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Selecting a Pet Groomer

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When it comes time to pick a pet groomer, you want someone who is talented and will treat your pet the way you do. While cost is a significant concern, experts recommend a more thorough approach that takes into account a number of factors in addition to cost. Here are some issues to keep in mind as you search for a pet groomer.

Pet Groomer Credentials

There are a number of national groups such as the Professional Pet Groomers Association or the National Dog Groomers Association. Membership does not guarantee a more competent pet groomer. However, it does suggest a certain seriousness about what the groomer is doing for a living, as opposed to someone taking on grooming as a way to make some money, as opposed to finding a career. Additionally, the national associations distribute news about the latest trends and styling and health issues. So while association membership shouldn't be a deal-breaker, it should be something you view very positively as you consider different groomers.

Get Pet Groomer References

Talk to friends and family members with pets to see if they highly recommend their pet groomer. Then talk to the pet groomer in person at his or her shop. It's important to see the shop to determine for yourself if you think the business is clean enough and if you have any issues with other employees or assistants working with the pet groomer. Make sure you also visit the pet groomer either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. That way, you should run into other clients dropping off or picking up their pets. There's no better recommendation than a current client.

Does the Pet Groomer Require Shots

According to pet care experts, it's a good idea that pet groomers insist that pets are up to date on all of their shots. You don't want your dog catching kennel cough or your cat coming down with some other illness from other animals in the shop. The shots also protect the pet owners. If your animal somehow gets loose or scratches or bites the groomer, there's no question about the possibility of rabies.

Don't Let Pet Groomer Prices Be the Only Factor

How much a pet groomer charges is certainly an important part of the decision. But take into account all the other factors as well. If the groomer gets high praise for customers, you should expect a popular groomer who's in demand to increase his or her rates over time.

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