Dog Dies at Groomers from Heat Exhaustion
This is not the first time a story has been sent to me regarding the lack of care and responsibility at a “pet grooming center”.
I am going to post the actual letter that I received, as I cannot state it better
Read and Share, this could be your dog and it is time to do something about this.
A week ago, we lost our beloved 17-year-old dog to a very negligent groomer.
We took our dog, Curly, in to be groomed around 11:30 in the morning.
By late day, around 5 p.m. with no word from the groomer, we decided to check on the status.
We walked into the location in hopes that Curly was ready to come home and the first words we were told was that our dog had died.
You can only imagine!
They blamed the death on stress and his old age.
When we went in to see our Curly he was in a small cage lying down from corner to corner, nose to tail. We reached in to pet him and noticed that his body temperature was really warm, hot actually and noticed some discoloration around his belly.
We asked the groomer how long ago they found that Curly had passed and were told that they just found him prior to our arrival.
We were confused, concerned let alone emotional about this horrific news.
We took Curly to our Pet Medical Center immediately approximately 45 minutes from the time we took his sweet body from the groomer.
We explained what had just taken place, that he died at the groomers and made note about his high body temperature and could they do a necropsy.
Upon examination, we were informed that Curlys body temperature was greater than 109.5 even an hour after we took him and the discolorations on his belly were DIC spots, which are evidence of extreme stress most likely heat related; the discolorations are a form of bruising caused when the blood cannot clot normally. It is apparently common with heat stroke.
Basically this news confirmed that Curly did die of a heatstroke.
We went back to the hospital the next day, our goal was to make sure everything we had discussed was confirmed and documented in his file.
In our discussion we were told that many groomers will put the animal in a small cage after they are bathed then put a hanging blow dryer on the cage to dry the animals.
This was consistent with the groomer's statement about how the side of Curlys cage was hot and why Curly was in a small cage when we found him. The vet tech said they have seen this before but never a temperature to this extreme and that basically he was cooked to death.
No dog, dead or alive temperatures should ever be greater than 109.5.
We want to get word out to animal lovers and owners out there that they should be aware of this possibly deadly practice by groomers.
When taking pets to get groomed, they should stress that they want the pets to be toweled dry only and NEVER with hot air dryers.
We understand how painful and difficult it can be to have a beloved family member die of such an unnecessary tragic death. Its heart breaking to think about what Curly may have gone through. We rescued him when he was seven years old and it is devastating to think that he was so mistreated again and basically murdered. This practice need to STOP!!
We have since learned that there are no license or regulation requirements for pet groomers.
In our case, we later learned that the groomer was a fill-in for the day at the store. We looked her name up on the internet and noticed that she normally works at a bakery and nowhere on her profile does it mention anything about her being a groomer.
There are no laws requiring groomers to be experienced.
We understand that there was legislation proposed back in 2012 for licensing groomers but was shot down. It would be great to be able to revive this proposal again so we can bring some comfort to pet owners that they can trust the groomers whom are handling their pets. I'm looking for help in any way to be able to do this.
I'm hoping you can help me with some suggestions. I want to spread the important message now and possibly eventually get regulation in place. "
So sorry for your tragic loss
The photo of the dog, is not the dog involved in this story
This instance was in Los Angeles, CA