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Heal, Boy!: Pet Care Center 

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Whether your kitten needs a checkup or your pooch deserves some pampering, Pet Care Center Veterinary Hospital, Pet Resort & Spa (2212 David Drive, Metairie, 887-2999; www.petcarecenterinc.com) can fill the needs of furry members of the family with a combination of advanced medical care and spa services. The center's main mission is to foster enduring relationships between pets and their owners by keeping pets healthy and happy.

  "Typically, on a busy day, we have 30 to 50 dogs in house," Pet Care Center general manager Brittany Sylvia says. The clinic sees pets by appointment from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays but also accepts walk-ins. The staff includes seven veterinarians and attendants on duty 24 hours a day to attend to the needs of the animals. Welcoming newly born as well as geriatric animals, the doctors treat a variety of cardiology, dermatology, neurology and respiratory disorders as well as other conditions.

  The center was established in 1958; Dr. Steven Slaton took over in 1990. While it has the atmosphere of an inviting family practice, the clinic has state-of-the-art medical equipment and modern amenities to help pets relax and heal. "When you come in, you don't feel like it's a veterinary hospital," Sylvia says. "It's so clean, you wouldn't realize that there are animals here."

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  In addition to traditional boarding for overnight stays, the Pet Care Center offers exclusive condos for its visitors. "We try to give a resort experience," Sylvia says. "We offer grooming and bathing to all guests." The building hosts 33 dog condos that keep tails wagging with indoor climate-controlled rooms, day beds and elevated feeding bowls. The canine condos have doors that allow dogs to look into the condo lobbies during their stay. "Even I could sleep comfortably in one," Sylvia says.

  There also are customized condos for cats. These spaces are installed with adjustable climbing towers and perches. The rooms include glass doors and windows in the front and rear walls so cats don't feel caged in.

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