Dr. Jim Gill and the team of veterinary doctors and staff at Wilkinson Animal Hospital understand the bond between pets and their owners, working six days a week to prolong the life and health of these furry family members. The capable team performs a range of services, from dentistry and internal medicine to radiology, surgery, and microchipping. They extend their care past cats and dogs to more exotic creatures, including birds, rabbits, reptiles, small mammals, and sentient pet rocks. Cozy crates and an expansive yard coddle pets during boarding, daycare, and grooming services, and an in-house pharmacy doles out any necessary meds.
The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.
Dr. James Doyle and Dr. Kelly Baete met when they were both studying at Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. Later, they showed up at the same wedding venue to tie the knot, and then the same Fort Mill veterinary clinic to start a practice. Dr. Doyle specializes in surgical and orthopedic procedures, utilizing everything from scalpels to radio waves in his quest to treat internal ailments. Meanwhile, Dr. Baete focuses on preventative medicine, educating her clients on how best to care for their pets and minimize future trips to her office.
Together, the two relentlessly strive to improve the welfare of their community's creatures—even offering free spay and neuter services for pets rescued from the Humane Society of York County. In order to make visits as easy as possible, their clinic boasts a playroom to entertain children while their parents discuss the serious business of pet care or the less serious business of clown accounting.
Experienced stylist Heather McCluney helps clients spruce up their image with a full spectrum of hair services. Equally adept at cuts and color treatments including partial and full highlights, Heather can also convince errant strands to stay straight using keratin smoothing treatments that leave frizzy hair more manageable and less likely to run away.
At Club K-9 of Charlotte’s two locations, more than 30,000 square feet of space sprawls out for pups to tucker themselves out while their families work or travel out of town. Owner J.P. Brewer and her first-aid- and CPR-certified staff maintain a safe, clean environment where four-legged friends can have fun, exercise, and improve their social skills with little to no anxiety. During doggie daycare, the staff separates dogs by age, size, and temperament and supervises the centers’ indoor and outdoor play areas. Overnight boarding guests enjoy some of the same amenities found in hotels for humans, such as climate-controlled suites with elevated beds, quiet music, and dimmed lights. The Club K-9 team also pet-sits and performs dog-grooming services.