How to Find a Good Groomer- Page 2
What to Look for at the Grooming Facility
Take your pet with you for a tour of the facilities before his or her first grooming. This will give you an opportunity to see how the groomers interact with other pets and you can ask other pet owners of their experiences with the groomer. Your pet should become somewhat familiar with the place and you should feel comfortable leaving your pet there. Be sure that pets are never left unattended while on the grooming table or in the tub.
While visiting, introduce yourself and your pet to your groomer and staff. This will also help to make the next visit easier on your pet. Some pets become very anxious when they are left for grooming. On your pets' first visit, ask to stay so you can see how your pet reacts. If necessary, speak to your veterinarian about getting a prescription to help keep your pet calm. Also be sure to check that the facility is clean and equipment is sanitary.
What to Tell your Groomer
You need to discuss any health issues that your pet may have with your groomer. If your pet has specific skin problems your veterinarian may want your groomer to use a certain shampoo on your pet. Typically veterinarians will not want a pet to visit the groomer if they have just undergone a surgical procedure - especially if they have stitches.
Your groomer is there to help keep your pets' skin, ears, and nails healthy and in good condition. They can be a great resource for noticing ear infections and other skin related issues, which you can then discuss with your veterinarian.