A pet chihuahua's nails have allegedly been clipped down to the bone by a professional dog groomer, leaving the owner with a $1000 vet bill.
Sue Bishop took her dog Cocco into a groomer in Brisbane last week when the alleged incident happened.
"I really believe this groomer didn't know what they were doing," Ms Bishop told 9News.
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"I thought, 'they've cut her toe off'.
"There was just nothing there, it was completely gone."
Ms Bishop is calling for more transparency in the pet industry, with anyone in Australia able to call themselves a dog groomer without formal training.
"If people are learning or training, you need to declare it when you hand your animal love," she said.
Michael Beatty from RSPCA said the industry should be providing a better service.
"You'd hope that common sense and diligence would actually regulate the pet grooming industry without the need for government to step in," he said.
Cocco's foot has now healed, but Ms Bishop says she is left with close to a $1000 vet bill.
Pet owners are advised to ask questions about training and experience before booking their animal in to a groomer.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/dog-groomer-cut-chihuahua-nail-to-the-bone-owner-claims/1d16ca01-331e-4618-93e8-175360c2dda0