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What is Hand Stripping? Hand stripping is a grooming process that involves removing dead hairs from the coat by hand instead of clipping to keep the coat tidy and healthy. Usually completed twice a year in spring and autumn, it speeds up the natural process...
Why does my dog shed hair? The majority of dog breeds will shed hair. It’s a natural process that can vary depending on the breed of your dog and the time of year. It can also depend on the health of the dog and the...

As we enter malting season we look at why you should groom your cat Home grooming is a vital part of owning a long haired cat, but it’s often a task that can be neglected or forgotten about depending on your cat’s behaviour. Adopting a…

Your dog groomers in Cheshire give their insight When it comes to preparing a dog for Crufts, there is far more involved than simply taking your showpiece to the dog grooming salon the week before the big day. Getting a dog ready can take months of…

Advice on your young dog from the Cheshire grooming experts Choosing the right age to introduce your puppy to grooming is something that we get asked regularly at The Pet Retreat. Puppies should generally be introduced to professional grooming when they are about 10 to...
We look at the best costumes around for your pets Christmas day is fast approaching and you’ll probably be making your final preparations for the festive period, but have you thought about what your dog will wear on the big day? Dressing up your dog...
Here at The Pet Retreat we’re always on the lookout for sizzling dog grooming trends, but one such design in the USA has registered off the scales. Have you ever heard of a dog moonlighting as a dragon? Well Ira the poodle, from Ithaca in...
Cast members visit Bowdon salon for staffy Bella The Pet Retreat’s dog grooming salon in Altrincham received some TV attention this week as the cast of The Real Housewives of Cheshire paid a visit. Ampika Pickston took some time away from her own health and...

It’s a question that many people ask in our dog grooming salons, can I use human shampoo to freshen my dog’s coat? It might be cheaper than purchasing pet shampoo and the thought is often that if it’s good enough for delicate human scalps, surely…

Hairdresser carves interesting shapes into a range of dazzling pets VIEW THE GALLERY HERE If you’ve followed The Pet Retreat blog closely over the last year you might remember our blog on the bizarre grooming trend from Taiwan where dogs were groomed into geometric shapes….

Follow these tips in between visits to The Pet Retreat It’s well known that cats are excellent self-groomers. Their tongues are well equipped to root out dead hairs and they’re constantly cleaning themselves. Despite this it’s always useful to complete your own cat grooming routine...