Montgomery Animal Hospital's veterinarian, Dr. Jaffe, permanently links pets to their owners with a simple microchip-insertion procedure. Widely used by shelters and humane societies, the system swiftly locates runaway pets that have fled homes in search of buried bones or casting calls. During each application, Dr. Jaffe quickly and painlessly implants a grain-size microchip between the shoulder blades of a cat or a dog. The implant lasts a lifetime and, similar to a routine vaccination, requires no anesthetic.
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.
Club Wags offers high-quality products and if the team doesn't feel comfortable using a certain product with its own pets, then that product never enters the store. Since 2010, the boutique pet shop has supplied dog and cat owners with high-quality foods, toys, and supplies—from braided chew rings made from grass-fed buffalo to grain-free food to all-natural and hypoallergenic grooming goods. Beyond cultivating a roster of select products, the team helps customers make informed decisions on behalf of their pets’ diet and overall health, providing digestive supplements and calming treats to help reduce separation anxiety. Their care and know-how extends into Club Wags' mobile grooming service, which travels to pet owners’ homes with an arsenal of all-natural grooming products to spruce up pets for upcoming doggy award ceremonies.
Even after dropping their dogs off at LIttle Rascals, owners are never truly separated from their pups—they can always check in on them through a live webcam feed. That's just one of the amenities that elevate the grooming, boarding, and day care center to feeling more like a dog resort. While at the facility, dogs play with a range of toys that include balls, tug-of-war ropes, and Frisbees. Pups who stay overnight snooze in a choice of quarters that range from a simple crate to a cageless suite complete with a child-size human bed.
When it comes to keeping pets looking good, the grooming technicians at Little Rascals transform dog fur into chic, clean coats with their washes and deshedding services. A slew of training classes also teach pups fundamental skills for living in the human world, such as how to fetch a newspaper without swallowing a single bite of it. Even cats have a place here, with grooming services created just for them.