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    Jiggy What pets are you grooming?

    Of course our dogs and cats are always the most popular - but what else are you grooming? I've seen horses, birds, and even a few offerings for various reptiles!

    What's the most unique offering that you have - or have seen?

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    I used to trim nails on ferrets and guinea pigs, when I worked at PetSomething. I know some groomers groom rabbits. And pigs, too!


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    Someone just asked me Monday if I would groom a rabbit. Has anyone groomed a rabbit? If so what shampoos would you recommend and any other suggestion please.


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    We cut nails on some birds. We don't like bringing animals like rabbits in the shop, scary for them. We do the birds at closing, but only a few a year.

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    Rabbits have to be done in a hypo, tearless, so gentle from what the 4H person told me once.

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    Just cats and dogs, and I only do cats on limited basis on quiet days with my best groomer who loves cats.

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    Some animals I'd avoid due to them being so delicate. I know rabbits are not supposed to get a full bath as it can put them into shock, and I unfortunately know of someone who bathed their rabbit and it died the next day. The house rabbit society says a kind-of sponge bath is okay if the rabbit has a poopy bum or the like. TootsiePie is right about the type of shampoo too. As for shaving- some of the longer haired rabbits and guinea pigs I've done, but it can take some time as to not to stress/nick them (require a finer blade than a cat). No matter the animal, I'd definitely have something prepared for the owner to sign, and stick to your comfort level- parrot beaks, and cats both make me nervous so that's a big nope.

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    I've done nails on guinia pigs and such. Groomed a couple rabbits (one just a bum shave, it was so matted with poop it was awful, and a brush out on another.) I don't think I'd take on a pig as I just don't know anything about them

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    I do not plan on grooming a rabbit based on the research I hv done, info received on this forum and talking w/ my Vet. I'm not even that comfortable grooming cats & do not offer this at my shop. Thanks for all the info!


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    I used to do equine grooming before I became a pet groomer. Financially better doing pets and since I love small breeds much easier on the bod.

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