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New animal hospital to offer doggie day care, pet grooming | RatChatter

New animal hospital to offer doggie day care, pet grooming

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Apr 18, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

Paws Animal Hospital, a full service animal hospital, will open next week.

It will serve mainly dogs and cats, along with other smaller animals such as rats and gerbils, said veterinarian Debra Johnson, who started the hospital.

In addition to services, such as exams and surgeries, doggie day care and pet grooming also will be available.

Doggie day care costs $30 a day, Johnson said. When someone signs up, their dog will receive a complementary vet exam.

Dogs are required to be up-to-date on shots before they can be around other dogs, she said.

“We’re also offering a wellness plan, which makes (veterinary care) much more economical,” Johnson said.

The hospital has a drive-thru pharmacy window connecting to the front desk.

People may call ahead for a prescription for their pet and pick it up, Johnson said.

Also, once people’s dogs become established clients of doggie day care, they may drive up to the window to check their dog in, and staff will come to the client’s car to retrieve the pet.

“So they don’t ever have to leave their car,” Johnson said. “And who doesn’t love a drive-thru.”

One area of the hospital is set aside for basic veterinary needs such as teeth cleaning and the removal of abscesses from cats. Another room is set a aside just for surgery.

“Having a room just for surgery keeps the rate of infection down,” Johnson said.

Whereas other area animal hospitals have several vets, the Paws Animal Hospital will only have Johnson as the vet.

“I want to get to know the animals along with their owners,” she said.

Johnson plans to add a small boutique area where people may buy items for their pets.

Currently, she plans to sell Royal Canin dog and cat food, which she said is the highest quality pet food there is.

The hospital will offer dental radiography for pets.

A dental cleaning cart is the same type people would find in a human dental clinic, she said.

“Before I was a vet I was a dental hygienist,” Johnson said. “So I really like cleaning teeth.”

The hospital also is set up to do in-house blood work, which streamlines the care process, she said.

Johnson, who lives in Scio, chose to establish her practice in Lebanon because she attends church in Lebanon, and her children attend East Linn Christian Academy.

Johnson said she doesn’t have a favorite breed of dog.

“I love them all,” Johnson said. “I really like cats. They’re a challenge.”

There’s a room at the hospital dedicated specifically for cats, because if cats smell dogs they may think something is not right, Johnson said.

At home, Johnson has a large black dog, three cats, 24 sheep and a couple of horses, she said.

The hospital will be open Sunday through Thursday with hours to be determined by staffing levels and the needs of the community.

The hospital will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 21 at the building, 1775 S. Main St.

Johnson plans to open officially on April 22.

More about Johnson

Johnson graduated from Ross University in 2003 and did her fourth year at Washington University.

After graduating, she worked at a mixed animal clinic, and for the past five years she worked and an urgent care animal facility in Tualatin.

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