At Standifer's Animal Clinic, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are for over 60 years.
Proudly recognized as one of the best animal hospitals in Homewood by Homewood Life and best veterinary clinics in Birmingham by Birmingham Magazine and named "Favorite Veterinarian" in Homewood & Birmingham on Nextdoor!
Our full-service animal hospital provides small animal veterinary and diagnostic services, dental and surgical services plus we offer an in-house pet pharmacy and retail store. Standifer's Animal Clinic offers pet boarding and grooming to care for your pets while you travel out of Homewood and keep them looking & feeling fresh and clean.
I cherish my cats. Their health and well being are critical to me. I have been taking my kitties (and my husband has been taking his dog) to Standifer's for at least 15 years. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Dr. Standifer is very quiet, but believe me, he takes excellent care of his patients. AND he's honest. I know that any treatment or medication he recommends will benefit my pets. I know that because he has told me when treatment wasn't necessary.
First time customer and felt like I'd been taking my pets there for years. So happy to have been referred to this animal clinic and look forward to returning
Dr Standifer is a awesome veterinarian! I have 3 dogs. They treat my pups so well and also have an excellent groomer. Big difference with this clinic is they don't rob you blind like Becker and Nall Daniels. I've been to both of those places and they way over charge you. Dr Standifer obviously loves animals and isn't in this business to get rich. He's a great compassionate veterinarian. He's helped us so much with all of my dogs especially with my pups that have epilepsy. I highly recommend this place!
Dr. Rhesa Houston has a special interest in public health with a specific focus on the health and wellness benefits of the human-animal bond which led her to create Assistance Animal Consulting. Devoted to young people, Rhesa spends much of her time motivating young audiences through her educational workshops in veterinary medicine; physiological, psychological and emotional health and wellness in relation to the human-animal bond; team building and leadership development in sports and athletics; and youth education and leadership development.
Dr. Laura Alverson joined Standifer's Animal Clinic in 2018 after working as an emergency veterinarian at an emergency veterinary hospital in Birmingham. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests are in emergency veterinary medicine and pet surgery.
Dr. Hugh Washington is a native of Decatur and graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine before moving to Birmingham. He worked as a relief veterinarian in Birmingham and Homewood before joining Standifer's Animal Clinic in 2017. Dr. Washington and his wife Patti enjoy BBQ, working in their garden and spending time with their Australian Shepherd, Kylie.
You have everything planned for your vacation, except for one thing – you’re still not sure how to choose between boarding, kennels, and dog daycare. A lot of pet parents use these terms interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. To make sure that your canine companion gets all the TLC he or she needs during your time away, let’s go over the differences in the services available.
The Dog Kennel
Kennels are the professional holding centers that are typically found at most vet clinics, pet stores, and grooming facilities. They can range in size and are able to house your dog for a certain period of time. Often, because they are able to include grooming, training, and vet services, these can be a great one-stop-shop for all your doggy needs while you are away.
Each kennel is different. When choosing a kennel, always make sure to visit the location and observe reviews from other pet owners. There are many reasons for this, but the top of the list is safety. You want to come home to a pet that is in good spirits… and still there! Make sure the location is well lit, smells good, looks clean, and is secure. When you land on the right one, it can serve you well for many years to come.
Dog Boarding in Homewood AL
Dog boarding facilities and kennels are very similar. Where they differ is in how they do things. Many dog boarders have small, intimate operations that house only a few dogs at a time. These locations are usually quite open and crate-free, sometimes in the home of a pet-sitter. You can also opt for at-home boarding that lets your pet stay comfortably at home while you’re away (temperament permitting) and regularly visited by a boarder.
Others have much larger operations that take things to a whole new level – dog hotels are an example. The focus of larger operations is usually on socialization, lots of exercise, open area runs, and plenty of play time. These locations try to focus on creating an experience that emulates what you provide at home, just with more stuff, dogs, and eyes on your pet.
Daycare services help you to take care of things while you’ll be away for the day. These are ‘pick-up and drop-off on the same day’ services that give your pet a safe haven to play, exercise, socialize, and get plenty of attention. Like boarding, you can also hire a private pet sitter to provide in-home daycare services as well. If you hire a certified pet sitter, they are often trained with first aid, understand a bit about the various breeds, and are typically loving and kind toward all animals they encounter.
Choosing Your Service
Depending on your specific needs, each kind of service offers you a different way to approach your time away. If your dog is well-behaved and is generally fine when left alone, at-home daycare may work for you while you’re away. For short day trips, you may only need to consider on-location daycare services. For more extended stays, finding a great kennel or boarding center is a great way to make sure your dog gets the attention and care they need while you’re away.
Regardless of your choice, make sure to have all your documents, shots, and meds ready to go. Most kennels, boarders, and daycare locations won’t accept your pup if they don’t meet the required guidelines of the facility. Make sure to visit the location in advance to get a feel for it and search around your area for the one that seems right for you and your pet’s temperament.
Also, remember to include your pets favorite food, some creature comforts like toys and treats, as well as any special items you think they’ll want or need while your away.
Knowing how to choose between boarding, kennels, and dog daycare can help to ensure you get the right service for your specific needs. Whether you’re only going out for a few hours or a few days, there are services that will serve you and your pet perfectly. If you have any questions about what the most appropriate service for your needs is, call us at 2005-871-8186 and we are happy to discuss our options pet boarding in Homewood, AL. Give us a call today, and we will help with any questions you have.