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Wow, I saw this article today "Dog's neck slashed in grooming accident"
That poor dog! I'm so glad that I don't really need to have Caeda groomed by someone.
Kind of makes you wonder who you actually can trust with your dog!
It scares me even more that the local pet store was advertising "Groomer needed, training provided". No wonder things like this happen :(
 

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Why were they having a Husky-type dog "trimmed" anyway?

Ick. Worst I've ever seen is razor burn. I do know that it's super easy to cut a badly matted dog's (or cat's) skin, but when just trimming there's really no excuse. I'm not even sure how an electric trimmer could do that kind of damage.
 

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I like the part where she claimed her thumb did it. The owner must never pet their dog.
 

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Back when I worked in a salon a fellow groomer was shaving a little Schnauzer and her neck literally just snapped open. She had so many wrinkles that she ran the clippers just slightly wrong and her neck was cut. It was split wide open and oddly did not bleed. No one tried to pass it off or make up what happened though. The groomer held the wound together and we team carried her to the vet (in the same building RIGHT next door thankfully) and their bill was paid for.

The groomers here, though, sound sketchy.
 

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If this is not bad enough ... I find it mind boggling that someone could cut off your dogs ears and glue them back on! :/ Like you are not going to notice and your dogs ears just mysteriously fall off!
 

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There is a petsmart here that was apparently using a welder's dremel to trim nails instead of a pet nail dremel. They claimed that the pet ones ran out of battery too fast, which is why they were using the welder's one instead. One day, a groomer wasn't paying attention and a little dog's tail hair got caught in the dremel while it was on and it ripped the dog's tail off.
 

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My mom started trimming her dogs' fur herself after her bichon came back from the groomer with every little growth on his back (he had lots of wart-like growths on his back as he got older. my mother pointed them all out and instructed the groomer to cut the fur long enough to not risk hitting the growths) bleeding. Openly bleeding. They handed a white dog soaked red with blood back to the owner and asked her to pay for that cut.

I use a groomer who owns her own shop and has been showing, grooming and rescuing dogs for 30 years. She agreed not to crate Kabota while he dries and had no problem with me watching the whole process the first time. She sends me pictures from her iphone while he's with her. I am one lucky person, let me tell you.
 

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I'll groom my own dogs, kthnxbai.

I've never sent a dog to a groomer, for the sheer fact that I do not trust strangers with my animals. Even vets make me nervous. Too many stupid, indifferent people out there who are just concerned with making a quick buck and the animal be damned.

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I use a groomer who owns her own shop and has been showing, grooming and rescuing dogs for 30 years. She agreed not to crate Kabota while he dries and had no problem with me watching the whole process the first time. She sends me pictures from her iphone while he's with her. I am one lucky person, let me tell you.
^I'd have to have this.
 

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I dont get how this groomer did it. Cutting a dog happens, yes. Us groomers ARE working with moving targets, dogs who dont stand still, who fight us the whole time ect. So yes small cuts happen. its part of the territory. but a cut like this. this is just crazy to me.
Ive nicked a few dogs here and there. It happens. Dogs move, these are moving targets. I ALWAYS tell and SHOW the owner where it was. Its never ever been bad to warrant a vet though.

I dont get how a groomer did this. BUT we dont know how this dog behaved either. Though it doesnt say the dog was bad at all. but who knows.

My mom started trimming her dogs' fur herself after her bichon came back from the groomer with every little growth on his back (he had lots of wart-like growths on his back as he got older. my mother pointed them all out and instructed the groomer to cut the fur long enough to not risk hitting the growths) bleeding. Openly bleeding. They handed a white dog soaked red with blood back to the owner and asked her to pay for that cut.

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To be fair. its pretty darn impossible to miss every wart. Even a brush will pull them open, Some may have already had scabs and a bath will take those off. I do ALOT of old dogs. who are covered in warts. I try my best not to get one. but it happens often. Warts and such are such finiky growths that evn touching some will make them bleed. I dont doubt she would have asked to been paid. I would have too, and do. This is not groomer neglagence, its what a dog already has on it, and is almost impossible to miss. Even cutting a dog with a long enough blade will still "bounce" off the clipper and can open it that easy.

we also crate every dog. That is for their saftey. A loss dog in a shop can cause itself injury or another groomer injury so fast. Id never go to a shop that didnt crate.
 

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There is a petsmart here that was apparently using a welder's dremel to trim nails instead of a pet nail dremel. They claimed that the pet ones ran out of battery too fast, which is why they were using the welder's one instead. One day, a groomer wasn't paying attention and a little dog's tail hair got caught in the dremel while it was on and it ripped the dog's tail off.
Most groomers use dremmels from the hardware store for that reason, I have one myself at home that I use for Kuma, but I have never seen one powerful enough to rip a dog's tail off. Hair yes, if they weren't paying attention, but not a whole tail.
 

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Yup I bought my own clippers and clip my Giant Schnauzer myself. I owe many thanks to the groomer at Petco who did 1 puppy clip on her and walked me through the basics of what clipper to buy/ blades to use and tips like, go head to toe, etc... That and UTUBE (you can utube anything)-- I clipped her the first time right next to my computer, with at Utube video going, and now, people ask me all the time where I get her clipped! Fun - I just love my dogs and this is just more bonding time for us...
 

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To be fair. its pretty darn impossible to miss every wart. Even a brush will pull them open, Some may have already had scabs and a bath will take those off. I do ALOT of old dogs. who are covered in warts. I try my best not to get one. but it happens often. Warts and such are such finiky growths that evn touching some will make them bleed. I dont doubt she would have asked to been paid. I would have too, and do. This is not groomer neglagence, its what a dog already has on it, and is almost impossible to miss. Even cutting a dog with a long enough blade will still "bounce" off the clipper and can open it that easy.
This was every wart. His entire back was red. It was awful. I think the decent thing to do would have been to say "Obviously this particular cut can't be done without certain risks, so this one is on us." Hair stylists offer a discount or refuse payment for bad cuts/colours, or offer to fix it for free.

we also crate every dog. That is for their saftey. A loss dog in a shop can cause itself injury or another groomer injury so fast. Id never go to a shop that didnt crate.
Kabota will injure himself in a crate. The vet who did his surgeries didn't keep him crated, he was afraid Kabota would kill himself. He kept him in the employee break room instead. My groomer's is a small, one room affair. The dogs are behind a self locking gate. Conceivably, he could escape, but it would be no more likely than escaping from my house. Less likely, actually. I don't have a self locking gate in front of my front door.
 

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This was every wart. His entire back was red. It was awful. I think the decent thing to do would have been to say "Obviously this particular cut can't be done without certain risks, so this one is on us." Hair stylists offer a discount or refuse payment for bad cuts/colours, or offer to fix it for free.



Kabota will injure himself in a crate. The vet who did his surgeries didn't keep him crated, he was afraid Kabota would kill himself. He kept him in the employee break room instead. My groomer's is a small, one room affair. The dogs are behind a self locking gate. Conceivably, he could escape, but it would be no more likely than escaping from my house. Less likely, actually. I don't have a self locking gate in front of my front door.
Like I said, even brushing or bathing the dog can cause them to bleed. I dont doubt every wart bleed. I do dogs cacked in warts daily. and i always get a bunch bleeding. From either scrubbing them down in the tub, brushing them out, or shaving them. Its bound to happen.

Im not going to groom dogs for free if a wart bleeds. i dont get paid hourly like majority of groomers. I get paid per dog and a % of it. So if i were to give aay every dog thats wart bled. I would probably do it daily with one or 2 dogs. I cant help if a dog doesnt "age" well. Best we can do is try not to get them. My last want when im grooming is to injure a dog. But IMO these things are almost unavoidable.

Our shop has 2 doors to get outside and a large gate. So almost no way for a dog to escape, all doors are kept closed at all times. but even so, its a busy shop. and we cant have dogs loose. we ofer express grooms for dogs who cant be crated. its more expensive and we call 30mins before they are done so the owner can get them when they are coming off the table. we do have some back rooms they can potentially be free in. But you cant trist other peoples dog not to destroy things. we once put a dog in the room (its a large room. As this is a old house converted in to a salon) and he chewed the door apart, ripped up base boreds and ripped his nails/paw pads up. So we dont chance it to often now. Only dogs who are free are our personal dogs for the most part.
 
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