In her spare time, Pets First Animal Hospital's Dr. Jessica Rowell enjoys outdoor activities, such as kayaking and horseback riding. Some might say that spending so much time communing with nature keeps her in tune with her veterinary practice, where she helps keep her clients' animals healthy. She's had one-on-one sessions with many four-legged friends, ranging from dogs, cats, and horses to kangaroos, koalas, and roombas. An in-house lab and pharmacy help Dr. Rowell and her staff care for animals efficiently. Moreover, with preventive wellness plans, they work to keep serious problems at bay.
Dr. Thomas Jackson has a special facility for answering the questions of pet owners. The seasoned veterinarian and veterinary neurosurgeon honed his ability to supply simple, understandable answers as longtime author of a newspaper column called "Ask the Vet." Practicing in the Fort Myers area since 1987, the animal doc with the amiable pet-side manner has treated innumerable critters at Best Friends Animal Hospital, where he serves as senior vet and belly rubber. The facility also boasts two other vets and a friendly staff that emphasizes the importance of preventative health care in addition to surgical, emergency and therapeutic treatments, and vaccinations. The hospital's medical services offer health care for nearly any pet, including exotics and birds, and recently expanded to include professional grooming.
The staff at Bark All About It believes that home is where the heart is—for humans as well as animals. Their flexible overnight pet-sitting, pet-taxiing, and dog-walking services center on the at-home visit, which allows pets to avoid adjustment struggles and uncomfortable encounters with an ex-lover at kennels and other temporary homes. To get acquainted with pets and their owners, the staffer first makes a complimentary house call to learn any special needs. Though the name Bark All About It suggests a focus on dogs, the staffers have undergone pet first aid training through the American Red Cross, which prepares them to care for any domesticated creature.