proof that pet vaccinations are up to date so ask about this. This requirement helps ensure that the animal will not contract infections or diseases from other animals being groomed.
Tip 4: Tour the grooming facility, taking your pet on the appointment. This allows you to introduce the animal to the groomer, see how other pets are housed, and ask current customers about their experiences. Let your pet explore the area as permitted so it can become familiar. Look around to make sure that pets are not left unattended in bathing tubs or on grooming tables. Verify that equipment is sanitary and the facility is clean.
Tip 5: After selecting a groomer, tell him or her about your pet’s health issues. If your animal has skin problems, ask the veterinarian whether a specific shampoo should be used and relay this information to the groomer. An animal that has recently undergone surgery should usually not be groomed, especially if stitches were involved. Ask the veterinarian about grooming restrictions following a surgery.
Tip 6: Ask the groomer if any skin issues or ear infections were noted during grooming. Discuss these with the veterinarian.