• For $15, you get bathing and brushing for a small dog up to 20 pounds (a $30 value). • For $25, you get $50 worth of bathing and a haircut for a small dog up to 20 pounds. • For $34, you get dog-boarding accommodations in a standard-size room for two nights (up to a $68 value).
Blending ancient Taoist principles of inner balance with cutting-edge diagnostic, medical, and surgical care, Dr. Annie M. Harvilicz and her team at Animal Wellness Centers cater to pawed companions with holistic care and genuine compassion. When Scruffy gets eerily aligned with his moniker, let him test the uber-cleansing waters of the Best Bath Ever, which includes a gently soothing shampoo, conditioning treatment, hand drying, and regal upkeep tips from the Fancy Feast cat ($30–$70 depending on pet weight). A la carte nail clipping ($16), ear cleaning ($16), and anal-gland expression ($22.50) refresh doghouse dwellers between baths, and canine and kitten insides can get equally spruced with Dr. Annie's own product line of vitamins and other supportive supplements. The center also opens its doors for babysitter-defiant felines and house-party-prone pups with luxury cat boarding ($35/day) and doggy daycare ($40/day), where all fellow overnighters are guaranteed to be vaccinated and free of Milk-Bone–shaped lock picks. Checkups, spays and neuters, behavior classes, and more can also be scooped up with this deal.
Dr. Shawn Matian has what it takes to make people smile. A specialist in cosmetic dentistry, he provides patients with the most up-to-date treatment options possible, including the Cerec one-day crown production system and ultra-thin porcelain Veneers and Invisalign aligners that straighten teeth without metal. This devotion to the cutting-edge extends to his brand-new facility, which features patient rooms equipped with overhead monitors complete with Netflix and noise-canceling headphones as well as a state-of-the-art sterilization center that exceeds all CDC requirements. He helms his office with a holistic approach that forbids the use of mercury and aims to limit certain substances known to cause allergies, including nickel, certain bonding materials, and retainers molded from bee pollen. In addition to avoiding toxic materials whenever possible, Dr. Matian also takes the time to educate his patients on how their lifestyle choices affect their dental health and to explain how proper nutrition can help prevent the onset of degenerative dental disease.
Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites?rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Ira Meisler doesn’t buy it. The real-life dog whisperer has used positive reinforcement—namely love, affection, and praise—to train pups for the past 30 years and invites dogs of all ages to enroll at American Pet Hotel & Dog Training. Puppies and mature dogs alike practice and absorb basic commands and—with or without their owners’ help—learn the art of potty training. For instance, customers can drop their pooches off for a few weeks of in-kennel training or have a trainer come to them for in-home sessions. Either way, Ira guarantees a lifetime of good behavior. If at any time a dog begins to regress on its training, he’ll offer a refresher course absolutely free of charge.
Beyond training services, American Pet Hotel & Dog Training also operates just what one would expect: a doggy hotel. While owners are away on vacation, guests can rest comfortably inside individual private indoor dog runs, each of which is cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. During their stays, they can lounge atop fleece bedding, frolic with staff during playtime, and enjoy at least six walks every day. Cats can rest their paws at the hotel as well. Private "kitty condos" ensconce felines in cozy spaces with relaxing music, and they also can enjoy designated play time with a scratching post or two. To ensure the safety of all pets, the hotel has a veterinarian on call 24/7 or 168/49 in dog time.