Are your pets safe with us?
There has been so much attention being directed at pet groomers and the safety of client’s pets in our care. Some unfortunate incidents have caused the American pet owning public to demand better standards in regards to pet grooming. You may not know that the pet grooming industry is a totally unregulated industry. There is no oversight in a pet stylists credentials or how they handle the pets in their care and run their salons. Basically, anyone can pick up a pair of clippers and scissors and open a pet grooming salon.
As we speak there is a new law being steamrolled through the system in New Jersey called Bijou’s Law. It is expected to pass very soon. Unfortunately, pet groomers were not able to be very involved in the creation of this new law. Many of our New Jersey peers are going to have a tough go at it. It is hard when there are people making decisions about our industry that have never worked in our industry. Once this law passes I expect many other states will follow suit.
I am actually for the licensing of pet groomers, but I prefer that the standards be set from within our industry, by people who understand our concerns. Also once the government gets involved there will be fees and I expect grooming prices will increase. I wanted to take this time to tell you what my company has and will be doing to keep your pets safe in our care. We are doing this voluntarily because our values and morals match these guidelines.
There is a standard in care called the PPGSA Standards of Care, Safety for Professional Pet Groomers and Stylists. https://www.groomertogroomer.com/ppgsa-standards-of-care-safety-and-sanitation/. Hopefully, these guidelines can be used by lawmakers in other states. It is a code of ethics of sort.
After reviewing these guidelines I am happy to report that we, as a company are in line with the majority of these recommended guidelines. Our state of the art mobile grooming van is created with safety in mind. It is climate controlled and the pets’ comfort is first and foremost. There are no crates to house animals. The tubs, tables, and dryers are of the highest quality and built to provide a safe, clean environment to complete the grooms.
Both Mariah and I pride ourselves in our ability to provide compassionate grooms, on a one on one basis. We do not do an overabundance of pets each day. We spend the time to do the job safely taking care not to overly stress a pet by rushing through the process. Our prices may be a bit higher but those that appreciate the priority we give their pets do not mind paying a bit more.
The products and tools we use are of the highest quality, to do the job we need correctly and safely. Our shampoos, conditioners, sprays are top of the line giving the proper finish to the coats and keeping the skin and coat on the pet healthy. We have first aid kits visible as well as a fire extinguisher. The van and all the equipment inside is well maintained and kept in good working order.
What we are going to do to make our pet care business even safer?
1. I will be taking a CPR and first aid course in 2019. I took one many years ago but I need a refresher. Mariah will graduate from SUNY Canton in May 2019 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician
2.We are going to make sure our record keeping is up to par. We will be requesting Veterinary and emergency contacts.
3.As the owner of IFRMPS I will be creating Animal Handling guidelines for all that work within my business can adhere to.
4.We will continue to attend trade shows, seminars, and online webinars to become better at what we do and keep on top of the trends
5.I will complete my Certified Feline Master Groomer status in 2019. I will then be part of an elite group of 300+ cat groomers worldwide offering superior, safe service to cat owners.
6.We will continue to communicate any concerns and/or recommendations about your pet(s)
If anyone has any suggestions or comments feel free to contact me. We are here to serve and want to make sure your expectations are being met.
Thank you for listening,