On May 7, 2020 the Maryland State Veterinary Board released further information about elective procedures and “non-essential” services:
Veterinary has been approved to resume elective and wellness procedures.
“The State of Maryland classifies routine pet grooming as non-essential, and therefore not permitted under the Governor’s Executive Orders. However, a groomer may perform services if the client obtains documentation from a veterinarian that grooming is necessary for the health and well-being of the animal. We ask that you use your best judgment in deciding whether or not grooming is medically necessary for a particular animal. Your decision may be based on the breed, the animal’s temperament, the length of time since the last grooming service, or other relevant factors.”
With this update, our veterinarians are now willing to see your pet’s to discuss if grooming is essential to your pet’s health. If it is deemed necessary, doctors will be able to write a letter of permission for pet’s to receive grooming services.