We are very (very!) gentle with pets while they are being groomed. They are gently picked up and made to stand on a high table. Once they are on the table then they are gently held by a noose around the neck. The noose can be tightened all the way around and down the dog’s neck, making sure it doesn’t go in the mouth; it’s not a horse! We make absolutely sure they don’t choke. It shouldn’t be too tight and it shouldn’t be slack either. A big concern that everyone has at this point is that if the dog accidently falls off the table for a moment, we don’t let them hit the floor, thus avoiding them to potentially get hurt. So what we do is we attach them to a noose tight enough that we can still grab them if they were to fall. We never, ever walk away from the grooming table. So you know that your pets are safe with us. Most important thing is that if we do need to walk away we take the dog off the noose right away.
We have tables that support both the neck and the back. The way the tables are designed, they can handle the weight coming on the side – we have left no expenses out of getting only the sturdiest furniture for the grooming process.
Not just the furniture but even the paraphernalia used for the grooming like brushes for example are extremely thought-through; that is, we would use the brushes suitable for the particular type of dogs say, with long coated dog like a Shitsu or a Lhasa or Maltese – something with soft hair. Typically, we use a slicker brush – this brush is flat basically or slightly curved and has little tiny pins all over. We professionals usually use this kind of brush to start breaking through the hair – ever so gently.
We want to share with you a couple of basic grooming, something that we follow religiously here at Safepet:
- HAIR Grooming: Go easy on the scissors! Scissors can be extremely dangerous. However a standard scissor was earlier used to cut through the dense matt to make it thinner and then pull that matt apart by hand later. That’s a very old technique and times have changed now! Get a clipper if the matt is really close to the skin. There are de-matt combs and blades available in the markets that actually go underneath the matt and then you can use that to pull the matt apart. Some matt, if they are dense, have to be cut. Some matt are thin so you just break them apart.
- NAIL Clipping: We prefer using a scissor style nail clipper rather than a guillotine type. Its good because they put a little safety shield behind the clipper which means that if the nail goes all the way through the hole, it can’t go further than that little tiny stop.