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Groom your dog also

WANNA GIVE your dog a body massage followed by a medicated bath? How about cleaning your Dalmatian?s ears? Or giving your pet a fitness dose? It would be best to call a professional.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 01:06 IST

WANNA GIVE your dog a body massage followed by a medicated bath? How about cleaning your Dalmatian’s ears? Or giving your pet a fitness dose? It would be best to call a professional.

Prakash Varma who runs a mobile ‘Dogs Beauty Parlour’ at Shahpura says: “I personally go for the ‘beautification’ of my dog clients as and when I am called.” Varma started this business a year back after having trained dogs for more than eleven years. “On an average I make 6-7 visits per day.”

Haircutting, shampoo and nail-cutting costs Rs 20, ear cleaning Rs 30, shampoo/bath costs Rs 50 while medicated bath costs Rs 75. Cost of haircutting varies with the size of the dog.

Besides grooming, Varma also has boarding facilities for dogs. This costs Rs 50 for small breeds and Rs 100 for the bigger species. The price is inclusive of food.  So it is not just you who needs a facial and body toning. Your puppy also demands the same.

Tips for grooming a dog
1 Once a week give your dog a bath with a dog shampoo

2 Ten minutes’ combing is essential once a week to prevent formation of hair lumps.

3 Sprinkle deodorant powder twice a week

4 Apply dental paste 2-3 times a week. This is available at any pet shop

5 Cut your dog’s nail once in two months

6 Haircutting should be done once in three months.

7 Ears should be cleaned once in 15 days to prevent wax deposition.

8 Take them for a morning walk for at least 20 minutes.

9 Special exercises should be given to old dogs

10 Readymade dog food is considered to be a good alternative.

Dog accessories are available at
1 Moolchand Medical, New Market

2 Pharma Medico, Ravishankar Market

3 Sai Nath Medical Store, Jehangirabad