Is Dog Grooming Safe? 6 Things Every Dog Owner Should Know Before Getting Their Pup Groomed

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OK, you took Fido to the dog park and he rolled around in... who even knows what, and now he smells horrible. Now, you probably want to get him groomed. But, is dog grooming safe? There are some things every dog owner should know before taking their four-legged friend to the doggy salon. Obviously, you know your dog better than anyone else. If Fido gets stressed out on the reg in new situations, you might be better off taking him to a self-service dog wash where you're the one giving him a bath. Ditto if your pup has any kind of medical conditions that could make professional grooming dangerous for him.

However, if you do decide to take Fido to the doggy salon, you should do your homework first. "Some groomers are registered or certified by a grooming school or professional association, but no government agency regulates or licenses pet groomers," the Humane Society of the United States noted on its blog. "Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against a grooming facility. After narrowing your search, call groomers to ask about services, costs, and hours of operation. Also request the names of a few current clients to interview."

While this might sound like a lot of work just to get your dog a bath, nail trim, or haircut, it's not unheard of for dogs to get injured during grooming. By doing a little leg work up front, you can ensure that Fido's trip to the groomer is pleasant and stress free for both of you. Ready to book that grooming appointment? Here are a few things to know first.