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Lake Emma Animal Hospital 2018

by Amy Nichol Smith

Featured Photo from Lake Emma Animal Hospital 2018

Pets are part of the family, and the staff and doctors at Lake Emma Animal Hospital understand that. They also know not every pet is a dog or a cat. People love their birds, reptiles, snakes, and goats just as much as any other dog- or cat-parent. That’s why Lake Emma Animal Hospital has branched out to include treatment of exotic animals.

“Behavior and feather-chewing is one thing we can provide a lot of service for,” says Dr. Caroline Hecker, who has a special interest in exotic animal treatments. “We do wellness checks, wing clipping, blood work, and more.”

In addition to providing check-ups and blood work for various species of animals, the veterinarians try to provide a fear-free environment for all their patients. Going to see the vet can be a stressful experience for any animal. In some cases, house calls are required, which is an option at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. 

One suggestion Dr. Hecker has for pet parents is to bring their pets into Lake Emma Animal Hospital anytime they stop by to pick up medications or pet food. It’s a good chance for the pet to get some head scratches and treats, making it a happy visit and potentially changing their opinion of going to see the vet.

The genesis of Lake Emma Animal Hospital’s fear-free atmosphere is its secluded cat-only environment, which was built under the watchful eye of Dr. Tami Groberg, who spent 10 years at feline-only practices. So, when cat parents bring in their cats for a visit, there’s a separate room for cats and a cat-only exam room. This can help make furry felines much more comfortable with their surroundings, and they won’t have to put up with dogs sniffing around their carriers.

In addition to making animals feel welcome at Lake Emma Animal Hospital, the doctors there also want to help them feel better, faster. That’s why the practice recently added a Companion Therapy Laser CTX system. It’s used for a variety of therapies for all sorts of species. It can speed healing, relieve pain, and even be an alternative to surgery. 

Lake Emma Animal Hospital’s staff constantly looks for ways to improve its services, provide more treatments for a variety of animals, and make each trip for your pet to the vet a good one.

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