Pawfect Debut

Barry Hook pops along to discover the ideal place to ensure every dog has its day….

Paul Adams MRCVS, who has opened his second branch of Pet Retreat. Emma Brown is the manager of the new Bowdon salon. Paul Adams MRCVS, who has opened his second branch of Pet Retreat. Emma Brown is the manager of the new Bowdon salon.

Bowdon’s new pet grooming salon opened last month with a menu of treatments which wouldn’t be out of place in a beauty salon. Take for instance the ‘Aromatherapy Bath & Massage’ – A 10-minute body massage with lavender, joba joba or coconut essential oil shampoo.

Or there’s the ‘Fryer’s Facial’ – A cleansing natural facial containing oatmeal and blueberry to soothe and balance the skin.

The salon is the latest venture of Knutsford veterinary surgeon and entrepreneur, Paul Adams, MRCVS. Called Pet Retreat, it is an expansion of his businesses in Knutsford.

– Tom Heaton-Clarke and Sarah Green make certain every single hair on the springer is blow dryed. – Tom Heaton-Clarke and Sarah Green make certain every single hair on the springer is blow dryed.

He opened his veterinary practice, based at Fryers Garden Centre, in March 2014. A year later he opened his first Pet Retreat grooming business alongside his veterinary practice.

Now, he’s invested in the capacious salon on Hall Road, Bowdon and is offering a £10 discount off the first groom for your dog. Being your first visit you will also receive a complimentary consultation so staff can get to know your pet and discuss any health ailments.

All the staff are fully qualified and are led by salon manager and stylist, Emma Brown. “We’ve been fully booked since day one,” she tells us.

“All dogs, no matter what size, enjoy being bathed, groomed and having a styling session,” she maintains.

But we learn that there is also a serious side to all this grooming. That’s because during regular grooming, staff may be able to detect any problems such as unusual lumps.

L to R: Apprentice groomer, Tom Heaton-Clarke, vet Paul Adams and salon manager and stylist, Emma Brown outside the new salon in Bowdon. L to R: Apprentice groomer, Tom Heaton-Clarke, vet Paul Adams and salon manager and stylist, Emma Brown outside the new salon in Bowdon.

Emma says a visit every four to six weeks is ideal for long haired dogs. “Smooth haired dogs, like Great Danes, don’t need the styling of long-haired animals but I’d suggest that owners groom their dogs in between visits. If owners allow their pets’ hair to get matted, irritation can occur.”

Cats, rabbits and small furries can also have their time under the blow dryer but do remember that any appointment must be booked in advance.

Thepetretreat is the web site where you can see a menu of all the treatments available along with prices.

Next month, the company will be exhibiting at Dogfest at Arley Hall where trailblazing supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick will be appearing.

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