Our Story of Veterinary Care: External View of Practice

Our Story of Veterinary Care: Veterinarian Hugging Dog

Our Story

Northwoods Veterinary Clinic has been making and keeping pets healthy since 1984. Although many things have changed since our inception decades ago- and we’ve grown a lot as a practice- one thing that has remained steadfast is our commitment to our patients. Our full-service animal hospital is equipped to meet all of your pet’s basic healthcare needs, from preventive to diagnostic to surgical. With our state-of-the-art equipment, exceptional service and experienced staff, you can be confident that your pet will be in good hands while in our care.

Over the years, we’ve sought ways to not only meet the wellness needs of our patients but also to accommodate their comfort needs. We know that visiting the vet can sometimes be a scary experience for pets. That’s why we take extra measures to make sure that all of our patients feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Through these efforts, many pets actually find their visits quite enjoyable, and we hope your pet will, too!

Our Story of Veterinary Care: Veterinarian Carrying DogBuilding Trust by Eliminating Fear

Your feline friend is welcome to curl up in a bed in the exam room and munch on treats during the doctor’s examination. Particularly playful and outgoing cats might enjoy batting around toy mice that we can offer as well. Before the examination takes place, we encourage our cat patients to roam around the room and get more comfortable with their surroundings. Feliway® pheromones, which have been shown to calm cats, are delivered through a diffuser, located in two of our exam rooms.

Popular among our dog patients are our peanut butter and cheese snacks. We often use these treats to distract dogs from needle pricks, nail trims, and other unfavorable procedures using very minimal restraint. We also use Adaptil® pheromones in our canine examine rooms to create a calming effect.

With all of our patients, we use a very gentle approach whenever possible. We prefer to use distraction tactics and calming techniques to minimize the amount of restraint required during examinations and procedures. We feel this works best to keep our patients as stress-free as possible. We believe that getting to know each patient as an individual helps us to establish trust. This makes for a much more pleasant experience for everyone involved.

Using peanut butter when receiving yearly vaccinations was WONDERFUL for Hannah. She loves pb!!

-Bonnie C.