By popular demand the Miracle Pet Makeover
Contest 2005 was held again for 2007. Here we are talking "extreme makeovers"
for pets in serious need of care. Our goal was to catalog stories of
groomers delivering "miracles" and getting them the
recognition they deserve.
In the case of miracle pet makeovers few pets have enough
coat remaining to show the styling ability of groomers. The joy and relief of a
is obvious, just look at the response of pets.
Groomers deliver a lot of heart. That's what
this contest continues was about.
It's OK if
you have to remove the coat. Don't stress the
pet simply to retain a coat for this contest.
If it needs to be clipped
off, do what is appropriate for the comfort,
safety and health of the pet. You will NOT be
poorly judged poorly for removing a coat. Further, this contest is for experienced
groomers who have the experience know-how to
properly and safely groom extreme condition
pets (see Notice below).
NOTICE: We stressed
that groomers should never risk the health and comfort of
pets by trying to save the coats requiring removal, or
any other procedure could involve risk. Some groomers groomed their
pets over 2 or 3
sessions for the comfort of the pets. These pets sometimes required veterinary medical clearance
before they were groomed, and even after. Many neglected pets can develop reactions, especially skin
reactions, after major coat removals and/or dematting. If the pet
needs medical attention, always find a way to arrange for vet care. We repeat, pets in extreme condition benefit from a medical
check and clearance before grooming, especially if you notice foul odors, signs of
discharge from sores or openings, swelling, cuts, bruises or
behavior that indicates illness. In our business we always got
veterinarian clearance in writing before grooming extreme condition
pets, and encouraged the owner to maintain the vet care after the
appointment. Some veterinarians prescribe medications that can
alleviate or mitigate skin reactions after major coat removals
and/or dematting. If you are unsure how to groom extreme
condition pets, please don't. Students should never groom pets in
these conditions without supervision of an experienced groomer.