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Pune pets say yes to spas and fancy haircuts

 The new Aundh clinic was setup with the intention of being closer to the growing customer base in Aundh and Baner. It is a fully equipped clinic, where pets can be properly diagnosed using the latest equipment.

pune Updated: Jul 29, 2018 17:00 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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A vet at Crown Vet, Kalyaninagar, during a check-up.(HT Photo)

Pet parents in the city are leaving no stone unturned to ensure grooming for their pets. From pet spas to daily visits, the city isseeing a rise in the number of designed veterinary clinics.

Earlier this month, the city saw the launch of Pune’s second outlet of crown vet in Aundh.The new Aundh clinic was setup with the intention of being closer to the growing customer base in Aundh and Baner. It is a fully equipped clinic, where pets can be properly diagnosed using the latest equipment. Theappointment-based structure allows pet owners to spend sufficient time with their vet and also have all services done under one roof.

Grooming per se, is a cosmetically enhancing service. But the theme and concept of the places is far from cosmetic and has nothing to do with frills and fancies. It is a unique concept of using methods for supporting the natural coat change patterns in dogs. Due to change in the natural habitat and working conditions of dogs, the coat needs help with its natural shedding patterns.

Shona Bhobe, owner, Twix & Butch professional pet salon spa and boutique started her salon after she went through the ordeal of bathing her pets and realising the lack of grooming stations in the city. “It is quite a back-breaking procedure. Also, it puts you and your pet at risk, because there are chances of the foyer pet slipping, hitting faucets, and such incidents in the bathrooms. Hence, it is important to have a dedicated bath tub and professional setup,” said Bhobe.

Bhobe added that spas are picking up quickly in the city. “It depends on your pet’s breed and the length of their hair. We do stylised haircuts with bows and ribbons for Shitzus and Lhasa Apsos. It has really picked up big in Pune. We have people asking for similar styles that they have seen online or abroad.”

Dr Lochana Baney, veterinarian and professional dog groomer, Gordon - Just FUR Dogs, said, “Recognising the coat type of each dog and then working towards preserving and enhancing the skin and hair condition to its optimum is what we do.”

Pawsh in Pashan provides a fully equipped professional grooming salon, a full-size bathing tub and large fully air-conditioned styling area. They also specialise in innovative hair cutting, styling and hair colour.

Baney added, “For monsoon, we provide specialised haircuts to suit the coat of the pet. Also, Pawdicure, a gentle cleaning of the paws, is undertaken. Spas and massages are also a popular pick among pet parents. We use special brushes and anti-odour shampoos and stay away from oils and any artificial products.”

Dr Catherine Mackenzie, head vet, crown vet, Kalyaninagar points out that a yearly general health check to pick up diseases before they become an issue is a must for pets. She said, “We provide yearly vaccinations and advice on preventative health care, sterilisation; to prevent diseases associated with entire pets; dental care; scale and polish under GA; examination, and treatment for diseases animals and surgery; removal of masses, orthopaedic.”

Bhobe added,“It is expensive, however, it is something anybody can do. We have come across pet parents who have attempted to cut hair after watching online videos. They ended up hurting their pet. Grooming is a professional service which will not only help the pet look good, but will also keep him/her healthy and clean.”

Dos and don'ts while considering pet care?

Good nutrition

Vaccinations starting at eight weeks

Regular worming starting at two weeks of age

Weaning four to six weeks, but after keeping the pet with its mother for at least eight weeks

Regular monthly flea and tick control

Obedience training

Ongoing health checks and vaccinations

Nail clips

Microchip ear cleaning

Services

Spa and massage: Rs 1,000 onward

Grooming (hair cut, nail trimming and bath): Rs 1,000 - Rs 2,500

Pawdicure: Rs 300 onwards

Odour removal baths: Rs 500 onwards

Medicated bath Rs 900

Blood tests: Haematology Rs 650

Biochemistry: Rs 2,360

(All rates vary from breed and coat type)

First Published: Jul 29, 2018 16:44 IST