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Let the sun shine on your little sunshine

The mercury is rising and we are ready to welcome summer. This means more care and love for your pooch!

Keep your pet well-groomed in all seasons. Grooming is not a vanity but an essential to keep them healthy and happy!

Many breeds shed their winter coat during these months. Everyday brushing helps in removing all the dead/old fur and thereby keeping your relatively cooler. It also keeps them clean and tidy! Regular brushing keeps them from developing mats/tangles too.

Double coated breeds – double the happiness, but double the responsibility

Priya Narasimhan

Priya Narasimhan

Some breeds like St Bernards, Siberian Huskies, Newfoundlands, etc. tend to have two layers of coat—top coat and soft undercoat. These breeds shed the most in summer as their coats adjust for the new weather.

No shaving please!

People often tend to completely shave off the coat of these breeds because of the excessive shedding and also believe that this would help in keeping them cooler. Shaving off your pet’s top coat exposes them to sunlight, hence causing heat damage.

While double coats help in keeping these breeds warm in winter, it also helps in protecting their skin from the harmful UV ray in summer. So say ‘no’ to shaving. Instead, get them a proper trim! For that you can go to a professional groomer.

Splash away those woes and worries!

If your pet enjoys a good swim during summer, be extra cautious about his ears. Clean his ears regularly, especially after swimming to make sure no water goes into the ear canal.

Summer brings back the terror of ticks

Watch out for ticks and fleas in this season, as ticks tend to survive and multiply really fast in the warm and moist climate. Regular grooming and combing helps a lot! Keep an eye on tick borne infections and diseases, especially in this season.

Small changes to beat the heat!

• Don’t forget to provide your pet access to clean water at all times.
• Keep their walk timings to early morning and late evenings in peak summers.
• Check their paws post every walk.
Have fun of the outdoors – picnics and car rides, but be careful that the rising temperature can cause rising problems for your pet! So, time to bring the pet parents shield up.
(Priya Narasimhan is a pet groomer, a stylist and founder of Wizard of Paws Pet Grooming Salon and Spa, HSR Layout, Bengaluru)

The Quest for Happiness –The K9 Way!

A home filled with wagging tails, paw prints and slobbery kisses is a happy place! If you want to know the true meaning of unconditional love and unmatched happiness, then you need to ask a pet parent or be one! 

Vinita Seth & Astro

Aren’t we all searching for the elusive, ‘Happiness’, with each action of ours directed towards embracing it? How often do we get undiluted happiness or even come close to it? When are we in that space of experiencing unconditional love and adulation? It is this quest for happiness that remains a constant on the journey with every person resorting to various tools and techniques best suited to their temperaments to discover it.

But how many of us do really find happiness? There is, however, a special section of people who have undoubtedly, experienced pure joy, and those fortunate ones are the dog lovers who enjoy pet parenting their pets and in return are showered with the ‘happiness blessing’ by their beloved pooches.

Home & Heart – both ruled by your poocha

The adage ‘Dogs are man’s best friend’ is truer than ever. A best friend loves, comforts, is fun to be with, and above all is completely non-judgmental and your pets are all that and so much more. They are home and heart, a cosy warm fireplace to sit by, soaking up all the sadness and pain. Their adoring eyes are like delicious hot chocolate on a cold dark winter night. Are you still wondering what is that makes them best of friends?

A dog delights and loves, brightening up any home with its aura and vibe.Just having a dog resting beside you eases out the tension, evens out the breathing leading to a myriad of health benefits. To be greeted early morning with a soft head resting on the knee looking up with puppy eyes is a perfect happy start to a day. Dogs and puppies just know how to liven up and energise a space with so much cheer that there is hardly any room left for despondency.

The best therapist has fur & four legs

In today’s challenging times the need for guidance and counselling is on the rise and a proven and effective therapy suggested by mental health professionals worldwide is pet therapy. Many studies have proven that a pet is beneficial to human’s emotional, physical, and mental well being. Dogs are the best therapists for people dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, communication challenges, emotional issues, and posttraumatic stress disorder. These furry therapists have an innate ability to read emotions, understand body language, and are the best listeners.

It is almost as if they sense the emotions and accordingly prescribe the treatment. The treatment may require the pet to be demanding and mischievous if the patient happens to be dull, sad, and gloomy or they may just cuddle up, lick and stay close to the patient if they sense loneliness, low selfesteem, and unworthiness. They know, ’one size doesn’t fit all’ and interact according to individual requirements. It is not uncommon for the pet to shut the laptop or paw the mobile phone if as per them too much time is being spent on these devices! They are by nature social and inclusive, and it is this trait which enhances communication, interaction and bonding between pets and their family.

The service that pets render to humans in the amount of positivity and security they furry angels healing us and giving us unconditional love.

Streng th, cou rage a nd love a re prerequisites for a high happiness quotient. Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu truly said, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” In English novelist George Eliot’s words, “We long for affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.” It is this uncritical canine attachment that energises, enriches and enhances the quality of life, boosting the happiness quotient.

Truly said that finding happiness in small joys is the way to be! So, take your happiness quotient a notch higher – cuddle up with your pet, go for a relaxing walk, or just sit together in your balcony or garden and watch a beautiful sunset.

Wiggles.in and PPAM step up their commitment towards pets and community animals

Joining Hands—an initiative, powered by Wiggles.in in collaboration with Pet Practitioners Association of Mumbai (PPAM)—was held on 27th March 2022 in Mumbai. The initiative encourages open dialogue between vets to work towards the betterment of pets and community animals and exchange knowledge while growing hand-in-hand together. Dr Dhananjay Bapat, President, PPAM, said, “We always want quality products that are made in India. Wiggles’ products are unique and superb while their pharma range is economical and effective. Anushka Iyer, Founder and CEO at Wiggles.in mentioned that solving problems and addressing the needs of pets and pet parents has always been a priority for them at Wiggles.

 

 

Heroics of Homeopathy in Pets!

Homeopathy is not a new phenomenon in the treatment of animals. Yet its acceptance is slow! But things are changing and a lot of vets are making homeopathy a part of their treatment.

Way back in the 18th century the founder and father of homeopathy D Samuel Hahnemann had tried homeopathic remedies for animals. The first veterinarian to use homeopathy again in the same century was Wilhelm Lux and literature shows the enormous success of the science since then. Most vets dabble in homeopathy in India but the last decade has seen a scientific approach in the field with Kerala Veterinary College offering a PG Certification Course in Veterinary Homeopathy for vets. Since then, many vets have undertaken the course, understood its principles, and worked wonders with pets, farm animals, and wild animals. I too recently finished my course here and have since been practicing homeopathy.

Dr Gautam Unny

Positive perspective to homeopathy

One needs a very open mind to understand what is homeopathy all about? It works on energies and is in a crude manner something like nanotechnology. The most powerful homeopathic drug is the most dilute version! In fact, dilutions below 120C (form of dilution) have no material molecule (physical presence within the solution) of the drug.

Yet the finest qualities of the medicine are seen as it gets more dilute. It hence works on the principal that water has memory and as we continue the dilution process, it continues to have the energies of the original drug. Some feel that this is the biggest drawback homeopathy has, yet they have no problem accepting nanotechnology.

The second point of interest is that the homeopath rarely cares about germs or diseases per se. He believes that the soul or vital force or the energy in the animal gets deranged. When this happens, the patient falls ill. That means to cure the patient the vital force or energy in him must be strengthened. So, it’s not the disease that is targeted but the symptoms the animal exhibits that are then matched and treated. The first tenet of homeopathy is the concept is ‘similia similibus curantus’ or like cure like.

The father of homeopathy has envisaged that the symptoms that a drug (mineral, plant, animal, poison or even diseased animal tissues) produce in a healthy individual will cure symptoms similar in a disease. He first saw that chincona the bark of a tree produced symptoms exactly similar to malaria in a healthy individual. He then postulated that chincona could be used to treat malaria by testing it on himself. Such was his genius that he used products such as the venom of the most poisonous snakes and spiders, toxic minerals or plants, and has given some of the finest homeopathic remedies. Hence, if the symptoms of disease match the symptoms a drug can produce, we will have a perfect remedy!

Making treatment simple, one step at a time!

The best homeopath would rather die before giving two remedies together. He follows the rule of simplex that states that only one remedy can be given at one time. That is particularly true in humans who can state their symptoms well. Homeopaths rely on both mental and physical symptoms with emphasis on the former. That unfortunately is the biggest drawback for vets as we cannot know what exactly our patients are feeling.

We could at best judge the symptoms. The symptoms are either subjective when the patient tells his physician what he feels. Or they could be objective where the physician judges what patient has. The mental subjective have the highest place among symptoms for the homeopath. What the patient feels, craves for, desires, has an aversion to etc. play a vital role in selection of a remedy. When I see a good mental symptom in a pet I feel almost assured that the case will have a favorable prognosis.

Opening the world to a new science

What homeopathy did for me was to open my eyes to an entire new science. After almost two and a half decades of active allopathic practice I found something was lacking. I still believe that my science is the best for surgery but there are limitations for some cases.

Let me give you an example where I have met with great success in my practice. For epilepsy in our science, we have a one size fits all approach, just use anti-epileptics. But in homeopathy I have used at least ten varied remedies or more with success based on individual symptoms the pet exhibits. There was a dog who had his seizures every full moon and we had a very specific remedy for it. There are remedies that work when fits come only during sleep.

Others have attacks when the patient is excited or sees bright lights. Few others have seizures of a particular part or petit mal seizures. There are specific remedies for patients who have periodical seizures. In allopathic treatment all these patients would have had the same drug. But in homeopathy the symptoms have decided the drugs and the results are very good. It is to prevent misuse that I’ve not mentioned any remedy names. It cannot be said that all have been cured but the results have a lot of smiling faces and wagging tails.

Best of both allopathy and homeopathy

There are also many good results coming for distemper and parvo but again we combine the best of allopathy and homeopathy. At our clinic it’s not about what cures the patient but just that the most humane approach must be adopted for a fast, permanent cure. There are excellent remedies for liver and kidney ailments. But I’ll reiterate that it’s not magic. It all depends on the stage of the diseases and the extent of damage the organ has faced.

I personally feel that homeopathy must be explained to vets in college before they pass out. It depends then on their interest and inclination if they wish to study it further. Since a college in India is now offering post graduate certification course it’s a wonderful opportunity to upgrade one’s skill and knowledge. The future lies in minimum medication and less judicious use of antibiotics. The world is faced with an unprecedented crisis of antibiotic resistance. Homeopathy offers an escape from this problem.

(Dr Gautam Unny is a practicing vet at The Amrita Pet Care Clinic, Delhi. With PG Certification in Veterinary Homeopathy from KVASU, he treats animals in One Animal One Health Approach by combining Homeopathy and Allopathy)

Feel Their Pain: Fighting Lodged Foreign Bodies


You might have heard various stories of foreign body lodged in a pet’s mouth. It can be due to their mischief
or an accident. Let’s hear what a vet has to say about this and how you can take care of the situation!

Dr Ashok Kumar Sahni

A foreign body lodged in pet’s mouth is quite common. It can be a small stick, a piece of wood, hairball, needle or a piece of bone lodged in the molar teeth. Pets are also susceptible to getting injured with splinters or small pieces of bones while eating or playing. Whether the foreign body is small or big, it can cause great discomfort to your pet.

Signs that indicate something’s not right!

These signs and symptoms can indicate that your pet is struggling with a lodged foreign body and might be in pain – he is unable to chew properly, is constantly pawing and rubs his foot against his jaw, wants to cough out something that seems stuck in his throat, excessive drooling and saliva trickles from the side of the mouth. If there is a foul odour coming from your pet’s mouth, there are chances that a piece of food item is rotting in the oral cavity.

Your vet knows the best treatment

It is best that you take your pet to the vet. Do not try to remove the item at home, as it may cause pain and further injury to your pooch! The vet will carefully examine your pet’s mouth and remove the object using his/her expert skills. If abscess developed in oral cavity it has to be drained and suitable antibiotics will be given to combat the infection. If your pet is feeling pain while chewing food, change his diet to soft food for a couple of days.

All’s well that ends well!

A one-year-old German Shepherd came to my clinic with a sharp wooden piece embedded in his mouth. He could neither swallow any food nor drink water. I tried to open his mouth to see the wooden piece, but he was reluctant to open his mouth because of the pain and discomfort.

I decided to sedate him. After twenty five minutes, he was sedated. I slowly opened his mouth and saw the wooden piece deeply embedded in the lower left jaw. Using a needle holder, I pulled the wooden piece. The size of the wooden piece was about 4cmx1cm.Luckily the pet did not need any medication.

I always recommend pet parents – don’t allow your pets to chew on hard objects that may get lodged in the mouth.

There are also chances that small pieces can hurt them. Also while feeding bones, be really careful.

(Dr Ashok Kumar Sahni is a senior veterinarian based in Jaipur. He retired as Joint Director from Animal Husbandry Department, Govt of Rajasthan, Rajasthan)

Forget the Mistakes, Remember the Lessons!

We are always told to learn from our mistakes. But as pet parents we want to do the best for our furry friends which leave little scope for error. We’re here to help! Know some common mistakes of pet parenting and how you can avoid them.

Healthy outside starts from inside

Feeding healthy diet to your pets is important for their growth and healthy lifespan. An unhealthy diet is root cause of health problems. A lot of pet parents don’t have enough knowledge about the components of a healthy diet. So this is what you need to know!

• Pet parents give the same type of feed to their dogs without considering their pet’s age, body weight, activity status which leads to poor nutritional management because nutritional requirement will differ according to age, activity, body weight, etc.

• Changing your pet’s food often is not a good idea. Just because there is a new brand in the market doesn’t mean you have to try it at the earliest. Make sure you buy food based on your pet’s age, health, breed, and other nutritional needs.

• Sometimes feeding dry food becomes a challenge. Your pet might face difficulty in swallowing, and there’s also risk for bacteria and mycotoxins to be present. Storage mites can multiply rapidly in dry food, so be extra cautious. Pets can develop hypersensitivity to storage mites, resulting in itchy inflamed skin, hair loss, and ear infections.

• Don’t fall for their puppy eyes. Feeding table scraps to your pet is a big NO. Human food has salt, garlic, onions, raisins, tomatoes etc. which can have harmful effect on your pet’s health and can cause problems such as renal failure, anaemia, and hormonal imbalance.

• Over feeding treats to make your fur babies happy or to show your love might lead to obesity.

• Many pet parents only feed their pets commercial pet food. This isn’t always necessary and may cause gastro issues. Pets become prone to urolithiasis due to excessive calcium in the diet, and might also develop food allergies. It is best to give a balance of home cooked meals and commercial dog food. You can consult your vet for the best advice.

• Giving excess milk is harmful for pets. Some dogs have lactose intolerance and cannot digest milk properly which leads to diarrhoea, indigestion etc. It is better to give milk diluted with water.

Water – the elixir of life

When it comes to your pet’s nutrition, water plays an important role. It helps in maintaining electrolytes, hydrates the body to maintain circulatory volume. Your pet’s body will naturally lose water all day when they sweat through their paws, when they pant, also in urine and faeces. When lose 10 to 15 percent of water in their body it leads to dehydration and they can get very sick. It can even cause damage to organs like kidneys and liver when persisted for long time.

• Provide clean and ample amount of water.

• Don’t forget to refill the water bowl. It should be refilled at every 3-4 hours.

• Using a common water bowl for all the pets in the house can lead to spread of infection, so keep separate bowls for each pet.

• Use big water bowls for adult and large breed dogs.

Exercise and no
‘extra fries’

Both you and your pet need optimal exercise to keep your body and mind healthy. When your pet gets enough exercise – it helps your pet to control their weight, be energized throughout the day, and helps maintain a strong cardiovascular and immune system.

Since puppies are constantly growing, including several short walks or play sessions throughout the day is a good idea than going for one really long walk, as this can be too hard on your puppy’s developing body. Old dogs require less exercise. Talk to your vet to know what is the right amount of exercise that your pet needs based on their health status, age, and breed. Regular exercise will help manage behavioural issues in pets as well.

Good grooming goes a long way

Regular grooming is essential for their mental and physical health.

• Train your dog to get used to being touched all over the body like face, tail, paws etc. Introduce them to the buzzing noises so they do not feel uncomfortable with grooming equipments.

• It is a common misconception that you must only brush your pet after they bathe. That’s not true. Dry brushing will help get rid of matted hair and knots and keep their coat shiny.

• Protecting his eyes and ears during bathing is important. Not doing so can lead to infection due to moisture. Also dry him properly after bathing.

• Not using proper shampoo for your pet is a common mistake that a lot of pet parents make. Do not use human shampoo for your furry companions. It will dry their skin, cause skin allergies, and cause an imbalance in the pH level of the skin.

• Clean his eyes, ears, and paws at regular intervals.
• Using dull clippers for cutting nails may cause crushing of nails and will hurt your pet.
• Do not avoid grooming in winters.

Gentle reminder – Time for you and your pet to get vaccinated

Timely vaccination for you and your pet is crucial. For your pets there is an added aspect – deworming. It will protect them from zoonotic diseases such as rabies and other infections.

Follow the proper vaccination and deworming cycle that your vet recommends. Too early or too late vaccination of your pet will not help. Don’t forget to take your pet for booster dose of vaccination after the primary dose
Giving any anti-parasitic or antibiotic medicines orally without verifying with your vet can be fatal. Do not medicate your pet just by reading on the internet. Consult your vet for any health issues.

Dr Nilesh Gohil

Dr Nidhi Patel

Dr Munja Bharai

The best protection is early detection

Sometimes due to their busy schedule pet parents don’t notice some of the behavioural changes, signs of onset of disease such as decrease in activity, lethargy, decrease in food and water intake, gradual weight loss or weight gain. Your pet cannot speak about their illness, but will show signs. So you need to be careful and keep an eye. Early detection will help provide timely treatment and will not worsen your pet’s health.

Monitor your pet’s health keeping in mind these factors –

• Food and water intake
• Urine output, frequency of urination, colour of urine
• Frequency of defecation, consistency and colour of faeces
• Vomiting or diarrhoea
• Activity status of pet
• Check for presence of ecto-parasites, skin and hair lesions, cuts etc.
• Keep an tab on regular vaccination and deworming
Your pet’s health is in your hands. Make healthy choices for yourself and your pet to ensure you both live a healthy and happy life.

(Dr Munja Bharai, Dr Nidhi Patel and Dr Nilesh Gohil are from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Anand Veterinary College, Anand, Gujarat)

Paws Learning & Research Council organises Indian VETexpo 2022

Three-day event loaded with information, learning, networking and planning

Paws Learning & Research Council (PLRC) India recently started an initiative for young leading vets of India. It organised the Indian VETexpo 2022 at Shinde Symposium Hall, Pusa Institute, New Delhi, from 27th to 29th March. The event scored a big hit for the pet industry.

Under the practiced guidance of Dr RT Sharma and Dr Ajay Sood, Indian VETexpo witnessed a series of seminars, workshops, and discussions on important aspects of the pet industry. There was a special hands-on workshop on dermatology. The significant issues and topics covered are orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, neurology, physiotherapy, acupuncture, rehabilitation of pets, etc. On the sidelines, there was an exhibition on the pet industry.
After a long pandemic break, Indian VETexpo 2022 brought the opportunity for all major brands to interact one-on-one with vets and customers. The Indian Pet Industry Forum (IPIF) Awards were also announced during the event. In the exhibition hall, Dogs & Pups interacted with some select exhibitors for their views on the latest developments and innovations in the Indian pet industry.

“It was great to see all the students, vets, researchers, and manufacturers together on one platform. The whole vet industry is under one roof, which is a beautiful initiative as we all benefit from this. The pets and vets—both have changed a lot, and the Indian pet industry has rediscovered itself after the pandemic.

We have new launches in the pet food category for cats and dogs. Now, we are focusing more on cat’s wellness diet– Kitty Yums. We have also expanded our dog food category. There are two types of feed available – prescription and wellness diet. We have a particular food for recovery, mobility, obesity, and gastrointestinal treatments.”

–Dr Nisar Ahmed, Drools


“I think this is the need of the hour, after trying time. In-person engagement is always good to connect with our customers. During the pandemic, we have seen a remarkable growth in the pet industry. Our survey data show a considerable rise in first-time pet parents during the pandemic. The work-from-home situation made people ready to adopt pets as psychologists and therapists recommend pet companions. Doctors are suggesting pets as a stress buster. India is one of the countries where the pet industry is growing because of new or first-time pet parents. The modern urban population prefers to have a pet before kids. Coming to the pandemic, many NGOs and stray feeders have done a great job.”

–Dr Shweta Singh,
Mars International India, Pedigree


“It’s a great feeling to get in touch with young vets from India. We are developing new relationships and also reviving the existing ones. Good numbers of vets are visiting us to meet and interact. During the pandemic, we launched new anesthesia products and unique products for ear treatment and kidney-related ailments. Vets love our products as they are getting great results.”

–Deepak Bhardwaj, Himalaya Wellness


“The young Vet community is growing stronger and is coming together. Footfall is high as compared to other cities. Our company’s turnover is growing like never before. We are growing at 40 percent PA post-pandemic. It is an excellent sign, and vets appreciate our newly launched products.”

–Kapil Rastogi, Venky’s Pet


“It is a perfect event. So many vets are coming, and our new products and launches are getting great exposure. It is an excellent way to promote our new and existing range. More than 100 doctors visited us at the expo and loved our products.”

–Ashutosh Jaiswal, MSD


“We are getting a good response; we are one of the leading & established companies in pharmaceuticals. After Covid, our products are in significant demand. So, it feels nice to interact with so many vets after so long.”

–Rohit Malhotra, INTAS


“The inevitable growth of 30-40% is there, but the more important thing is maintaining that growth. It should not decline. During Covid, people adopted the pet, but again after the opening up of offices and life returned to normalcy, there might be a drop in pet parents, and it may shrink to 15 percent.”

–Dr Rajnish Tyagi, HatVet Phrama


PLRC envisages growth of Indian Pet Industry

On the sidelines of Indian VETexpo 2022, Dogs & Pups had a candid conversation with Dr RT Sharma about the government’s role in improvement of the Indian Pet Industry.

D&P: What inspired you to start this initiative?

RT Sharma: PLRC is formed with the idea that companion animal practitioners should get proper recognition and government support and our mission is to guide veterinarians and young veterinary students in developing basic clinical skills through service-learning and community outreach, ethical and moral issues regarding animal welfare. By offering cutting-edge veterinary continuing education programs, we empower young vets and fuel the spread of knowledge, research, and innovation within our profession.

D&P: What changes do you recommend to improve the Ind6ian pet industry?

RT Sharma: The government should make a companion animal practitioner practice a separate segment and allocate some budgetary funds to develop the pet industry further.

D&P: Why do you think government support is so important?

RT Sharma: I firmly believe that we can create miracles in India with government support. For example, during COVID-19 pandemic time, our country produced a vaccine within one year, with full government support. If our Indian pet vaccine manufacturers get the same support, they’ll also make the vaccines for our canine, which are best suited for them. Right now, we are importing canine vaccines from the US and Europe. These vaccines are designed as per cool climatic conditions. And India has mostly tropical conditions.

Also, the pet industry in India has enormous potential; we can create big employment and generate even more significant revenue. I am sure that government will approve our demands. And we’ll start getting guidelines to promote it further.

DCC Animal Hospital ensures each pet gets best healthcare in India

Incorporated in April 2019 in Singapore, A’alda has been into veterinary hospital business in India and Japan. In the following year, the company launched A’alda Vet India, opened DCC Animal Hospitals in Gurugram and Greater Kailash-II in New Delhi. The pet hospital chain is on the mission of ensuring each pet gets the best healthcare in India.

 

Ohhum Kwan

Ohhum Kwan

 

As multispecialty hospitals with state-of-the-art facility, advanced equipment, skilled vets practicing global standards of veterinary driven by passion for pets, DCC Animal Hospitals are here in India to ‘Redefine Veterinary, Simplify Veterinary’. A’alda Vet India aims at pursuing the happiness of pets and their pet parents by tackling the issues of modern society with a vision.

The beginning…

Recalling the beginning, Ohhun Kwon, Director, A’alda Vet India Pvt Ltd, shares how the Founder/CEO of A’alda Pte Ltd, Masamichi Okuda, an extraordinary pet lover, started the veterinary hospital business with the opening of DCC Animal Hospitals in India and Japan. Before that he joined PECO Inc, a Japanese startup which focuses on pet business and running the largest pet media in the country. He served as the company’s CEO in an overseas subsidiary after successfully transforming its media platform and products for pets.

Ohhun continues, “Living with 10 animals, which include 4 dogs, 1 cat and others, Masamichi had a dream to make the pet industry a place for happy animals. He thus launched A’alda Pte Ltd in Singapore to create a society where people and animals can coexist harmoniously, with a vision of Pet to Partner—From Member of Family to Member of Society.” After that A’alda opened the Indian subsidiary, which is the first subsidiary in Asia, then expanded to Japan and Thailand.

Growth in India

Dr Vinod Sharma

Dr Vinod Sharma

Ohhun narrates, “Last year, Delhi recorded US$7800 GDP per capita. In China, it was US$19,000 GDP per capita five years back which brought a lot of change in the country’s pet industry. Just two years back individual vet practitioners in China increased multifold and suddenly the country witnessed 300 pet hospital chains.” Comparing the rapid growth in the Chinese pet industry, he mentions that if India receives around seven percent GDP growth, the country’s pet industry will be equivalent to China, which is the second largest pet market after the United States.

Core values

DCC Animal Hospitals maintain certain core values to preserve and nurture the human-animal bond. In this respect, Dr Vinod Sharma, Head of Veterinary Services, DCC Animal Hospital, says they treat pets with respect and care as they believe that pets are part of the society and they deserve the unconditional love they give us. He adds, “Our core values set the standard for our behaviour, our service to the pets and their parents. They enable us by reminding us of the importance of the profession we’ve chosen and the faith placed upon us. We think as one, treat as one”

The staff members at DCC Animal Hospitals treat pets and pet parents with compassion. They practice transparency, truthfulness and timely communication with their patients. Dr Vinod mentions that they are committed to their patients and also the community they serve. He adds, “Pet hospital segment in India has now started to grow. The sector was not so organised earlier, but it has gained a tremendous transformation over the last five to six years.”

Ohhun mentions, “In most of the developing countries, pet hospital chains are predominantly run by individual practitioners. But the changing scenario is that some private equity funds joined the market and acquired the hospital chains. This is how the DCC Animal Hospital chain has been developed and started operations in India and Japan, targeting to expand all over Asia in future.”

Special care

Talking about how DCC Animal Hospitals are different from others, Dr Vinod says it’s all about how they deal with the furry patients, right from their first visit to the last visit. “Our whole team is not just vets and paramedics—we are animal lovers who take care of health, nutrition, vaccination and everything including boarding.” He adds, “You just can go to a pet clinic to get your pet vaccinated and come back. This is not what we do. We first examine the pet, completely, thoroughly, to check whether the vaccination is fit for the pet or not, then which vaccines can be used. We carefully take care of all these small things.”

DCC Animal Hospital has its own proprietary mobile app through which pet parents can easily book appointments and they can also check the records of their four-legged friends while travelling or from the comfort of their home. In fact, they can also set reminders in order to not miss any vaccination dates and so on. Dr Vinod says they are not just targeting treatment, but everything related to pet education, awareness and special care. The state-of-the-art facilities, amenities and services of DCC Animal Hospitals mean little without the highly-skilled team of staff members and dedicated vets.

A final message from Dr Vinod to everyone —“DO THE RIGHT JOB! TREAT YOUR PET LIKE YOUR PARTNER. Think as one, Treat as one!”

All’s Well for Aloha Summers!

Summer is here – the season to hit the beach and enjoy picnics! The most awaited vacation season for kids with lots of travel plans and family outings. But don’t forget your pets who feel all the heat and need a lot of extra care during summers.

parents win it all because we don’t need any particular holiday to feel special, we have special dinner dates with pets, playtime, long drives, cosy bedtime…the list just goes on! Our furry companions make every second of our life worthwhile! All said and done, summer is the time when you need to take extra care of your pets because of all the heat! Just like you, your pet also feels uncomfortable and uneasy in the heat.

Dodge the dehydration

Like you feel thirsty and sweaty in the sweltering heat, the same is with pets. They start panting and drooling. Make sure your pet has access to cool and clean drinking water readily. Try and changing the water in their water bowl thrice a day. Place the water bowl in cool and dry place. Don’t leave your pet on the terrace or in the yard for a long time in the sun, as it may cause heat stroke.

No fuss for food

One can notice pets food intake is reduced in summers. Don’t panic, it is totally fine. Pets tend to drink lots of water throughout the day, so intake of solid food can go down a little. Avoid giving your pet eggs and red meat in summers as it may cause upset stomach. Include more of buttermilk or curd rice, if your pet likes it. You can also give him ice-cream after consulting your vet. Do not give ice cold water; try to give room temperature water.

Indoor or outdoor–make sure they stay cool!

It’s better to keep the pet indoor, under a fan or AC to keep him cool! In case your pet likes to be outdoors, make sure the bed is kept in a cool and dry place. You can fix an air cooler to make him comfortable and beat the heat.
Dogs sweat through their paw pads, which causes them to lick continuously. It can lead to rashes or fungal infection. Make sure to clean their paws with water and antiseptic solution at least once a day!

Heavy coat breeds tend to get scratchy and matted due to moisture in air, causing discomfort. Regular grooming will be of great help.

Hello hygiene

Make sure the place where your pets sleep is cleaned everyday with kennel detergents. This is the season when pets attract tick and fleas due to humidity. Mop the sleeping area twice a day with disinfectants.

Summer body loading….

It’s the right time to loose few kilos even for pets. Engage your pet in activity to keep them active and healthy. Walking for about 30 minutes, playing fetch, hide n’ seek, running up-down the stairs, there are many options available. The hot road and pavement can burn their paws in summers. So take them on walks during early morning and late evening when the temperature is slightly cooler.

Good grooming goes a long way!

Bathe your pet every 15-20 days. They do feel relaxed after bath just as we do. Clip the nails every 15-20 days. If you cannot do this at home, get professional grooming services. Use mild pet-friendly shampoo and conditioner. Get your pet’s hair trimmed to make summers more bearable for them! Use tick and flea collars, pipette solution on collar one, to manage ticks and fleas. Take your pet to groomers at least every alternate month for thorough clean up. Let the fur ball get a little pampered once a while.

Always vouching vet visits

Don’t forget the monthly vet visits to keep your pet’s de-worming, vaccination, and health check in place!
(Almas Shariff runs Amore Pet Spa in Bengaluru, which provides pet grooming services, customised pet products, pet training and others including pet accessories)

 

Raising Wiggles, Building Wiggles

The pet care eco-system was a tough one to navigate, but being a pet parent herself, Anushka Iyer decided to disrupt things and create a holistic pet healthcare company—Wiggles.in. She is building a world that’s worthy of our loving pets and community animals, and her focus is sharp as it could ever be.

Anushka Iyer, Founder & CEO of Wiggles.in, is a doting pet parent to Wiggles, Buddy and Rico and other countless pets she fosters. “I am lucky that my work allows me to build a better world for pets and their people,” she remarks. In a candid conversation, Dogs & Pups discovers there’s so much that keeps Anushka going, along with some very gripping experiences. Here is the excerpt.

D&P: Let’s get right to it, how does your day look like with Wiggles?

Anushka: As a pet parent, my responsibility towards Wiggles and my other two pets Buddy and Rico comes first. I am thankful to them and their quirks, each of them has taught me so many things. Like every pet, they can get me to cave in with their puppy eyes, and honestly Buddy would eat my hand if he could.

Work is wholesome, in fact Wiggles is the Chief Barking Officer at Wiggles.in, and he really knows his worth. Whenever it comes to filming with him, we know it’s going to be challenging yet oh so adorable. My team says that he definitely has the qualities of a star.

In fact, he also ends up attending meetings and taking other dogs for a walk every once in a while. Holding their leash between his teeth, pets are really smart and intuitive indeed. Things weren’t always like this though. Wiggles had a traumatic childhood. Dogs and cats are meant to be loved, because they give us so much, but often they are ill-treated.

When I first saw Wiggles as a puppy, his skin was in an appalling state, only to understand that his caretakers gave him a bath with washing detergent. He needed help like many other pets who fall victim to uncaring breeders. We brought him in and started his treatment. Today, he is much better, by the grace of our vets who are life-savers.

D&P: Who inspires you?

Anushka: Animals, who say and teach us so much. We have a lot to learn from them, simply because they teach us how to live in the moment. The fact is that they have no self-guilt and still have loads of selfless love to give. When we go back to our roots, we realise we are here to solve a greater purpose, which is to make a change for them. That’s when we realise that we are on the right track.

D&P: Tell us about the humble beginning

Anushka: We set out to do good and that’s still the number one priority on our list today, every single day. When we started back in December 2018, from just a bunch of us to now over 200 of us across India, I draw a lot of inspiration from our team of passionate and dedicated animal lovers, who go above & beyond to ensure the health & wellbeing of all pets, everyday.

D&P: What’s all about your ‘doing good’ policy?

Anushka: Besides creating a holistic eco-system for pets with almost 50 innovative pet products which include gut-healthy food to probiotic immunity strips and pet sanitisers, we at Wiggles also provide online vet consultations, diet consultations & behavioural consults across India. Much more than a consultation it is an assurance of a listening ear that will guide pet parents, irrespective of the time of day or night. Pet parents have undoubtedly faced at some point of time, panic situations when they need a second opinion from the comfort of their home – that’s exactly where we step in.

In fact, we have our Wiggles Tribe community on Facebook where our in-house vets, trainers, groomers, behaviourists, and nutritionists offer free and reliable advice to pet parents. The community today has over 30,000 pet parents who have become Wiggles advocates and also step in to help other pet parents – that is the community spirit we live for. Our jewel of the crown is our very own dog boarding Petsville based in Pune, which is spread across 22,000 sq ft of lush greenery & equipped with amenities like 24×7 vet assistance, grooming care, dog park, day care & training.

D&P: Mention five things you can’t do without?

Anushka: One: My pets, always! Two: Everyday hustle at work; Three: Some ‘me’ time at the end of the day; Four: Books! Five: Connecting with like-minded individuals.

D&P: Tell us about #BondedByBlood

Anushka: In early December 2020, there was a situation that many pet parents faced, and I did too. My Rico ended up suffering from tick fever and he was in dire need of a blood transfusion. Even though we are well connected, we still found it difficult to find a pet donor. We eventually did, but the fright was real and it made us wonder how helpless pet parents must feel in a similar situation. Thus was born Bonded by Blood – our attempt to unite willing pet parents who can donate their pet’s blood to save a life of a recipient pet.

When we began this endeavour, we undertook a survey and realised over 42 percent of pet parents didn’t know their pets could donate blood, and 51 percent of pet parents didn’t know pets have a blood group. Shockingly only 2 percent of pets have donated blood. We started educating pet parents, registering pet donors and connecting them with pets who needed blood to survive. I urge pet parents to come forward and register their pets as a donor, and hope they will never need to face a day such as this. It is a nightmare and doesn’t need to be like that, if we can bond together.

D&P: Your closing thoughts?

Anushka: When pets give us so much, the least we can do is give them genuine healthcare that results in happiness. And this is just the beginning.