BParenting a pet is like “committing to raising a toddler for 15 years,” says Pooja Advani, certified groomer, canine behaviorist, trainer and small animal hydrotherapist. An animal communicator and founder of Mumbai-based luxury pet wellness center Doggiie Dog World (DDW) this is a perfect summary of the roller coaster ride caring for a furry baby.
A lot has been written and spoken about the pure love you feel and receive as a pet parent, but the flip side is hardly ever addressed: changing your lifestyle to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care, the hard work that ensures that your pet is healthy, and the effort it takes to learn about their pet’s needs and wants.
Another aspect that is not addressed, most often, is the identification and selection of professionals who contribute to the well-being of your animal. “Choosing the right grooming facility and knowing how to identify a good boarding house for times when you need to travel without your pet are situations that pet parents often struggle to navigate,” Pooja explains.
If you agree with Pooja, then now is your struggle over. Scroll down for answers to any questions you have about pet grooming and pet care.
Pet grooming 101
“The first step is to understand that you will need to delegate for the sake of your pet,” says Pooja. “No one maybe loves your pet as much as you do, but it’s important to recognize that some things are best left to the professionals,” she adds.
Pooja points out that grooming pets with short coats is something that can be done at home, but pets with longer coats need professional care. The same goes for other aspects of pet grooming, such as nail trimming, ear cleaning, and other hygiene related processes. “Trained professionals are better informed and more sensitive to the needs of a pet. Needs that an untrained eye might not be able to identify, ”she explains.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a grooming facility for your pet:
- The most important thing to watch out for is the transparency of the installation with you. Ideally, you should be present when the animal first visits to see how the staff are taking care of the animal. If the establishment is afraid to let you in, it’s a red flag. “I won’t deny that some pets have a harder time being when their parents are around. But there are ways around it. At DDW, we have glass doors and CCTV cameras that allow parents of pets to see their pets being cared for without causing any inconvenience, ”Pooja explains.
- Determine if the establishment prioritizes the task at hand or the comfort of your pet. “A true professional will always put animal comfort at the forefront. At DDW, if the animal is overly anxious or seems stressed, we take several breaks or sometimes even perform an otherwise simple task over several visits. Simply put, if staff prioritize your pet’s comfort, they are more empathetic and will be more considerate of your pet, ”Pooja explains.
- Ask the right questions. Ask questions about staff qualifications, hygiene levels, and anything else you might want to know to feel confident about handing your pet over to the facility. “The establishment’s openness and receptivity to the questions you ask and the efficiency and transparency with which they answer your questions determine their professionalism. The more open they are to peace of mind, the more reliable and professional they will be, ”adds Pooja.
How to choose the right boarding house for your four-legged friend
Leaving your pet behind, when you have to travel, is hard enough, but the added stress of not knowing if they are well taken care of is not something a pet parent wants. to live. We asked Pooja to help us better choose the ideal boarding house for your pets.
According to Pooja, the first thing to do is visit the facility and inspect it. “When it comes to hygiene, the easiest way to assess the cleanliness of the establishment is to go to their kitchen,” she suggests.
It is imperative to ask the right questions. Here are some things you should inquire about when choosing a boarding school:
- Are staff well trained to handle emergencies? (Ask them how they’ve handled emergencies in the past, and maybe even ask them for references that you can contact to check).
- Are staff trained in first aid?
- Who are their emergency contacts? (Consult the list of veterinarians that they consult regularly).
- Ask to see the pension and note if the animals are kept individually or in groups. “Very anxious animals should always be allowed to board separately,” Pooja explains.
- What food are given to pets?
- What is the schedule they follow?
Once you’ve set the installation, Pooja recommends that you give it a try. “At DDW, we always encourage pet parents to send their pets to daycare multiple times. This way the animal can become familiar with the facility and the staff, and we can understand the needs of the animal, which helps us provide the best possible care, ”Pooja explains.
These tests help you to assess how your animal reacts to the installation. Coming home feeling normal or excited is a good sign. If they come home looking shy or depressed, ask them why.
Pooja also points out how making sure your pet has a good boarding experience is a two-way street. You must understand that the establishment has several pets to care for and that you have to be patient. Additionally, while the parent of the animal should expect the facility to be transparent, they should also be transparent with staff. “If your pet has behavioral or other issues, be honest about it. This helps the staff to provide the best possible care for your pet, ”she explains.
“The biggest red flag is if the facility stops responding to you or stops giving you regular animal updates,” she adds.
Visit the DDW website for a range of services from boarding, grooming, training and consultations to back therapy and hydrotherapy for animals. “At DDW, we do our best to create a home for pets,” concludes Pooja.
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