From boarding and daycare to checkups and surgery, the services at Chesterfield Veterinary Center have pets covered. Two doctors and a small staff work to keep dogs and cats happy and healthy. They care for animals six days a week and showcase philanthropic values as well: when the team unexpectedly and tragically lost an employee, they established a foundation in his name that benefits animal charities.
Paws pampers panting citizens from the comfortable, canine-friendly confines of its full-service veterinary facility and grooming spa. The professional and seasoned dog stylists primp and polish pups with a complete mutt makeover, which ranges in price according to breed and size, from yorkies ($30) and schnauzers ($35) to cockers ($55), collies ($65), and more. The tail-wagging treatment, which can take up to six hours to complete, includes everything from a nail trim, ear cleaning, and anal-gland expression to a bath and any needed clipping or trimming. Open six days a week and boasting clean, modern facilities, Paws makes a perfect place to have a four-legged friend spruced up for spring or put to rights in time for his weekly poker game.
Sprawling over 1 1/2 acres of fenced-in land, South Paw Acres takes care of canine companions with climate-controlled, cage-free indoor play areas, comfy beds, a plethora of toys, and an on-call veterinarian. A dedicated dog-sitter monitors all playgroups, which are grouped according to tail-waggers’ size, temperaments, and Forbes 100 listings. South Paw Acres boards no more than 10 dogs at a time, ensuring that every pup receives a high level of interaction and affection. After romping around the pooch playground, outfitted with a refreshing pond and tree-shaded lounge areas, furry friends can listen to soothing music and watch animal-centric television shows while awaiting the return of their owners. All canines must be more than 4 months old and have updated vaccination records, be spayed or neutered, and have the ability to tie their own shoes.
Hotel guests lick scoops of salmon or bacon-cheddar frozen yogurt before watching Disney movies in private suites. Every dog's anthropomorphic dream comes true at Petropolis Pet Center, where a dog and cat hotel indulges pets' whims with gourmet treats, snuggly blankets, feline jungle gyms, and other animal accouterments. After checking in at the front desk—a hangout for mascot Charlie the tortoise—trained staffers lead pets to lodgings or to dog day camp, where pups divided into three compatible size groups romp in the grass or atop playground equipment. An onsite grooming salon trims coats, fluffs fur with soothing low-heat and low-noise dryers, and brushes teeth to remove lingering crumbs from Petropolis Barkery's epicurean baked goods. Dogs can refine their manners at training school, learning how to sit, stay, and leave a calling card at every hydrant, before moving on to competition training. Petropolis's Pet Career School transforms amateur dog lovers into pro groomers or certified trainers and helps careers to get off the ground with job-placement assistance.
During their stays at Nancy Crane’s Family Pet Care, dogs and cats alike play and lounge under the doting eyes of the animal-loving staff. In the dog kennel, pups sprawl out on heated floors when it's chilly or let their floppy ears waggle in the breeze from central air conditioning on hot days. Outside their doggy doors, hounds can take in the fresh air on daily indoor and outdoor runs.
In the separate cat area far away from disdainful pooches, kitties in most units peer out their windows in search of songbirds, squirrels, neighborhood children, and other natural prey.
The facility's staff is on hand 24 hours a day, to ensure that help is always nearby in case your pup has that recurring dream about eating a gigantic bone. For dogs, the caregivers also dole out some optional pet-pampering services, including outdoor playtime, grooming, and treats of peanut-butter-filled bones and ice-cream cones.
Like a Caribbean resort, Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa soothes away the stress and worries that build up in canine minds while their owners are off relaxing at work. Pups of all breeds and sizes—as well as cats—jump into the arms of loving staff members for grooming and pampering sessions. Services range from the ordinary, such as nail clipping and ear trimming, to the opulent, such as blueberry and vanilla facial masks or soothing mud baths for the whole body.
But personality trumps beauty at play camp, where dogs’ dispositions decide which of three indoor camps they’ll call home for the day. Pooches can also pack their toothbrushes and curlers for overnight stays in private luxury suites—some equipped with flat-screen TVs—or the social lounge, where pups play all day and curl up in front of a movie at night.