Dr. Thomas Jackson has a special facility for answering the questions of pet owners. The seasoned veterinarian and veterinary neurosurgeon honed his ability to supply simple, understandable answers as longtime author of a newspaper column called "Ask the Vet." Practicing in the Fort Myers area since 1987, the animal doc with the amiable pet-side manner has treated innumerable critters at Best Friends Animal Hospital, where he serves as senior vet and belly rubber. The facility also boasts two other vets and a friendly staff that emphasizes the importance of preventative health care in addition to surgical, emergency and therapeutic treatments, and vaccinations. The hospital's medical services offer health care for nearly any pet, including exotics and birds, and recently expanded to include professional grooming.
Dr. Nina Krajewski went from spiking a volleyball to making sure Spike the bulldog is healthy. A member of an NCAA Division II championship team on the court, she went on to veterinary school. In 2007, the Sarasota native founded Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital. The veterinary office offers a wide range of animal care, from checkups and dental cleanings to emergency care and dog and cat boarding.
Under the umbrella of Pet Medical Centers, nine Miami-Dade and Broward-area veterinary hospitals provide sophisticated healthcare for furry, feathered, and scaly family members. The hospitals’ specialty services include nonanesthetic dental care, ultrasounds, radiology, and endoscopies. All locations boast surgical operating rooms equipped with windows and cameras to give owners peace of mind, and many of the clinics are equipped with lasers for blade-free incisions. Besides emergency care, the doctors and technicians—some of whom have appeared as specialists on Univision and Animal Planet—perform general wellness examinations and informative nutritional consultations.
Although medical care provides what pets need, boarding services treat pets to what they want. Most locations double as cat and dog hotels, but only one deserves the title of pet resort—at Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center, animals enjoy a climate-controlled dog park with a pool, baths with massaging jets, and expansive canine suites with window views.
Animal care is a family affair at Hometown Animal Hospital. Dr. Jan Bellows, a Florida Veterinary Medical Association Gold Star–recipient with more than 35 years experience, leads a team of practitioners and assistants which includes his son, Dr. David Bellows. Together, they keep their four-legged patients healthy through annual checkups and wellness exams, and help them recover from illness or injury through medicinal and surgical treatments. Their expertise is not just limited to dogs and cats, however, as they also aid exotic pets including hedgehogs, mice, chinchillas, and snakes.
Their services also go beyond veterinarian treatments at their bed-and-breakfast-style boarding facility. Here, staff members pamper each furry guest during overnight stays with personalized care—feeding them their favorite food, scratching their favorite spots, and letting them stay up past their bedtime, just this once.
Two experienced veterinarians lead the staff at Scarbrough Animal Hospital. The team fills the hospital with the cheery barks of pups, baritone purring of cats, and falsetto squeaks of balloon animals during grooming services, including bathing and nail clipping. Beneath collages of fuzzy past patients, veterinary and dental care ensures that critters stay beautiful on the inside and can help ward off future illnesses, weight issues, and problem behaviors. Boarding services provide a venue to compose concertos for squeaky toys and coddle pets during their owners' vacations.