Taking care of your pets is a lot of responsibility.
It’s more than just taking them out for walks and feeding them. It’s also about maintenance. Which can be a bit expensive sometimes. However, that’s not the problem. The confusion is in our head. We confuse the charges of a pet groomer with that of a hairdresser when they both have completely different jobs. It may seem like they’re both essentially doing the same work, but the details and the risks involved are very much different.
A lot of pet owners often complain and argue over the rates when they take their pet for grooming sessions. Though usually, they are the first-time pet owners, they still need to understand everything that’s involved in the process. For more clarity and fewer disagreements, pet groomers are now putting up signs in their clinics that specify the top ten reasons why they cost more. The following is a complete break-down of these reasons. Check them out below!
#10 Your hairdresser doesn’t wash and clean your rear end.
When it comes to grooming, every part of the body must be thoroughly cleaned. That also includes your dog’s rear end. Now, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Dogs are not so comfortable with a stranger touching their behind. They easily get irritated and resist. However, using their expertise and a little help from the owner, dog groomers manage to express the anal glands and get rid of all that smelly fluid. I bet hairdressers won’t do that.
#9 You don’t go eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair.
Our little furbabies are very energetic and playful creatures. The way they run around the entire house and play in the dirt, easily makes them messy, and it requires special services to get them clean again. These are the services that only dog groomers are able to provide using their expertise, special tools and by putting in a lot of effort.
#8 Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a sanitary trim.
Have you ever asked a hairdresser to trim your dog down there? Well, good thing you haven’t because it clearly above their paygrade. Your dog’s skin is very sensitive and trimming down there requires a lot of skill. An inexperienced person can easily make things worse by trimming near your pet’s genitalia. Therefore, the work always suits in the hands of the one skilled to do it.
#7 Your hairdresser doesn’t clean your ears.
This is one of the most important parts of going to a pet groomer. They provide extra cleaning services that hairdressers normally don’t. Properly cleaning and medicating your dog’s ears is essential otherwise they can easily get infections. As it’s a sensitive job, this needs to be done with special care as sometimes dogs do not hold still which can be very problematic.
#6 Your hairdresser doesn’t remove the boogers from your eyes.
This is quite similar to ear cleaning. Unlike us humans, dogs can’t regularly clean their eyes and remove boogers. Which sometimes causes eye infections and can be very painful to deal with. That’s where dog groomers come in and save the day!
#5 You sit still for your hairdresser.
A pet groomer does a lot more than a hairdresser. That means the dog has to sit still for a longer time. Simply giving a haircut or brushing doesn’t annoy our little four-legged friends that much. However, when you have to spread open their legs and trim them down there, or clean out their ears and apply medicine, you can expect some resistance. It only makes the job harder than it already is so it shouldn’t be a surprise when the groomer asks for more money.
#4 Your haircut doesn’t include a manicure or pedicure.
Let’s not forget the additional services. When we said “thorough cleaning” we actually meant thoroughly cleaning. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be ‘called grooming.’ The kind of fun our dogs have almost makes it unavoidable to not get dirt under their nails. Besides, they need to be cut short anyway. So, a proper manicure and pedicure are required which is part of the grooming session.
#3 Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.
The area of the chest, arms, legs, and in between also need to be trimmed alongside the head. But this is something your dog hairdresser wouldn’t do.
#2 You don’t bite or scratch your hairdresser.
When a groomer will clean each and every part of your dog’s body, it’s just natural that the dog will become uncomfortable and eventually aggressive. A lot of times, the owners assist groomers by petting their dogs and calming them down, however, sometimes, the dogs end up biting or scratching the groomer for touching their soft butt.
It’s cute but also deadly.
#1 The likelihood of you pooping on your hairdresser is pretty slim.
When the hairdresser is giving a haircut, the chances are your dog is going to sit in one spot for most of the time. However, when the groomer has to position your dog differently every time he/she has to clean a new body part, the chances of them p*ssing on the groomer or perhaps even taking a dump on them are pretty high.
Now, if the groomer asks for more money, just know that part of it is also their ‘cost of doing business.’
So, here it is! The list that every person needs to see before taking their pet to a groomer!
After seeing this post, this is how some people reacted.
Going to the groomer may not be so light on the pocket, but at least it ensures your pet’s safety.
We can try our best to do these things at home, but a professional’s work is always better.
So, it’s just pointless to argue over pet groomer’s rates and comparing them to those of a hairdressers when they clearly do more work.
Do you think pet groomers charging more than hairdressers is justifiable? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.