Friday, August 04, 2006
Groomed to death
…Writing in the Wall Street Journal (August 3, 2006), Sara Schaefer Munoz says that in the last year, many pet grooming salons have been accused of mistreating or killing pets.
…This is a human health website, but if some idiot fries your pet, you won’t be feeling so hot, either.
…Americans spend $2.5 billion on fixing up and boarding their animals.
…Apparently demand is so great, it’s becoming amateur hour at the groomers. Reports abound of pets strangling on restraints, being burned by dryers, or even being set upon by larger dogs.
…Many facilities are loosely regulated at best. Animal cruelty laws only come into play in extreme cases. No one seems to call the police—just the pet owner. “Uh, Fluffy had an accident, can you come get her body?”
…The biggest hazard is cage dryers—dryers that blow into a cage. They can get too hot for smaller dogs. (One dog was returned, dead, in a cardboard box hot to the touch.)
…The salon owner said the dog died of stress. Yeah! The stress of being fricaseed!
…Suggested steps you can take include having the dog groomed at home or staying to watch.
..Ask if the groomer is accredited by the National Dog Groomers Assn of American or another non-BS organization. Also check with the Better Business Bureau.
…Ask if an animal has ever been injured or died.
…Ask for references.
…Ask that your pet be hand-dried.
…HA’s dog Spencer once had a problem with part of a procedure that sent him to the vet for $60.
…HA didn’t think about it at the time, but now she will.
…In a side issue, Spencer has been getting trimmed at home because no one will allow his bad self in their car.
…Probably for the best.