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New Product Information

Dearest Clients,

Those that know me know well, know that I am always searching for select quality products to add to our retail space.  Quality means for me, it has to be holistic, organic/natural and (at least primarily) US sourced and US produced providing a non-pharmaceutical option to our clients.

The one thing I learned a lot about last Summer before and during our attendance at our continuing educational sessions was about the exciting benefits of CBDs.

Now what are CBDs?  They are the non-high producing pieces of the whole hemp plant.

What do they treat?  My own experience and those of the many clients and friends with whom I shared my discovery and the samples I came away with from these sessions showed remarkable effect on

  • Arthritis & Joint Pain
  • Generalized Pain
  • Cancer Symptoms
  • Situational Anxiety
  • Inflammation
  • GI Tract Issues
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin Issues

Now why choose Pet Releaf as a company versus all the others?  Well, when I compared their product to everyone else, I found higher quality sourcing and production which led to simply a better product.  Pet Releaf had

  • Long term contracts with their organic hemp farms in Colorado, France & Hungary
  • CO2 extraction method in lieu of others’ butane or ethanol process
  • Consistent third party testing to ensure consistent potency and efficacy
  • Control of the entire seed to sale process
  • Zero ingredients from China
  • Agar-Agar utilized as a gelatin replacement

So starting Wednesday, January 11, 2017, there will be a full line of hemp treats and oils available for purchase below web prices at our Sit.Stay.Play. facility at 589 North State Road in Briarcliff Manor.

Small bags of Edibites Dog Treats containing 1.5 mg of CBD are available in four flavors:  Kale & Carrot, Peanut Butter & Banana, Blueberry & Cranberry and Carob & Coconut for $19.99

Large bags of Edibites Dog Treats containing 3.0 mg of CBD are available in two flavors:  Peanut Butter & Banana and Blueberry & Cranberry for $29.99

For those with non-treat eating pups (like my senior Akita, Ice), Pet Releaf offers CBD in Oil form.  It is made with organic coconut oil and organic CBD hemp oil in a glass bottle.  When you compare Dasuquin and Cosequin supplements, this 300 mg bottle is a steal at $69.99.

The important thing to note is that you will see an immediate effect with CBD products, unlike pharmaceuticals that can take some time to ‘build’ the dose to get relief, this shows virtually within one day but the same applies to stopping, there is an immediate return of symptoms.

Should you have any questions about my own and friends/clients experiences that led me to send this email, feel free to reach out to me at 914-406-0891 or via my personal email

As always, our best Woofs and Arfs!


Pets a Go Go’s Fourth Annual “Puppy Bowl”



So why should you have all the fun?  On Sunday, February 7, 2016, the Super Bowl contenders may still be a mystery but the contenders at the next Puppy Bowl are set:  it is a match-up between Fluff versus Ruff.  The annual show takes place during the Super Bowl and is intended to promote awareness about pet adoption.

Our guests will enjoy the puppy bowl in it’s entirety, feast on plain boneless wings (with your permission, of course) and take home a souvenir fuzzy football to remember all the fun.  Please note although we don’t ever require reservations for daycare, if you know you need us, let us know so we can have more than enough wings and toys for everyone.*

*normal daycare prices apply.

To learn more about Pets a Go Go and ALL the services we offer, please visit

To learn more about the Puppy Bowl, please visit



Winter can be brutal on dog paw pads.  Left exposed to the elements and the toxic chemicals in salt and ice melt, your furbaby’s paws are at risk for drying, cracking, frostbite and chemical burns.  Lucky, there are products and habits that can lessen the damage and help keep your pup’s paws happy and healthy during the impending (and any future) storms.


There are a number of protective balms available to help protect your dog’s paws, and even some human products can suffice.  You can do your own research but we happen to really like Musher’s Secret*.  No matter which product you choose, preparation is key.  Make sure the paw is ready – especially that your furbaby’s paws are properly prepped.  If there is long hair, make sure the hair between the paw pads is short to prevent ice balls forming.  Keeping the hair around the paws manicured is also important as if your pup has a log of feathering, the hair should not have contact with the grown either.  Keeping nails appropriately trimmed is also important because longer nails cause the paws to splay and a splayed paw allows more snow and ice to accumulate between the paw paws and those ice balls can cause pain or even trauma.  Apply a thin even layer just before going out for a wintery walk.  After the walk, it will be important to wipe off the paws with a warm washcloth to remove snow, ice and any ice melt from the sidewalks or roads.  You can then apply another layer of balm to soothe any irritation and to keep them from drying out if you’d like.


Another good option to protect furbaby paws is dog boots.  There are numerous manufacturers and models.   Some are more sock like with a Velcro strap and traction, others are more basic allowing a more basic (comfortable) rubber barrier between the paw and the products.  Again, it is a matter of personal taste but we happen to really like Pawz*.  They come in a variety of sizes, are multi-use and are far more comfortable keeping your furbaby from doing the penguin walk and trying to remove them.  Best of all, they are biodegradable.  Remember to choose a size that snug enough so it doesn’t fall off but not so tight that it constricts the blood flow to the paw.  Please also remember to remove them between walks to allow the skin to breath.  We love these at Pets a Go Go and utilize them all year round to prevent or treat tender paws that have played too much.


Of even more concern is the threat from ingesting the deicing products.  Dogs may lick their paws or even the boots if they are not removed promptly.  If possible, walk off the salty sidewalks (think grass or snow) whenever possible.  If you must decide Safe Paw is a common pet-friendly deicer; but natural products such as sand, small stones or even clay (non-clumping) kitty litter are also great bio-friendly alternatives.

Just remember the best protection for your pet is prevention.  Dogs left in the cold for long periods of time are at risk for frostbite and even hypothermia.  It is not advised that dogs spend multiple hours in the cold.  In winter, frequent short walks are better for you and your dog than one single long walk.

*Pets a Go Go carries these and many other high quality products at their 589 North State Road location in Briarcliff Manor.

Introducing Mini Mondays Doggie Daycare!


Doggie Daycare specialized for the ‘under 20’ set.  Pets a Go Go is the premier doggie daycare facility in Westchester County.   With a 13+ year track record, we have revolutionized pet care in the tri-state area and continue to do so with our introduction of Mini Mondays for new clients. Unsure doggie daycare is for you and your tiny furbaby? Once your pup has been temperament tested and all paperwork is in order, you may attend up to three times for up to one hour during your first 30 days. Please call 914-458-4181 or email to get the process started.

Enjoying the Fall with your Furbaby!

Fall is here and that means hiking!

Fall Hike

Here in Westchester, we enjoy an inordinate amount of beautiful parks and preserves. When the weather turns temperate, it’s time to suit you and your furbaby(ies) for new and improved adventures. Below we have a number of wonderful trails to explore this season.

1. Blue Mountain Reservation Loop is within the 1583 acre park of the same name which is located in Peekskill and is open daily from 8 am to Dusk. The length of the hike is about five miles and is considered easy to moderate in difficulty.

This is a dog friendly loop includes both sections in Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. For those who are looking for additional adventures, this park allows for mountain biking and cross-country skiing in the winter and picnicking, fishing, archery and shooting as well as a playground for the young ones.

2. Bronx River Parkway Reservation which spans from Valhalla to Bronxville at just over 11 miles. The length of the hike is just less than ten miles and it is considered by most as fairly easy due to the linear nature of the park.

This park is one of the oldest in the Country (completed in 1925) and runs parallel to the Hudson River for much of its length. There are a number of interesting features throughout the park including a railroad underpass, numerous meadows and a 9/11 memorial.

3. Granite Knolls Easy Loop is located within the Granite Knolls Park in Yorktown. The length of the hike is about 3.5 miles and most consider it east in difficulty level.

This loop can take up to two hours to walk and passes many interesting boulders including a large glacier erratic known as the Giant Boulder. There is a still a small-scale quarry operation still in existence.

4. Ward Acres is located within the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River and there are numerous loops including those that cover Bear Rock, Civilian Conservation Corps, Dancing Rock, Indian Rock Shelter and Raven Rocks. Different walks have different lengths and difficulties but most are approximately five miles and considered easy to moderate.

This part is known as Westchester County’s largest park and includes a number of historic features. During your walk, you may see the Bear Rock Petroglyph (a Native American rock carving in the shape of a bear), an old stone foundation and a 1930’s camp from the Civilian Conservation Corps.

5. Hudson Highlands Gateway Loop is within the Hudson Highlands Gateway Park located in Cortlandt. This historic loop is just over four miles in length with some challenging sections but is considered of moderate difficulty overall.

Once home to a Revolutionary War lookout site, it is now more well known for it’s hiking, birding, fishing, showshoeing and cross-country skiing uses. There are a number of pretty views including Annsville Creek and the Hudson River. There are also numerous water sources including streams, cascades and a vernal pool for the furbabies to take a dip.

CPR and First Aid Certification for Pet Caregivers


Virtually all Pets A Go Go employees are CPR and First Aid certified for pets? Here are some scenes from our recent summer employee training.  If you don’t think this is important, think again.  Especially in extreme weather, we see the effects of exercise on older, ill or very young pets.  Would your caregiver know what to do in the event of an injury, an acute illness, an insect or snake bite?

Summer CPR