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    Hi, I moved to a new state and just recieved a job at a salon/ day care. I have been ther for 3 weeks. The owner is a 20 year old girl, whom her parents bought the place for her, and there is another groomer besides myself. Another young lady comes in in the after noons to look after the day care and handle phone calls and clients. This other groomer is from Mexico and tells me of his experience being a vet for 15 years and a groomer for 15 years. He is 54 years old.
    So far it seems like a decent place to work. But one client was talking to the salon owner's mom and asked if she could book an appointment. The mom said," How about today?" The lady asked, " Do you need vaccines?" The mom said," Not for grooming but for day care we do." I was shocked! I thought, no vaccines? What if I get bit? They better have good insurance.
    Just today the other groomer was bit buy a shar pei on his hand. The same shar pei he onced told me bit him and split his nail. I asked him," Why are you grooming him again?!? And with out rabbies? You are putting yourself out of business!" He agreed but he kept saying it's alright, it's alright.
    After he groomed acouple other dogs, he was getting a cute pekinese out of the kennel. These other workers sure don't mind sticking their hands and faces inside the kennels without checking to make sure the dogs aren't going to bite them. Well when he reached for the pekinese, he picked her up and she turned around and bit him on his hand! Second bite that day. About an inch puncture wound on his inside them. He kept saying it's ok I will finish the dog. I told him," Not me! I won't do neither of those!"
    Another things that bothers me is that they do not use dog shampoo. He uses VO8 shampoo and dilutes it with water. How am I suppose to get the face cleaned? Also no ear cleaner. I have mentioned it to them but they said it was to expensive. The other groomer told me to put shampoo in the dogs here and squish the ears to clean them then rinse with water. This is a weird shop!!

  • #2
    Wow, that's a load of problems waiting to happen. I might quietly look for another place. Check out the policies and grooming habits before you say yes or no to the next job. We actually use listerene or alcohol for swabbing ears. I'm not thrilled about it, but it's what they use, so I use it.

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    • #3
      I think it is definately time to look for a new place to work. This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!!! You say the one groomer there was a vet for 15 yrs??? This sounds very fishy to me....time to look for new employment IMO.
      SheilaB from SC

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      • #4
        to me the shop sounds un-organized and it seems that they dont know how to handle dogs. Try looking for a new place. That sounds horrible! i would not work their. The dogs i groom must have all of their shots and i dont groom terribly agressivev dogs. I am selective of which dogs i groom.

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        • #5
          We had a cat at our animal hospital that was not feeling well and the vet was taking a look at him. Next thing you know, the cat TOTALLY nailed the vet. The owners were asked about Rabies vaccines, and they said the cat had never had them. The vet went to the doctor and the cat went to Heaven! Yes, the cat had to be euthanized due to lack of rabies vaccinations. State law. That might be a good reason to get them done.

          Tammy in Utah
          Groomers Helper Affiliate

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SpikeyTheYorkie View Post
            the cat went to Heaven! Yes, the cat had to be euthanized due to lack of rabies vaccinations. State law.
            Tammy in Utah
            Utah euthanizes anything that doesn't have a rabies vaccination? That sounds a bit drastic to me. I think a quaranteen is much more reasonable. Does that mean if a dog that is picked up by animal control will be euthanized because it doesn't have any info available on it?
            don't find yourself up a creek without a poodle.

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            • #7
              This is the protocal for TX

              If you bite someone with no history of vaccines you are put in a 10 day quartinee to observe for signs of rabies and then you are euthanized and brain tissue is sent away to be tested. If you have a vaccine history you get put in quartinee for 10 days and are then label as a dangerous dog.

              As Froggie25 I would quietly look for a new place of employment.
              Never gonna know if you never even try

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              • #8
                They should by law require rabies! Do they have a workmans comp plan in effect in case you get hurt? If not, you need to leave for your own protection.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SpikeyTheYorkie View Post
                  We had a cat at our animal hospital that was not feeling well and the vet was taking a look at him. Next thing you know, the cat TOTALLY nailed the vet. The owners were asked about Rabies vaccines, and they said the cat had never had them. The vet went to the doctor and the cat went to Heaven! Yes, the cat had to be euthanized due to lack of rabies vaccinations. State law. That might be a good reason to get them done.

                  Tammy in Utah
                  Aww, that's sad. Why don't more pet owning people just stop a minute and try to take the steps to avoid this stuff? Then it's the poor animal that often pays with its life.
                  Poor kitty.
                  Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
                  www.ChrisSertzel.com

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                  • #10
                    Be very careful with the ears. Just pouring water and shampoo into them is NOT good for the dog. As a matter of fact, plenty of my clients request cotton balls placed in the ears of their dogs while bathing because that added moisture makes them so prone to ear infections. Use your own judgment there Nothing is too GOOD for our babies, you know? Cutting corners is not acceptable! Find somewhere with some compassion for the species and their health!

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