The Pet Industry Association of Australia has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that onsite dog grooming services can reopen from 28 September.
“This is great news for four-legged members of Melbourne families that have been denied expert grooming care under the stage 4 lockdown, and until this announcement were unlikely to receive it until at least the end of October,” PIAA national president Barry Codling said.
“Dog grooming is not about creating Instagram pets. It’s essential to the good health and wellbeing of the animal, and DIY grooming can pose real risks of injury if not carried out carefully and expertly.
“The Government’s decision to permit onsite grooming services to reopen much earlier than expected will allow owners to take their dogs to professionals who not only clip claws and trim hair, but check for parasites and skin problems,” Codling added.
While the PIAA welcomes Saturday’s announcement, it believes reopening more pet care services could happen safely with minimal COVID-19 risk.
“Provided mobile grooming services are conducted with no direct contact with the human client, and businesses have an approved COVID-safe plan, they can help the pets of people and families who cannot easily bring their dogs onsite,” Codling said.
“This includes the frail elderly, people with disabilities and people who have no private transport or restricted mobility.”
The PIAA is seeking urgent discussions with the Victorian Government about reopening mobile grooming services, as well as animal walking, boarding and training services which also play a valuable role in the welfare of Melbourne’s pets and their owners.
“As long as all necessary COVID-19 precautions are practised, there is no reason why wider pet care services can’t also be provided from 20 September,” Codling said.