Irmo Pet Retreat caters to furry friends with private rooms and secure playing fields in a 7,300-square-foot enclave as safe and climate-controlled as each canine's own home. Eschewing traditional kennels, each suite supports man's best friends and their paws with rubber floors, cushy beds, and tempered glass walls. Each day, pampered pups take four to six escorted trips to the outdoor yard where they can run, wrestle, or dig foundations for skyscrapers to their hearts' content. Caring counselors feed pets twice a day, whether the retreat's premium dry kibble or leftovers dog owners have brought from home, and will administer medication if needed at no additional charge. The retreat keeps pets safe with 24-hour video monitoring and welcomes doggie siblings to stay in the same suite for an additional $10–$15 per day.
David and Leslie Reyes first met working with exotic parrots, monkeys, and reptiles at Santa Fe College. It was 2008, and they were enrolled in the Zoo Animal Technology program in Gainesville, Florida, both exploring their passion for animals. After graduating, the new couple moved to West Palm Beach to work at a conservation facility, but they soon discovered that they had a desire to interact more closely with domestic animals and their owners. So, in 2010 they moved to Columbia to open Pets: The Whole 9 Yards with a mission to help educate pet owners and instill them with a love for their furry friends.
The Reyeses' pet shop stocks food, toys, and treats for animals ranging from dogs and cats to ferrets, birds, and lizards. Along with their compassionate staff, they also offer day care for pooches and birds, as well as grooming services for pets auditioning for shampoo commercials.
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.