At first glance, Fullwood Animal Hospital might look like a hospital for humans. Only diminutive treatment tables and a row of boarding cages hint that its pristine, professional spaces are actually for healing pets. The hospital boasts all equipment necessary to diagnose and treat animals: an X-ray, ECG machine, a surgical suite with anesthesia. There's even a lab on-site, so some basics parasite and urinalysis tests can undergo analysis quickly.
The loving staff at the AAHA- and AVMA-certified Caring Hearts Animal Hospital recognizes that pets are treasured members of the family. At the head of the facility are Drs. Lorie White and Laura Morefield, who oversee a practice equipped with comprehensive medical and surgical facilities. With more than 22 years of veterinary experience each, Drs. White and Morefield treat pets with acupuncture, behavioral medicine, dentistry, and emergency care. To that end, their animal hospital contains a lab and pharmacy, as well as radiology, surgery, examination, grooming, and boarding areas. Trainers also lead puppy and behavior classes, ensuring pups can lead obedient lives and will never eat dessert with a salad fork.
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.
Along the main promenade in Sam's Town, a row of lush lawns borders one another, cordoned off from the pavement by a white picket fence lined with potted mums. When a hand pushes open the front door of a gable-roof ranch house or cottage, it's attached not to the body of Donna Reed but to that of a yelping canine, one of the overnight guests staying in each of The Dog Knowledge's miniature homes. When pooches aren't watching G-rated films on flat-screen TVs or lounging beneath ceiling fans in their private or bunk-bed abodes, they can venture out to play in a 2-acre facility or relax in a homey lounge filled with couches, tables, and framed photos of Roosevelt's scottish terrier signing The New Deal into law. The Dog Knowledge also grooms dogs' unkempt coats and chips away at unruly behaviors with one-on-one behavioral training, boot camps, and a therapy dog-training program.
At Bark Street, the cheery interior features easy-wipe checkered floors, white and pink walls, and three self-service dog-wash stations separated by curtains for the modest pet. All the necessary supplies are provided by Bark Street, including waist-high, disinfected tubs; waterproof aprons; herbal shampoo and conditioner; brushes and combs; towels; a dryer; and natural cologne for especially malodorous under-areas. The water is even provided at a pre-set temperature, so you needn't worry about scalding or freezing your furry friend. A full staff is on hand at all times, available to help any customers struggling with their wriggling bag of barks. A 5-pound bag of organic dog food ($10) is also included in today's deal, with a choice between California Natural or Innova brands.
As his parents' only human child, Dr. James Pressley of Brookdale Animal Hospital says the family pets were like his four-legged siblings. It was this relationship with his furry friends that likely propelled him to become a veterinarian. He and his staff enjoy fostering the same relationship with his clients' animal companions, a dedication that can be felt as soon as they step into the light-flooded reception room of his clinic. From the hallways to the treatment room, this bright atmosphere permeates the space, putting both owners and pets at ease even as they undergo wellness exams, dental procedures, and x-rays.