The pet-care experts who make up the wooftidoo team all have one thing in common: they specialize in animal handling. Oh, and they really, really love pets. To make sure they're prepared for anything, all members of the wooftidoo team—trainers, instructors, groomers, and veterinary technicians—are also insured, bonded, and certified in dog and cat first aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. All that preparation enables wooftidoo to provide pet owners with a number of different services, ranging from dog walking and daycare to training and pet-concierge services.
The expert veterinarians at Westminster Veterinary Group care for cats, dogs, and exotic pets with diagnostic checkups, surgical procedures, and diet planning designed to keep all animals healthy at all stages of life. The vet's staff includes a half-dozen doctors, many of whom are distinguished for their experience caring for exotic animals, including many species of birds, reptiles, small mammals, and some Ewoks. All in all, the group tends to more than 10,000 animals a year, performing exotic pet surgery with high-tech micro-instruments and treating injured wildlife free of charge in conjunction with the Orange County Wildlife Foundation.
More than just a healthcare facility for pets, Westminster Veterinary Group offers luxury boarding facilities for cats, dogs, snakes, and birds while their owners are away. Dogs scamper around an outdoor play area while cats people-watch through windows into the waiting room.
Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites—rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.
Canine Retreat pampers pooches in an open environment. Before playtime, staff members use their group canine-management training to screen dogs for temperament and place them in a group of likeminded canines. Dogs can then run around on a 12,000-square-foot rubber floor, imitating bouncy balls without incurring sore paws or joint injuries. After a long day of climbing on a series of colorful tunnels, ramps, and dog hammocks, pets can slumber in a sleeping area, grouped according to size. In addition to daycare, Canine Retreat offers bathing, nature excursions, and wellness services. Parents also can keep an eye on their pooches with private daycare viewing areas.
The many branches of Pets R Us Veterinary Hospitals are each filled with seasoned groups of vets and vet technicians. At Chapman Veterinary Hospital, for example, Dr. Samuel Azab puts to use more than ten years of experience and a special interest in surgery, internal medicine, and avian treatment. At any of the locations, pets can be treated for a variety of health concerns ranging from flea infestations to endocrine diseases. The hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art medical devices, and some of them can conduct digital radiography, vaccinations, ultrasounds, and orthopedic surgery. Some facilities also provide boarding and grooming for non-medical concerns.