Choose pet groomer with safety in mind

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Choose pet groomer with safety in mind
Article from WTOP:

Choosing a groomer should be more than just getting a good haircut (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Jana Lumley)

WASHINGTON — The stories are rare, but heartbreaking — animals who go for a pet grooming to get spiffy, but end up injured, or worse.

“People certainly put a lot of trust into their groomers,” says veterinarian Katy Nelson, known as “Dr. Pawz” on WTOP.

Nelson says in the same way a new parent chooses a pediatrician, a pet owner should pay attention and do some research into the individual or business where their dog or cat will get a wash, styling, and nail care.

“You want to make sure your pet is in a safe and healthy environment while they’re at the groomer — it’s not just about a good haircut,” says Nelson.

The calmer the pet, the more likely the grooming session will go well, she says.

“This needs to be something that’s not a terribly scary process for them every time you bring them in, says Nelson.

Pet owners should tell groomers if they feel their pet will be nervous. One potential risk to safety is a device designed to keep animals in place during grooming.

“A lot of grooming facilities use these tables that have a pole that goes up and has a little s…………………continues on WTOP

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Most pet store puppies from licensed breeders
Article from Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel:
Proposed ban would encourage underground, unregulated market in puppies.

In recent years, the term “puppy mills” has been used animal rights organizations to signify “all commercial breeders.” The Feb. 16 editorial, “Pet store puppies the cute result of an horrific practice,” Feb. 16), discussed the sale of dogs in pet stores in Maine and unjustly implied that all puppies sold in Maine pet stores came from “puppy mills.”

These extreme views would have readers believe there is no such thing as a responsible breeder. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates and inspects professional breeders across the country to ensure the health and well-being of every animal. We at the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council believe that a distinction needs to be made between “all commercial breeders” and “substandard breeding facilities.”

While in the minority, substandard breeding facilities do exist. We in the responsible pet trade are even more upset by this than activists because of its impact on the animals, as well as its impact on the reputation of responsible breeders.

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