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A note from Louise: Coronavirus Disease (Covid 19). Sootypaws Salon now closed form 20-3-20

The health and safety of the salons clients, their families and their pets is paramount. Despite putting in place strict hygiene protocols, Public Health England’s strong advice on social restriction to support our NHS and help slow the disease must be followed and to support this, the salon is now closed to remove any pressure on my clients to keep appointments and also to protect our local village community.

I appreciate that everyone will be concerned about how to manage their dogs coats at home for an indefinite period of time and the impact this may have on the comfort and health of their dogs well-being, especially as we are moving into warmer weather. To help try and reduce this concern and support you as much as I can through this period, I am going to:

  • Guarantee for existing clients that all pre-booked appointments to Christmas will be left in the diary so that these can be switched back on quickly when it is safe to re-open the salon. (These may need adjusting at that time as the doodle coats will need urgent attention and I would ask that all non-doodle clients help support this if there appointment falls immediately at the time of opening as you will be directly contributing to a dogs well-being).
  • Coat maintenance guidance can be found on the grooming pages and I will add new reference site content to help keep on top of the basics eg: clear eyes/paws, small mats and nails.
  • Post guidance on which shampoo to use so as not to set of skin irritations as home bathing will now be more necessary.
  • The Tick and flea season has just started and so do keep on top of treatments, look for ticks daily and have a tick remover in the house and know how to use this safely. You can also purchase natural preventative remedies from to help stop ticks and fleas landing on your dog’s coat in the first instance to provide another natural barrier. -Please see the salons ‘Well-being’ page which provides some basic canine first aid guidance for accidents at home and things to look out for on a daily / weekly basis. If there are any changes in you dogs physical health e.g. new lumps, bumps, limps, cuts, sore paws, puncture wounds, smelly ears, runny eyes, persistent licking, scratching, stained fur, scooting, discharge from anywhere which is does not clear up, please contact your vet for further guidance. These are things that would me noted in your normal groom health check and you will now need to do this.
  • If you do get sick and your dog needs to be looked after by someone else whilst you recover, consider putting together a ‘How to care for my pet manual’ as looking after someone’s pet can be daunting, especially if elderly and on medication.
  • Your pet will be noticing any understandably raised stress levels in its owner and so make sure you try and maintain your dogs normal routines as much as possible and play time with them is now even more important to assure them that you are ok and provide some assurance. Patchouli and Lavender, Pet Remedy sprays and plug-ins are very good stress relievers for both you and your dog!

On a final note from myself, please do not take any unnecessary risks and if you suspect, or are feeling unwell, or that your dog is showing signs of illness, please follow the guidelines in place at that time. Thank you all for your support in helping reduce the spread of this horrible virus and I hope that this necessary action helps contribute to all the other efforts being made by everyone.

Stay well and I look forward to meeting you and your pet again soon. Lou

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About Louise

Louise Soothill-Ward - Owner, SootyPaws Professional Dog Grooming Service

Owner, SootyPaws

Hello, my name is Louise and I am the owner of Sooty Paws dog grooming and spa salon based in Slapton, South Hams, Devon.

You can be assured that your pet is in safe hands as I hold a City and Guild Level 2 & 3 qualification in dog grooming, qualifying in November 2015, regularly attend industry training events to keep up-to-date, Pet First Aid trained and am currently studying for the level 3 diploma. I have operated my salon since April 2016 and please take a look at some of my work in the grooming gallery. I am also a member of PIFA (Pet Industry Federation Association, a Reiki second degree USUI system Therapist and am fully insured.

I also live with my own lovely cockapoo who I adore but who also keeps me very busy on the grooming front so all Doodle owners I do understand your grooming challenges and over the years have had the pleasure of living with 2 Persian cats, 4 hamsters, 3 guinea pigs and several goldfish although the later was difficult to groom!

City & Guilds Qualified British Dog Groomer's Association PIF - Pef Industry Federation

Reiki 2nd degree
USUI system therepist

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Coronavirus Disease update: At this current time, to help manage the spread of the global pandemic, regrettably the salon is not open to new clients and to apologise for any inconvenience caused. You are still welcome to get in touch to register your interest as hopefully this situation will be temporary.

To ensure my clients dogs safety and well being, it is not possible to answer the phone when grooming. Please do leave a message, email or text as I do want to hear from you! and I promise to call you back as soon as safely possible, normally early morning around 8.30am, midday or early evening and certainly within 24 hours. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Best wishes,


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Telephone: 01548 580 496
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  1. Monday 9.30am - 6pm
  2. Tuesday 9.30am - 1pm
  3. Wednesday 9.30am - 6pm
  4. Thursday 1pm - 5.30pm
  5. Friday Closed
  6. Saturday Closed
  7. Sunday Closed


Prospect Hill, Slapton, TQ7 2PN

City & Guilds Qualified British Dog Groomer's Association PIF - Pef Industry Federation

Reiki 2nd degree
USUI system therapist