Top 10 Spots for Pet Services in Metro Manila
SPOT.ph listed the city's best pet-centric spots for your doggie's desires.
These days, a dog’s life is pretty sweet. Manila has become a pet-centric playground for dog owners and their four-legged buddies to hangout at canine-friendly spots, and the day’s activities go way beyond playing catch. A booming pet industry now allows dogs to have their monthly check-ups at swanky animal hospitals. They can even shop in style at specialty pet stores and spend the day chilling out at doggie day spas. SPOT.ph rounded up the top 10 places for premium pet services for your next pampering spree.
10. Tiendesitas Pet Village
Ortigas Avenue cor. E. Rodriguez Avenue (C5), Pasig City
With a whole section dedicated to everything pets, chances are you'll find whatever pet needs you have at Tiendesitas. Dog food? Check. Grooming stuff? Check. Dog treats? Check. Personalized dog tag? Check. The different stall owners will also point out which store will have the item you're looking for, in case they don't have it in stock.
We Love: If you're a first-time pet owner, it's convenient to drop by Tiendesitas for supplies. It's also the surest place to find dog crates of all sizes.
9. Hobbes and Landes Petropolis
Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
The Petropolis section in their Bonifacio High Street branch sells imported pet supplies that you might have thought you could only buy online. They sell durable (and stylish) collars and leashes, cute dog dishes, eco-friendly dog toys, portable dog bowls, healthy and organic dog treats, plus tons more! They also carry premium dog food brands like Acana and Orijen.
We Love: Your pets are welcome in the BHS branch, too. Plus, now you don't need to ask your tita from the States to buy you durable dog leashes or eco-friendly doggie toys. They also have a Pet Club that hosts numerous events throughout the year.
8. Pet Express
Branches at SM Cubao, SM Hypermarket Makati, and SM Mall of Asia
Another one-stop shop for all your pet needs is Pet Express. They've got a wide range of pet products for every budget. They sell premium dog food like Acana and Orijen alongside more affordable brands. They also offer grooming services and vet services.
We Love: They have dog beds, dog kennels, and dog carriers of all shape and sizes! The Mall of Asia branch is relatively big and they've stocked it with rows and rows of pet supplies.
7. Bow & Wow
5/L Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City
Lower Ground Floor Greenbelt 5, Makati City
If you're looking for premium dog food brands, organic dog treats, herbal shampoos, and other first-rate pet products, Bow & Wow is the place to go. The attentive staff is ready to assist you with your needs and answer your questions about the products in the store.
We Love: The staff really know their stuff, maybe because some of them are VMDs. Hypoallergenic treats? They'll give you several choices and point out the ingredients. Smelly pooch? They'll recommend the right shampoo. And since your pets are welcome at the Shang branch, they can tag along, too. The staff will welcome them with open arms.
6. Aromapet Grooming and Dog Spa
133 Tomas Morato Ave. Q.C
You're not the only one who needs to de-stress, you know. Neighborhood dogs that bark at you for no reason, the pressure of learning how to roll over and fetch, pooping on cue-a dog's life can be hard. If you want to pamper your pooch, try Aromapet. They use gentle and organic products on your pet, promise to follow your grooming instructions "to the letter", and also provide pet massage services.
We Love: They have a Pet Taxi that can pick up your pet and bring him home after his grooming and spa day.
5. Better Dog Canine Behavior Center
Karrivin Plaza, Building C, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City
Searching for a trainer who uses a clicker instead of a choker? Search no more; Jojo Isorena is a dog behavior specialist who's possibly the closest thing we've got to a dog whisperer. He runs Better Dog and it's the first training facility in the country! Aside from potty training, he'll learn good behavior, and fun tricks! They also have grooming and boarding services.
We Love: There's an agility course in Better Dog that'll have your pooch running up ramps, jumping through tires, going through tunnels, and tons more. The best part is, Jojo teaches you how to train your dog-making it a fun bonding experience for you and your pet. Plus, they disinfect their center regularly to make sure to provide a clean environment for your pooch.
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Another well-known vet center that provides quality vet services is Animal House. They also have state-of-the-art medical equipment. They provide grooming services, stock medicine and other pet needs like food and grooming products.
We Love: They are well-stocked and the staff are knowledgeable and helpful. If you can find the meds that your pet needs, chances are you'll find it in an Animal House clinic.
3. The Cassandra Care Animal Home Pet Hospital and Grooming Center
290 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
Another top pet hospital in the country is the CCAH. Aside from medical, grooming, boarding, post-op rehabilitation, spa and massage, and emergency care services, they also have a Pet Studio where your pooch can get his photo taken right after his grooming session. They also have a Pet Park where your pet can exercise and play, and a boutique where you can get your dog supplies.
We Love: They have a fully-equipped Ambulance for emergency cases.
2. VIP Pet Hotel and Wellness Center
63 Maysilo Circle cor Boni Ave., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
470-7987, 470-7478, and 470-7943
Just next door to the Vets In Practice Animal Hospital is the VIP Pet Hotel and Wellness Center-the brainchild of Dr. Marga Carpio, one of the founding vets of VIP. They provide services like grooming, PT massages, training classes, boarding, therapy, post-surgery rehabilitation.
We Love: They even have a Jacuzzi tub for hydrotherapy! Going out of town and can't find a dog sitter? They have different types of boarding options, depending on your budget. But whatever you choose, you know that your pet will be well taken care of. They even have a pet gym for their boarders-they'll keep your pooches busy and healthy while you're away.
Veterinarian Dr. Nielsen Donato gives a virtual tour of Vets in Practice Animal Hospital on www.mypetchannel.tv
1. Vets In Practice Animal Hospital
63 Maysilo Circle cor Boni Ave., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
One of the first things a responsible pet owner should find is a good vet. In Vets in Practice, not only will your pet get expert VIP care, he'll get serious TLC, too. The staff and the foreign and locally-trained doctors genuinely care about your pet and his welfare and treat him like their own. VIP is a full-service vet hospital that provides medical, emergency, and surgical services.
We Love: Aside from vets with excellent beside manners (they greet your pet by name when he walks in the door and makes sure to spend some one-on-one bonding time before treating him), the clinic is clean, spacious (the waiting room can rival those in human hospitals!), and has state-of-the-art medical equipment. And if your pet is confined, they have special rooms where you can sleep with your pets-for humans with separation issues.
Photos by Kai Huang, Patrick Mitzares, Maggie Adan, www.aromapet.multiply.com, www.animalhouse.com.ph, www.tiendesitas.com.ph, and cassandracare.com