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Pet Coral offers Cape Pets one-stop shop for all their needs

That’s right. Cape Coral Lifestyle has found the elite in locations to take your pets. The old saying goes that a dog is man’s best friend. That’s an antiquated ethos. Those who love their pets really know they aren’t best friends, but more so part of the family. If you fall into that category, then you need to check out Pet Coral. Conveniently located in the center of Cape Coral, this 30,000-square-foot facility is a magnificent place for your pets. Whether it’s daycare, boarding, grooming, or veterinary care, Pet Coral has it all…including a water park with the pool designed in the shape of a huge dog bone.

Practice Manager Melanie Thurmer says, ““What separates us is the one-stop shop philosophy. We even have a trainer who works with dogs and staff. She brings a lot of ideas on how to maximize the dogs’ experience here while keeping them all safe.”

That trainer works with a staff larger than most doggie daycare businesses offer. A total of 23 members of the team see around 100 dogs wag their way into the building on a daily basis. Thurmer adds, “It’s a group of people that really just love animals and love their jobs. Not everyone can say that.”

Pet Coral opened its doggie doors in 2011, and has flourished ever since. It’s not surprising, given the state-of-the-art facility and the commitment of those who work there. Walk through the remarkable lobby to where the pooches get hourly play out back, and you’ll be more than impressed. The ground out there is the same kind of artificial turf that the Dog Whisperer utilizes. It’s very drain-friendly and anti-bacterial. If you’re the owner of a small breed of dog like a Chihuahua or Pomeranian, put your worry aside about them getting trampled on by a Great Dane or Bullmastiff. There are separate areas for the dogs to play, based on size and temperament.

Back inside, there are several boarding options, including suites that have TVs. And there is soft music emanating from the hallways, as it comforts the animals, making them feel like they’re at home. And if you’re at home, or anywhere that you can’t see your pet while it’s at Pet Coral, you can go online and view the day on any one of five webcams. The grooming stations are immaculate, and the vet clinic is at the forefront of any center around. Pet Coral boasts laser surgery capabilities, ultrasound machines, and more.

Thurmer tells CCL that clients are very loyal. Many have been with Pet Coral since day one and say they would never go anywhere else. And with the unique totality of services provided, it’s easy to understand how the client base grows rapidly due to word of mouth.

Not a dog owner? No problem. Pet Coral boards cats, hamsters, birds, lizards, and ferrets. One potential customer actually asked if they could board a possum!

If this isn’t enough to let go of the leash and allow a group of dedicated people take care of your pet, then here’s a caveat that will surely tempt you to give Pet Coral a test run. You may have taken part in a Happy Hour or two in your day, but what about Yappy Hour? Thurmer explains, “On the second Friday of every month, we do Yappy Hour. It’s a free event for the community to bring their dogs to play in the water park. We serve complimentary refreshments to the owners while the dogs frolic.” So, head over to Pet Coral and wet your whistle while your puppy gets wet in the pool. It’s sure to be an experience like you or your dog has never had before. No bones about it.