Call it pet concern. While the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is still in two minds over the waiver of dog tax in its budget estimate for 2009-10, pet owners are going all out to see that there pooches remain fit and fine all the time. From yoga instructors and salons to steroid injections, appetite boosters, hair fall tonics, tick treatment sessions, Dilliwallas are taking nothing for granted when it comes to the fitness of their favourite animals.
“Treadmill sessions are the new fad for dogs. At my grooming shop, I get at least 10-12 dogs every week for an hour-long session which costs Rs 200,” says Karan Mahendru of Pet Point. “A lot of pet owners also come to us asking for exotic items such as tea-tree oil, whey protein, wheat-germ based supplements, calcium and multi-vitamin tablets, steroid injections, appetite boosters and hair fall tonics,” he adds.
“I make it a point that I give my dog multi-vitamin and calcium tablets on time. I also regularly take my dog to a vet and follow the fitness routine he frames for him. He is like family member after all,” says Ritu Pant, who owns a labrador.
“Treadmills for dogs are a new item on the wish list. But its high cost (Rs 1,50,000-3,50,000) right now limits its sale only to pet salons,” says Chandigarh-based pet fitness expert Rajat Handa, who is soon planning to bring the machine to Delhi. “Dumbles, frisbees and chasers have made their way into dogs’ exercise routines, along with mood enhancer tablets,” says Mohan Kadam of Windsor Pet Shop.
DU student Karan Gandhi, who has a Labrador says his ensures his dog never misses his exercise routine and gets his regular hair fall treatment. “You’ve got keep them well if you have them,” he says. “We get 7 to 8 dogs daily for de-worming, hair fall and tick treatment,” says Nitin Chawla, of Sicons - The Pet Safari. “Sale of multi-vitamins is also high along with products to keep dogs in shape,” he adds.