Dr. Sunil Gupta has ways of putting four-legged family members at ease. The doctor packs up his medical bag and makes house calls when pets are ailing or demanding outrageous fees to fetch the newspaper. Some pets find the home environment soothing, though others are equally at home within Dr. Gupta’s clinic. Access to advanced equipment allows Dr. Gupta and his staff to provide a wide range of medical services, from standard checkups to diagnostic treatments. Healthy dogs and cats can take advantage of the clinic's grooming services and boarding packages, which feature flexible weekend pickup hours. Even without appointments or royal mandates, owners are welcome to bring their pets by for a complimentary nail trim and ear cleaning.
Sit, Stay N' Play Dog Park was borne from the nervous energy of one golden retriever. His owners saw how anxious their dog became after being cooped up in the house during a rainy spell. To solve their pup's problem, they created an indoor park. There, canines can burn off the energy that would otherwise accumulate and cause them to rebel by chewing up shoes or listening to George Thorogood. The 11,000 square feet of play space is mostly indoors, and pet owners can bring their dogs for play time, or leave them for daycare or an overnight visit where they'll be taken care of by a dog-loving staff.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, gents there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Patrons sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, complete with a cleansing and towels warmed by hugs from bald eagles. The stylists and barbers only enlist professional products from brands such as American Crew and Woody's, which are tailored to male hair and emanate fragrances like a bouquet from a Camaro.
While pooches are part of the family, unfortunately they can't always go along on the family vacation. My Dog's Spot makes up for what they may miss out on by giving them comfortable quarters to sleep, play, and eat in. They also get to socialize with other four-legged friends, catching up on the latest gossip around the proverbial hydrant. For pups that require only a short stay, half- and full-day doggie daycare are available as well.
Puptown’s canine coddlers offer boarding and washing services for floppy-eared family members seven days a week. At the East 96th Street location's dog wash, pet owners can de-grime dirty coats and bring back a signature “new dog” scent. Canines enter large, stainless-steel tubs via a dog-friendly ramp or grasshopper-like leap, with owners using convenient spray nozzles to wash away remnants of crashed pizza parties. Puptown supplies dog-washing necessities including shampoo and conditioner, towels, and a jowl-flopping dryer. For an additional $5, guests can upgrade to the deluxe wash and use the facility's de-shedding solutions, ear wash, and toothbrushes and paste.