In the past 60 years, Plainfield Animal Hospital has seen a lot of pets come through its doors. And whether the doctors and techs here are treating dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, or reptiles, they make it a point to treat each like one of their own. In addition to preventive medicine, the team provides emergency care for pets using modern equipment and procedures. X-rays and ultrasounds are their allies in determining the causes of health problems and doctor can even perform surgeries in house if necessary. To fully cover all the areas in which an animal might need medical attention, dental care is also available, while an on-site pharmacy dispenses prescriptions for pets who need help fighting off illness or who just enjoy picking through their food to find the pill prize inside.
Mike Kelly had a sore back, not to mention torn-down shower curtains, a decimated bathroom, and clogged drains, all courtesy of his 160-pound newfoundland, Gordo. He decided to start a self-service dog-wash business, not simply for his own sake but for other sore, slobber-riddled dog owners as well.
And so In n Out Self Serve Dog Wash was born. There, pet owners find a series of green-walled semiprivate stations that house walkup tubs for a variety of dog sizes, including a couple of extra-large sizes to accommodate massive pups or several small dogs that became stuck together after an ill-fated jelly-sandwich incident. Equipped with washing hoses and shampoos, dog owners can disrupt muddy paws and fur before rinsing and styling their pooch's pompadour with a high-velocity, no-heat blow dryer. Or they can seek out the help of the shop's professional grooming services, which include nail trimming, ear cleaning, and packages with breed-standard trims.
It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
We are a full service doggy daycare and boarding facility. We also offer grooming and training. We were awarded, by Reader's Choice Awards, best doggy daycare and boarding facility in all of NJ in 2008 and 2010 and best grooming facility in NJ in 2009 and 2010.
The head instructor at Hill Crest Farm, Lisa, has been in the equine industry since she was just 7 years old. The passion that was passed down from her father?himself an avid horseman?never wavered, and in 2003 she realized her lifelong dream of opening her own stable. During lessons and camps, she passes on the knowledge she's gained during her three decades in the sport, including the riding disciplines of hunter/jumper, equitation, dressage, and western. She not only imparts proper technique, but she also teaches love for the horse, horsemanship skills, and confidence?values that are equally important whether students are young or old, longtime riders or just starting out.