Digital x-rays, blood transfusions, and stem-cell therapy sound like treatments ordered by doctors on medical dramas. The treatments, however, are all available for critters at Capitola Veterinary Hospital. At the vet’s modern facility, which is outfitted to provide medical, dental, dermatological, and surgical services, veterinary doctors River May and Katie Volat apply their years of training and affection for pets. At the hands of a friendly staff, critters are given a custom health-care plan that can include microchipping, nutritional counseling, and tests to see how many orphans the pet has saved from wells. The onsite pharmacy provides an array of veterinary drugs, and the team always keeps owners in the loop and provides them with current information so that they can decide on the best treatment for furry friends.
Dr. May and Dr. Volat also go above and beyond to keep animals healthy by regularly conversing with top veterinarians across the nation to ensure the best treatment. The hospital is also certified by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program, in part because of digital record keeping, low-radiation digital x-rays, and biodegradable soaps.
As the sun shines down, Santa Cruz Pet Resort’s four-legged charges scamper around on the fake turf of its outdoor yards. Broken into groups based on size and temperament, the pups leap on a trampoline, challenge each other to games of Tug of War, cool off in the kiddie pool, or hold poker tournaments inside the house play set. At night, dogs bunk down in clean and heated kennels and can share a family-sized chamber with their brothers and sisters by request. Felines enjoy playtime in the resort's Kitty Cabana, as well as one-on-one attention from staffers. Family-style care is also available, in which pets stay in the resort owner’s home and get first dibs on the remote control.
Animals are fed Eukanuba or Iams food during their stay, and owners can also schedule grooming appointments for their pets with an experienced groomer. With advanced notice, the staffers can also board other domestic pets, such as rabbits, hamsters, or imaginary twins.
At the Animal Hospital of Soquel, the dedicated staff of veterinarians and vet technicians provide medical, surgical, and preventative care, and commit themselves to receiving continuous education. The animal hospital also offers animal dentistry and grooming services through its onsite pet spa. The hospitable groomers grant the furriest members of the family undivided attention while performing pelt-perfecting services for dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes. By providing regular grooming treatments, the team works to prevent issues such as excessive shedding, skin and paw disorders, painful matting, and the smell of last week's forgotten egg salad on the animal's breath.
For pets in need of overnight care, Animal Hospital of Soquel enlists the help of Elizabeth, the lodging manager, who works to ensure four-legged comfort by supplying compassion, knowledge, and a full library of up-to-date squeaky newspapers.
Even before Chris Stout founded Vineyard Kennels, she had already dedicated most of her adult life to helping. She started out her career lobbying Congress on behalf of food bank gleaning programs, earning the Presidential Volunteer Action Award award from Ronald Reagan. Then, about 15 years ago, she decided to help out a little closer to home. When her daughter wanted to start a grooming business, Chris worked toward her American Boarding Kennel Association certification, and opened up Vineyard Kennels. Today, she continues to run the kennel—and even lives onsite—with her dog Bitsy.
Her trained staff pools 40 years of experience as they watch after canine guests in the 10,000 square feet facility. The temperature-controlled building features sturdy cinderblock walls that shelter toddler and Kuranda beds. Outside, a fenced-in play area gives tail-waggers a place to frolic in the sun. After an invigorating romp, pups lap up well water that has been softened, disinfected, and purified with reverse osmosis. This water, along with a shampoo and blow-dry, also leaves dogs lustrous during bathtime. For owners who need to get to work early, the self-service corral allows for early drop-off and late pick-up.
Tucked between the hills of Northern California in the scenic Carmel Valley, horseback-riding trainer Toni Venza and her staff help equestrians master the reins. The stable offers lessons for riders of all abilities, from beginners learning to walk, trot, and canter to experts competing in hunter-jumper competitions. A trainer for nearly three decades, Toni imparts wisdom on various learning styles through constructive feedback delivered calmly and clearly to help pupils feel comfortable in the saddle.