Happy October, everyone! It's that's time of year to put out your cinnamon-scented candles (I got mine at the CVS on Eagle Rock Boulevard), sport that rockin' orange nail polish (try Sonia Kashuk in Tango Mango, $4.99 at Target!), pull those light sweaters out of storage, and brush up on your butternut squash soup recipes.
October is also a month to think about our furry friends. After all, it's National Pet Wellness Month, which was launched by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Fort Dodge Animal Health, an animal healthcare products manufacturer, in 2004.
AVMA's 2012 campaign theme, "Twice a Year for Life," encourages pet parents to bring their four-legged friends, especially those more than seven years old, into the vet for regular check-ups twice a year (not least because pets age a lot faster than we do). Luckily for Eagle Rockers, we have a few pet clinics in town as well as a number of other pet stores that provide wellness aid to your little critters.
In honor of this pet observance, we wanted to remind you of the best places right here in Eagle Rock to care for your furry or feathered. Last month, we focused on the pet fashions that our local pet establishments offer in but here we'll show you what other services and goods they have to keep your little buddy happy and well.
Pet Clinics: Eagle Rock Emergency Pet Clinic, 4254 Eagle Rock Blvd., (323) 254-7382: This is the 911 for pet emergencies in town. This is the number you keep on your fridge, you give to your pet sitter, and you have on your speed dial especially if you have an ill or aging pet. They take emergency calls 24/7 for any of your urgent pet needs. Eagle Glen Veterinary Clinic, 4305 Eagle Rock Blvd., (323) 256-0405 and Animal Health Care Center, 5211 El Verano Ave., (323) 258-2122 both other regular non-emergency veterinary services, including exams, dental care, surgery, and more.
Julie’s Dog Grooming, 1803 Colorado Blvd., (323) 258-5548: After years of struggling to clip my kitties' nails myself and ending up scratched, bloodied, and with an angry cat on my hands, I decided to drive down a few blocks to the closet groomer to my house and found quite a hidden treasure at Julie's Dog Grooming. The owner, José Villa, bought the business from previous owner Julie but kept the name, has an incredible bedside manner with my kitties, who somehow just succumb to José's charm and ease without a single attempt to wiggle from his grips or his clippers. The task that would take me days to accomplish, he gets done in five minutes. And, it only cost $5! Of course, they offer haircuts, washes, and shampooing services as well.
Rock Dog & Cat, 1916 Colorado Blvd., (323) 258-7625: If you want to feed your dog or cat like the little princes and princesses that they are, then check out Rock Dog & Cat's great selection of high-quality, organic, holistic, grain-free, and raw foods and treats, including Orijen, Wellness, Natural Balance, and others. I especially love the homegrown organic catnip blossoms by Enchantacat and found their crunchy deer treats for dogs a creative treat option. Owner Peter Berman also stocks lots of eco-friendly products, such as biodegradable and compostable poop bags by Earth Rated. And, let's not forget treats for the mind, such as the Treat Triad Dog Toy Puzzle by Dog Games. But, if it's not in the store, don't worry. "If you want it, I can get it. It takes me a few days to get special orders in," says Berman.
Puppy Love Pet Spa, 1608 Colorado Blvd., (323) 256-2000: It's not a wellness month without a massage or two and Puppy Love Pet Spa offers just that: spa-like massage and wraps for dogs! A 60-minute doggie massage goes for $45 and body wraps for $12. They also offer regular grooming services, such as cuts and baths, ranging from $20-$50 and up, as well as manicure/pedicures and anesthesia-free teeth cleaning.
Hal’s Eagle Rock Pet Shop, 4374 Eagle Rock Blvd., (323) 255-5714: Let's not forget our feathered friends this month! Hal's Eagle Rock Pet Shop has quite the array of birds, as well as small rodents, such as mice and rats and all of the bird and rodent supplies and accessories you can ask for. They also offer grooming services for dogs and cats, as well as a large selection of decorative leashes and collars.
Target, 2626 Colorado Blvd., (323) 258-1355: Though we love to support our mom and pop shops in the Rock, it’s hard not to point out Target’s great selection of pet supplies with four aisles and one back wall totally devoted to your companions. For your one-stop-shopping needs, Target's pet section is really unrivaled. My favorite item there: The flattened-out stuffed bunny and raccoon plush toys that any dog would love to his teeth on.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the Plaza Pet Clinic on El Verano Ave., which has been replaced by the Animal Health Care Center.