Marc Ching sits at a table at the PetStaurant, consulting with an anxious-looking couple about their dog's yeast and urination issues. If he notices anyone lingering nearby, he immediately asks if they have a question or need help. PetStaurant owner Ching draws on his background as a fourth-generation Japanese herbalist and holistic nutritionist to bring sick cats and dogs back to good health. Meanwhile, staffers help patrons select from food prepared in-house or from about two dozen brands of healthy food and snacks — gluten-free, organic, hypoallergenic. Dogs play in their own room or follow their owners around the small Sherman Oaks shop, and they are the happiest, most mellow dogs you're likely to see. Your pet may end up eating better than you do, but who can deny their fur baby?
Credit: Adam Gropman