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.
Four Paws Salon and Spa pampers four-legged family members with a range of services including baths, fur trims, daycare, and overnight stays. Caring staff members scrub pooches with shampoos and conditioners to make fur coats shine and remove any traces of pets' graffiti exploits. When pup parents are busy during the day or overnight, Fours Paws' attentive watchers keep canines busy with fun activities and a variety of toys, and match them with dogs of similar sizes for play time, saving owners the hassle of having to teach pets to play solitaire.
A specialty pet boutique committed to wholesome foods, For Footed Friends supplies pooches and tomcats with natural grub as well as toys and accessories. The shop boasts an extensive stock of natural foods made with high-quality ingredients and minimal processing. A variety of pet-indulging products range from Primal raw venison marrow bones ($19.99) to all-natural Love Bites dog biscuits ($7.99), made in the U.S. without wheat or corn. Canine foodies can also dine on Fromm grain-free surf and turf dog food, available in 4-pound bags ($17.99), or pick up 12-inch Red Barn braided bully sticks ($13.99) to leisurely gnaw during Rin Tin Tin marathons.
As she tried to determine a career path, Kathy Lopes couldn't shake her love for animals. Though she pursued business and psychology in college, her fondness for four-legged creatures prompted her to further her education in veterinary medicine. Her affinity for dogs led her to open Love My Dog Resort & Spa, a daycare, boarding, and grooming resort for dogs with cage-less day care and roomy, private suites. While their owners are away, dogs socialize and bark in harmony in playgroups and get exercise in a large indoor and outdoor play area. Inside the salon and spa, dogs receive baths and haircuts from master stylists. The spa offers an array of services, including a "pawdicure" nail-polish treatment and blueberry facials.
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.
The Gigi in Gigi’s Pet Spa comes from owner Collette Ritums’ mother, who taught her everything she knows about grooming. Collette channeled that knowledge into her own full-service pet spa, where she and staffer Christina Sexton revivify all breeds of dogs with traditional or sassy cuts—including colorful mohawks. In addition to baths and haircuts, they dole out pampering extras such as blueberry facials, mud wraps, and hot oil treatments.