Though boarding a pet can be an unnerving experience for both human and animal, the credentials of the pros at Bluebonnet Bunk’n Biscuit should put everyone at ease—the team includes certified vet technicians and staff from the San Antonio Zoo. In addition to the peace of mind provided by handlers’ collective curricula vitae, webcams mounted throughout Bluebonnet’s facilities as well as inside individual suites to give pet parents a glimpse of their furry companion’s stay. Clients might find their dogs romping around during open play (where they’re matched up by size and temperament), napping in their 4’x6’ bunks, or eating their own food brought from home. For cats, Raintree cat condos with vertically and horizontally connecting chambers give felines plenty of room to climb and explore. They’re housed separately from dogs, ensuring the cats can relax during their stay and don’t come home meowing with a canine accent.
At Bluebonnet’s sister business, Cathy's Critter Care, team members can also come to clients’ homes for walks, daily medicine administration, or even overnight stays. The insured-and-bonded staffers have gone through full criminal background checks, and bring programmable lockboxes for clients’ keys instead of making copies of their own.
The Doggie sPaw's professional groomers pretty up the coats and paws of man's best friends with high-quality products, helping them prance back into the world looking sharp without need for the gowns and tuxes they wear to playdates. Besides standard grooming services, such as baths, haircuts, and nail trimmings, groomers in the boutique pet spa can treat furry friends to more creative forms of expression, including hair coloring, teeth brushing, and toenail painting.
Even pets that brush their teeth twice daily are prone to health issues—that’s where Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center steps in. The caring staff at this AAHA-certified clinic helps keep furry companions in peak physical shape with comprehensive checkups. Veterinarians inspect teeth to root out dental disease and administer vaccinations to prevent common maladies in cats and dogs. A focus on breed-specific healthcare helps vets stay aware of which ailments most commonly afflict which pets, saving the trouble of testing Sphynx cats for hair loss. As pets visit with the doctors, complimentary cookies and beverages keep owners satiated.
Austin Highway Animal Hospital has tended to quadrupedal companions since the 1950s, and currently rallies a licensed veterinary and support staff for comprehensive pet exams. Patrons can lounge with their dog or cat in the hospital's lobby, which entertains dwellers with a television broadcasting Animal Planet programs and a soap opera with an all-chew-toy cast. Furry companions then head to species-specific exam rooms, with spacious surroundings for pooches and a serene, quiet setting for felines.
All the staff members at Benson and Maggie's Pet Sitting are pet owners themselves, so they know that animals need both competent care and affection. Since 2008, they've provided both to clients' dogs, cats, and other pets. Their services range from quick 30-minute walks to extended in-home pet sitting, and they record all activities in a log for pet owners to review afterward. They also handle house-sitting tasks such as pool care, plant care, and collecting newspapers and mail.
When dealing with a timid and fearful dog, Eric Juarez, owner of Paw-riffic Cuts Pet Salon, has a wealth of advice. The first thing a person should do is let the pup take the lead. "Crouch down, extend your hand, but wait [as long as you have to] until the dog approaches you." Armed with a wealth of dog-related knowledge, Eric and his partner strive to provide expert grooming at affordable prices. Eric has years of experience tending to various breeds of dogs, as well as cultivating relationships with their owners. The staff uses biodegradable products when bathing dogs, selecting the correct product depending on coat color and texture. A line of imitation-designer scents keeps pooches smelling fresh, even if they've been sprayed by a skunk or played fetch with a Pacific bluefin tuna.