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.
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Animal care is a family affair at Hometown Animal Hospital. Dr. Jan Bellows, a Florida Veterinary Medical Association Gold Star–recipient with more than 35 years experience, leads a team of practitioners and assistants which includes his son, Dr. David Bellows. Together, they keep their four-legged patients healthy through annual checkups and wellness exams, and help them recover from illness or injury through medicinal and surgical treatments. Their expertise is not just limited to dogs and cats, however, as they also aid exotic pets including hedgehogs, mice, chinchillas, and snakes.
Their services also go beyond veterinarian treatments at their bed-and-breakfast-style boarding facility. Here, staff members pamper each furry guest during overnight stays with personalized care—feeding them their favorite food, scratching their favorite spots, and letting them stay up past their bedtime, just this once.
If a kitten is due for its first vaccines, an escape-artist pup needs microchipping, or a bunny is suffering from an insufficiently twitchy nose, the compassionate veterinarians at Nob Hill Animal Clinic can help. They also keep furry patients healthy with regular check-ups and a slate of diagnostic tests. Pet owners don't need to leave the clinic for more specialized services: it's outfitted with its own lab, emergency and radiology equipment, and surgical facility, and the doctors are even trained in animal dentistry.
Knowing the oft-contentious relationship between dogs and cats, Lakeside Animal Hospital keeps entirely separate entrances, lobbies, and exam rooms for felines and canines. It’s one way the animal hospital’s staff shows its deep understanding and passion for four-legged guests. Dr. Monica Fernandez’s team of veterinarians and staff treat animals with a roster of wellness services. These services include laser therapy to reduce pain and accelerate healing time from injury and surgery, as well as ultrasounds to detect whether a pup is pregnant or if it just swallowed the remote control. The hospital staff also keeps pets safe with boarding services, and can help them look their best with expert grooming sessions.
The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.