An outlandish dog outfit often includes a miniaturized sweater or a hastily attached pair of felt antlers. But at Diva Dog 2, pups can take their style statements further with swaths of bright-pink dyed hair, mohawks, or feathers. Stylists can shear and dye a pup’s mane into artful and eccentric designs inspired by a favorite film, image, or sports team. Along with artful grooming services, Diva Dog 2 carries posh goods for pampering one’s pup, including holistic foods, studded collars, and scented shampoos and cologne. Staff members can match canines with shiny bling or make personalized ID tags that owners may borrow before setting out on their bimonthly vision quest.
Twenty years ago, Dr. Billy Scott graduated from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and established his own private practice. During his time there, he became increasingly interested in veterinary dentistry, so he undertook hundreds of hours of training with board-certified practitioners. Now he operates The Family Vet, where he performs both medical and dental services for cats and dogs. In the full-service wellness center, Dr. Scott administers a range of vaccinations, tests for allergies, and maintains health with annual examinations. Outpatient surgical services begin with pre-anesthetic blood testing to ensure animals can safely accept anesthesia and generally end with absorbable sutures that, like stain-proof pants, do not require removal. Dental services include preventative cleanings and radiology as well as root canals, oral surgery, and orthodontic treatments.
Dogs tussle over a rope during daycare at The Perfect Pooch while staff members look on, reluctant to pull them from play so they can go home. After tying a bow or bandana around each pup—a keepsake given to every visitor—they pick up the toys and ready dinner for their overnight boarders.
In the pumpkin-colored salon, senior groomers with more than 15 years of experience gently stencil designs and weave feathers into coats. Although the decor is utilitarian (there's no pretense that dogs need satin to live as humans do), groomers include a free conditioning treatment with every wash.
With more than a half-century of experience behind its name, Banfield Pet Hospital practices its brand of attentive pet care at more than 770 hospital locations across the country. The veterinary specialists at Banfield use state-of-the-art equipment and clinical-care guidelines when administering services big and small, from emergency treatment to flea control. To extend and enhance the lives of dogs, cats, and small pets, Banfield also espouses its wellness plans, which include unlimited free office visits and physical exams, as well as early illness screenings and vaccines to ensure pets reach a ripe old age, multiplied by seven.