As the head of Carrollton Animal Hospital, Dr. Michael W. McGuire has come full circle since the high school days he spent volunteering at a veterinary clinic. His lifelong passion for animals makes him an ideal custodian of the clinic, which has served the community for a staggering 40 years. Despite its long history, the clinic boasts fully modern facilities including surgical suites, onsite blood analyzers, and a fully stocked pharmacy. Dr. McGuire uses his more than 15 years to oversee the tightly knit team of veterinary assistants and animal lovers who help him attend to dogs, cats, rabbits, and small exotic pets. The clinic offers routine animal care including checkups and dentistry, as well as surgery and preventative care—including vaccinations to protect against parasites, rabies, and ticks disguised as squeaky toys. To keep owners and pets together, the staff also performs microchipping services that can help locate pets should they go missing. Those in need of kennel services can let Fido run free in the grassy greenery of the clinic's outdoor play area and retreat at night to the indoor boarding kennel.
At Barney's Ranch, pups congregate in an 8,000-square-foot outdoor yard to chew toys and play under the supervision of loving staff. Throughout the day, dogs splash in small pools and get in shape the same way Lassie used to exercise: by rescuing each other from wells. At night, boarders settle into cageless corrals, where gentle music soothes them to sleep. Owners can monitor their pets from a distance by logging into the webcams that Barney's has set up in each of the ranch's four areas.
Within WoofGang Doggy Day Care’s 9,500-square-foot facility, dogs of like sizes frolic in cage-free, climate-controlled bliss. Inspired by child daycare centers, WoofGang provides pups with constant stimuli, such as balls and other toys; an outdoor play area; and the attention of energetic caretakers, staffed at a 1-to-10-dog ratio. Canines staying the night can bunker down in luxury suites or bedded crates when not playing with fellow guests or basking in personal staff attention.
For unruly animals, WoofGang Doggy Day Care offers training programs to get owners and pets on the same wavelength. Positive reinforcement helps dogs learn in a supportive environment and supplies owners with ample opportunities to sneak treats for themselves.
It sounds like a rainforest inside Kookaburra Bird Shop. The cries and chortles of crested cockatoos and blue and gold macaws ricochet off the brick walls. One notable macaw sits on her perch, white cheeks glowing and feathers cascading seamlessly from fire-engine red, to sun yellow, to a deep blue. This is Miranda, the resident bird, who greets visitors as they peruse the shop's wares and peek into the cages of birds for adoption. After squawking hello to Miranda, customers can chat with an avian behaviorist who uses his 30 years of experience to help owners understand their bird's behavior issues such as moodiness, irritability, or incessant repetition.
In addition to attending to the feathered guests, Kookaburra Bird Shop also accommodates cats and dogs with boarding services. Cats are treated to padded resting areas and a room to explore, while dogs frolic on two walks a day or head out on a run accompanied by a distance runner.
The Paw Depot caters to pets and their caretakers by offering healthy foods and performing a variety of services. Food for dogs and cats include grain-free, raw, and organic options from brands such as Fromm, Earthborn, and PureVita. Guests with questions about the proper food for their pet can schedule a nutrition consultation and diet analysis. Once properly fed, dogs can pair up with an expert for behavioral training.
David Landers began his career as a veterinarian a decade ago, and over that time he has treated tropical birds, primates, large cats, and even the occasional zebra. Dr. Landers and his fellow veterinarian Dr. Ryan Caperton continue to care for such rare animals at their clinic, Valley View Pet Health Center. They perform comprehensive health and environment evaluations for everything from octopuses to chameleons to scorpions. That doesn’t stop them from applying their knowledge to any of mankind’s more common furry friends, though. They also capably care for dogs and housecats, giving them general health checkups and inoculating them with vaccines against rabies and animal cooties. They even run a boarding service for owners who want a vet on hand when they go out of town.