Unregulated Threat to Your Pet

JC Eberhart By JC Eberhart, 14th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1b2heo82/
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You may be unknowingly entrusting your beloved furry, family member, into a very dangerous situation, If you take your pet to a pet groomer, you cannot afford to bypass this article!

YOU ARE NOT BEING GIVEN THE FULL STORY

I learned the distressing news yesterday that unlike beauticians/barbers who care for peoples' grooming needs, pet groomers are not regulated by any parent agency. Consequently, just one instance of abuse resulting in the death of a beautiful dog was brought to my attention. It seems that a wonderful family pet canine recently died while being left to "dry by a drier that was set on too hot a temperature by her professional dog groomer!”

LIFE-THREATENING, UNKNOWN DANGER TO PETS

I used to take my dog to a “professional” groomer but had no idea that they are unregulated. What does this mean to us, the public? This means that dog groomers themselves, (yes, each individual groomer) make their own rules and standards (or lack thereof) for their treatment of your beloved pet! Had I been aware of this sad reality back then, I would've performed some very thorough research into the groomer into whose hands I was regularly entrusting my furry best friend!

NO REGULATION MEANS "ANYTHING GOES!"

It seems very sad to me that although our society has passed and is now enforcing laws to protect man's best friend from the hands of uncaring people who bring them harm, there are still many causes to be fought on their behalf. Our precious fur-people are not able to speak for themselves. They are unable to tell us who would and/or has hurt them, perhaps repeatedly. There are many ways to hurt an animal. Not unlike humans, a pet's spirit can be broken by a ruthless handler. The many traumatized pets from Hurricane Katrina and other natural catastrophes bear witness to this fact as do the thousands of pets rescued everyday from calloused, heartless puppy mill owners.

(©2008 by JC Eberhart)

WAYS TO INSURE YOUR PET'S SAFETY

At the very least, it is absolutely crucial that every pet owner either know your groomer personally and very well, or stay and observe the entire grooming process. If the groomer does not want you to stay and observe, you do not want that groomer! Do not make the mistake of believing that you will know how your pet is being treated by the manner in which your pet behaves upon your arrival to take him home. He's far too overcome with excitement at seeing you to be able to give any indication of what may have been going on while you were away.

IN CONCLUSION

Treat the process of selecting a pet groomer with the same care and discretion you would use to select a caregiver for your child. Don't risk having to find out too late the way the owner of the tragically, dried-to-death dog had to!

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Danger, Pet Care, Pet Health, Pet Ownership, Pet Shop, Pet Store

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author avatar JC Eberhart
I am a licensed addiction clinician with a background in corrections. I reside with my husband and Staffordshire Terrier in Minnesota, the coldest, yet most lovely state in the USA!

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author avatar Denise O
15th Sep 2012 (#)

I agree 100%, they like a child, must be protected by us, their caregivers. We are so blessed to have a great groomer we use and the dogs just love going to visit her. I agree, they too should be regulated to a point and have to be licensed in doing this job, just as my daughter is, since she does cut peoples hair. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar JC Eberhart
15th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you so much, Denise! :)

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author avatar GL
7th May 2013 (#)

I am a groomer, and I agree with this post. I have been grooming more then 20 years. I have been working with dogs professionally over 30 years. Because grooming is unregulated, and because it actually can make money. You now have all these unskilled people jumping the band wagon. It is frightening what I see other groomers do. Then on top of it you have these so called online grooming schools popping up all over the internet, along with other schools being run by people that do not know how to groom, some of them getting Gov funded who are not accredited nor affiliated, promising clients to make a good living teaching them frightening and dangerous skills. Grooming does have orgs that teach safety, skill, and proper handling and that would be through the National Dog Groomers Association of America, and International Pet groomers association . If a groomer is certified through them they went through rigorous expensive time consuming test, along with study and workshops.. . But sadly very few groomers actually become certified, because it is so difficult and has such high standard which cause many to fail the test if they do not take the workshops , and because the public is not as educated on proper haircuts on pets, and the uneducated groomers can make as much money as a certified groomer because the public does not know the difference, and it sometimes comes down to better marketing not better skill and knowledge.. In my state I am one of 10 national certified groomers in the entire state. That is frightening being that each city has multiple groomers , almost every vet clinic has their untrained receptionist grooming.. This state alone a light guess would be at least 100,000 people charging for grooming and only 10 of them took the time, money and education to become certified?? This is the problem, and because of this our orgs suffer from lack of membership.

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author avatar GL
7th May 2013 (#)

A veterinarian supports their associations and are require to be certified through their area boards. Yet those same veterinarians will have an unskilled person shaving down dogs in their office then go as far as telling clients a groomers job is to squeeze anal glands and pull ear hair out, both issues that can cause damage to a dog by an unskilled person.. If your dog has seeping anal glands it is most likely caused by an unskilled groomer. I can go on and on but To resolve this issue a wise consumer would not pay for their dog to be groomed unless the groomer is certified through the NDGAA or IPG. If they can not find one which in many areas is the case they need to find one willing to at least be a member and push them to educate themselves for the betterment and safety of their dog., or just groom their dogs themselves.. Or be part of the solution and become a groomer certified through NDGAA or IPG.. Because these two orgs carry such high standards and prestige we have all these crazy sources claiming certification but papers they made up consumer beware of the term certified unless it has NDGAA or IPG attached to it.. If our orgs were stronger they could help regulate grooming like the veterinarian community and the pets would all be much safer for it. As to the groomers who say well I been doing this and that for blank many years , if you cared about your industry and I know you know there are a lot of scary groomers out there. Then you would support your orgs and certification is beneficial to all groomers not matter what they believe their skill level to be. Again to the other groomers how long before articles like this become epidemic, and regulation is forced on groomers by entities who know nothing about grooming just like the federally regulated dog breeders which many people like to call puppy mills. They were forced into being regulated and still after 50 years of being regulated their reputations have not changed, it has actually gotten worse. A pedophile has more clout then a Federally regulated dog breeder do you want grooming to become like that? If it did people would either start buying dogs that did not need to be groomed or learn to do it themselves.

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author avatar GL
7th May 2013 (#)

One more thing.. There are a lot of groomers mostly those who spent time to be educated who are all for regulation but self regulation.. The argument from the groomers who are against regulation is they claim regulation will not prevent mishaps. Which is very true accidents happen in all fields but fields that are regulated do require education which limits these mishaps and also when self regulated there are terms the regulated people must follow which always have a failsafe that if the regulated entity violates certain code of ethics they loose the ability to be regulated hence taking them off the job so they can not cause more harm.. Unregulated entities such as dog grooming has no fail safes, and no education requirements.

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