Some dogs like to get out of the house for a while; others are much more comfortable at home. Leash Pet Care focuses on the homebodies, the pets who would rather spend their days and nights snuggled on their own couches with their own remote controls. The animal-loving staff stops over while owners are away, walking dogs, filling their water dishes, and taking in the mail so pets don't miss notifications of their sweepstakes winnings. Someone from the crew will even stay overnight if needed, giving both pet and owner peace of mind.
Dr. Thomas Jackson has a special facility for answering the questions of pet owners. The seasoned veterinarian and veterinary neurosurgeon honed his ability to supply simple, understandable answers as longtime author of a newspaper column called "Ask the Vet." Practicing in the Fort Myers area since 1987, the animal doc with the amiable pet-side manner has treated innumerable critters at Best Friends Animal Hospital, where he serves as senior vet and belly rubber. The facility also boasts two other vets and a friendly staff that emphasizes the importance of preventative health care in addition to surgical, emergency and therapeutic treatments, and vaccinations. The hospital's medical services offer health care for nearly any pet, including exotics and birds, and recently expanded to include professional grooming.
The staff at Bark All About It believes that home is where the heart is—for humans as well as animals. Their flexible overnight pet-sitting, pet-taxiing, and dog-walking services center on the at-home visit, which allows pets to avoid adjustment struggles and uncomfortable encounters with an ex-lover at kennels and other temporary homes. To get acquainted with pets and their owners, the staffer first makes a complimentary house call to learn any special needs. Though the name Bark All About It suggests a focus on dogs, the staffers have undergone pet first aid training through the American Red Cross, which prepares them to care for any domesticated creature.
A full-service doggy daycare, Bark Wild supervises and entertains pups of all sizes for half-days, full days, or up to 20 nights of boarding. Canines frolic together within more than 3,000 square feet of indoor playground space and a 3,500-square-foot outdoor area surrounded by secure fencing, avoiding the increases in separation anxiety sometimes associated with caged boarding. Alternatively, dogs that need alone time to edit YouTube videos of themselves skateboarding can relax in a private suite. Bark Wild disinfects the facility daily and treats it each month with organic flea and tick control.
Dr. Nina Krajewski went from spiking a volleyball to making sure Spike the bulldog is healthy. A member of an NCAA Division II championship team on the court, she went on to veterinary school. In 2007, the Sarasota native founded Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital. The veterinary office offers a wide range of animal care, from checkups and dental cleanings to emergency care and dog and cat boarding.
Under the umbrella of Pet Medical Centers, nine Miami-Dade and Broward-area veterinary hospitals provide sophisticated healthcare for furry, feathered, and scaly family members. The hospitals’ specialty services include nonanesthetic dental care, ultrasounds, radiology, and endoscopies. All locations boast surgical operating rooms equipped with windows and cameras to give owners peace of mind, and many of the clinics are equipped with lasers for blade-free incisions. Besides emergency care, the doctors and technicians—some of whom have appeared as specialists on Univision and Animal Planet—perform general wellness examinations and informative nutritional consultations.
Although medical care provides what pets need, boarding services treat pets to what they want. Most locations double as cat and dog hotels, but only one deserves the title of pet resort—at Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center, animals enjoy a climate-controlled dog park with a pool, baths with massaging jets, and expansive canine suites with window views.