Starting a Pet Grooming Service
- Price: £5.99
- Published: August 2016
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
A pet grooming service provides clipping and trimming, washing, flea treatment, nail cutting, teeth cleaning and coat conditioning for pet dogs and cats. Some also cut the nails of smaller pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Many pet grooming services supply grooming products such as dog shampoo and conditioner or tick and flea treatments, and provide microchipping services.
Pet grooming services are typically run from a home base or small salon premises. Some grooming services are operated on a mobile basis, sometimes using a specially adapted vehicle.
Currently pet grooming services in the UK are not regulated. However, following various incidents involving pets being seriously burnt by drying equipment while being groomed, the RSPCA has called for licensing of pet grooming services.
This profile provides information about starting up and running a pet grooming service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.