To determine which personal protective equipment will best fit your grooming needs, consider each aspect of the process:
While some animal handling tasks may require leather gloves, high-quality disposable gloves are a better choice as dog groom gloves. Easy access to freshly dispensed exam gloves allows for frequent changing that ensures good hand hygiene for the groomer and prevents cross-contamination between pets.
Handling chemical-based products and the application of special medicated shampoos or ointments requires barrier protection like that offered by nitrile gloves such as the Tronex 9250 Series and the 12” extended cuff Tronex 9662 Series. Fit and comfort, along with chemical resistance, are important factors when choosing a frequent-use daily glove.
These nitrile styles feature heavy-duty protection along with excellent elasticity and a second-skin feel, making them ideal for tasks that require long wear and those that may result in scratches from pet nails. As small cuts and abrasions can sometimes occur, on both pets and groomers, the added benefit of cross-contamination protection from gloves of this quality is invaluable.
Gloves should also be worn when cleaning cages and grooming areas. Look for heavy duty gloves that offer a secure, comfortable fit like Tronex Multipurpose Flock-Lined Latex Gloves.
Comfortable protective apparel is of paramount importance. Pet grooming aprons, smocks and jackets are available in various fabrics and styles that resist pet hair and wash easily. Including disposable apparel, such as fluid impervious medical gowns that are perfect for covering up during splashy bathing and handy pull-on sleeve covers for extended arm protection, along with reusable dog grooming outfits is a great way to offer alternative options for staff.
In some circumstances, disposable face masks may be advisable. They can offer comfort and protection against an abundance of pet hair blowing into the nose or mouth during grooming, hair or dander triggering allergic reaction, or the inhalation of other airborne particles.
There are certainly many options to consider when choosing the right protective equipment and apparel for safe pet care. Above all, the products you choose should be of the highest quality that meets your budget and needs. Happy and safe grooming to all!