Dog grooming is an incredibly complex process that involves several aspects of a pet’s overall well-being. Because of this, there are lots of things that go into this task. And, consequently, there are a plethora of things that can go wrong. Unfortunately, injuries can occur, and even the best professionals can’t completely stop them from happening all the time. But by knowing what some of the most common dog grooming injuries are, you can identify areas where you can make your practice safer for your clients. Here are a few things to consider.
Knicks and Cuts
Cuts, scrapes, and knicks are some of the most prevalent forms of harm that can happen in a dog grooming parlor. This is simply because dogs can get restless and move around as you try to cut their fur, causing you to graze them accidentally. However, using the wrong shears for grooming can also contribute to these wounds since dull blades are less effective and require more force to cut fine strands. As such, choosing the right shears is your first crucial step toward safer appointments.
Hematomas are also common dog grooming injuries to be on the lookout for. These large blisters form when you suddenly relieve the pressure of severely matted fur. The blood rushes back into the area, and the spot where the knot once was starts to inflame and become irritated. Though the groomer can’t do anything to prevent or mitigate this, they can lessen the resulting pain by being gentle with the afflicted patches of skin.
Irritation and redness around the ears can be a regular occurrence as well. These areas are highly sensitive and tend to develop rashes from several different factors. Some of the most common causes are forceful hair plucking from this region, improper washing with soap, and pinching with certain tools. So, make sure you’re especially careful when working around a dog’s ears, as these injuries can be some of the most painful.
Broken or “Quicked” Nails
Make sure you aren’t letting your guard down when cutting a dog’s nails, either. Dog nails can be a bit deceiving because they contain nerves and muscles closer to the base of the paw. The more you cut off, the greater the risk that you’ll also cut this fleshy area, which is known as the quick. Cutting the quick can be very painful for a dog and will often cause substantial bleeding. To help prevent this, study the nails before cutting them and note where the pink quick lies.