I think it would be the most sensible idea going forward if dog groomers in rural areas are allowed to groom their customers dogs. This should be deemed essential travel as neglecting dog clipping and nail clipping is leading to welfare issues. Hot and hairy dogs with very long uncomfortable nails. Not an emergency for vets who are only open for emergencies at the moment. Self distancing rules can be complied with for those of us who work alone and on a one to one basis anyway. Dog groomers have not been specifically told to close but it is the travelling to and from the premises that is the issue here. Customers can walk to groomers who are open in a village/town. We need clarification on this grey area of travel please.

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Clarification required on returning to work. For the welfare of dogs

by HJM on May 05, 2020 at 07:30PM

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  • Posted by susansutherland May 05, 2020 at 20:05

    for some dogs it is a welfare issue. Groomers who are lone workers and follow the guidance on handover and hygiene should be allowed to work
  • Posted by MacLennan1968 May 05, 2020 at 22:25

    Dog groomers really must be a priority to reopen. Dogs are overheating due to the length of their hair - it is a health hazard. Many work alone so not a risk to passing on the virus.
  • Posted by Trudy May 08, 2020 at 08:37

    The longer lockdown continues the more this becomes a pressing welfare issue. Many groomers have put in place protocols & working practises to comply with public health guidelines.
    The solution in my opinion is to add 'Pet Grooming' under the 'Notable Exceptions' section of Businesses Which Must Close, close to other operations such as Vets, Pet Shops & other animal related businesses such as Animal Markets. This would be a logical addition to the list & clarify the position pet groomers currently find themselves in, with contradictory & conflicting advice from too many different authorities.
  • Posted by Julie76 May 08, 2020 at 14:21

    I absolutely agree have been trying to find the words to write something similar but was struggling as literacy is not my strong point ha ha Grooming dogs is ! And definitely feel we should be allowed back to work as we can maintain everything said in all the other comments relating to us opening back safely and practicing social distancing.
  • Posted by Christl May 09, 2020 at 18:29

    Dog Groomers should most definitely be considered essential workers as they are, after all, essential to the dogs they are entrusted to for their wellbeing. Not being given definitive clearance from the Government as essential workers is forcing Groomers into effectively betraying the trust the owners have put in them to look after the welfare of their pets. There are so many conflicted responses from enquiries from Groomers who wish to do their jobs but who also wish to remain on the right side of the law, both for legitimate purposes but also for that of public perception. Please, for the avoidance of doubt, consider adding Dog Grooming specifically to the list of essential services and do not leave it to guidance on the SSPCA website to state that mobile groomers can work and all other Groomers can operate for welfare purposes only. This matter is becoming more urgent as Lockdown continues and the weather heats up. The lack of clarity has caused disharmony to say the least throughout the profession, with many taking matters into their own hands. Clarity please for all concerned.
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