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A fancy Williamsburg canine salon sets itself apart from the pack by dimming the lights and putting on classical music as part of its grooming package.

And if your pup has a pain on its tuchus, canine spa specialists are willing to massage your dog’s rear-end to help ease discomfort.

Eco Dog NYC unclogs dogs offers an “anal gland expression” — a procedure in which groomers apply external posterior pressure to two glands manually.

Adrienne Harris, owner of the upscale grooming shop on N. Fifth Street, say the treatment can help furry patients with blockage problems that can lead to itching and infection, while the lighting and music set the mood.

“It could relieve them and keep things flowing,” said Harris, whose animal spa offers the massage as part of a full grooming package that costs between $55 and $110 depending on the pup’s size and hair length. “We lower the lights and it kind of makes them feel better.”

The poo poo package is rare at pet salons because most grooming schools stopped teaching the practice long ago, according to dog health experts.

Charlotte Reed, a pet issues author and member of the New York State Veterinary Board, said the cleanse has tangible medical benefits for a so-called fecal impaction condition.

But she suspects the music and lighting are more beneficial to the humans involved.

“We tend to anthropomorphize our pets and think they need what we need,” said Reed, who has performed the procedure herself. “When you’ve got two fingers up a dog’s butt, honestly, it helps you, too.”

The cleansing trend comes at the height Brooklyn’s doggie pampering obsession, which includes “hipster puppy” fashion shows, pooch hair-dyeing, and even canine tattooing — which state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge) is pushing to outlaw.

Harris said her shop, which opened five months ago, offers a wide variety of canine services including grooming, doggie day care, walking, training, and retail, and noted the cleanse is only performed upon request from pet owners.

The practice pleases dog owners such as Natalie Rohrer, whose Brussels Griffon stopped dragging her rear-end on the ground after the posterior squeeze.

“It helped her out — I think she felt much better,” Rohrer said. “But, you know, sometimes dogs are hard to read.”

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018: Story updated to clarify the practice and better outline what is actually performed.
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Reasonable discourse

o3 from wburg says:
there's something ethically wrong in a nation that spends ~2 BILLION/yr on pets..but has kids going to bed hungry.

>people before pets!11!!!1!!111!
May 22, 2012, 8 am
o3 from wburg says:
there's something ethically wrong in a nation that spends ~2 BILLION/yr on pets..but has kids going to bed hungry.

>people before pets!11!!!1!!111!
May 22, 2012, 8 am
so from what says:
Yay
May 22, 2012, 8:55 am
rchil says:
my friend used to work for one of these places on the west coast. guess what happens when the owner leaves? chocolate laxatives. boom.
May 22, 2012, 10:35 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
I'm against children going to bed hungry but I really like pets more than children, and their parents. Pets are much better behaved and easier to live with.
May 22, 2012, 10:41 am
BabyHate from Kent Ave says:
Screw babies...yay dogs!!!
May 22, 2012, 4:42 pm
Joe from Williamsburg says:
Wow. I know the ppl who run this place, and this is such a complete misrepresentation of this facility and the owners. This paper has no idea what they just put on the web. Wowww.....how dare you editors LIE about what this facility does.
May 22, 2012, 6:23 pm
Joe from Williamsburg says:
Wow. I know the ppl who run this place, and this is such a complete misrepresentation of this facility and the owners. This paper has no idea what they just put on the web. Wowww.....how dare you editors LIE about what this facility does.
May 22, 2012, 6:23 pm
Adrienne from Williamsburgh says:
Im Adrienne Harris owner of EcoDogNYC

This article totally misrepresents what was said to the writer. To clarify:

*our certified groomer can offer EXTERNAL Anal gland expression to a dog only if asked by owner (learned by the groomer and is part of their certification). This practice has been around for many years.

*We are not vets and DO Not treat any condition a dog may have.

*We lower our lights and play classical music for our dogs in doggie daycare during "rest" times, and not during grooming.

*we dont do any insertion of fingers, nor have we ever claimed to.

Thank you!
May 22, 2012, 7:59 pm
Adrienne from Williamsburgh says:
Thank goodness the editors reconsidered the misrepresented statements written and making it closer to reality by updating the story at 9:10P.

***External anal expression doesnt involve any rectal penetration***
May 22, 2012, 8:31 pm

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