Salon Management

Inexpensive tub Rack Idea

I am always looking for ways to reuse and repurpose items in the my shop. Things that were not made for grooming but can be used for grooming. I found something recently I wanted to share with you.

Tub grates are important for groomers and especially those who use a recirculating washer. They are hard to find. Premade, plasti dipped metal ones that we used to be able to find easily are almost impossible to find anymore. When you DO find them they are pricey!

People are always looking for tub grates, asking on FaceBook groups and all the time about where I got mine, where can they find them. The company I bought mine from is not in business anymore, so I am not able to help them out!

There are people who have made their own, using kennel decking, or composite decking material, and those work well. Kennel Decking  I also know people who have used bread trays with a bath mat on top to raise dogs in the tub. All of this works great! But I keep thinking there has to be something out there that will work without having to be handy, or using a power tool which many people either don't have or cannot use. I may have found something now that will solve those issues!

Recently a client of mine was working a yard sale at a church and they had closed their daycare center. They had several toddler cots there for sale and she offered then to me. I took all I could afford, but I was planning on using them at home for my dogs to use as beds and the daycare dogs at work to have somewhere off the floor to sit, but as I was washing them off it occured to me that these would make AWESOME tub racks, at least for small to medium dogs. 







They are strong enough to hold up to 100 pounds (per manufacturer) and are easy to clean and disinfect. They are made out of PVC and Plastics that are amazingly strong. The mesh is the same mesh that is used in lawn chairs and the edges are heat sealed to prevent fraying. 

Water runs right through it while elevating the dog out of the water. This also works as a riser to raise small dogs to a better level for you to be able to reach without bending over. In fact, if you buy the ones with the round legs, you can add a length of PVC to it to raise it even higher if needed.

My UltraLIft tub is an exact fit for the smaller of the two sizes of cots. These are the type of cots that I was able to buy from my client: Toddler cot example     they come in several different sizes and are available from many differnet locations, including Amazon, so double check your tub size and the measurements on the cots before ordering. Replacement webbing is available in many cases from the manufacturers should something happen to the cot.

I am not sure how these would work for labs, goldens, and larger dogs in general as they are not neccesarily solid since it's webbing, but dogs up to a cocker spaniel would be safe and stable enough on them to make them work. 

When done washing dogs, simply stand them up to dry. You can even buy replacement webbing should a dog tear them or they stretch.

So, shop around, find the best price and try it out to see if this works for you. I have one for my tub! I am really happy with it, and for those who do smallish dogs I think its a fabulous idea!




Above is the weave close up.


4 full gallons of product. Notice MINIMAL sagging. That is aproximately 32 pounds.




Another view to show minimal sagging.


It is reccomended to bleach and disinfect these nightly to prevent mold and mildew and bacteria from growing, but we do that anyway with our tubs, don't we?



Stop the Heated Dryer Madness!

I get emails from people around the country quite often about their pets who have been injured, and I always try to assist them in whatever way I can. Sometimes it is a simple accident, like a quicked nail, or a small irritation and I can calm them down and help them feel like it was really not a big deal and they are happy when they fully understand the problem. 

Then there are the rare exceptions, thank goodness, that contact me because of a major, horrific accident, like I detailed in Chloe’s story .

One such person is Bailey’s mom.

I have reprinted her first email to me with her permission and her name withheld. She did give me approval to list her area of Canada. I was shocked to say the least and wanted to share this with all of you and maybe help educate someone in the dangers of heated dryers and in what to do if you suspect a burn. Bailey, below, was burned at the grooming shop by a heated cage dryer 2 weeks ago. She is still dealing with major medical complications. Here is her Mom's email. 

 Oh My Debi,

 I just was fwd'ed your story about poor Chloe's story at the groomer.  We have just experienced almost the same incident here in Prince George, BC , Canada.

 Our dog Bailey, a coc-a-poo, went to the groomers on Aug 24, 2010 when I picked her up at 2:15, the groomer told me that there was a little incident and that she got a small burn....when I looked at her stomach, the whole belly area and the inside of her legs were black and purple. The groomer stated that the dog had a poop in the kennel and as such was sitting at the front of the kennel, obviously too close to the dryer and got burned. The groomer stated that she was in the kennel for about 15 minutes and was alerted to her situation when Bailey was panting really hard. 

 When I picked her up, I noticed that her burn was already oozing in a couple of places, and luckily I proceeded directly to our vet, where she was put on antibiotics and a few days later on pain medication as well. She has not had to be hospitalized up to this point, but we as a family are providing a lot of care for her and really having to work at making sure she is fed and hydrated, as her drive to eat and drink is not there.

 I am attaching a few pictures. Do you know if there are Canadian journals, magazines etc that I can get in touch with to share my story so the word gets out there? Here in BC there does not seem to be any regulations around grooming facilities. I just do not want this to happen to another dog. The groomer that we dealt with refuses to look at the pictures, we have offered a few times and she has declined. She is not wanting to take responsibility and learn from this unfortunate incident. We are very, very upset with the situation and how the groomer is handling it.


(name removed)

Prince George, BC Canada

 I find it absolutely repugnant that a groomer who KNEW the dog was injured failed to seek medical attention for that dog. I really find it horrible that the dryer industry continuously ignores the problem and continues to make dryer that get hot enough to cause this damage. Follow up emails have stated the groomer will not look at the photos and admits no fault in the case. 

Remember the quote from above that reads: "The groomer stated that the dog had a poop in the kennel and as such was sitting at the front of the kennel, obviously too close to the dryer and got burned. The groomer stated that she was in the kennel for about 15 minutes and was alerted to her situation when Bailey was panting really hard". If the dog was indeed left with feces in the kennel it was not acceptable. If you have a dog have an accident clean it up! If the dog was indeed in the kennel for only 15 minutes then that dryer must have been extremely close and extremely HOT to do that kind of damage. 

If this happens in your shop, you are obligated to seek medical attention and to pay medical bills regarding the situation. PERIOD. If you are using heated dryers hanging on kennels, you need to be extremely careful in how hot they are, how long you leave them in place and what type of cage bottoms you have. I have said it before and it bears repeating. NEVER use them on metal pans!  Never use them in covered or solid sided cages, and never use them on high. Those things help make them safer. They are not, however, safe 100% in any case. there are several articles in this blog that discuss how to use them safely.

 Here are the pictures I have so far.



the picture above was taken immediately after she got home, and immediately after seeing the vet.

Immediatley after vet visit


Bailey 3

Bailey 6

In my opinion, this groomer is negligent and should be dealt with accordingly, if for no other reason that she failed to seek immediate medical attention for a condition that was noticeable at pick up. 

I feel the dryer companies are negligent in that they continue to make dryers capable of this type of injury despite numerous burns occuring every year.

We have to do something to stop this madness! Banning cage dryers is not an option nor do I think it is a good idea, but I do think that dryers with safety switches, mandatory ten minute timers, and heat regulators that prevent them from putting out that much heat in the first place are all valid ideas that the industry has so far ignored. 

How many more dogs have to suffer like Chloe and Bailey before this stops? Please do your part and make sure that IF you are using a heated cage dryer make sure you understand how it works and be safe about it! In my opinion, a cage dryer should have no heating element. I know not everyone agrees with me, but there is truly no reason for using a heated dryer on a dog in a cage. This is one of the things lacking in our industry. Safety controls on the manufacture of our equipment! Add to that we lack EDUCATION on how to use the equipment safely and correctly.

Until groomers start accepting responsibility for accidents and using equipment safely and in a way that makes sense, these types of accidents will continue to happen. Sadly there is no way to explain to a parent or a pet that is injured or one that has died as a result of groomer negligence, that nothing is being done to stop it from happening again. I am doing everything I can to spread the word. PLEASE spread the word yourself to everyone you know.