Grooming 101: The Essentials of Pet Grooming and Pet Grooming Services
Wed, April 21, 2021

Grooming 101: The Essentials of Pet Grooming and Pet Grooming Services


Most owners think that grooming is not a necessary part of their pet’s routine, said Liz Walden of Pet Secure, a pet insurer in Australia. They might think that regularly brushing their dog or a cat’s teeth is enough. But this is only a misconception. Frankly, your pets need to be groomed to ensure that they are clean and healthy. Grooming helps eliminate fleas, shedding, ticks, and mats and prevent health complications from developing.

Statistics On the Pet Grooming Industry

Jennifer Cheeseman Day and Joe Weinstein of Census Bureau, whose mission is to serve as the US’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy, found that the pet care service industry is a haven for small businesses, which might be appealing to gig workers. 84% of non-employers and 10% of businesses with fewer than five employees comprised the majority of businesses in the pet care services industry.

Of 211,000 pet care service workers, 47% were self-employed while 49% worked for companies with fewer than 50 employees. 42% of employer establishments in the pet care service industry provided pet grooming series while others offered pet boarding services (28%), pet sitting and dog walking services (11%), animal training services (excluding race animals (10%), and other pet care services, per the 2012 Economic Census.

Average annual sales, not including operating expenses, were the highest for other pet care services ($393,000) and animal training ($373,000) followed by pet boarding services ($328,000), pet grooming services ($258,000), and pet sitting and dog walking services ($236,000). From 2007 to 2017, sales of pet care services doubled to a total of $5.8 billion. Moreover, the number of people working in pet care services skyrocket from 2007 to 2017.

Except for those who are self-employed, the number of workers rose from 52,855 paid employees to 111,384, showing a 111% increase, as found by the County Business Patterns, an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. During the same period, the aforementioned figures exceeded other pet-affiliated businesses including pet and pet supply stores and veterinary establishments. It also exceeded the totals for all industry sectors (7%) and the US population growth (8%).



The Anatomy of Good Grooming: Why You Should Groom Your Pet

1.      Skin/Coat

Your pet might smell like flowers after bathing, but there is more to it than that, noted Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a non-profit supporting pet owners and animal welfare organizations. Your pet can pick up pollen, dust, and other pollutants outdoors. For example, ticks can latch onto your pet and end up in your house, causing allergic reactions in some pets, severe itching, and hair loss. If you have a hypersensitive pet, a flea bite or pollen can cause skin dermatitis and other secondary skin infections.

Knots in the fur can also develop if you do not regularly brush your pet’s fur, causing a painful pinching sensation on the skin. Your pet may also attempt to pull the knots with their teeth, damaging delicate tissues and leaving bald spots or sores. Bathe your fur baby regularly with a shampoo formulated for dogs or cats. Use lukewarm water and lather the shampoo into its coat with your hands or a soft cloth.

Take care when shampooing near your pet’s eyes. Scrub its undercarriage, the tops of their paws, and their tail. Rinse your pet thoroughly with lukewarm water and dry it off with a towel. Don’t forget to dry the insides of its ears, as a moist ear serves as a breeding ground for infections. Brush your pet’s damp hair if it has longer hair or if its hair tends to be unkempt. Once it is dry, give your pet another good brushing session to remove stray hairs. Brushing might have to be done every day or every week depending on your pet’s breed and the length of its hair to prevent knots and monitor shedding.

2.      Teeth

Pets also require regular teeth cleaning for at least once a year and following it up with daily brushing in between yearly visits. Dirty teeth promote the build up of tartar, including gingivitis and periodontal disease leading to abscesses. Tooth loss and organ damage may also occur due to dirty teeth. Use a toothpaste formulate for dogs or cats as human toothpaste contain toxic chemicals.

3.      Nails

Overgrown nails are painful and interfere with your pet’s ability to walk. Long nails can also snag or catch on fabric. They can break off at the quick, causing bleeding and immense pain. Overgrown nails can grow into the pads of your pet’s paw, leading to infection and arthritis. Trim your pet’s nails to the proper length. Your pet may not be enthusiastic about it but consider trimming its nails after a long walk or after a vigorous exercise when they are exhausted and relaxed.



Want Someone to Groom Your Pet? 3 Steps to Choose the Right Pet Groomer

1.      Ask Other People

Finding a dog or a cat groomer becomes easier when you ask for recommendations from your social circle, noted Jean Marie Bauhaus of Hill’s Pet, an American pet food company. You can also ask your veterinarian, your dog trainer, or other professionals for recommendations.  

2.      Check the Facilities and Services They Offer

What does the facility look like? The facility should be well-ventilated and clean, said Jan Reisen of AKC (American Kennel Club), a recognized and trusted expert in breed, health, and training information for dogs. The salon should have sturdy tables and tubs and pet-friendly products. Check and understand the services the salon offers, recommended Mindy Dinwiddie, owner of Classy Canine in Litchfield, Michigan.

She explained, “Groomers have the proper tools and knowledge for removing mats, trimming nails and cleaning ears. Professional groomers can make you aware of ear infections, tooth decay, and skin infections.”

3.      Know the Groomers’ Professional Experience

Some groomers learn on the job either through mentoring programs or apprenticeships. Others also attend at a pet grooming school. Assess the groomers’ experience, knowledge, and training. Khris Berry, co-founder of See Spot Grooming & Daycare and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, commented that most professional groomers are investing time and money to participate in enrichment programs on a voluntary basis. This is a sign that the groomer is trying to improve their skills and enhance their clients’ experience.  



Grooming prevents health issues from arising and should not be neglected by owners. Owners can take their pet to a grooming service, but they have to ensure that the facility is clean. They can also interview prospective groomers about their experience. Prices should also be considered when choosing a pet grooming service.