Make Pet Grooming Essential in Illinois

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Governor Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order has a list that states what travel is allowable and what is considered essential tasks. It is quoted as saying:

“Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets)”

His order states that Veterinarians and Pet supply stores are essential businesses. I AGREE! This order does NOT, however, include Pet Groomers.

Below are excerpts from the ASPCA. If we pet owners and lovers don't band together to get this changed, the vets will be overwhelmed and people will be struggling to pay vet bills.

*Vet fees are much more expensive than grooming fees* YOUR SIGNATURE MATTERS!

Quoted from ASPCA article:

“Grooming is as important as bringing your pet to the vet for regular checkups,” says Lauren Lakritz, an Animal Care Technician in the ASPCA’s Animal Recovery Center (ARC) and a certified professional groomer. “It’s maintaining the well-being of your animal.”

Good groomers don’t just cut for beauty; they look for signs of trouble beneath the furry surface.

“A groomer may discover health issues before you know they exist, including cysts, bad skin conditions, and ear infections—all of which can hide under fur,” adds Lauren.

For example, matted hair can progress quickly from causing mild skin irritation to infecting wounds. Fleas and ticks can live relatively invisibly in a hair mat, and mats around the hind end can cause an accumulation of feces that sometimes impedes defecation. Severe hair mats can grow so tightly that they can restrict or cut off blood circulation, which can eventually require amputation.

“Simply put, animals, especially those with long hair, suffer when they aren’t maintained or regularly groomed,” says Lauren, who, along with her ARC colleagues, routinely bathes, grooms and cares for victims of cruelty and animal hoarding."

We can set up our shops to follow social distancing much more than big box hardware stores. We have one to two clients every couple of hours. And interactions with clients... especially regulars... can be very limited. Unlike humans, dogs can’t groom themselves. 

Help us keep our animals safe and healthy too!


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