Long waiting times can make any pet owner wary of taking their furry friends to the vet; at Easy Vet Clinic, the staff is committed to making every appointment convenient and time efficient. They do this by offering basic care, referring pets to veterinary hospitals for more intensive treatments. Instead, they treat ailments such as stomach issues, respiratory infections, and cuts and scratches from fighting with their siblings over the remote control. Staff also inoculates pets from disease and helps manage their health, whether it's coming up with a care plan for arthritis or guiding owners in their pets' weight loss.
Although Stephanie Hartfield has more than seven years of grooming experience, it is her warm demeanor and the fact that she treats every pet as if it were her own that most endears her to human and animal clients. The owner of Kloud-9 Pet Salon and Spa beautifies pups and cats with services that range from simple bathing to all-inclusive grooming with teeth and ear cleaning, nail trimming, and a breed-standard cut or toupee. Puppy packages help ease first-timers into the grooming process with a soothing bath, facial cleansing with tearless solutions, and fluff dry using extra-gentle techniques. The Kloud-9 staff also offers supplemental services including flea, tick, and skunk treatments.
The behavior specialists at Dog World Resort pamper and engage vacationing canines at a spacious facility with 10,000 square feet of fenced outdoor space that offers daycare, boarding, and grooming services. During counselor-supervised doggy daycare, pups are divided by their size, playfulness, and reading level before they can frolic through two indoor playrooms strewn with toys, slosh through kiddie pools, or clamber atop playground equipment outdoors. Elderly pets wind down in a separate sanctuary devoted to relaxation and idle snacking. Overnight stays at the Doggy Hotel include daytime hours spent at daycare and evenings filled with movies or playtime before mutts fall asleep inside large crates or spacious Taj Mahal suites, which sport Parisian wall decals and cheetah-print couches long enough to fit a reclining Napoleon. Owners can request extras such as a nature walk or homemade treats, and can retrieve four-legged friends at any hour with prior notice. At the spa, canines of all sizes are coddled with standard bathing, brushing, and nailcare services. Aromatherapy packages scent fur with vanilla or lavender aromas before staffers scrub teeth and top heads with bows to make them look more like luxury sedans purchased on the sly.
Veterinarians Catherine Mabe and Troy Bearden designed Shallowford Animal Hospital, a certified Gold Cat Friendly Practice according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, to provide the most-advanced medical technology available, as well as creature comforts that cater to dogs' and cats' unique needs. In 1994, Dr. Mabe was able to coax Dr. Bearden away from his house-call practice, and the two eventually decided to construct a state-of-the-art hospital with amenities matching their high quality of services. In 2002, the 5,300-square-foot facility won a merit award in Veterinary Economics's hospital-design competition. In addition to finding the whimsical interior to be "gorgeous," the contest judges took note of the custom-built cat condos—a feature that felines also enjoy, thanks to small portholes that can be opened to let them move horizontally through the unit. Alternatively, visiting dogs rest comfortably in air-conditioned and heated kennels and enjoy exercise within indoor runs and a fenced yard.
The hospital has been certified by the American Animal Hospital Association since 1997, one of roughly 3,200 clinics to hold the designation. Within its gray and blue walls, the doctors perform surgical procedures with less invasive and less-painful laparoscopic and electrosurgical techniques than traditional surgery. To do so, they utilize preemptive pain-control methods and advanced patient-monitoring technology.
In 1955, a veterinarian named Warren J. Wegert had an idea that must have seemed revolutionary at the time. He wanted to provide pets with the same caliber of healthcare that their human owners received. Since then, Banfield Pet Hospital has upheld his values, treating companion creatures or owners dressed up as them with such success that PetSmart, a national chain of pet supply shops, invited the company to open pet hospitals inside its stores. At each of its locations, veterinarians conduct services that range from heartworm tests and immunizations to more involved procedures such as surgery or weight-loss plans.