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Announcing Dog Grooming Transportation Service to the Upper West Side!

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We’re excited to begin offering transportation from the Upper West Side to our dog grooming location in Harlem!

Now you can have your best friend bathed, brushed, and freshly trimmed without you ever setting foot in a car. Your freshly-groomed pup will then be delivered back to your curb.

Our transporter, an avid dog-lover, will arrive at your curb to transport your pooch in comfort and then receive a day filled with pampering. After the grooming service, your pet will be whisked away and returned back to you, fresh and styling. Transport service begins on September 8th, and is available Tuesday-Friday, with a morning pickup and 4-hour turnaround time, for $20 per pet. Second pets are only $8! For initial visits, Lisa will accompany the transporter to review your needs and desires for the cut.

For more info, check out our Upper West Side Transportation Services page!

How to Keep Your Dog’s Pearly Whites Sparkling

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None of us would go a day without brushing our teeth, but we sometimes forget that dental hygiene is important for dogs too! And if you’ve ever experienced doggie dragon breath, you know how it can lead to problems. Here are a few tips to keep your pup’s pearly whites sparkling.

  • Make it fun. If your dog isn’t too thrilled with having someone poking around inside his or her  mouth, you can make it more enjoyable pretty easily. Choose a time when your dog has been exercised and is calm, and start slowly (you don’t have to do the whole thing in one sitting). And chicken-flavored toothpaste can go a long way towards changing your dog’s attitude toward brushing!
  • Pick your tool of choice. There are several options for the “brush,” including a traditional-looking toothbrush or a soft finger brush, which can be less intimidating to some dogs.
  • Dry food is better for dog teeth than soft food. If you can feed your dog dry food, you’ll have less to deal with when it comes to brushing. Soft food sticks to the teeth more furiously.
  • Doggie dental toys can be a great way to help keep teeth cleaner in between brushing. Special nubs help get particles off of teeth.
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s gums. Once a week or so, lift your pup’s lips and examine his or her gums and teeth. The gums should be pink (not white or red), and shouldn’t be swollen. Teeth should be clean, without brownish matter. If you find something suspicious, it’s a good idea to see your vet.
  • Try PlaqClnzPlaqClnz is a system made with natural ingredients that attacks bacteria and gets rid of plaque and tartar. You’ll see a visible improvement after just 30 minutes.

Maintaining clean teeth is so much easier than trying to deal with a problem that’s been allowed to fester, so keep up the good work! And once you get into the habit of brushing once or twice a week, your dog may actually look forward to his or her teeth cleaning time (especially if you’re using the flavored toothpaste!).

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Good News for Dog Lovers: New York Senate Passes Bill to Make It Legal to Dine with Pups

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Although a few of our favorite outdoor cafes have always allowed dogs in patio areas, these restaurants were risking fines in exchange. But the New York state Senate has passed a law to make it ok for dogs to be in outdoor patios. The bill still has to be approved by the Assembly, but it’s expected to pass without much opposition.

The law frees restaurants to decide if and how they want to welcome dogs — as long as dogs stay outdoors and are kept on leashes, and as long as the cafe follows safety and sanitary guidelines. The law isn’t a dog-friendly mandate, and some restaurants are expected to designate separate pet-friendly areas, while some will likely open up their entire outdoor areas to dogs. We’re excited that more restaurants may become dog-friendly, now that they won’t face fines for it!

 

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Stress-Free Nail Trimming: What to Do if Your Dog Doesn’t Like Nail Trims

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Some dogs just don’t like nail trims. Maybe because of negative experiences or some other fear, the sight of the clippers sends them cowering to a corner or even into an aggressive fit. But nail trimming is an important part of keeping dogs healthy, and there are ways to help your pup settle down and not be afraid of the process. Here are some ideas.

  • Try a different pair of clippers. Some dogs associate a particular style of clippers with a bad experience, so using a set of clippers that look completely different is sometimes all it takes to calm a dog’s fear.
  • Associate the new clippers with something your dog enjoys. As soon as you show your dog the new clippers, give him or her a treat, or place the clippers alongside a favorite toy and then play for a bit. (But don’t allow your pup to chew the clippers!)
  • If your dog doesn’t like his or her feet touched, you can use the same technique to get your pup used to having his or her feet touched. Gently stroke a paw while giving your dog a treat. Repeat with each foot, and do this a couple of times a day for a few days.
  • Try a few “air trims.” Once your dog is starting to associate the new clippers and paw touching with positive things (food and play!), try a few pretend trims. Without actually touching the clippers to the nail, just get close and go through the motion, then give a treat. The dog will get used to the sound of the clipper and associate positivity with the sound, making him or her more comfortable.
  • Be sure not to trim too short. If it’s been a while since a dog’s nails have been trimmed, the quick (where the blood flows) is longer than it might be otherwise. Trim more frequently and cut only a tiny amount to be sure not to cause pain. Gradually, the quick will recede back, allowing for a shorter nail trim. Only trim to where the nail curves downward. (It’s a good idea to have corn starch and soap, or styptic powder, or Quick Stop on hand, just in case you ever do cut too short, to stop the bleeding.)

 

Over time, and with a good dose of patience on your part, your dog should gradually become calmer and take nail trims in stride.

News: Meow Mondays!

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Meow Mondays

We’re now offering a special day for cats called Meow Mondays. If you book your cat’s grooming appointment for a Monday, your sweet kitty will receive a complimentary set of front feet Soft Paws!

To schedule your appointment, give us a call at (212) 690-0010!

Tino’s Photo Shoot

One of our cute customers, Tino, a beautiful mini poodle, had a photo shoot and sent us some of his amazing pictures to share. His owner, Cliff, is a talented photographer.

Tino is brushed religiously by Cliff, and arrives with the biggest hair in Harlem. We always do a completely hand-scissored cut, and he’s always careful not to move during his grooming — he wants to get the best cut possible and look his handsome best! We love working with Tino!

Special Dog-Friendly Hotels in and Around Harlem

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Sure, your friends and family are great, but sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much! When you need some extra space for visiting friends or family who are traveling with their pups, a pet-friendly hotel is the perfect solution.

There are many hotels in NYC that allow pets, but if your friends and family are just as crazy about their sweet pups as you are about yours, they may want to treat Fido to a special vacation along with them! Here are a few hotels in and around Harlem who welcome furry companions in a truly unique way.

Aloft Harlem — Within walking distance of the Historic Apollo Theatre, this stylish New York hotel features modern decor and excellent amenities like a bar and a gym. The hotel welcomes dogs up to 40 pounds, and the free arf(SM) program offers a special bed, bowl, and a doggie bag of treats and toys.

The Benjamin — If your visitors are looking for an over-the-top treat for their pet, tell them to check out The Benjamin. The hotel’s Dream Dogs program provides a plush doggie bathrobe, a doggie DVD (to keep dogs from getting bored when alone in the room), and a dog room service menu. The doggie bed menu offers different sizes of specially-designed beds to make sure pets get a good night’s sleep. The Benjamin is located in Midtown East, but it’s worth the extra distance!

Loews Regency — With their Loews Loves Pets program, dogs are treated to a complimentary welcome basket with a name tag, pet bowl, and treats, and dog beds are offered as well. Loews provides dog-walking and pet-sitting in-house — dogs left in the room will be walked for $20, and the front desk will watch a pet for $10 an hour, which gives visitors the ability to go out to restaurants, museums, etc. with you, knowing that their sweet one is being taken care of.

Have you had a great experience at a dog-friendly hotel in or around Harlem? Please share in the comments!

 

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A Few of Our Recent Cute Customers

We love working with our cute customers, and we so enjoy meeting each dog that walks through our doors. We try to snap photos whenever we’re able, and are sharing these stylish pups with you!

 

 

 

If Your Pup is Susceptible Ear Infections, Here’s What to Do

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Ear infections are no fun for your dog or for you. They can cause discomfort and, if left alone, can develop into more serious problems. And let’s face it — they’re just kind of gross.

Ear infections happen when ears aren’t kept clean, which is a tough task for owners of breeds with long ears and breeds that experience skin problems of other types.

But keeping your dog’s ears clean doesn’t have to be a challenge. Veterinarian Michael Fleck offers the following Dos and Don’ts for caring for pets’ ears.

Dos

  • Do clean the pet’s ears properly and safely and on a daily basis before applying other prescribed ear medications.
  • Do apply prescription ear ointments and drops as prescribed once the ear has been cleaned.
  • Do accept the injection (shot) and/or oral medication prescribed.
  • Do have the veterinarian recheck the progress of the treatment prescribed a week or two after initial treatment is performed
  • Do follow the veterinarian’s recommendation of a managed approach in the continual care for affected ears (including cleaning the ears several times weekly with a safe, non-medicated solution such as Epi-Pet, along with intermittent application of prescription ear ointments/drops).

Don’ts

  • Don’t use “home remedies” like vinegar, alcohol and mineral oil mixtures to clean the ears. These ingredients are irritants and will worsen the condition.
  • Don’t use systemic treatment products such as injections, pills or topical products without first cleaning the ears each time before using them.
  • Don’t stop treating the ear once the ear issue appears to be corrected. Follow the recommended veterinary managed approach along with regular ear cleaning in the follow up care for the ear issue. This will complete the ear treatment process and help to prevent serious reoccurrence.
  • Don’t squeeze the ear cleaner solution directly into the ear from the bottle — instead, saturate a cotton ball with the ear cleaner solution and insert it into the opening of the ear. Gently squeeze the cotton ball so that the solution drips into the ear then twist and wipe the skin along the vertical canal and around the auricular cartilage near the end of the ear. This will remove much of the wax and debris that is in the ear. Repeat this process several times during each ear cleaning. It is important to note that it is ok to leave some waxy residue behind for the health of the ear.

With a little extra attention, those painful and messy infections can be prevented, leaving your pup (and you!) much happier.

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What Are Tear Stains Exactly? And What Can You Do About Them?

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If you have a light-colored Maltese, Lhasa Apso, or Shih Tzu, you may have noticed reddish-brown streaks under your dog’s eyes. These streaks are called tear stains, and they’re common in these breeds, but can also be present with other breeds, and even some cats.

Tear staining is caused by excessive tear production or poor tear draining, and can be caused by a variety of issues — some temporary and just an annoyance, such as dust getting into a dog’s eyes, and some more serious, such as disease. It’s always a good idea to talk to your vet to see if the cause can be pinpointed and corrected.

What you don’t want to do is use tear stain removal products containing tylosin tartrate. The FDA has warned three manufacturers of tear stain removal products (who make Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, Glow Groom, and Health Glow) that their products aren’t legal for use on dogs or cats.

If your vet concludes that your dog is healthy but just more susceptible to tear stains, there are several natural ways you can prevent the tear stains:

  • Offer only high-quality, healthy food. You may also want to ask your vet to test for food allergies that could be causing problems and avoid foods that cause a reaction.
  • Offer fresh, filtered drinking water instead of tap water, which contains chlorine and fluoride.
  • Try a porcelain or glass feeding dish instead of plastic. Plastic bowls have been knows to increase tear staining in some dogs.
  • Wipe your dog’s face with a warm, wet washcloth a few times a day. Keeping the fur clean and clear of allergens will help.
  • Try vinegar in the water bowl. The Bichon Frise Club of America has recommended adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of distilled water and using that for the dog’s water bowl each day.
  • Use Epi-Pet ear cleaner. Epi-Pet is intended for cleaning a dog’s ears, but it works just as well for removing tear stains. It’s safe and approved for dogs and cats. (We carry Epi-Pet here at Lisa’s Pet Styles, so if you’d like more information, just give us a call at (212) 690-0010.)

 

Have you had experience treating tear staining naturally? Please share your thoughts!

photo credit: Maltese Obsession