Fitzgerald Place, Fermoy has welcomed the newly opened dog groomers, Barber d’Pets, run by Rebecca Baragry.
Rebecca, who now has over 10 years experience with dog grooming, told The Avondhu that it all began when she started a course in Animal Care in Mallow. She fell in love with the business and went on to run her own business from home.
With multiple courses, seminars and certificates to her name, dog groomer Rebecca has always wanted to open her own grooming salon, as separating her work life from her home life had become a challenge, so when the pandemic hit, she knew it was time.
“Going through the pandemic, I thought to myself, if I don’t do it now, I’m never going to do it, so I went and bit the bullet,” she said.
What most people might not know is that dog grooming isn’t just about looks, Rebecca’s job is much more than just cutting hair and for dog owners, getting your dog groomed every 6-8 weeks can mean avoiding a hefty veterinary bill.
“I go through their coat with a fine tooth comb, so if there’s any fleas, ticks, any lumps and bumps, or cuts, I can tell the owner and prevent further problems. If I spot something early on, you won’t have to go to a vet,” Rebecca said.
According to Rebecca, longhaired breeds such as Bichon Frise, Yorkshire Terriers and Schnauzers require a grooming every 6-8 weeks, especially if they aren’t regularly brushed at home.
Not grooming a dog regularly can lead to serious health issues, Rebecca says.
“If a dog does get badly matted, they’ll have to be shaved, because you can’t brush that out and it’s very sore on the dog, the hair eventually becomes like a felt and they can get hot spots, sores and rashes.
“Any long haired breed, they have hair growing in their ear canal and if you don’t keep that cleaned and trimmed, you’ll end up having to go to the vets with ear problems,” Rebecca added.
But if you feel like spoiling your dog, Barber d’Pets has some treats in stock too, such as a deep cleanse treatment and even a banana facial, all completely natural and chemical free.
“A lot of dogs, when they come in, they don’t like being groomed, but when they leave, they’re a bundle of energy,” Rebecca said.
Barber d’Pets also stock a range of dog accessories such as doggy shampoos and perfumes, leads, collars, bandanas, bows, bowls, toys and treats. It is also one of the few local stores stocking raw dog food for a healthy and nutritious dog diet.
“The nearest pet shop to here is Mitchelstown and then it’s either Midleton or Cork, here it’s just your day to day stuff for dogs,” Rebecca added.