A.P.A.W. Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center has been privately owned since 1998, when Drs. Patricia Peynado-Boyce and Lizel Salmon took the reins. Their three-pronged approach to animal health—compassion, innovation, and education—promotes a warm and well-informed venue for furry companions.
To exceed the demands of the credo's three facets, the staff invests in highly customized care. Many of their tools are typically seen only at specialty practices, such as endoscopy gear and spider-flavored lollipops for cooperative ferrets. Though their emphasis on preventive care can help stave off many illnesses, their hospitalization services remain at the ready: the team issues daily progress reports to owners and oversees patients kept onsite with late-night through early-morning monitoring. Heated kennels, outdoor play areas, and sunlit cat-only perches decorate their daycare and boarding space. The facility is located less than three miles from both the 495 Capitol Beltway and Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
The technicians at A Clip Above and sister location Paw Zen are to a dog’s fur what a professional tailor is to a Barbie’s gown. They thoroughly groom pooches by employing shears, flea and tick dips, and organic products. Throughout treatments, they reward pups with toys and treats. The self-service wash stations at Paw Zen are stocked with the pet owner's choice of shampoo, brushes, towels, and warm air dryer to use for their canines' baths. The Paw Zen location also features complimentary cable television and WiFi for customers.
After you open that air-hole dotted gift box and discover that it's a pet rather than the singing cutlery you'd been hoping for, you'll need to stock up on supplies for your adorable Saturnalia puppies and cranky Festivus cats. Today's Groupon to The Dog Shop gets you $50 towards self-service dog washing, toys, grooming, training, and more for $25. Conveniently located in Georgetown, The Dog Shop saves you a trip to the suburbs with a rambunctious boxer in the backseat. Walk your pup to the bright and friendly shop, where employees have been known to play with four-legged customers' bipedal shopping companions.
The crew at Claws & Paws knows that grooming not only makes pups look better, but feel better, too. During a typical session, a groomer gives the dog a full bath and blowout, then trims nails and cleans ears, leaving pets walking tall and ready for a hard day of smelling every possible tree. To keep pets happy and healthy Claws & Paws also carries organic food and treats for their canine charges.
Jonathan Bohbot was raised by a dog—or at least he likes to tell people that. The owner of Silver City K9, he says that his parents' german shepherd was partially responsible for his upbringing. His early rapport with the canine species helped him blossom into a true dog lover. Today, he's a certified dog trainer, and he guides his clients' pups in learning basic behavior skills, as well as reversing bad behaviors, such as overt aggression and raiding the fridge for chocolate. Jonathan also welcomes overnight charges into his own home, up to six at a time to maintain a small-pack atmosphere. Together, he and his charges go on hikes and scamper around the backyard.
As nature's most lovable codependents, dogs never tell their owners, "I need my space." In fact, affectionate furballs get mopey when their parents have to do silly things like leave the house and maintain human jobs, and they get full-blown melancholia when their folks go on vacation. Since pups can't take showers or make long distance calls, Reserved Barking fills the void with spa staycations replete with array of pet care and pampering services. In doggy daycare, happy critters gallivant and socialize in indoor and outdoor play areas with over 15,000 square feet of wiggle room, all while being lavished with emotional and mental stimulation by a dedicated staff of dog lovers. Boarded dogs enjoy the daytime daycare attention before snoozing away in kennels. Meanwhile, full-service, breed-specific grooming primps pooches for Westminster runways. Reserved Barking also conducts a training academy that teaches dogs how to reply to commands, overcome aggression and fear, and learn manners such as shaking hands or picking up a check.