From boarding and daycare to checkups and surgery, the services at Chesterfield Veterinary Center have pets covered. Three doctors and a small staff work to keep dogs and cats happy and healthy. They care for animals six days a week and showcase philanthropic values as well: when the team unexpectedly and tragically lost an employee, they established a foundation in his name that benefits animal charities.
During their stays at Nancy Crane’s Family Pet Care, dogs and cats alike play and lounge under the doting eyes of the animal-loving staff. In the dog kennel, pups sprawl out on heated floors when it's chilly or let their floppy ears waggle in the breeze from central air conditioning on hot days. Outside their doggy doors, hounds can take in the fresh air on daily indoor and outdoor runs.
In the separate cat area far away from disdainful pooches, kitties in most units peer out their windows in search of songbirds, squirrels, neighborhood children, and other natural prey.
The facility's staff is on hand 24 hours a day, to ensure that help is always nearby in case your pup has that recurring dream about eating a gigantic bone. For dogs, the caregivers also dole out some optional pet-pampering services, including outdoor playtime, grooming, and treats of peanut-butter-filled bones and ice-cream cones.
Today's side deal cleans up dirty dogs without the extra mess. For $12, you get $24 worth of self-service dog washing and five fresh baked treats from Four Muddy Paws. The Riverfront Times named the bark-worthy boutique the Best Dog Wash, and St. Louis Tails readers voted it the Best Pet Boutique, among other awards. A basic wash is $12, so you can bathe two pups, or come back a second time when your puppy gets muddy again, or you can splurge on the premium wash (includes cologne, $14) for extra dirty doggies. Redeem your Groupon at the boutique's Edwardsville, IL or St. Louis locations.
Silver Maple Farm's two-acre estate teems with furry friends on loan from owners. In two-hour play sessions at doggie daycare, pooches stretch their legs, breathe fresh air, and make new friends by checking other dogs' tail areas for trading cards ($28.50/day, $21.50/half-day). The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday so that Fidos can socialize while their human servants are off earning money and buying kibble.
The canine caretakers at BauserHaus keep watch over their guests throughout a 7,000-square-foot facility. Organized by size, dogs spend all day trotting about indoor and outdoor play areas. Come nighttime, boarding dogs snooze in private 5'x5' pens furnished with beds and, like the homes of football stars, astroturf carpeting.
Traveling Tails Inn provides full grooming services for all breeds plus a summer-camp-like daycare and boarding experience to keep pups blissfully entertained, out of trouble, and up-to-date on their obedience training. Owners seeking grooming relief can get their grungy buddies a bath package, including a nail trim, full-body soaping, paw-pad scrubbing, and blow-dry ($33–$65 depending on breed). Traveling Tails Inn's expansive facility boasts four indoor and two outdoor play areas where seasoned canine wranglers and certified trainers engage dogs in confidence-building games and obedience-training drills. Pups are grouped for activities based on size and temperament, so gentle or small dogs aren't harassed and hardier hounds can play tackle football without injuring their companions.