“Fur babies.” It’s a relatively newly coined term, which reflects the deepening affection we humans have for our pets. Not content to just “own” animals, we’ve now elevated them to actual family member status, and we’re dedicated to keeping them both healthy and happy. Check out these two — soon to be three — Tangi facilities that can help achieve this by providing basic care, as well as going the extra mile with services that pamper your beloved pet.
40008 Hickory Lane, Ponchatoula
This full service veterinary hospital is currently located in Ponchatoula, and they are about to add a second location in Independence. Hickory Small Animal Hospital provides compassionate, innovative veterinary medical care, including surgery, vaccines, diagnostics, and dentistry. They also offer boarding, bathing, and grooming, plus holiday pet photo sessions for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. (225) 294-3993; www.hickorysmallanimal.com
20484 Highway 190, Hammond
In addition to offering day care services with plenty of play time, this facility, which is touted as the only one on the Northshore to use force-free training techniques, also offers day training and group training classes, which include K-9 nose work, manners classes, and puppy socials. (504) 376-4035; www.doggoneright.net