My client forms are printed on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper, then put into a notebook. The top I fill out with name, address, phone numbers, breed, medical issues, etc. Below that is a short, simple release and a place for them to sign and date under it. Under the release is lined for me to fill in date of grooming, what was done, and charges. I fill out the top, we discuss the dog and the trim, then while I take the dog and talk to him, feel his coat, etc, I give them the paper to read and sign. It's just standard operating procedure and not directly targeting them and their dog. Do they all read it? No. But they do sign it so at least I can say that they were made aware. I get to know a lot about a person by how they react to it. I've had 3 or 4 really hesitate and I know then that there may be an issue with the grooming, usually it's in the dog's temperament. I have never had it looked over by an attorney and I have no idea how it would hold up if needed. I do know that it at least opens up the line of communication and brings up important topics to discuss.
The special releases I've just done, were again more to open the lines of communication than to just make sure I am not blamed for anything. Often times people have no idea how a grooming is done or the steps to go about it. It's not as simple as just saying not to cut the dog when she licks the clippers. I feel they needed to know that while I will do everything possible to avoid it, IF the dog actually makes contact with the clipper, she WILL get cut. IF the dog with the bad stifle, decides to jerk her leg while I am holding it out to do the pads, she WILL be sore. It's not something I did to them because I was careless.
The skin under a severely tangled or matted coat can become/will be very irritated and sensitive. Under the matting your animal's skin is usually red, swollen, cracked, and dangerous to groom. There are higher chances of nicking or cutting the skin during dematting and/or clipping.
In the event that your pet is nicked or cut, your signature below authorizes Professional Pet Grooming to obtain veterinary care at your expense. Professional Pet Grooming will not be held responsible for a grooming injury to pets with matted coats. This also includes any after-grooming effects of matt clipping procedures, which could include, but are not limited to the following: itchiness, skin redness or self inflicted irritations/abrasions from excessive external rubbing.
I understand it is my legal responsibility to disclose, to the best of my knowledge if my pet has bitten, or attempted to bite, anyone in the past . I also understand that I, as the owner, will take full responsibility for all medical costs, as well as recovery costs, including physical therapy and lost wages should my pet ever injure anyone while on the premises.