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.
A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café brims with happy chatter, which drifts from regular classes, special events, and open playtime seven days a week.
Children frolic across multicolored carpeted floors in a 6,000-square-foot playroom, exploring climbing structures, foam pits, and a floor-level trampoline that is kept safe by rounded edges, extensive padding, and declawed teddy bears. The playground eschews video games, prize games, and violent toys, instead letting older children don animal costumes in the dress-up area, while toddlers younger than 2 romp in their own play pit and toy bins. Cool zephyrs of air conditioning sweep contented sighs away from zebra-print sofas or onyx-hued wooden tables, where adults peruse a gourmet café menu. A boutique toy store extends the center's positive attitude toward play into homes with a slew of unique gifts and rare and eclectic toys.
A private room reverberates with the youthful energy of A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café's classes, formal functions, and parties, which staff members provide with refreshments, cake, and decorations. At least two assistants remain on hand at kids’ events to provide full setup, cleanup, and supervision to ward off squabbles that arise when imaginary friends show up wearing the same outfits.
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.
Whether or not special needs affect their students, Dot-To-Dot Learning Center's speech language pathologists know how to cultivate an environment for effective learning. Their classes span the entire realm of academia, from reading and speech therapy to social skills and homeschooling techniques. They even lead Lego-based therapy, which encourages pupils to demonstrate creative flair as they flex their motor-skills muscles.