The veterinarians at St. Paul Pet Hospital treat pets as if they were their own—they happily make house calls, use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, and even pick up and drop off animals at the hospital. In the office, they perform spaying and neutering, vaccines, and microchip implantations in clean treatment rooms, with separate facilities for cats and dogs. Their operating theater, meanwhile, has all of the medical technologies of a traditional hospital, including digital x-rays, precise electrosurgical equipment, and time machines.
Founded 22 years ago by owner and trainer Gail Simpson, St. Croix Training Center offers lessons for riders of all abilities in a spacious, heated indoor arena. The experienced trainers are proficient in hunt, saddle seat, and Western pleasure-riding styles. Equestrians age 6 and older will spend 30 minutes atop their horse working on the basics or fine-tuning their trot, and approximately another half hour on the ground, saddling and grooming their new many-hands-high friend or discussing the history of carrots over a bowl of sugar cubes.
At Cliff Lake Dental Care, Dr. Jerry Rauchwarter's friendly and relaxing manner helps banish skittishness in new patients. The exam lasts about 1.5 hours and determines the health of teeth and mouth-dwelling gum gremlins with a physical exam and x-rays. Dr. Rauchwarter conducts a full periodontal probing to test the mettle of gums and notes the location of any trouble spots or previous dental work. The doctor then screens for oral cancer, cavities, and imbalances in patients' jaws with a quick gumball-juggling test. After teeth enjoy a thorough cleaning, they have portraits taken with Cliff Lake Dental's digital x-ray machine, which utilizes a low-radiation process that reduces the risk of molars developing invisibility, mind reading, and other superpowers. After the x-rays, exam, and cleaning, Dr. Rauchwarter will deliver a clean bill of health or discuss an individually-tailored course of treatment; either way, visitors will leave with their teeth as clean and shiny as dry-cleaned dolphins.
In a facility with 14,000 square feet of romping room, Dog Days' trained staff monitors fun, friendly play among pooches. In addition to grooming and training pups, the staff also oversees daycare quarters comprised of climate-controlled indoor areas and an outdoor playground ringed with secured fencing. Canines undergo testing for temperament and vocabulary before being divvied up into separate groups according to size. Once at play, they share Kong toys, tennis balls, and colorful playground equipment.
After recreation eats up waking hours, boarded pooches snuggle into comfy suites named for European and tropical getaway locales. Each room has a cozy bed that's cleaned regularly. Staffers also wipe down toys, play equipment, and bowls every night with cleaning solution to ensure a safe, healthy environment for their four-legged guests.
The pooch caretakers at Lowertown Pet Supply & Grooming revamp furry façades with top-quality products and chum around with pups to keep them healthy and sociable. While a skilled stylist and a bather groom pets, dog walkers give hounds of all ages plenty of bathroom breaks, exercise, and attention. Meanwhile, experienced sitters keep tail-waggers company on their home turf, where familiar schedules and surroundings remain as unchanged as a lifelong fear of change. Pet owners can also shop for grain-free food and natural supplements for dogs, cats, and birds on Lowertown's online store.
Camp Bow Wow Burnsville’s pooch paradise resembles a cabin in the north woods, with wood counters and accents backed by a painted mural of dogs in the wilderness. Whether being dropped off for a day or an extended overnight stay, each pup gets the chance to play with other dogs all day in the spacious indoor and outdoor spaces. The watchful camp counselors set up playgroups based on each dog’s energy level and temperament, ensuring that young pets can tumble and race while the elders discuss the particulars of their treat pensions. Owners can keep an eye on their four-legged friend with the Camp Bow Wow Camper Cams, which provide a live stream of the indoor and outdoor play areas.
Building off the camp theme, dogs can retire to the camp lounge to relax in cozy beds, or race up and down the playground-style terrain. Each dog is provided with their own cabin, though they only visit them during meals and bedtime stories. The boarders also offer grooming services such as baths and nail trimming.