Vanessa De Prophetis has been a pet sitter in Ontario, Canada for many years and started sharing insights about her profession on TikTok in April.
Her uploads range from grooming tips – start brushing from underfoot then move up – to advice on how to train a dog to be cage friendly and understand the relationship the breeder has share with pets.
De Prophetis said on a TikTok: “When you bring your dog to the same groom for many years, we create a bond with your dog. “We learn what they like and dislike, we know where every bumps and moles are, we notice changes in your dog, and can sometimes make life-saving discoveries. “
“I never thought about that before,”; replied one.
“We have patients at the clinic I work in, where the grocer noticed something the shop owner didn’t notice,” added another.
In addition to explaining that the relationship between a dog and a groomer goes much deeper than people realize, De Prophetis reveals that there is also a sad side to pet grooming.
According to her most viral TikTok, reaching over 2.5 million views, there is something like a “end of life” groom.
It usually happens one of two ways. The owner specifically asks it, understand how old their dog is; or the groomer finds that taking care of the dog has become too much work and must then tell the owner that this is it.
Both made people shed tears in the comments when they realized the dog shepherds had profound emotional aspects of their work.
“When you ask us to give your pet an end-of-life groom, we always say yes but we want to say no,” De Prophetis told TikTok. “[It’s] Not a spa day for your pet… it makes them physically tired. “
“I wish more people understood this,” commented one TikTok follower. “I had to do that and cried all the time. It was too much for them ”.
De Prophetis told BuzzFeed there are a lot of problems owners don’t think about when it comes to pets and the people selling their pets. One of the reliable things is that groomers know what they’re talking about when it comes to pet health – even if they’re not vets.
“Most people won’t seek the proper care I advise and will continue to bring their pets in for grooming,” she said. “If you cannot afford a vet, please don’t take pets. We are mentally tired of having to see your pet over and over again with worse health problems.
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