Pamper Your Pooch

Polished Pups: The Morris Animal Inn offers numerous health and beauty treatments for your dog, including moisturizing paw soaks (above) and canine bubble baths.

Polished Pups: The Morris Animal Inn offers numerous health and beauty treatments for your dog, including moisturizing paw soaks (above) and canine bubble baths.

With a number of luxury pet resorts, day-care centers and spas sprouting up around the Garden State, Jersey pooches can be just as pampered as their owners.

“In the winter, surfaces are so cold because of ice and snow. Dogs’ paws can get really brittle just like our nails,” explains Lori Zimmerman, owner of Pups@Play, a doggy day-care center that also offers grooming, training, holistic wellness and vacation care services (973-740-8500; pupsdaycare.com) in Livingston. Treat Fido to one of its paw balm treatments (on sale through March for $5). This moisturizing treatment soothes dry and cracked paws, and “it smells really good,” Zimmerman adds.

“When you get those chapped hands and dry skin, your dog is experiencing the same,” says Debora Montgomery, marketing manager for the Morris Animal Inn (973-539-0377; morrisanimalinn.com). The Morristown pet resort, which offers day care, boarding, grooming and spa services for dogs and cats, is offering a canine salon experience for $19.95 that includes a facial scrub, bubble bath and more. “With just one application, this treatment conditions your dog’s skin and leaves it smelling great,” she says.

Exercise is an essential part of your pup’s beauty and wellness routine, but the winter chill keeps most of us indoors. “You don’t want to go out and play ball, so your dog is cooped up in the house and has a lot of energy,” says Shelly Leibowitz, co-owner of Green Leaf Pet Resort & Hotel (732-845-3787; greenleafpetresort.com) in Millstone.

“Swimming is the perfect way for your dog to have fun and get fit at the same time,” he says. The pet destination, which offers pickup and delivery services to its day-care, training, boarding and grooming facility, recently installed a 20- by 40-foot salt-based swimming pool in which canines can dive, retrieve and swim laps. Sounds doggone delightful.


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