Pawdicures, Pet Taxis & More: Five Services Every Pet Parent In Pune Should Know About

Divya posted on 23 October

Ten-Second Takeaway

Just because your four-legged friends are furry and drooly doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some first-class pampering every once in a while! Maintaining your pet’s coat is as essential as making sure they’re in a secure, well cared for environment while you’re away on holiday or at work. Check out these options for grooming, day-care, boarding, and training your furry babies.

Twix & Butch Professional Pet Salon, Spa & Boutique

We’ve heard nothing but good things about Twix & Butch – a premium dog and cat salon in Kalyani Nagar. Owner/Head Groomer Shona Bhobe is a pet parent herself, and takes the utmost care to ensure your pet turns out relaxed, well-groomed and revitalised. From basic grooming – hair cuts, coat and nail clipping, teeth cleaning, medicated baths, etc. to more luxurious pawdicures and coat conditioning, Twix & Butch do it all. They even have a retail section where you can shop for your fur-baby while you wait. If you’re still unsure, read the 95+ glowing reviews on their Facebook Page and make your mind up for yourself.
#LBBTip: T&B offers doggy day-care services as well.
Pet Stores

Prithvi Megh Apartments, Flat 2, Lane 3, Nilanjali Society, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

Groomingdale Pet Salon

Run & operated by Amruta Patwardhan, Groomingdale at Prabhat Road takes a personal approach to caring for your cats and dogs. Get your pet a special summer cut, a trim, or just a basic bath – Groomingdale offers a wide range of services, by appointment only. Your pet’s current immunization records must also be provided at the time of appointment. Check out Groomingdale’s Facebook Page for amazing before & after transformations and touching stories of their four-legged clientèle.
#LBBTip: Avail a special discount if your pet is a rescue/adopted, and on their birthdays.
Pet Stores

113/10-A, Santosh Apartment, V.R Ghalsasi Road, Off Prabhat Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

The Pawsh: Pets & More

Founders Neha and Tanya started The Pawsh in March 2007 as a one-of-a-kind pet centre. Since then, The Pawsh has expanded to offer day-care, accomodation, swimming, hydrotherapy {India’s first, for dogs only}, obedience training, nutritional assistance, and of course – grooming {INR 700 onwards} at their Pashan establishment. Guinea pigs, rabbits, cats and dogs can be boarded here {starting at INR 500 for cats and INR 600 for dogs} in private suites at their pet resort while you’re on vacay.
On hot summer days, make the most of their swimming pool facilities for your doggo {by appointment only}. If you’ve got a young puppy, enroll them in puppy school {3 – 5 months} and reap the benefits long-term. The Pawsh also offers nutritional consultation and diet-specific home-made, natural food delivered to your doorstep. Keep an eye out for their special pet events and parties – because your dogs need a social life, too! Monthly socialization and play session packages are available as well.
#LBBTip: Their sister organization RESQ Charitable Trust also has a veterinary clinic on the premises, and ‘offers permanent discounts to pet owners who have adopted Indian breeds’.
Pet Stores

Pashan-Sus Road, Near Oriental Bank Of Commerce, Pashan, Pune

Unleash: The Dog Town - Premium Pet Boarding Retreat

Situated in Mundhwa, Unleash is run by ex-banker Sameer Gokhale, an animal lover/pet parent who started the boarding facility 2 years ago. Unleash has 24/7 human caretakers on campus, 17 vets on-call, and adheres to strict timings {for feeding & walks} to keep the dogs’ routines intact. They offer day-care, short stay and long stay boarding for dogs {starting from INR 650 – 750}. Longer-stay {25+ days} durations can avail a discount.
Doggos are socialized based on their temperament, and are free to roam the facility for most of the day, except at mealtimes and during the afternoon {when it’s hottest}. Fans and coolers are available during the summer, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated {in addition to their own selection of branded and home-cooked food}. A pick-up and drop facility is also available on request, at additional charge. There’s plenty of room for the dogs to run around {six zones, we’re told}, and we’ve heard good reviews from other pet parents.
#LBBTip: Free behavioural counseling for you and your dog can be arranged with Sameer by prior appointment {Tuesday & Thursday only}.
Pet Stores

3, Mundhwa Road, Magarpatta City, Mundhwa, Pune

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Happy Tails Dog Boarding Facility

Meera Thosar is a professional canine trainer and behavioural therapist who comes with a long roster of amazing qualifications in animal handling and care. Her facility – Happy Tails – in Bhugaon offers boarding for cats and dogs, as well as obedience training, refresher training sessions, and puppy day-care {4+ months old only}. There are different sections for cats {indoor} and dogs {semi-outdoor/outdoor} to stay comfortably, safely, and hygienically at Happy Tails. From a few hours during the day, to overnight or long-stay, the duration of time you board your pet can be flexible.
It’ll cost you roughly INR 450 – 1500 per day, depending on the requirements of each individual pet. We found her website extremely informative and reassuring, so give it a read if you’re looking to make some changes to yours or your pet’s lifestyle.
#LBBTip: Meera also consults on pet selection and pre-pet counselling – which is what you need if you’re a first-time pet parent, or looking to make a new addition to your four-legged family.
Pet Stores

Siddhivinayak Vihar, Bhugaon, Bavdhan, Pune

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#LBBTip

Check out Petxi {Pet Taxi} for all your pet‘s transportation needs in Pune. Started in 2016 by animal welfare activist Priya Kailad and her husband Aditya Makharia, the service has been operational with modified AC sedans and XUVs – for stray animal rescues {starting at INR 14/km}, and house pets {packages starting at INR 500}. From emergency animal aid to chauffeured hostel drops, or vet vists, Petxi has you covered. Inter-city transfer services are possible to Gujarat, Goa, Bombay, Bangalore. You can even GPS track the Petxi via your smartphone. The drivers are trained in pet handling and animal first aid, so even if you can’t accompany your furball, rest assured they’re in good hands. Bonus points: they conduct their own catch-and-sterilize initiative on stray dogs with the help of dedicated volunteers and their staff. They’ve even rescued pigs! We’ve heard really good things, and think they’d be useful for all pet parents to keep on speed-dial. Contact +91-8806510101 or info@petxi.pet for bookings.