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.
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.
Tropical Park Animal Hospital isn't selective when it comes to patients. In addition to providing full veterinary care for cats, dogs, and other common household pets, the doctors skilled in treating reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, birds, and other exotic animals. These specializations allow the clinic to address almost any pet's needs by performing anything from routine examinations and bathing services to dental care and surgical procedures.
Like a day spa for dogs, Pawupular Puppies & Grooming offers a space for canines to get primped and socialize with other four-legged pals. Dog-friendly stylists clip back doggy bangs, trim nails, and shampoo and condition fur to leave dogs looking their best. Busy owners can use the doggy daycare service, which feeds and supervises dogs and lets them frolic in indoor and outdoor play areas.