Knowing the oft-contentious relationship between dogs and cats, Lakeside Animal Hospital keeps entirely separate entrances, lobbies, and exam rooms for felines and canines. It’s one way the animal hospital’s staff shows its deep understanding and passion for four-legged guests. Dr. Monica Fernandez’s team of veterinarians and staff treat animals with a roster of wellness services. These services include laser therapy to reduce pain and accelerate healing time from injury and surgery, as well as ultrasounds to detect whether a pup is pregnant or if it just swallowed the remote control. The hospital staff also keeps pets safe with boarding services, and can help them look their best with expert grooming sessions.
If a kitten is due for its first vaccines, an escape-artist pup needs microchipping, or a bunny is suffering from an insufficiently twitchy nose, the compassionate veterinarians at Nob Hill Animal Clinic can help. They also keep furry patients healthy with regular check-ups and a slate of diagnostic tests. Pet owners don't need to leave the clinic for more specialized services: it's outfitted with its own lab, emergency and radiology equipment, and surgical facility, and the doctors are even trained in animal dentistry.
During his days at a pet emergency clinic, veterinarian Dr. Simon Seskus learned how to keep his cool while expertly healing animals. Now as the owner of Dr. Simon's Pet Clinic - previously known as East Oakland Pet Hospital, a community fixture for more than 20 years - Dr. Simon displays this calm demeanor as he works with cats and dogs. Dr. Simon and his staff provide a full range of health care services for pets, including wellness visits, nutritional counseling, vaccinations, surgeries, dental care, flea and tick control, and other routine care.
When a pet goes missing, many owners rely on ID collars and microchips— which are merely identification devices and not GPS-capable—to lead them to their lost companion. But of all the animals reunited with their families, 90% were found via word of mouth and fliers plastered around the neighborhood, according to Pet Locator USA. So the staff at Pet Locator USA works to expedite these processes in an effort to more effectively reconnect pets and their human counterparts.
When owners register for Pet Locator USA’s services, they provide photographs of their pet, their contact information, and any special-care instructions. If the furry friend is reported missing, Pet Locator USA immediately distributes a PDF of this information to vets, shelters, animal-control units, and known dog-food speakeasies within a 25-mile radius of the owner’s home or the location where the pet was last seen. Owners can also distribute the fliers themselves via text and social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The certified dog trainers at Canine Dimensions have dog obedience down to a science. They don't use clickers or painful collars; instead, they use familiar objects and teach dogs inside their owners' homes in obedience rehabilitations for any dog older than 7 weeks old. By working on the dog's home turf, they keep them comfortable while teaching them not to pull on the leash, growl at guests, or use slang words their owners don’t understand. For families uninterested in at-home training, Canine Dimensions offers 10-day board and train programs and overnight boarding inside the trainer’s home, where they exercise, play, and learn within a home environment.
Under the umbrella of Pet Medical Centers, nine Miami-Dade and Broward-area veterinary hospitals provide sophisticated healthcare for furry, feathered, and scaly family members. The hospitals’ specialty services include nonanesthetic dental care, ultrasounds, radiology, and endoscopies. All locations boast surgical operating rooms equipped with windows and cameras to give owners peace of mind, and many of the clinics are equipped with lasers for blade-free incisions. Besides emergency care, the doctors and technicians—some of whom have appeared as specialists on Univision and Animal Planet—perform general wellness examinations and informative nutritional consultations.
Although medical care provides what pets need, boarding services treat pets to what they want. Most locations double as cat and dog hotels, but only one deserves the title of pet resort—at Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center, animals enjoy a climate-controlled dog park with a pool, baths with massaging jets, and expansive canine suites with window views.