Hairy PutterHairy Putter Vets Chaggar and Kamal Deep give a ‘complete look’ to one of their muchpampered clientsBeauty salons are clearly going to the dogs. Doctors R.S. Chaggar and his sister Kamal Deep of Dr Chaggars Dogs and Cats Clinic supplement their practice by grooming pets.Not just with plain vanilla,Hairy PutterHairy Putter Vets Chaggar and Kamal Deep give a ‘complete look’ to one of their muchpampered clientsBeauty salons are clearly going to the dogs. Doctors R.S. Chaggar and his sister Kamal Deep of Dr Chaggars Dogs and Cats Clinic supplement their practice by grooming pets.Not just with plain vanilla services like nail clipping and ear cleaning; those any dogged animal-lover can provide. Instead, the Chaggars offer deep conditioning oil massages, shampoos, hair styling and petticures. Yup, animals are no longer the underdogs when it comes to beauty treatment.”We like to pamper our clients,” says Chaggar. And he has the equipment to back his words- a tub to shampoo the dogs in, cutting-edge shears with different sized blades and hair rollers for dogs (or owners) who don’t like dire straights.At their clinic in the S.D.A. Shopping Centre, the pampering process begins with an olive oil massage. Guaranteed to make every animal feel petted, it also adds lustre to the coat. This is followed by an anti-tic shampoo and a blow dry. And then the creative bit starts, as owners pick the look they want for their pets. There are two options here: owners can either describe the cut they fancy or choose from the clinic’s style books. One thing is clear: The shag is out, as is the hangdog look. Scissors as well as shears are used for the cropping.”The blades are contingent on whether the coat is silky or matt,” explains Chaggar. Dogs with more fur, like cocker spaniels and Yorkshire terriers, have the option of sporting curly hair, prettified with ribbons. The final touch: the petticure. Clipping and buffing is passe; blue and pink nail polish is the new way to go.”Forget the cosmetic value, it’s great for the dogs’ hygiene too,” says Chaggar. He and his sister have learnt their skills from their father, Dr J.S. Jagat, who offered grooming as part of his veterinary services even 30 years ago.Though he has five trained helpers, Chaggar likes to handle special jobs himself. Like when a Japanese gent wanted his poodle to go orange. The vet did it with non-toxic Korean colours. Another time, he was asked to give a pug a haircut.advertisement”If you’ve seen a pug you’ll know that’s impossible. So we just shaved him,” he says laughing. The vet has even provided a client with a gold tooth. “We had to get a dentist across for that one. But we did it,” he says.A dog’s life sure isn’t what it used to be.
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