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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Water's Makeover Part 1

Water is our 6 year old Lhasa Apso (a breed which looks very similar to Shih Tzus) and he has a very sad background before he was found by us.

He was abandoned and neglected by his previous owner and his skin was in a very very bad condition when he was found about 4 years ago. After trying many methods, his skin got better than the initial state but there were still occasional reddish bumps which looked like rashes.

For some strange reasons, he is also very afraid of thunder, lightning and rain. He will become very fidgety and start rummaging through everything he sees and sometimes when no one is home, he can practically make the house so messy like a robber just came in. We concluded that he previously had a bad and traumatizing experience with rain or thunder when he was much younger. At all other times besides raining times, he is mostly quiet and very tame.

We are glad to have found Petopia, a pet wellness centre, which, after professional consultation ensured us that Water would look better and healthier after treatment and makeover.

Here was how Water looked like before his makeover. Tired and lethargic.

Petopia is Singapore's leading pet wellness centre. They have been around the market for 4 years since 2010. 

 When i first stepped in, I was very surprised and extremely impressed that the place smelled like a spa, the whole place was filled with the calming and soothing scent of aromatherapy unlike most other pet stores i visited which reeked of dogs' poop.

On top of this, the place is lavishly decorated and also houses the latest and most advanced spa and healing treatments for dogs to enjoy. They are now undergoing some minor renovations and would look even better in the near future.

Entrance of Petopia.


From top grade dietary and nutritional products, grooming accessories and styling services to customised spa treatments, expert consultation, playtime, day care, hotel services and even enrichment workshops, discerning pet owners can expect to be spoilt for choice with Petopia's all-encompassing suite of services.

Lots of magazines for you to get an idea of how you want your dog's new 'hairstyle' to be.

Bach Original Flower Remedies.

 Animals have emotions too. They feel fear, anger, jealousy, depression, happiness and joy just like us.

The Bach Flower Remedies are able to help our animals when they have negative emotions just as they help us when we are emotionally out of balance. 

Shampoos and coat mists are made from gentle products free from harsh detergents. 

Helmed by not just one or two but three experienced, skilful and international award-winning stylists from Hong Kong and Tokyo, their salon adopts a open concept and uses state of the art, holistic, safe and sanitised equipment and gentle yet effective material to provide premium styling for their guests.

Be it activity time or meal-time, their guests are well taken care by pet guardians, who are specially trained and demonstrate years of experience in the handling of animal companions. Check in on them anytime from anywhere remotely on your mobile or desktop devices via their hi-definition and hi-speed web-cam system!

Following Petopia's protocol, every inch of the place is sanitized meticulously on a regular basis. Only UVB-ray sterilized equipment and disinfected towels are used on all their animal guests.

Water's transformation begins!!! 

Water's first treatment for that day was the Hinoki Tub Onsen Dip. Yes, he went to the Onsen (hot spring).

He was rather afraid at the beginning as he had no idea what was going to be done to him but all went well after he got comfortable. 

Water was so relaxed and at ease that he fell asleep during the therapy!!!

About Hinoki Tub Onsen Dip

With increased blood circulation brought about by a relaxing 15 minute dip*, Water benefited from a boosted metabolism which enhances detoxification.

Benefits of Hinoki Tub Onsen Dip:

Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal action from hinoki oils calms skin and cleanses coats.

Enriching mineral profile of onsen water with tailored onsen bath salts melts away your furbie’s daily stress, anxiety, aches and pain.

Increased blood circulation brings about a boosted metabolism which enhances detoxification.

More supple skin, smoother coats and restful sleep.

NEXT, Water went through the Ayurveda Herb Pack with Far Infrared Therapy.

The Ayurveda Herb Pack for animals comprises of only the finest herbs to maintain calm skin, upkeep coat health and deter parasites.

The herbal mud pack, which is a mixture of aloe vera, cassia and neem, clears up a wide spectrum of skin conditions, subsequently strengthens skin’s resilience against relapses and thereby maintaining healthy skin and beautiful coats in the long run.

The Healing Effects of Aloe, Cassia & Neem
Aloe is a natural healing aid that has been used and loved by many since ancient. 

The most common type of aloe in Japan is “kidachi-aloe” and there are 500 other types including cape aloe, sokoto aloe, tiger aloe etc.

The inside of the leaves of the aloe vera plant is abundant with a thick gel-like substance.

The aloe vera powder used in our herb pack is taken from the gel substance in the plant before being dried to a fine powder.

It takes 1000kg of aloe vera to make just 1kg of fine powder in the herb pack as 99.5% of aloe vera comprises of water and the remaining 0.5% comprises vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and other micronutrients.

This nutrient-rich powder is manufactured without the use of synthetic material, preservatives or pesticides, via strict organic processes.

Cassia (cassia sieberiana) has been known to bring about high levels of anti-
inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity when being incorporated into products.

Neem is a very common herb used in the Ayurveda healing system as it assists with the removal of odour and itch (purification). It is also an effective bio-pesticide repellantagainst parasites.

The Power of Far Infra Red

Infra-red energy is known to penetrate tissue to depth of over 2.5cm on animal companions. Of note is that the infra-red radiant energy output is actually tuned to correspond closely to a companion’s own radiant energy, so that body tissues absorb close to 93% of the infra-red waves that reach the skin.

The tissues in your animal companions’ bodies, in need of an infra-red boost, will selectively absorb infra-red rays. The tissue will only use the infra-red rays in areas where is is needed. After boosting a tissue’s infra-red energy, the remaining rays pass onward harmlessly.

As far Infra-red energy is absorbed, it increases fundamental energy by exciting molecules of various cells. With cells being ‘excited’, blood flow is increased and with it, nutrition is delivered and that literally cleans out the toxins and accumulated fats.

Obviously this facilitates and accelerates natural healing and increases cellularintegrity. Tissues in our animal companion normally produce infra-red energy for warmth and tissue repair. Not withstanding the objective of keeping warm, tissue production of infra-red energy is also associated with a variety of healing responses.

Exclusively at Petopia, Far Infra-Red Therapy when coupled with Ayurveda Herb Pack wrap and Carbonic Soda Spa sessions, are beneficial for treating a broad spectrum of skin conditions often contracted in the tropics, which include:

• relief of inflammation

• relief of pain and enhanced join tissue healing

• improvement in flexibility and joint mobility

• reduction in muscle stiffness and pain

• decreased soreness, swelling and numbness

• localised warming and improved circulation to numb extremities

• reduction of body odour

After the relaxing spa, Water underwent a full styling session.

His stylist is Tyler Chan from Hong Kong who has an unrelenting passion to perfect his craft and immense love for animals.

Water's fur was instantly much whiter, cleaner and FLUFFY!

His coat before the haircut.

Water has always been an easy pet to work with, he doesn't fidget and usually stays still and you can do whatever you want to him, he doesn't seem to mind! We can't wait to see how Water will look like!


The end result!!! Water's fur was so much more manageable and so soft that we couldn't stop stroking him. His skin was also detoxified.

Can't stop taking pictures of cutie Water! 

A BIG THANK YOU to Petopia for your knowledge, professionalism, expertise and your love for animals!

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Stay tuned for Water's Makeover Part 2!


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