Montgomery Animal Hospital's veterinarian, Dr. Jaffe, permanently links pets to their owners with a simple microchip-insertion procedure. Widely used by shelters and humane societies, the system swiftly locates runaway pets that have fled homes in search of buried bones or casting calls. During each application, Dr. Jaffe quickly and painlessly implants a grain-size microchip between the shoulder blades of a cat or a dog. The implant lasts a lifetime and, similar to a routine vaccination, requires no anesthetic.
Dogtopia is a canine-minded sanctuary where pups can receive high-quality grooming, relaxing spa services, and a thorough, meticulous bath. English bulldogs can relax their jowls with the spa package ($35–$70 for small dogs, $45–$80 for medium/large dogs), where they'll have their fur washed with shampoo and conditioners, their nails clipped, and their pads neatly trimmed by professionals. Do-it-yourself owners can give their dog a self-serve bath ($15), as Dogtopia provides the tub, the shampoo, and the towel to ensure each dog is fluffy and primed to gracefully strut between fire hydrants. Use Dogtopia's à la carte services for additional grooming, with options such as the paw-dicure nail trim ($10), a full-fluff blow-dry and brush-out ($10), and a thorough ears cleaning ($10).
Founded more than 25 years ago at a single store in suburban Maryland, Wild Bird Centers has since spread its bevy of birding gear and wildlife-watching supplies to approximately 50 locations across the United States and Canada. At each shop, knowledgeable and friendly staffers compile an immense inventory of top-quality birdseed, including their own exclusive blends of premium, field-tested ingredients. They equip patrons with a cavalcade of bird-watching accouterments such as binoculars, birdhouses, birdbaths, and Big Bird costumes and help customers to enhance their wildlife wisdom with gardening tools. To further help patrons to decipher the symphony of birdcalls they hear, Wild Bird Centers proffers a Backyard Birds Field Guide, which includes helpful information about the characteristics and habitat of common avian species. Additionally, all purchases contribute to customers' Birdie Bucks accounts, Wild Bird Centers' customer-rewards program.
Trainer Michelle Yue started Good Dog DC to coach canines and offer solutions to their behavioral issues. She specializes in aggression and reactivity, but has experience in alleviating dogs' fears and anxieties, too. Michelle boasts a solid stack of certifications and professional memberships, and each year she adds to her arsenal of tools with more educational programs.
Club Wags offers high-quality products and if the team doesn't feel comfortable using a certain product with its own pets, then that product never enters the store. Since 2010, the boutique pet shop has supplied dog and cat owners with high-quality foods, toys, and supplies—from braided chew rings made from grass-fed buffalo to grain-free food to all-natural and hypoallergenic grooming goods. Beyond cultivating a roster of select products, the team helps customers make informed decisions on behalf of their pets’ diet and overall health, providing digestive supplements and calming treats to help reduce separation anxiety. Their care and know-how extends into Club Wags' mobile grooming service, which travels to pet owners’ homes with an arsenal of all-natural grooming products to spruce up pets for upcoming doggy award ceremonies.
Even after dropping their dogs off at LIttle Rascals, owners are never truly separated from their pups—they can always check in on them through a live webcam feed. That's just one of the amenities that elevate the grooming, boarding, and day care center to feeling more like a dog resort. While at the facility, dogs play with a range of toys that include balls, tug-of-war ropes, and Frisbees. Pups who stay overnight snooze in a choice of quarters that range from a simple crate to a cageless suite complete with a child-size human bed.
When it comes to keeping pets looking good, the grooming technicians at Little Rascals transform dog fur into chic, clean coats with their washes and deshedding services. A slew of training classes also teach pups fundamental skills for living in the human world, such as how to fetch a newspaper without swallowing a single bite of it. Even cats have a place here, with grooming services created just for them.