It might be surprising that out of a team of surgery, cardiology, neurology, and dentistry specialists, not one has ever performed a procedure on a person. That’s because these board-certified medical professionals prefer their patients to be covered in fur or feathers. Dr. David Menard leads Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center’s team of vets and vet techs in medical services that range from standard vaccination and sterilization procedures to more specialized treatments such as cancer therapy and acupuncture consultations. To perform each treatment as effectively as possible, the veterinarians call on a high-tech trove of medical technology that includes digital radiography equipment, camera-mounted endoscopes, and laser surgery devices. Meanwhile, an onsite pharmacy vends prescribed medications for all animal ailments, including tennis ball jaw. For pet parents going out of town, the center’s boarding resort houses cats, dogs, birds, and exotic pets in their own separate, climate-controlled facilities.
A shuttle bus pulls up to the curb, and a Dogs Rule staff member leads another drowsy charge to its front porch. This pooch is knackered, having spent all day carousing at Dogs Rule, a leash-free dog-care facility whose wall-mounted “BEWARE OF THE DOG” sign belies the canine camaraderie within. As pooches enter the facility, the staff separates them into groups according to age, temperament, and size, and watches over the pups as they wrestle in the outdoor play lot’s dirt, chase soap bubbles, splash in the pool, or strategize table-side manners in the play house. Overnight guests—whether feline or canine—bunk down in crates at night. Dogs Rule's groomer Diane Lyons, herself an owner of four dogs, backs up her passion for canine coiffures with 29 years of grooming experience.
During their pets’ time at Dogs Rule, owners can opt for grooming sessions or vaccinations at an additional charge. All proceeds from the facility benefit the nonprofit AHHHHA, which finds homes for abandoned animals and offers low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners.
My Yuppy Puppy primps and preens pups' fur with an array of styling and grooming services that vary with size, breed, and coat type. Prep your cuddly companion for a strut down the street or prance in the park with any of My Yuppy Puppy's grooming treatments. Smoothed-coated hounds can sport a stylish coat with the no-trim, short-hair maintenance package, which includes a hydro-bath, brush, and fluff-dry in addition to nail and ear cleaning ($15–$35), while barkers large and small that require biweekly care can upkeep their coifs with the Fluffy Maintenance package, a thorough styling that includes a skin, coat, and shampoo evaluation, nail and ear care, complete brush, bath, and fluff-dry, and a paw and face trim ($25+).