The professional-bathing staff at Paw Seasons Hotel & Day Spa cleanses furry friends of all shapes and sizes in deep, stainless-steel washbasins. Their specialized hydro-surge system drenches pets in pleasantly warm streams of water, whereas rich shampoos expunge dirt, dander, and prior bone-stealing convictions from coats. Canine coddlers pay extra attention to details such as the ears and anal glands and create a spa-style experience for pets with a back-and-head massage that melts away doggie tension. Lingering moisture evaporates into thin air under room-temperature wafts from a blow dryer, whereas a nail trimming halts late-night tap-dancing sessions across wooden floors. Pulchritudinous pups strut out of their cleansing refreshed, odor free, and sporting a dapper bow or bandana to accentuate their newly spiffy coat.
A practicing veterinarian since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Keith Niesenbaum cares for four-legged friends as the owner and medical director at Crawford Dog & Cat Hospital. Alongside senior associate vet Dr. Brian Spar, Dr. Niesenbaum and his staff treat ailing pets in three facilities that offer inpatient and outpatient care and also make house calls.
Sanibel Chophouse's owner was inspired by summers spent on Sanibel Island (on Florida's Gulf Coast) to create a restaurant with an elegant, island-resort atmosphere and classically prepared steak and seafood dishes. Navigate Sanibel's surf-and-turf matrix to perform a linear computation of six meats, such as filet mignon and chicken cutlets, and four seafoods, including lobster tail and Maryland crab cake (range $24–$45, mean $32.42, median $32.50, mode $28 and $32). Or go for the easy-to-hold chophouse burger: applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, and special sauce stacked atop a huge, juicy ground-beef circle (served with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and fries, $14). The menu is rife with meaty eats, such as cider-brined pork chops ($21), and dry-aged steaks, including a 20-ounce rib eye ($32).
Dr. Keith Niesenbaum and the staff of Great Neck Dog & Cat Hospital are on hand six days a week to provide urgent care assistance, emergency procedures, dog day care, boarding, and even house calls. In addition to cats and dogs, select practitioners can also treat rabbits, reptiles, and pocket pets.
The bright-blue awning hanging outside Queens Animal Health & Emergency makes it hard to miss; it's blend of Eastern and Western medical treatments make the clinic hard to forget. Its veterinarians are well versed in general-wellness care for their clients' four-legged friends and use acupuncture to manage a variety of chronic issues, such as arthritis, asthma, and the anxiety that stems from trying to bark in Morse code. With its boarding services, staff members care for pets while their owners are on vacation, and grooming sessions keep animals looking their best.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Royal Canine, Hill's Prescription Diet, Purina, and Heartgard
Pro Tip: Newcomers should bring any records on their pet's medical history, including vaccinations.