David Landers began his career as a veterinarian a decade ago, and over that time he has treated tropical birds, primates, large cats, and even the occasional zebra. Dr. Landers and his fellow veterinarian Dr. Ryan Caperton continue to care for such rare animals at their clinic, Valley View Pet Health Center. They perform comprehensive health and environment evaluations for everything from octopuses to chameleons to scorpions. That doesn’t stop them from applying their knowledge to any of mankind’s more common furry friends, though. They also capably care for dogs and housecats, giving them general health checkups and inoculating them with vaccines against rabies and animal cooties. They even run a boarding service for owners who want a vet on hand when they go out of town.
Founded in 1980, Man's Best Friend welcomes pets and their caretakers for training, grooming, and boarding services. A variety of training programs are designed to fit different pet personalities and specific goals such as obedience training and home protection. Boarding offerings include overnight stays and daycare, with separate facilities for dogs and cats complete with climate control and ample space.
Although pups may be more comfortable when bathed by their human companions rather than strangers, in-home grooming can be unpleasant for owners, who often walk away from tubs with bruised kneecaps and drenched clothes. Dirty Dawgz blends the best of both worlds with self-serve dog-washing stations that allow apron-clad owners to stand upright while refreshing fur. Waist-high stainless-steel tubs come equipped with spray hoses that make bath time more convenient than the bucket-and-faucet or pop-the-waterbed methods used at home. The tubs comfortably fit both large and small dogs as owners make use of the facility's shampoos and conditioners, towels, and brushes. For more in-depth sessions, grooming expert Jessica Bannister shows off her award-winning skills through stylish cuts and glossy coats.