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    I was making the appt for Sat and discovered it was a stray they just got from Yuma,Az. A shi-Tzu. They have no shot records, of course and don't KNOW how the dog will respond. I told her to get shots and first check first then call me. I said if it did have rabies (which I seriously doubt) who would know if it had shots if I was bitten? My groomer friend thinks I am silly and paranoid, I think you would advise me I need proof of shots. Pet---- would require them. They also can't tell if she has been spayed, but I usually can. Someone lost a dog and her brother brought it to her. They aren't even trying to locate the owner! Yuma is a loooong way from Me. They are just keeping her!

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    You're not silly or paranoid. I require all dogs that come into my shop are up to date on their shots. If they don't give me a shot record, I directly call the vet. You wouldn't believe how many people try to BS about the rabies shot. If they aren't up to date, I tell them to get the shot and wait 10 days just like being quarantined since I don't know how their dog lives. Then I explain to them it's THE LAW. And also how they are playing russian roulette with their own lives.

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      No way do I take on something like that. No shots, no service! Plain and simple. Why should I have to go through a bunch of **** if I get bit because they were too lazy and cheap to take the dog to the vet. No way no how. If I can't work I don't get paid.
      If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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      • #4
        I agree w/you and Wolf,and if I know they have kids I mention that there children may be at risk as well as any dogs I may do after their dog and to rest assured that if the shoe was on the other foot that they can be comfortable in knowing that I care for the health of their pet just as much.So I advise getting the new dog checked over,shots and health cleared and give me a call back.Stray dogs look like **** most of the time and when turning a cliet down at first is a big dissapointment,but the correct wording can open there eyes and build respect for your services even before you have even met them! If not then I doubt you would really want them as a customer anyway and you have weeded out a client not worth the trouble anyway.To bad for the doggie for sure in that case.

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        • #5
          I agree with the others. Vet check, and vacs first for everyone's safety. Maybe the vet will check for a microchip too! "Stray" shih tzu?? Bet someone misses this dog. Don't think I'd want a client who wouldn't at least try to find the dog's owner and assure them that the little guy has a good new home.
          Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

          Groom on!!!

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          • #6
            Ditto to all of the above. No shots, no groom.

            It helps weed out a lot of little buggers, let me tell ya! If they're too cheap to do the shots, then that will tell you about their future grooming schedule.

            Tammy in Utah
            Groomers Helper Affiliate

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