Free of crates and cages, boarded canines at Boss The Pet Connection can stroll about their climate-controlled rooms as experienced staff members freshen their water bowls, replenish bowls with healthy food, and jot down room service orders. Under the tutelage of owner Enrique Fernandez, who began his animal-training career at age 14, a skilled team of animal lovers grooms cats and dogs with haircuts and dental care, teaches basic obedience, and tends to injured pooches with hydrotherapy treatments. They can also snap pet portraits in a studio stocked with cloud backdrops, flower garlands, and architectural columns.
The certified dog trainers at Canine Dimensions have dog obedience down to a science. They don't use clickers or painful collars; instead, they use familiar objects and teach dogs inside their owners' homes in obedience rehabilitations for any dog older than 7 weeks old. By working on the dog's home turf, they keep them comfortable while teaching them not to pull on the leash, growl at guests, or use slang words their owners don’t understand. For families uninterested in at-home training, Canine Dimensions offers 10-day board and train programs and overnight boarding inside the trainer’s home, where they exercise, play, and learn within a home environment.
Inside their 4,500-square-foot facility, Animal Medical Center's staff strives to treat furry friends with the same care and love showered on them by their owners. Using ultrasound, therapeutic laser therapy, and optional holistic medicine, a team of compassionate vets works to keep pets hale and healthy. Meanwhile, full-time staff members with years of experience like Scotty, who grooms on Mondays and Tuesdays, take care of grooming side. Their pharmacy makes things easy for owners, who can opt to pick up their pets' meds on site or have them mailed. In addition, an emergency care clinic provides urgent help at all hours, and a groomer bathes and beautifies healthy cats and dogs.
During his days at a pet emergency clinic, veterinarian Dr. Simon Seskus learned how to keep his cool while expertly healing animals. Now as the owner of Dr. Simon's Pet Clinic - previously known as East Oakland Pet Hospital, a community fixture for more than 20 years - Dr. Simon displays this calm demeanor as he works with cats and dogs. Dr. Simon and his staff provide a full range of health care services for pets, including wellness visits, nutritional counseling, vaccinations, surgeries, dental care, flea and tick control, and other routine care.
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.