Completed in 2002, Miami Animal Hospital is a 4000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, equipped with the most advanced technology to provide your pet with the best veterinary care. We are open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
As a young girl, Monica Castillo was walking home when she realized she was being followed by a neighborhood cat, which then waited outside her house until she reemerged. The cat, a feral stray, allowed her to pet him, and eventually, adopt him. Monica?s mother, Francie, recounts this tale often, claiming that after this experience, Monica declared emphatically that she wanted to be a "doggy doctor," and never strayed from that path. After immersing herself in volunteer work, Monica attended school to become veterinary tech, a title she has held for the past four-and-a-half years. In 2011, the mother-daughter team opened Pepe Le Pooche Resort & Spa to better prepare Monica for her continuing education in veterinary school and to care for animals with kind attention and respect for their needs.
"Dogs know when they are being treated well," says Francie. To this end, she surrounds herself with staff members who were raised by animals or just have an affinity for them. Le Salon & Spa at Pepe Le Pooche hosts a crew of groomers who all hold certifications and have experience working around the particulars of different breeds, such as which prefer the scissors over a comb and which relish well-groomed mohawks and hair dye, upon request.
Pepe Le Pooche's onsite boarding and daycare facilities are cage-free, meaning dogs have free rein of play areas for most of the day, and hunker down in 1 of 10 large suites at night. Staff members stay on watch around the clock to ensure pets? safety and play classical music to keep them calm. The resort does not have the capacity to board felines, but they are welcome to stay for daycare. The crew also plans all aspects of dog parties, from procuring the cake to hosting a blowout bash complete with party favors.
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.
Since 1971, the experts at Neighborhood Fish Farm have supplied aquariums with freshwater fish that they've bred and raised right on the premises. Instead of exhibiting their impressive selection in an unnaturally dim room lined with tiny tanks, the staff keep their fish in enormous concrete ponds in the open air. More than 100 breeds of tropical fish?of sizes appropriate for all aquariums and ponds?thrive inside these tanks, including gouramis, cichlids, and even bottom-feeding catfish, which keep tanks clean by consuming waste, while Koi and goldfish are available for water gardens and ponds. And when customers have questions, the knowledgeable staff stand at the ready to cover topics ranging from fish compatibility to the best plants for the tank.
The Zoological Wildlife Foundation is a five-acre facility that adopts and cares for abused, unwanted, neglected and confiscated exotic wildlife. As part of its mission to educate the public about rare and endangered animals both in captivity and in the wild, the Foundation offers appointment-only tours of its facilities, with each one-hour session allowing for limited interaction with the wildlife. Some are taken out of their enclosures for guests to interact with, while elsewhere guests are given access to the natural enclosure of the animal. Current residents at the Foundation include a sloth, tiger cub, clouded leopard, African milky eagle owl and baby primates, making a private tour here a special and varied experience.
The dog groomers at Pet Avenue bathe and board pups of all sizes and breeds, performing services that range from basic grooming and teeth cleaning to de-shedding and administering medicated flea baths. Using all-natural shampoos, including a blueberry-facial tearless variety, the groomers bathe dogs after cleaning out ears, squeezing glands, trimming nails, then finish them off with a spritz of cologne. They can groom all boarded animals before sending them home. Owners can also pick out an adorable pet outfit from Pet Avenue?s boutique, perfect for gussying up pooches for holiday gatherings or their own retirement parties.