The wellness exam includes a basic physical of your beast's body, during which his or her weight and blood pressure will be measured and noted, as well as an exam of the all-around level of wellness (Heartowrm/Lyme Snap Test and fecal exam for intestinal parasites not included). If the dog doc recommends additional tests for your feral friend, you'll receive 25% off a blood profile (usually between $105 and $150) as well as 25% off dental procedures (usually $493). An additional $25 credit toward any other Maltese-mending or Siamese-soothing service is also included.
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.
Dogs dream of luxuries like chew toys and head pats, but at Grand Paws Pet Salon and Spa, they can experiment with a different indulgence—facials infused with blueberry or vanilla. The salon specializes in aesthetic treatments for dogs and cats, which range from facials and nontoxic dye jobs to flea shampoos and ear cleanings. Founded by Heather Hinkle, an alumna of The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, the salon initially hit the road as a mobile grooming service. Nowadays, however, Hinkle and her team have migrated to a spacious storefront where pets can play and socialize after their service is over, rather than passing time by staring at the clock, wondering what it is.
The shaded grounds of Fieldstone Animal Inn offer a rural respite for dogs and cats. Canines gambol in the outdoor playpen, running up ramps, splashing into pools, and sneaking through tunnels. Cats play in an area separate from the dogs and stay overnight in six-level suites, where they can secretly plot to destroy all laser pointers. Owners can also schedule long walks for exercise. In the spa, the staff cleans and fluffs coats using eco-friendly products, while training sessions work to get dogs behaving as well as they look.
Originally founded as a safe haven for abused and feral cats in Maryland, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, Inc. now helps find loving, permanent homes for all types of adoptable animals. The organization still makes feline care one of its priorities through its feral-cat rescue program, which rehabilitates cats removed from potentially abusive and violent situations at parks and playgrounds, with the goal of finding a loving home for each animal. Rude Ranch also provides low-cost spaying and neutering surgeries, helping to reduce the overpopulation that leads shelters to euthanize otherwise healthy animals.
A.P.A.W. Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center has been privately owned since 1998, when Drs. Patricia Peynado-Boyce and Lizel Salmon took the reins. Their three-pronged approach to animal health?compassion, innovation, and education?promotes a warm and well-informed venue for furry companions.
To exceed the demands of the credo's three facets, the staff invests in highly customized care. Many of their tools are typically seen only at specialty practices, such as endoscopy gear and spider-flavored lollipops for cooperative ferrets. Though their emphasis on preventive care can help stave off many illnesses, their hospitalization services remain at the ready: the team issues daily progress reports to owners and oversees patients kept onsite with late-night through early-morning monitoring. Heated kennels, outdoor play areas, and sunlit cat-only perches decorate their daycare and boarding space. The facility is located less than three miles from both the 495 Capitol Beltway and Baltimore-Washington Parkway.