Dr. Thomas Jackson has a special facility for answering the questions of pet owners. The seasoned veterinarian and veterinary neurosurgeon honed his ability to supply simple, understandable answers as longtime author of a newspaper column called "Ask the Vet." Practicing in the Fort Myers area since 1987, the animal doc with the amiable pet-side manner has treated innumerable critters at Best Friends Animal Hospital, where he serves as senior vet and belly rubber. The facility also boasts two other vets and a friendly staff that emphasizes the importance of preventative health care in addition to surgical, emergency and therapeutic treatments, and vaccinations. The hospital's medical services offer health care for nearly any pet, including exotics and birds, and recently expanded to include professional grooming.
The staff at Bark All About It believes that home is where the heart is—for humans as well as animals. Their flexible overnight pet-sitting, pet-taxiing, and dog-walking services center on the at-home visit, which allows pets to avoid adjustment struggles and uncomfortable encounters with an ex-lover at kennels and other temporary homes. To get acquainted with pets and their owners, the staffer first makes a complimentary house call to learn any special needs. Though the name Bark All About It suggests a focus on dogs, the staffers have undergone pet first aid training through the American Red Cross, which prepares them to care for any domesticated creature.
Pet grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats. Specialty hair cuts, older dogs no problem, large breeds welcome. Expert hand scissoring and breed standard grooming. Medicated baths, flea baths, teeth brushing, dayhair combouts. Nail cutting and filing. Nutrition, pet treats, carriers, strollers, healthy pet treats.
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.
No one comes close to knowing your pets as well as you do. But as fellow pet owners, 5 Paw Pets’ professional dog walkers and pet sitters understand the importance of being reliable and punctual when taking care of four-legged family members. The dog whisperers at 5 Paw Pets can take care of your pets while you are away at work, out of town, or having a dinner party with the mailman and vacuum cleaner. Along with dog-walking and pet-sitting services, the licensed, insured, and bonded team can also take pets to the groomer or vet, as well as reshape pets’ appearances with fitness programs and grooming services.
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.