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Old 03-06-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I have a large wirehaired mixed breed dog. During the summer i bathe him myself, clean and brush everything (except nails). When it's cold, I have it done professionally.

When I've had him groomed (bath, brush, ears, nails) by a groomer, I've always left a tip for the groomer.

I have just started using my vet's office to do this service. Tomorrow will be his 2nd time there for a groom. No veterinary care, simply the bathing/nails/ears thing.

Should I leave a tip? If I had his nails clipped or ears cleaned during a vet visit I certainly wouldn't tip. Since the groomer is part of the Vet's staff, do I tip her or not? When I made the appointments for grooming I had to speak directly to the groomer, so maybe she's independent?

What would you do?
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I would tip the groomer and the tip amount would be in direct proportion to the quality of the work performed.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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My vet has an independent groomer who works at his office. There is a tip jar for her on the counter so I guess it's expected to tip.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:39 AM
 
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A tip is something you choose to give a worker for good work. No one says you must leave a tip. Any groomer working at a Vets office is either paying a rental fee for the space, or splitting their fees with the office.

So a tip is nice... if you feel they have given you good service. I'm positive it will be appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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I wondered this too recently. I always tip groomers. Lately I've been having the vet's office trim his nails since the groomers can't do it well. This was always associated with a vet appoint until the last time when I made an appointment just for a trimming. Since the nail-trimmer greeted and returned the basset, I felt after-the-fact that I should have tipped him.
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:27 PM
 
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When I had them done at the vet, the vet tech did them so I did not leave a tip.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Groomers typically work strickly on commission based pay (as others have stated) so it is a very nice gesture to tip assuming you were satisfied with the service. The rest of the veterinary support staff (techs, kennel ect) work for hourly wages or salery so tipping isn't indicated or in any way expected.
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