Stopping Groomers Lung and Different Respiratory Issues


Simply after we all thought that we would be capable of lastly put our masks away, grooming well being and security specialists are reminding us that we must always have at all times been carrying masks at work to stop Groomers Lung and different respiratory issues. Sporting masks is a crucial security observe that every one groomers ought to proceed to implement for the remainder of our careers each time we’re in an surroundings the place grooming is happening.

This isn’t new data. Educational textbooks for scholar groomers written a few years in the past, comparable to Introduction to the Foundations of Canine Grooming by Karla Addington-Smith, CMG, present images of groomers carrying masks, urging this vital primary security observe. This and different grooming textbooks courting again thirty years and extra have all inspired masking whereas grooming. As well as, grooming security educators talk about this frequently at commerce exhibits and in on-line academic seminars. So, fortunately, groomers have gotten extra conscious of the dangers of grooming unmasked. 


Groomers Lung is, sadly, a persistent situation, which implies it’s everlasting going ahead. The situation impacts our lung operate and will be very debilitating. Pet groomers are at excessive danger as a consequence of always inhaling tiny bits of hair, dander and different particles as we bathe, blow-dry, brush, comb and trim pets. Over time, this tough and harmful drawback can result in irritation and, in extreme circumstances, scar tissue. Some former groomers should even carry oxygen tanks with them wherever they go. It is among the most critical and debilitating unwanted side effects of a grooming profession, alongside broken listening to, joint and bone points, particularly in our palms, as we age.

Groomers Lung is attributable to inhaling particulate matter, or PM. America Federal Environmental Protections Company (EPA) web site describes it this fashion: “PM stands for particulate matter  (additionally known as particle air pollution):  the time period for a combination of strong particles and liquid droplets discovered within the air. Some particles, comparable to mud, dust, soot, or smoke, are giant or darkish sufficient to be seen with the bare eye. Others are so small they will solely be detected utilizing an electron microscope.” The particulate matter thrown off whereas grooming is usually that “invisible” sort—normally too small to be seen with the bare eye. 

Medical specialists warn that when we get Groomers Lung, it can seemingly have an effect on us for the remainder of our lives. Signs embody  persistent coughing, frequent chest ache and basic irritation of the airway. Groomers additionally endure from different lung-related points like bronchitis or pneumonia, and people with current respiratory points comparable to bronchial asthma, or those that are people who smoke or are uncovered to second-hand smoke, could also be at a fair increased danger. Our bronchial tubes, as soon as broken, can’t be repaired.

When groomers clip and brush a canine, tiny items of hair, clumps of fur and dander fly by way of the air. When this materials is launched into the air within the store—particularly if there is no such thing as a energetic air filtration system in place—groomers are going to inhale it. This hair, fur and dander will journey deep into the lungs and accumulate. Lungs are a useless finish; it’s simple for air and dirt to enter, however leaving could also be unimaginable. Human lungs usually are not able to processing or breaking down this airborne materials. 


Famed groomer, writer and educator Jodi Murphy has been very vocal about Groomers Lung ever since she was recognized with it. Courageously, she has spoken about this drawback for years. However till the pandemic hit, she couldn’t actually get folks interested by carrying masks whereas grooming. “However now that we’re used to carrying them,” she stated, “all groomers ought to actually proceed to put on them. Everybody thinks this won’t occur to them. I had at all times been a really wholesome, energetic particular person. Now I take care of this day by day, and it sucks—it’s the worst—and completely not value taking the danger.” 

Jodi believes that cell groomers (as she was for a few years) are much more prone due to the confined area they work in. And she or he warns that masks carrying is very vital throughout blow-drying. Canines’ pores and skin and coat shed off the biggest quantities of particulate matter whereas being blown dry.

Jodi Murphy went to Mt. Sinai Hospital for therapy, the place the Medical doctors instructed her, “Inhaling these particles is an irritant to your airways, inflicting a relentless cough. That’s the way it begins—coughing from the irritants. It’s the response of your lungs to the irritant. The bronchial tubes are broken by the persistent coughing, creating mucous. These result in lung infections and irritation. All you are able to do, for the remainder of your life, is to maintain your airways open, and several other instances a day skinny your mucous by utilizing a nebulizer with an albuterol and sodium chloride answer.” 

As we all know, pets can carry all kinds of germs on or inside them. When she was first recognized with Groomers Lung, Jodi reported that medical doctors discovered pseudomonas micro organism in her lungs—a really critical bacterial an infection. She was placed on a therapy which is normally reserved for cystic fibrosis sufferers. It took a full yr of therapy to get the bacterial complication out of her lungs. 

A useful resource article on DaySmartPet.com1 factors out extra advantages to defending our lungs by protecting our workspaces clear and grooming on a coloured floor that higher exhibits the hair, such because the pink mat I’ve on my desk. This fashion, you might be higher in a position to clear and take away all of the little hairs out of your workspace. Vacuuming is healthier than brushing it onto the ground, and you will need to keep masked throughout your clean-up instances, too!


Sporting a masks always while you’re grooming helps to stop this very critical situation, however the masks should be of a sort that filter out tiny particles of dander and hair. America Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA) web sites each suggest N95 masks that utterly cowl your mouth and nostril to filter out any risks from particulates within the air.

Full protection of the nostril and mouth is critically vital, as now we have all discovered throughout this making an attempt and historic pandemic now we have been dwelling by way of. Put on a brand new masks day by day, or wash reusable masks effectively between makes use of. Reusing a masks from the day past solely worsens your publicity to those tiny damaging particles as they may gather and construct up within the cloth as effectively. 

Plastic face shields usually are not enough as a result of they permit a lot of the air within the room to nonetheless attain your face and nostril. Industrial air scrubbers and air purification techniques assist to take care of wholesome air in your salon, however even with this tools, groomers ought to nonetheless at all times put on a masks.


Simply do not forget that there are an entire host of different professions that should masks up whereas at work—medical personnel, beauticians, estheticians, cosmetologists, nail technicians, coal miners, building staff, insulation installers and plenty of others are additionally at excessive danger of an infection and illness of the lungs from particulate matter. We’re not alone. We also needs to be happy with our dedication to one another on this very particular career, our service to the canines and our promise to care for our personal well being in order that we are able to reside longer, happier lives.

Should you haven’t been following this vital security observe as a profession groomer, now is a superb time to start out. In spite of everything, now we have all been enduring this mask-wearing factor for 2 years now—we’ve bought it down! ✂️


  1. Groomers Lung: 6 Tricks to Assist Groomers Keep Protected and Wholesome. (18, Jan, 2021). DaySmart Pet.

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, MA, ICMG, PGC, CCE

Jennifer is the proprietor of Love Fur Canines in Glencoe, Illinois, and was named Finest Groomer in Chicagoland by the Chicago Tribune in 2015. Jennifer is an award profitable educator and has been a Grasp Groomer since 1985. Jennifer is a retired schoolteacher who has dabbled within the canine present world for forty years, the place she discovered to groom. Jennifer based the Illinois Skilled Pet Groomers Affiliation and is a part of the management workforce for NAGA, the Nationwide Alliance of Grooming Associations. She is the writer of the acclaimed “Groomers Information To The 15 Coat Varieties” seminars, and a poster and guide of the identical identify. Her academically wealthy webinars will be discovered by visiting her web site at



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