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Pamper your pooch at Veterinary College spa

Staff Reporter

It will offer therapeutic treatment for pets at nominal rates

CHENNAI: It seemed a blissful morning for two-year-old dog Remo as tactful fingers rubbed a mildly scented shampoo all over his fur, and blew dry his coat, patting him lovingly off and on. Clippers, shears and brushes groomed the handsome German shepherd after which he was escorted to the fancy bathing tub, where he relaxed, relishing the soothing oat-meal-flavoured foam and stubbornly refusing to come out of the new-found paradise.

The spa at the Madras Veterinary College here, which was inaugurated by M. P. Nirmala, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, on Tuesday, aims to offer therapeutic treatment for pets at nominal rates.

Most dog parlours do not provide services to dogs with even mild skin allergies and many of the services are beyond our affordability levels, said S. Amutha, holding her ten-year old Pomeranian pup.

The hydrotherapy and the medicated bath unit at the hospital would not only benefit pet cats and dogs with skin disorders but will also provide appropriate medical treatment for prevention of skin problems.

Professional clipping, grooming and medicated bathing services will also be provided.

“The main purpose is to combine therapy with cleansing modalities and make it accessible to all sections of pet owners,” said B. Nagarajan, Professor, Clinic for Small Animals, Madras Veterinary College. The hospital, he added, received nearly 20,000 dermatology cases in small animals in a year.

At times like these, when pets roam freely in cluttered houses, hygiene has become very important, said J. P. Gurbaxani, proprietor, Petswill, who has donated equipment for the spa.

While the ozonated anti-microbial hydrotherapy would help the penetration of medicines into the deeper skin layers, the cleansing bath, Dr. Nagarajan said, will be an alternative to the systemic antibiotic therapy without detrimental affects. Pet owners should look out for symptoms in dogs that include frequent licking of the paw, discharges from the eye, hair loss above the lips and recurrent itching, he added.

The undercoat is often a breeding ground for ticks and fleas, said K. Ranjith, a pet groomer, moving the shears swiftly over Remo's fur.

“A dog has to trust you to let you take him to the table, but many do not like a lot of attention especially when they are being groomed,” he added, as Remo quivered and wobbled from the bath tub at cameras and people gazing at him.

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