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AUTUMN CRUZ / Bee file, 2011

Pet groomers like Rhonda King, who works in a Sacramento shop, would have won the right to brush pets' teeth under a bill that went nowhere.

California groomers rebuffed on pets' tooth care

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012 - 9:30 am

Legislation that would have allowed pet groomers to brush the teeth of dogs, cats and other pets died in the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Committee Tuesday without a single "aye" vote.

It was the latest skirmish in a decades-long political war between the groomers and veterinarians, who now have the exclusive legal right to brush teeth and perform other dental procedures on animals.

Proponents of Assembly Bill 2304, including its author, Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Solana Beach, said allowing groomers to do cosmetic brushing would encourage better dental care because of lower cost. But veterinarians contended that loosening the regulation could imperil pets.

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