At The Dog Wash, scruffy pups are turned into well-groomed canines by professional groomers or dog owners who use the self-serve facilities to do it themselves. Equipped with the HydroSurge therapeutic bathing system, dog washers spray down dogs in elevated washbasins that prevent back strain. The HydroSurge system mixes warm water with shampoos designed specifically for pups and works like a liquid comb to ferret away dead skin, fleas, and "kick me" signs left by the family cat. To help customers feed their pets a healthy diet, the shop's team shelves dog food from the likes of Innova and California Natural, as well as canine cologne, toys, and doggy accessories.
Doggie District Pet Resort treats canines not as pets, but as welcomed guests of its boarding and grooming facility that doubles as an oversized doghouse. A groomer with over 20 years of experience can snip and style canine hair in a calm, spa-like environment. During overnight stays, dogs relax on personal beds and enjoy the comforts of home with their favorite toys or pinup calendars of giant bones. Four-legged friends can roam safely in the 10,000-square-foot outdoor play area, where a closed-circuit camera system that monitors the lot at all times.
Pet grooming can improve the cleanliness of your home as well as your favorite critter?take, for instance, deshedding treatments.
Most cats and dogs shed constantly, and cleaning it up can be an endless job. To help reduce the amount of pet hair floating around your home, groomers offer deshedding treatments?which some claim can reduce shedding by 60%?80% more attractively than shaving all but a pet?s left hind leg.
There are many different deshedding methods, but most treatments follow a similar trajectory. The groomer does an initial combing or brushing to inspect the animal?s coat and work through any tough mats that have developed. Then the pet gets a shampoo-and-conditioning treatment with products made for helping loose fur move along. A powerful dryer blasts the fur, taking with it lots of loose tufts. Finally, most groomers also use a special deshedding tool. Devices such as the Furminator use a comb to push through the topcoat and draw loose undercoat hairs against a stainless-steel edge and clear them away.
Town Center Animal Hospital is located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, and caters exclusively to cats and dogs in need of a helping hand. Inside the luxurious space, a large shelf decked out with everything from treats and pet food to toothpaste offers the necessities the animals (and their owners) need to maintain proper pet health. The hospital also provides 24-hour emergency services, thanks to several on-staff veterinarians, and specialty surgeries are possible as well. To keep animals and their owners happy, Town Center Animal Hospital provides free exams to new clients, just to make sure your pet is in top-notch condition. Routine and advanced dental procedures, digital ultrasounds, drop-off appointments and customized wellness plans are also available for all cats and dogs.
At A-Round of A-Paws Pet Boarding Resort & Spa, pooches sprawl in the lap of luxury, lounging on hypoallergenic lambskin bedding during resort stays and enjoying mud facials and Swedish massages at the spa. Vacationing owners can rest easy knowing that their canine and feline companions are in safe hands. The resort provides amenities that include K9-themed movies for pups and condos that accommodate pet families with connecting doors. An agility track, doggy day care, and group play sessions keep canines alert, whereas lessons with trainers help get pooches closer to the day when they can fetch Chinese takeout.
The spa, meanwhile, goes above and beyond standard grooming with hair dyeing and styling, as well as pawdicures that pamper canine appendages with paw soaks. The spa’s aroma therapist and massage therapist kneads arthritic and tense muscles in a variety of modalities, employing warm-oil massages and stone massages to banish the stress of dreaming of a world run by squirrels. Over in the bakery, chefs turn out organic treats perfect for rewarding obedient pets, while cakes with low-fat cream-cheese-honey frosting accompany puppy birthday parties hosted at the resort.
Heather Brooks plays with dogs for a living. The results of these puppy-fests can be seen in her portfolio of candid portraits that capture each pooch's unique personality. After honing her photographic craft on human families, Heather decided to launch Pupparazzi, carting her equipment to canines' natural habitats to snap up-close and personal puppy pics in black and white and full color. Heather knows all the tricks of the trade, like eschewing flash for natural light and shooting under a tree for the kind of soft light that brings out a pup's true eye color. Her telephoto lenses and fast shutter settings are able to capture the quick flick of a puppy's tail or the moment before a dog realizes that the Frisbee he's about to catch is actually a miniature UFO. Heather snaps her shutter for cats and other animals, too, and when the flashbulb frenzy comes to a close, pet owners can decorate their homes and bodies with fine-art prints and custom jewelry featuring their furry friend's face.