There are so many businesses related to Pets in the South Florida area, whether they be Animal Hospitals, Boutiques, Kennels, Doggie Day Cares, etc. I will list many of them below but will start by talking about the newest one that is set to open this Spring in Wilton Manors: Wag Pride.

In the over two decades that Mark Winner and Lee Ginsberg have been together, they’ve had their fair share of pets. As avid animal lovers, it was no surprise to them two years ago, when their dog Charlie tested positive for a bacterial infection. They wanted to do everything they could do to make sure he was okay. That included bringing him to an animal hospital at the University of Florida and ultimately feeding him prescription diet food and supplements.

It is that idea of wanting to do anything for your pet that prompted the couple to start Wag Pride, a neighborhood pet experience built exclusively with Wilton Manors in mind. Located at 2031 Wilton Drive, the boutique will provide a place that has all the things needed to spoil your pack as pet parents. It will include a fully automated self-serve dog wash, the first of its kind in the city, as well as pet foods, treats and dog accessories.

The couple plan to have two full-time pet groomers on staff as well. “We want to do what we can to help other people with their dogs now and moving forward,” Winner said. “We’ll do anything we can for our dogs, and we know other people are the same way.”

All of the products used and sold in the store will be produced in a way that is environmentally friendly and is good for people’s pets.

They also plan to have a “bakery” in the store with locally made pet treats for sale.

The couple, who live in Wilton Manors, said they thought bringing this kind of business to the island city was a no brainer. “We see ourselves here. We see our stamp being local. We live here and we’re invested in this community,” he said.

While they will have a brick-and-mortar store, which will open this spring, they plan to have a strong online presence. Additionally, as they grow, they have high hopes of franchising and opening more locations.

Other Pet Businesses in South Florida (clearly, we can’t name them all):

Central Bark – has 2 locations. The original one is in Fort Lauderdale at 3699 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, and the second is in West Palm at 1503 Elizabeth Ave. Their hours are Mon through Friday 7am to 6:30pm, Saturdays from 8am to 5pm (Sunday the ft laud location is closed, and palm beach is open 8:30 to 9am and 5-6pm). They offer Enrichment Doggy Day Car, Salon and Spa, Sleepovers, Training and Enrichment and they also have a marketplace.

Wilton Manors Animal Hospital – is 2201 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, and is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday’s from 8am to 2pm and Sunday’s form 11am to 4pm. They offer Full Service Veterinary Care, providing wellness and preventive care for pets including vaccinations, spays and neuters, treatments for acute and long-term illnesses and injuries.  They also offer options such as laser therapies, surgeries and pain management for aging pets.  They are USDA accredited to provide Health Travel Certificates for international travel. In addition, they offer affordable Annual Wellness Packages and Exam Fees, as well as compassionate End of Life Care.

Dog Bar is located at 1627 Euclid Ave At, Lincoln Ln S, Miami Beach and is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm and Sundays from 10am to 7pm. Their services include pet grooming, dental cleaning, dog training, free pet food consultations, local delivery, Dog Bar rewards program and much more. 

Alexandria’s Grooming is located at 2032 E. Oakland Park Boulevard and offers pet grooming services based on your two-or-four-legged fur baby’s needs. They do have a selection of retail products. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Wilton’s Manor, located at 2155 N. Dixie Highway, offers doggie daycare options for both small and large breed dogs as well as older dogs. They also offer customers boarding services where pets sleep in sleeping pods instead of crates or cages. Owned and operated by Josh (George) Meneses and Alan Aghazadian since August 2011, they also provide grooming services, including bathing, nail trimming, and teeth cleaning. They are open Monday through Friday 7 to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sundays for boarding pick up and drop off.

Suzie’s Place, located at 1565 NW 26th Street, is owned and operated by Suzie Mcnally and provides grooming services around your pet and their comfort. Their business philosophy is simple, “pay attention to the pet on your grooming table and your business will always be good.” Their services include bathing, grooming, tidy ups, nail trimming, chalking and mohawks. They are open on Sunday and Wednesday by appointment only and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

Ruby Clippers Pet Grooming, located at 880 E. Oakland Park Blvd in Oakland Park, provides a number of services for its clients, including bathing, grooming, nail trimming and filling, de-matting and de-shedding, teeth brushing and full teeth cleaning. They also offer doggie daycare services and pet photography, complete with costumes. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 4pm.

Lil’ Paddlers Pet Grooming, also located in Oakland Park at 830 E. Oakland Park Blvd, provides animal nail care, dog and cat boarding, dog and cat grooming and a doggy spa. They also offer pet care products and accessories for purchase. They are open Monday through Saturday 8am to 4pm.

Middle River Animal Hospital is located at 1300 E Oakland Park Blvd B, Oakland Park, and is open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm (Closed Saturday and Sunday, and Pet Care, Wellness visits and surgery.

Wilton Waggerz is located at 1674 E Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, and is open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm (closed Sundays) and offers De-shedding, haircuts, grooming, Daycare, and Overnight Stays.

Arbor Pet Hospital is located at 1220 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, and is open 7:30am to 6pm Monday through Friday (5pm on Saturday and closed Sundays). They have an extensive list of veterinary services available for your furry companion, ranging from wellness   plans to boarding and grooming to surgeries. They also offer emergency vet care during their normal business hours, as well as a convenient in-house laboratory and pharmacy.

Eco Deco Pet Hospital is located at,1539 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, and is open Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturdays 9am to 7pm and Sundays 10am to 5pm. They stay on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, they remember that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.