It’s hard to put into words what our pets mean to us.  It doesn’t matter what breed or age, where we find them or how we find them—they become part of you and your home. You love them hard, and they love you back even harder. Well, cats might be another matter, but as long as we feed them, right? Through thick and thin, pets forever remain a powerful symbol of family and loyalty and emotional support. So, why not treat them with the best? Lakewood Ranch is no stranger to local animal-loving/supporting services—including pet boarding and spas, animal clinics/hospitals, specialized pet supply shops and boutiques, adoption centers and more. If you’re in the market for a new furry family member, or looking for stellar care for your current one, head over to LWR for all your wet-nosed companions’ needs. 

Photo courtesy of Bayside Pet Resort


Bayside Pet Resort pet care teams are comprised of compassionate, highly trained and friendly local folks truly vested in the well-being of your pet. Knowing you and your pet have unique personality traits and preferences, they invest the necessary time to learn about you both and to provide the best possible experience. In addition to amenities like customized itineraries and maid service, Bayside’s guests receive a multi-point health inspection daily from supervisory staff. At check-out, they’ll give you a full report of your pet’s stay including details about their personality and behavior, feeding and potty habits, and who or what they enjoyed most. As an award-winning pet resort, opportunities for recreation and socialization are abound, and pets leave so pampered, you wish you could have stayed too.

15117 Garnet Trl., Lakewood Ranch,941-755-3047,, @baysidepetresort. 

Woofdorf Astoria, a beautiful pet resort and spa that specializes in dog daycare and dog boarding. Centrally located to serve Lakewood Ranch and the surrounding communities, Woofdorf offers 24/7, 365 days a year care, with their expert staff are always alert and watching your beloved furry friend. Equipped with expansive boarding suites so your dog gets total vacation vibes, and with group play in session daily, your dog will be jumping for joy during his/her entire stay.

10615 Technology Terrace #104, Bradenton, 941-225-2664,, @wooflakewoodranch. 

Glad Wags,  locally owned and operated, Glad Wags’ offers in-home pet care 365 days a year.  Services include: dog walking, pet sitting, pet-related errands and home watch services. Employees are an experienced and dedicated team of professionals with a genuine love for all animals. By hiring a team of sitters who are background checked, insured and bonded, you’ll have peace of mind while your pet is in Glad Wag’s care. They provide services for an array of species, breeds of all sizes and ages, as well as special needs pets that may require insulin injections, subcutaneous fluids and oral medication administration. Sitters are also well-equipped to care for multiple pet households. At the end of each visit, they will send a visit report with photos of your pet through a dedicated pet sitting mobile app. Through this app, you can also easily schedule visits, make payments, message sitters, update your pet’s profiles and more., @gladwagsfl. 

Pet Paradise,  a full-service pet resort providing boarding, daycare, veterinary and grooming services. Its state-of-the-art pet resort offers the ultimate experience for your dog or cat. After the Pet Paradise team assesses your pet’s personality, let them help you choose the room that best suits your needs for dog boarding or condos for cat boarding. The resort includes an expansive synthetic grass play area, auto-fill water bowls with a freshwater system, a shaded play yard and misting stations.

10411 Portal Crossing, Bradenton, 941-209-1021,, @petparadiseresort.

Photo courtesy of Veterinary Medical Center at LWR


Animal Hospital at Lakewood Ranch,  a full-service small animal hospital that has been providing care to pets in Manatee County for the past 11 years. The team of veterinarians and well trained staff is dedicated to excellence in medicine, preventative care, surgery and dentistry for dogs and cats. Known for always providing patients with compassionate and high-quality veterinary care and their clients with exceptional customer service. Includes an online pharmacy for clients to easily shop for pets medication needs.

9115 58th Dr E, Lakewood Ranch, 941-751-0101,

University Animal Clinic, a state-of-the-art animal clinic serving the needs of every type of pet—from dogs to rats, cats to amphibians and reptiles. Dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine available, along with friendly, compassionate service that you can trust, services include check-ups, annual exams, and preventative medicine (wellness plans). They also offer a full range of vaccinations that include rabies, distemper, kennel cough, and the newest rattlesnake vaccine. The animal hospital offers emergency procedures, urgent care, and a wide array of services for cats, dogs and exotic pets. 

8239 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, 941-355-7707, 

Veterinary Medical Center at LWRa fully equipped veterinary hospital located directly next door to the Bayside Pet Resort. With a goal to provide exceptional customer service and veterinary care to clients and their pets, they offer the latest diagnostics and treatments to treat everything from minor problems to life-threatening diseases. They continue to be progressive in their approach to medicine for clients while also being committed to working with rescue organizations and helping those animals who desperately need veterinary care. 

15205 Garnet Trl., Bradenton, 941-739-1800, 

Photo courtesy of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming


DOGPerfect, locally owned and operated with the goal of helping you and your dog sustain a healthy, life-long relationship by providing healthy and nutritional products and dog food, as well as caring services and resources. Services include professional grooming, self-serve dog wash, dog training, a DOGPerfect Arena designed for your pup to exercise, socialize, meet and play with other pups. 

11605 FL-70 E, Lakewood Ranch, 941-803-4496,, @officialdogperfect.  

Holistic for Pets, find only healthy and holistic food, treats, supplements and supplies for your pet here as well as a large selection of leashes, collars, crates, beds, toys, grooming products and much more. Holistic for Pets carries hundreds of choices in dog and cat foods—including frozen raw, fresh-made, canned and dry kibble. If they don’t have it, they will order it for you if available. The shop also offers nutritional counseling and consultations to help you choose the best food for your dog—based on age, breed, lifestyle, allergies or other health concerns. 

5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. #132, Bradenton, 941-753-7297,, @holisticforpets. 

Three Dog Bakery & Grooming. Samples of tasty treats fresh from the oven are always on hand, and an ever-changing selection of unique toys, rawhides and chews, grooming gear, and the latest four-legged fashion accessories gives you and your pup plenty to peruse. Don’t leave without diving into the exclusive decadent delights Three Dog is most famous for—including seasonal treats, gourmet pastries, beloved Pupcakes® and personalized cakes perfect for birthdays, gotcha days, training graduations, or any time you feel like celebrating your good dog.

5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. #132, Bradenton, 941-753-7297,, @holisticforpets. 

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, a local shop dedicated to keeping your pets happy and healthy by providing premium quality food, nutritious fresh-baked treats, health and wellness supplies, celebration cakes and exceptional grooming services for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Woof Gang also offers free home delivery with orders of $50 or more within a 5-mile radius.  

8314 Market St, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-9111,, @wgblwr.

Photo courtesy of Nate's Honor Animal Rescue.


Donte’s Den. All dogs deserve lifelong, loving homes. Donte’s Den ensures that all of the pups in the Joyful Dogs Adoption Program receive lots of love and attention, are properly immunized, are spayed or neutered, and in overall good health. Plus, prospective pet parents undergo a thorough adoption review to ensure a lifetime of love and care for all members of the family.

6801 283rd Street East., Myakka City, 941-219-3730,, @dontesdenfoundation.

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, local nonprofit providing a loving haven for rescued dogs and cats on their way to finding their forever homes. Since 2008, Nate’s has dedicated their lives to saving animals’ lives by helping neglected, abandoned, and mistreated dogs and cats in need of loving homes, as well as working to create a supportive, family-friendly environment that inspires a bond between their animals and those who love them. Nate’s saves thousands of homeless and at-risk animals each year at their eight-acre, no-kill shelter and adoption facility on Lorraine Road.

Shelter.  4951 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton; Rescue Service Center: 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, 941-747-4900,, @nateshonoranimalrescue. 

Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, through 100% private donation, the humane society nonprofit offers a safe environment and shelter for companion animals including medical care, vaccinations and microchipping by loving and caring individuals until they can adopt them into a new suitable home. There are plenty of ways to volunteer, give and/or adopt the ever-changing dogs and cats in need of a loving partner.

26920 Gopher Hill Rd., Myakka City, 941-361-1071,, @humanesocietyatlakewoodranch.