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Eye & Ear Care It’s Not Just About Hair

Groomers work with hair every day; brushing, combing, de-matting, clipping, scissoring, washing, drying, and styling it. But, hair is not the only thing that stylists need to be knowledgeable about to safely and expertly turn out great grooms.

When to Send a Cat Home

The grooming industry has been under scrutiny lately with multiple news stories featuring injuries and deaths of pets in grooming salons. Cats are particularly sensitive to the stress, loud noises, and the unfamiliar environment of a grooming appointment. It is important for groomers to recognize changes in the cat’s behavior and health in order to prevent severe injury or death. But, what should groomers look for?

Taking Care of You!

Grooming Matters
May I ask you something? You take care of pets all day, and maybe a partner and/or children, or other family members. Who takes care of you? Often that job falls to us, too. Have you ever heard the expression, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it?”

Grooming the Big Dogs

Ask the Grooming Tutor
“Hello Michell. I do a lot of large and giant breeds. Almost all of my groomer friends have given up doing these dogs due to the strain on their bodies. I also seem to make less money on large dogs than small ones. I really enjoy them and would love ideas on how to keep doing them without breaking down my body and losing income.” – Kimmy P.

The Importance of Eating Lunch

I skip lunch” is a comment I’ve heard repeated over and over in the grooming industry. I’m sad to report that pet stylists do skip lunch. Many make unhealthy choices, don’t eat lunch, eat on the fly, or pick up take-out or fast food.
One thing is a given, and this is groomers need to take better care of themselves. Susan Sarris states, “Our eating habits are terrible.” I agree.
Why Do Groomers Skip Lunch?

Save Your Back

Choosing an Adjustable Table or Tub
The majority of a groomer’s workday is spent leaning over a bathing tub or standing at the grooming table. All day long, your body is contorted into uncomfortable and possibly unhealthy positions; bending, twisting, stretching, lifting, etc. It’s no wonder that you say, “Oh, my aching back!”

Fleas & Ticks

Risky Business
It’s a rare groomer indeed who has never had to deal with fleas or ticks. For most of us, finding fleas and ticks on a client’s pet is an all too common occurrence. Unfortunately, many pet parents seem oblivious to the fact that their pets need protection from these nasty blood-sucking, disease-carrying creatures.

Happy Kidneys, Happy Clients

A Groomer’s Role in Spotting Signs of Kidney Disease
Did you know that more than 1 in 3 cats and 1 in 10 dogs will be impacted by kidney disease in their lifetimes? Recent studies suggest numbers might be even higher, with more than half of cats over 15 years old being afflicted.3 So, what does this mean for groomers? It’s another opportunity for you to add value to your clients and keep them coming back for the high-quality care and compassion you provide.

Smile Pretty

I consider one of the most important aspects of a nose to tail assessment during check-in for each pet is noting the condition of the pet’s teeth. Mind you, I do not just willy-nilly open up a pet’s mouth. I exercise caution and approach with care as any pet may pose a bite risk.
As a groomer, why should you care about that pet’s teeth?

Pet First Aid Kits

Keeping Them Current
Grooming Rosie (AKA The Vibrating Wonderdog) was always a challenge as she vibrated as if she was standing on a washing machine with an unbalanced load during the agitator cycle. Rosie suffered from a neurological disorder and I was always on guard when using any sharp tools around her.

Feeding Raw

Benefits, Perils and Quandary
A client asked me the other day why I inquired at each examination what their pet was eating. What significance did the contents of the food bowl have to their pet’s general health? The adage of ‘we are what we eat’ pertains equally to our pets.

The Bright Future of Cat Grooming

Did you know there are between 74 and 96 million pet cats in the United States? Depending on their breed and lifestyle, a percentage of these cats will need professional grooming for a variety of reasons. Many cats do an outstanding job grooming themselves, however, if the cat has emotional or physical issues or is unable or unwilling to self-groom, a skillful and talented pet stylist is crucial to the cat’s general health and well being.

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