Dr. Gary Edelson and the team at Imperial Point Animal Hospital care for canine and feline friends of all ages with a full roster of routine and emergency medical treatments. They dole out services ranging from immunizations and parasite tests to microchipping, dental work, and laser therapy for injuries. The groomers in the pet spa keep coats silky and trim nails with professional precision.
Veterinarian Patricia S. Ries at Savanna Animal Hospital brings together the traditions of Western and Eastern medicine in her treatment of dogs, cats, and other pets. The recipient of a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois as well as certifications in veterinary chiropractic and acupuncture, she treats pets with everything from tui na massage and Chinese herbs to Western medicine and surgery. In addition to veterinary services, the hospital's 5,000-square-foot facility also caters to furry visitors with boarding, bathing, and training.
Freshly back from vacation, a customer walks expectantly into the room. A golden retriever bounds clumsily up, its tongue flapping a rosy greeting and mouth stretched far back into a smile. When the dog?s owner takes up the leash, thanks the staff for caring for her energetic pup, and turns to leave, she feels a tug on the leash. Her dog has planted his feet firmly, trying to back into a sitting position?clearly, he wants them both to stay put.
According to proprietor Lisa Schettino, this is an everyday occurrence at Camp Canine. After a difficult experience finding pet care for her own dog, Lisa set out to create an environment that would not only keep critters safe, but make them want to stay. Now, each Camp Canine location has a resort-style atmosphere sprawled over 9,000?15,000 square feet.
Stressed four-legged friends wiggle with glee during massages, shedding stress from squeaky toys giving them the silent treatment. Against a bass rumble of purring, punctuated by canine yips, green-tea and chamomile facials drive dirt from wrinkled faces and soften wiry fur. As they wait for their next spa appointment, dogs can roam freely in a fenced-in play lot. After tearing through a maze of tunnels and obstacles, they splash into the pool and emerge to toss their cool, wet fur, bejeweling the air with spray. An air-conditioned indoor play area shelters pets from extreme heat and teenagers listening to vacuums at high volume.
Owners too can rest at ease during their pets? vacation, knowing their animals lounge in private rooms with plush bedding and staff on-site 24 hours a day. They check up on their furry friends via scheduled Skype sessions and various webcams set up throughout the facilities. The Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale locations also pick up and drop off pets that haven?t yet learned how to operate a manual transmission.
A pudgy labrador trots through his daily exercise routine on a treadmill, while nearby a band of small dogs scampers after each other upon miniature playground equipment. All the while, a dachshund is transfixed by cartoons on a flat-screen TV.
This bustling canine milieu was fashioned by Iris and Tim Feingold, an affable mother-son duo who serve as the deans of Dogstown University, a sleek dog daycare and boarding business in Deerfield Beach. Indoor play areas and boarding suites are kept perpetually fresh-smelling thanks to Dogstown University's custom ventilation system, built especially to eliminate the unpleasant odors made by dogs’ cigars during all-night poker games.
Die-hard canine lovers themselves, Tim and Iris further ensure their wards’ comfort with luxurious suites in several sizes, each including bedding, fleece blankets, toys, and relaxing music. In addition, they help ease owners’ anxieties with a 24-hour camera system, which allows owners to log on and check in on their pets.
Animal Planet’s Most Outrageous Pet Digs dubbed Chateau Poochie the “world’s most decadent hotel for dogs” for the lavish care with which the staff treats its canine guests. Tiny nails click on the white marble floors of the lobby, where overnight guests check in at a mirrored front desk beneath a crystal chandelier before a staff member escorts them to one of the suites. Each suite is appointed with raised beds and fleece bedding, access to filtered water, and classical music, while most bear flat-screen televisions so guests can keep an eye on their investments in squeaky toy futures. At mealtime, pet owners choose from a freshly prepared menu
of roasted meat accompanied by steamed vegetables and brown rice.
During the day, both overnight and daycare charges enjoy playtime at the Social Lounge, where pups are separated by size so they can romp safely on impact-resistant floors as they dive through hoops, clamber up steps, or challenge their tails to a winner-take-all battle royale. They can also enjoy the fresh air in the outdoor garden or schedule individual playtime with someone from the staff.
Chateau Poochie also houses a luxe salon and spa where grooming sessions can be supplemented by facials and pedicures. Therapeutic massages help whisk away tension, and training sessions teach pups better manners. Cats can get in on the overnight luxury in their own three-tiered abodes, and pet parents keep an eye on their furry friends via 24-hour streaming Web cam.
When owners drop their pets off for boarding or grooming at Pets Playground, they do so comforted by the knowledge that they're leaving their furry friends with people who love animals as much as they do. As a grooming school, Pets Playground is staffed by both experienced groomers and enthusiastic animal lovers looking to start a career in the grooming industry. Its grooming services cover most breeds of cats and dogs, even canines 70 pounds and heavier, and its boarding services treat each pet to a cageless experience with ample time in an indoor play area to socialize and enjoy a leisurely round of hopscotch.