Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps in all circumstances to meet the welfare needs of their animals to the extent required by good practice.
1. Need for suitable environment.
Using the right size and shape of equipment, such as muzzles, restrains and tables. Secure and safe holding areas including noise, temperature and access control.
2. Need for a suitable diet.
Access to water all the time or at appropriate times, for example if the dog was too hot or stressed.
3. Need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns.
To provide enough space in holding areas or on tables for the dog to behave normally.
4. Need to be housed with, or apart, from other animals.
To be given appropriate company in handling, support and reward. Animals should be kept apart from other animals in a grooming salon unless otherwise agreed with the owner. Bloomingtails Grooming only groom on a 1:2:1 basis.
5. Need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Record cards are updated on every visit. First aid should be applied, accident book completed and owner notified if applicable.