Pets and the vets

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Guilderland Animal Hospital
4963 Western Tpk. Altamont
355.0260; www.gahvets.com
Guilderland Animal Hospital in the Capital District has been serving the region since 1955. Through the past six decades GAH has remained committed to offering patients and owners the highest quality of medicine available. Drs. Michael Casler, Olivia Gliserman, Jennifer Haber and Jillian Moser and his experienced staff are dedicated to providing the best in small animal medicine according to standards of the American Animal Hospital Association., GAH has been AAHA-accredited since 1973 and acknowledges the special bond between pets and people.

Capital Vets
Various locations
www.capitalvets.net
What do we do at Capital Vets? We will partner with you to create the best lifetime care plan for your pet and your family.  What is our mantra? Prevent, detect, and treat-it. That is what we do for your pet and your family! We can help protect your pet from preventable problems through regular physical exams, vaccinations, parasite control, spays and neuters, and healthy weight management. We can teach you how to do home care such as nail trims, ear cleaning, and oral care to prevent infections. We will also try to detect diseases as early as possible to manage them more effectively. And when you and your pet face problems that can’t be treated, we will listen to you and support your pet and your family with pain management and end-of-life care. That is what it means to us to be your partner for the life of your pet.


Dogs and lovers of culture welcome: The Betsy
By Vikki Moran The Grateful Traveler

Leaving the family dog at home when traveling can be unbearable for some. Good news. Many hotels are now allowing you to bring your pet with you on vacation.
Some, like the Betsy on South Beach in Miami, can be superb properties in many ways and that escape experience can extend to your four-legged family member to create a real family experience with your dog (s).
If being a Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond property is not enough, CCN named The Betsy as one the world’s great literary hotels. Jonathan Plutzik, owner, has assembled a true cultural pathway in the heart of a true party city, South Beach.

‘Things that matter’
The luxury hotel, according to Plutzik, salutes “things that matter.” That policy centers philanthropy, arts, culture and education, offering events at no charge and open to the public in what some might call a culturally-starved Ocean Drive in South Beach. Ocean Drive would normally boast fish bowl-size cocktails, car cruising, strolling bikinis and many renowned night clubs.
The Betsy serves as the community’s artistic oasis. Hyam Plutzik, Jonathan’s father was awarded the very desirable Knight Foundation Challenge Grant and was a three-time Pulitzer finalist in poetry. Unquestionably, he posthumously remains the boutique hotel’s inspiration. “Things that matter” as explained by the property’s owner now include the family pet.
As with everything at The Betsy, corporate philosophy means something! Embracing the dog-friendly environment extends to the employees who often bring their dogs to work to co-mingle with the guests, especially the four-legged guests.
I know the environment of a pet-friendly workplace first hand as Capital Region Living Magazine often has dogs lying next to desks or breaking out into play to the amusement of the employees. I cannot say enough about embracing this in the office place for a more open and relaxed, creative atmosphere.

With your pet at your side
At The Besty, you are welcome to share the fashionable and exquisitely beautifully decorated rooms with your pets. There is a fee but a portion is donated to pet charities, in keeping with the hotel’s wide-ranging philanthropy.
The fee is $150 but half is used for the sanitation of the rooms and elimination of any potential pet allergies for the room’s future use and the other half to support dog shelter activities throughout the world. Pampering with your pooch is a new take on a couples massage. With your pup at your side you can enjoy magic fingers, aromatherapy and even healthy nibbles afterwards.
If that is over the top for you, perhaps you would like to take a walk up and down Ocean Drive to experience a fairy-tale experience. How fun! The folks on the drive are one of a kind in their own right and the art-deco back drop is amazing.
I loved sitting with a cocktail and our dog Gia on the enchanting front porch that extends to Chef Laurent Tourondel’s LT Steak & Seafood, where the culinary creations are only enhanced by South Beaches’ only boutique hotel, The Betsy.
There is never a reason to leave the property to eat and if seated outside, your pet is welcome to join you at LT’s. What’s the history of the hotel? Built in 1942, it was immediately acclaimed for its Florida/Georgian architecture. With extensive renovations ending in 2007, it re-opened as the present day Betsy.
The Betsy needs to be appreciated and you have lots of ways to take it all in—whether strolling the halls of The Betsy to see some of the best photography ever taken of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, enjoying the breathtaking ocean views, taking a dip in the roof top pool or, believe it or not, just admiring the décor in your guest room with its Carrara marble and Thassos mosaic.
The Betsy’s unique philosophy on life, culture and philanthropy creates absolute perfection. Pet travel resources: For great informational sites when traveling with pets, check out: www.tripswithpets.com petfriendlytravel.com www.bringfido.com

Betsy expansion

The Betsy has expanded since my visit and these are the exciting details. To the west, two historic buildings whose architects were in large part responsible to the Art Deco architecture movement in South Beach, are being linked to The Betsy by a bridge, creating public art.
When renovation is fully complete, the footprint of The Betsy will comprise its current Ocean Drive entrance building—the Colonial Wing with 59 rooms and suites and a fully-restored Art Deco Wing with 70 rooms and suites (30 of which will have balconies), plus a new casual Italian restaurant.
The current Betsy property will add a rooftop pool with outstanding views of the Art Deco district and the ocean and the impressive Miami skyline.
A second ocean view deck will be added and The Conservatory, which will remain a vibrant setting for the arts, will add an expresso bar, a performance stage and a new meeting space.

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