Are dog groomers open?

REGULAR visits to a professional dog grooming salon are a "fundamental part of a pet’s routine care and wellbeing", says advice.

Apart from keeping your pooch's coat clean and free from knots and matts, groomers also check for fleas or ticks.

Are dog groomers open?

During England's third national coronavirus lockdown, the government has allowed dog groomers to continue their services.

But, its advice stipulates that "animal groomers may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes".

The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) says it "considers that professional pet grooming is essential for a pet’s health and welfare and provides many health benefits which may not be immediately obvious.

"It is not undertaken for aesthetic purposes, which the dictionary defines as 'concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty'."

It adds: "Regular visits to a professional salon are a fundamental part of a pet’s routine care and wellbeing.

"It helps keep the coat clean and free from knots and matts, and in so doing help prevent more serious welfare issues building up."

Regular grooming helps to keep dogs' coats clean and manageable:

  • Unremoved hair from when a pet moults can form matts which can cause discomfort and skin complaints
  • Pet groomers can do a quick health check and spot any unusual lumps or bumps which can then be referred for veterinary investigation
  • They can also look for fleas or ticks, inspect their teeth, eyes and ears and make sure that claws aren’t overgrown
  • Pet grooming promotes good blood circulation, keeping grease levels down which can block pores and cause cysts

PIF considers aesthetic purposes to be services such as creative grooming, facials, nail painting, and hair-dyeing.

These activities should not be undertaken during a lockdown, it adds.

Are vets open?

Vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals are open during England's current lockdown, says the government.

The British Veterinary Association says that practices can remain open but it's been agreed that "vets should only undertake work and see patients in-person for essential animal health and welfare reasons or to maintain the food chain".

To keep Covid-secure, practices are maintaining social distancing.

For example, Village Vet St Albans (Caytons) is working in smaller teams to reduce the spread of Covid.

When pet owners arrive at the practice, they must phone the reception from outside to alert staff who – depending on the pet and type of appointment – collect the animal, and take it inside to the vets.

As payment at reception is not possible, this is done via remote payment links or over the phone.


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