Pooches and felines of all sizes and pelt types receive intensive pampering during Shear Pawfection's premium cat or dog grooming. Using the immersive HydroSurge system, the professional staff wrestles out fur grime with an oxygen-infusing spray, leaving skins smoother and sheens sheenier. Beast beauticians lather the puppy- or kitty-covering with all-natural shampoos before combing and cutting the coat to the owner’s preference, revealing a treasure trove of lost kibbles and car keys. Clippers tame unruly nails, and a thorough ear washing prevents the growth of infection-causing bacteria and helps pets hearken to their squeaky-clean conditions.
At House Vets for House Pets, Dr. Kamaria Catalan and her team of veterinary assistants keep tails wagging happily with comprehensive preventive treatments and medical procedures. With the same care used during surgeries and acupuncture sessions, Dr. Catalan and her team coddle their guests in climate-controlled boarding facilities. Furry visitors frequently visit House Vets for House Pets for daycare or extended visits, romping freely around indoor and outdoor play spaces under the watchful eye of staff members who don’t believe in “cage time.” The staff members also groom critters in their in-house salon and make house calls so that animals can be treated in a familiar and comfortable environment without having to miss the live sitcoms performed by neighboring squirrels.
In Animal Care Centers’ climate-controlled boarding facilities, dogs lounge in the lap of luxury—their VIP dog suites are outfitted with TVs and overlook a koi pond complete with a waterfall. However, perhaps the most important amenity is a team of veterinarians, on call around the clock. And the vets are some of the best in town; the practice has been named "Best Vet in Cincinnati" for four consecutive years by City Beat Magazine. For the past 30 years, the vets have administered vaccinations, screened for heartworm and leukemia, and performed pet dentistry, rather than just teaching pets to chew with wind-up chattering teeth.
Camp Bow Wow's certified staff dog-sits in large indoor and outdoor play areas in which pups are free to frolic with friends or surveil their own tails. Each of Camp Bow Wow's daycare counselors is a professional in canine first aid and behavior and is adequately trained to diffuse doggy dangers. Camp Bow Wow's experts categorize dogs into play groups based on size, demeanor, and brain power, so pets may engage in fair matches of Trivial Pursuit. Dog owners chained by their work cubicles can peek at their four-legged companions passing time with camper cams, which broadcast live feeds of Camp Bow Wow's play rooms.
Puppywood Pet Resort supervises dogs while owners are away, provides training programs, and pampers dogs with grooming and bathing services. Daycare allows canines to socialize indoors and outside, frolicking in the grass, climbing on play equipment, or lounging in the pool. Boarding pups stay in open kennels, receiving food and medications as dictated by their owners.
Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa founder Ray Schneider understands why his clients would want to pamper their pups with massage and reiki sessions or warm-water swims. As he told Dan Monk of the Business Courier, "It’s a relationship that’s very hard to explain. When you have a dog, you can understand it.” The Blue Ash resident and entrepreneur created the sprawling, 25,000-square-foot pet hotel—and its second location in Boston—because he realizes the lengths to which people will go to care for their furry friends.
Swathed in upscale atmosphere, the spa is outfitted with all the comforts of home and more; after touring the facilities, Jeff Elkus of David's Voice said, "I wish the last resort I visited had half the amenities of Red Dog." Dogs can stay in private, themed boarding suites with flat-screen TVs and owner-monitored webcams. They exercise and socialize in climate- and airflow-controlled play areas, romp in a three-acre dog park, and don buoyancy vests to soothe achy joints in the heated aquatic center. The hotel also offers multilevel lodging for cats, as well as canine grooming and training services.
Schneider hired and trained a staff for around-the-clock supervision and care. Dogs who are aging, have health issues, or secretly write reviews for Frommer's get special attention in a room with a fireplace and stretch lounges.