Tacoma Unleashed

A Pawsitively Purrfect Start to Your Pet's New City

Moving to a new city, even one as wonderful as Tacoma, can be daunting in different ways for every member of the family — including fur babies. And just like the rest of the family, a new home means new routines for medical care, outdoor adventures, and many others. Here is a list to get you started.
 

VETERINARY CARE:
Many dedicated doctors and talented technicians are right here in the greater Tacoma area. We know finding the right care for your fur babies is an important part of settling into your new community. Here are some of the area’s most trusted vets to keep your furry family healthy.
 
Button Veterinary Hospital
2909 S. M St., Tacoma
https://buttonvet.com
(253) 383-5531
Serving Tacoma furry friends since 1920, Button Veterinary Hospital is a full-service companion animal hospital. In addition to check-ups and preventive care, Button offers diagnostic and therapeutic services including laser therapy, acupuncture, and behavioral counseling. Button is open from 9 to 6 on weekdays.
 
Clover Park Veterinary Hospital 
6129 100th St. SW, Lakewood
http://cloverparkvet.com
(253) 588-6649
Led by a husband-wife veterinary team, Clover Park treats companion animals as well as ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, and small pocket pets. Clover Park is one of the few vets that have Saturday appointments and offers complimentary first puppy and kitten exams for healthy puppies and kittens under 16 weeks of age.
 
Columbia Veterinary Hospital
5916 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
https://columbiavet.com
(253) 564-7927
After-hours emergency line: (253) 474-0791
Columbia Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive care for everything from routine check-ups to dental, radiology, and surgery services. Appointments can be made on their website but know in advance they are closed Saturdays and Sundays.
 
Commencement Bay Animal Hospital
3511 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
www.commencementbayah.com
(253) 475-5301
Commencement Bay Animal Hospital ensures your pet receives excellent routine preventive care and early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases. In addition to being a full-service practice, CBA specializes in medical diagnosis and treatment for cats and dogs with cancer, diabetes, immune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, kidney conditions, and other medical problems.
 
Evergreen Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital
7626 27th St. W, University Place
https://evergreenae.com
(253) 564 4425  
With locations in Kirkland and University Place, Evergreen Avian and Exotic specializes in exotic animals and birds including parrots, poultry, passerines, ferrets, rabbits, other small mammals, lizards, snakes, turtles, and more. This full-service hospital also offers therapeutics and boarding for your exotic pets. Be aware they are closed on weekends and Mondays.
 
Fircrest Veterinary Hospital
6920 27th St. W., University Place
fircrestveterinaryhospital.com
(253) 564-5661
Fircrest Veterinary Hospital provides quality care at every stage of your pet's life. In addition to cats and dogs, Fircrest also treats birds, reptiles, and pocket pets like hamsters and guinea pigs.
 
Harbor Animal Hospital
4225 Burnham Dr., Gig Harbor
www.harboranimal.net
(253) 851-7866
Harbor Animal Hospital offers excellent veterinary medical care. From routine checkups and vaccines to domestic and international certificates for your favorite travel bud, Harbor Animal Hospital has you and your companion animal, including rabbits, covered. Harbor Animal Hospital is open weekdays and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
401 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
https://www.metvetpets.com
(253) 274-0225
Met Vet, as locals know it, is a full-service animal hospital that provides a wide variety of medical, surgical, and dental services. Be advised they are closed on weekends but do offer $30 virtual after-hours care through the app Airvet’s network of licensed veterinarians during times their office is closed.
 
North End Pet Hospital
3819 N. 25th St., Tacoma
www.vetnorthend.com
(253) 752-2265
North End is a charming neighborhood practice right in the heart of Proctor, providing routine, dental, soft tissue surgical, and end-of-life care. Their office is closed on weekends and weekdays from 12:30-1:30.

Soundview Veterinary Hospital
2719 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
http://soundviewvet.com
(253) 759-4001
For a decade, Soundview Veterinary Hospital has been delivering cutting-edge veterinary medical care, from wellness exams and vaccines to advanced diagnostics and surgical procedures. Soundview is a full-service small mammal vet with doctors skilled in treating rabbits, hamsters, and rodents in addition to your canine and feline friends. Soundview Vet is not open on weekends.
 
Union Avenue Veterinary Hospital
3322 S. Union Ave., Tacoma
https://www.mypetsdoc.com
(253) 383-2616
Serving the greater Tacoma area since 1947, Union Avenue Vet Hospital provides wellness care for your companion at every stage of life. You can make your appointment online and this practice is open weekdays from 9-noon and 1-5 p.m.
 
University Place Veterinary Hospital
6715 Regents Blvd., University Place
www.universityplacevet.com
(253) 565-4040
University Place Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive pet healthcare services. UPVH veterinarians offer a variety of medical, surgical, and dental services, including comprehensive in-house testing, surgical and dental suites, and a pharmacy. UPVH does not offer weekend appointments.
 
 
EMERGENCY CONTACTS:
When animal emergencies arise, it can be incredibly scary. Be sure to save these numbers before you need them.
 
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
2510 S. 84th St. #30D, Lakewood
https://bluepearlvet.com/hospital/tacoma-wa
(253) 274-0791
Part of a nationwide network of locations, BluePearl Pet Hospital in Lakewood provides 24-hour emergency vet services as well as specialty care by referral. Nearby locations are also available in Renton, Seattle, and Kirkland — this location offers diagnostics other vets might not have including MRI, CT scanner, endoscopy, arthroscopy, and ultrasound. In addition to cats and dogs, BluePearl provides care to avian and exotic pets as well.
 
Summit Veterinary Referral Center
2505 S. 80th St., Tacoma
www.summitvets.com
(253) 983-1114
For emergencies, park in one of the stalls in the front or east side of the building and text SUMMITVET to 34947.
Offering 24/7 emergency care service as well as multispecialty vet services for when your best friend needs care beyond your regular vet. Many primary care veterinarians will refer you here when your pet needs specialized expertise for a particular condition or problem, and Summit offers a full suite of radiology services, and oncology and is a recognized leader in cardiac care.
 
Uptown Animal Hospital 
316 56th St., Ste. 104, Gig Harbor
https://uptownvet.com
(253) 851-7387
Uptown Animal Hospital provides pet care as both a general day practice with weekday and Saturday hours and 24-hour urgent and emergency care. Uptown Animal Hospital has a full surgical suite, in-house laboratory and imaging, and emergency care all in one location.
 
 
BOARDING AND DAYCARE:
 
Biscuits Doggie Day Care and Pet Resort
6802 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
www.biscuitsdoggiedaycare.com
(253) 447-0729
Biscuits Doggie Daycare offers enrichment daycare services, overnight boarding, and bathing services. Biscuits is so cute with its custom bedrooms and with a 12,000-square-foot facility and 5,500-square-feet of outdoor play area we’re a little jealous our pets get to have a staycation there without us. Their Elite Daycare program offers smaller playgroups for safety, enrichment activities, and even monthly themed parties for your pup. Daycare Elite is $49 per dog and can only be scheduled after an initial meet and greet. And you can turn your pet’s boarding into a spa getaway with bathing services and nail trims.
 
DOGWORXX
1941 Dock St., Ste B, Tacoma
www.dogworxx.com
(253) 302-5946
Located on the ground level of The Henry, DOGWORXX is especially convenient if you need downtown daycare for kennel-free socialization with around 15-20 furry friends and constant supervision. DOGWORXX offers full-day and half-day rates as well as packages. You can check in on your baby via their social media "pupdates" throughout the play day.
 
The Muttropolitan 
5411 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
https://www.muttropup.com
(253) 503-3135
The Muttropolitan offers boarding, doggie daycare, training, plus grooming services. This boarding facility is equipped and prepared for special needs dogs, dogs with medical conditions,  dogs who need want to be social, and those who absolutely don’t. Offering specialty suites, as well as regular kennels, Muttropolitan features furniture specifically meant for climbers and couch potatoes alike. Daycare hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Extended times for pick up or drop off are available by appointment.
 
Positive Approach
1301 Center St., Tacoma
www.positiveapproachdogtraining.com
(253) 627-4275
Positive Approach offers daycare, boarding, training, and grooming services. With over 20 years of experience, you know your pet is in good hands, and all dogs must pass a temperament “meet-n-greet” test performed by a trainer on site. Their full-service grooming before and after pics speak for themselves and in addition to a groom, which includes nail trimming, anal gland expression (if needed), potty patch trimming, feet hair trim, and ear cleaning in addition to a fresh scrub, you can add on services like teeth brushing, flea treatment, and even a hot oil treatment.

Wet Noses Dry Paws
411 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
www.wetnosesdrypaws.com
Big dogs: (206) 798-8086
Littles: (206) 496-7692
Wet Noses Dry Paws daycare includes daily enrichment activities with toys, treadmills, water play, and more. This pawesome location features an indoor dog park featuring 6,000 square feet with a built-in turf potty zone, tennis balls, and agility equipment so your dog won’t even know you’re gone. When it comes to a good night’s rest away from home, WNDP offers cageless options so your dog can sleep wherever they feel most comfortable — from sleeping on one of the many dog beds to sleeping on the bed with the overnight staff, or suite or crate sleeping options. And download their app to check on your pup during their stay or let them know when you are on your way.
 

GROOMING:
 
Bark Central
610 112th St. E., Tacoma
www.barkcentralllc.com/grooming
(253) 535-9400
 
Bubbles and Bows Pet Grooming
2405 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
bubblesandbowstacoma.com
(253) 471-7573
 
Dog Grooming by Mindi
5044 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma
groomingbymindi.com
(253) 820-6028
 
Grooming Gals
11006 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
groominggals.net
(253) 537-5373
 
University Place Best Pet Grooming Inc.
6720 Regents Blvd. #111, University Place
(253) 566-9286
 

DOG PARKS:
Tacoma is a dog’s dream with an abundance of trails, parks, and plenty of water to splash around in, so we know you’ll find the right adventure for you and your best friend. But if you want your pup to really be able to run free here are some of our favorite off-leash areas — as always, make sure you pay attention to your pup at all times and be aware of your surroundings to make a safe and happy space for all.
 
Point Defiance Park Off-Leash Areas
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
If you are looking for fantastic views while playing with your pup, try the off-leash areas at Point Defiance Park. Enjoy the lovely off-leash area; with a fully fenced small dog area, it will renew you and your bestie.
 
Chambers Bay Off-Leash Park and Beach
6320 Grandview Dr. W., Tacoma
This park has something for everyone. The park added a new section to its fenced-in, off-leash area, catering to small, skittish, or senior canines. Or take a little walk to the beach with your pup and enjoy the sights and sea breeze along the Sound.
 
Wapato Lake Park
6500 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma
Wapato Lake Park is a 1-acre public park where you and your pup can stretch your legs on the short trail surrounding a small lake or explore the wooded trails. The park also features three fully fenced areas for leash-free romps with their owners, including one reserved just for small puppers. Water, benches, and shelters are all available on site.


SHOPS:
Tacoma definitely has all the big box stores you could ever possibly need for pet supplies but check out these locally owned and operated shops that carry food, toys, and treats for all your very good boys and girls:

Chirp and Co.
3803 N. 26th St., Tacoma
www.chirpandcompany.com/
(253) 759-2884
 
Chopper’s Holistic Pet Food
612 Regents Blvd., Fircrest

https://choppersholisticpetfood.com/
(253) 566-4553

Lucky Dog Outfitters
3411 Sixth Ave., Tacoma

www.facebook.com/LuckyDogOutfitters/
(253) 761-4486

Next to Nature
2339 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma

www.next-to-nature.com
(253) 779-8141

 
Soggy Doggy
7518 40th St. W., University Place
www.thesoggydoggy.com
(253) 565-1501 

Wag Pet Market
2703 N. Proctor St., Tacoma

www.facebook.com/Wag-Pet-Market
(253) 756-0924

"Chopper's in Fircrest is a nice pet-supply store with friendly owners." – Karlen S.