There are a number of situations that would class as a worst nightmare for dog owners while grooming their dogs. Some would say a disastrous attempt at grooming where the animal looks like an outrageous catwalk model rather than a show dog. Others would say that it is injuring a pet with clippers or scissors and causing pain or bleeding. The latter is troubling, but can be avoided with careful practice on a well-designed, safe dog grooming table.
There are two key factors when it comes to safety with these tables. The first is the safety of the owner, the other is the safety of the animal.
The safety of the owner is important here because dog grooming relies on precise, sharp implements around potentially nervous dogs. Therefore, users need a secure table where they can use their tools and clippers in a comfortable manner. It is much easier to avoid strain and injury with a cordless clipper when the dog is at the right height. In addition to this, bringing the dog up to the right height with a mechanical table reduces the risk of back pain and other issues from bending down to difficult angles. The safety of the animal is vital when they are on these tables, so they can’t jump or slip off and cause themselves an injury. They need to feel calm and secure up there.
What to look for in a safe dog grooming table for your pet
There are two key features to look out for with these tables that should lessen the risks of injury to the animal. The first is the presence of a harness or loop to restrain the dog in the right place. These device loop around the dogs neck, like a collar and leash, so restrict movement without constraining them too much. The second is the use of a non-slip rubber surface for their paws. Any metallic table needs this layer or else the animal won’t have a good grip at all.
Of course the safety of both animal and owner is enhanced in dog grooming tables that have height adjustments – either manual or electric. This allows owner to raise the dog into position without picking them up and straining their backs. It also means that the dog doesn’t have to jump up onto the table and risk their joints. The smoother the process, and the larger the range of adjustment levels, the better the table.
Safety is as important as the finished look when it comes to dog grooming, so don’t compromise on these elements.
The worst case scenario for any dog owner is that the animal becomes distressed or injured during the grooming process. The best way to avoid this is to understand the risks involved, as mentioned above, and to find the best table with all of the necessary components to keep them secure. The best dog grooming tables for safety will have the materials and restraints mentioned, as well as a reliable mechanism and comfortable height for the owner. If there are clear issues with either feature – move on.