Dr. John Ensign's love of animals began at age eight with his best friend Fred, a dog that he bought with his brother for $10. Though a lot has changed since the days of Fred, John's passion for pets hasn't. After veterinary school, the John spent 10 years as Nevada’s representative in the U.S. Senate where he was considered one of the Humane Society’s biggest allies. More recently, he's opened Boca Park Animal Hospital, a 9,000-square-foot medical, grooming, and boarding facility that offers furry patients a loving staff of nurses and the latest technology in veterinary care. The building was renovated from the ground up to include noise-reduction insulation, luxury pet boarding suites, and a 1,600 square foot exercise area with a realistic mailman punching bag. Specialty laser therapy is also available to address wound healing, ear infections, liver disease, infections, and even behavior problems.
The Dog House, the retail outpost of the Good Dog Food Company, carries an array of treats, toys, and holistic pet products and also regularly hosts 75-minute educational classes for bi-legged canine companions. During the Behavior Basics class on September 24, Dr. Crista Coppola, who has a PhD in animal behavior, instructs owners how to bond with pets, prevent behavioral problems, and get dogs to wear sweaters. Clients can share their pet's loving demeanor following the October 4 Making Your Dog a Therapy Dog class, led by certified therapy-dog handler Cal Oliver. Pupils' brains soak up info about canine therapy work, rules, and how to determine whether their dogs are telepathic enough to be suitable. Five minutes prior to each class, students meet at The Dog House to stroll over to a conference room at the Regus offices. The Dog House requests that four-pawed friends remain at home during the classes.
Pets are more than just animals, they’re members of the family. Along with that belief comes a certain attitude that the pet lovers at Shaggy Chic love to indulge. Kelly Petersen, the founder of Shaggy Chic, takes great pride in pampering her pets, though it has sometimes brought her judgment and scrutiny.
But take a look around her salon, and it doesn’t appear that judgmental eyes have affected Kelly one bit. She and her staff lovingly primp pups and other pets with a signature line of paraben-free shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, and fur fresheners, all of which are made in the United States from natural ingredients. In the salon, they groom pets with services that include baths, fur blowouts, nail trims, and ear cleaning. They can also spruce up furry friends with additional services such as teeth brushing, blueberry facials, and pawdicures that include paw-pad massages and nail polish.
Town Center Animal Hospital is located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, and caters exclusively to cats and dogs in need of a helping hand. Inside the luxurious space, a large shelf decked out with everything from treats and pet food to toothpaste offers the necessities the animals (and their owners) need to maintain proper pet health. The hospital also provides 24-hour emergency services, thanks to several on-staff veterinarians, and specialty surgeries are possible as well. To keep animals and their owners happy, Town Center Animal Hospital provides free exams to new clients, just to make sure your pet is in top-notch condition. Routine and advanced dental procedures, digital ultrasounds, drop-off appointments and customized wellness plans are also available for all cats and dogs.
The West Charleston Animal Hospital is a large veterinarian space that specializes in the extensive and everyday needs of beloved family dogs and cats. The hospital is beautiful on the inside and out, thanks to the stone tile exterior and tall windows, while the inside holds a large reception desk and comfortable lobby, plus food and treats for recovering animals. A massive treatment area on site allows plenty of room for dogs and cats to feel comfortable and unafraid, while six trained staff members conduct their services seven days a week. Emergency care is available until midnight, and the hospital allows walk-ins; they even board animals when owners are out of town.
The staffers at Scoopin-It don't mind picking up after dogs. In fact, they relish ridding yards of puppy poop because they know that they're providing customers with a valuable service. They also make sure to lock up after they leave, so Fido can't sneak his girlfriend over while his parents are out. For cat people, they'll even clean and disinfect litter boxes. But beyond just chucking the waste, the staff examines it to monitor the pets' health, and they will notify owners if they find any cause to be concerned.