petsincomiN1 VCA Covington Animal Hospital, 27045 174th Place SE, Covington, WA (2023)

VCA Covington Animal Hospital

VCA Covington Animal Hospital VCA Covington Animal Hospital is a veterinary facility based in Covington, WA where your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal.

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When her long-time senior clients could no longer get to the hospital, Dawn Berry, hospital manager at VCA Lafayette Ani...
11/25/2022

When her long-time senior clients could no longer get to the hospital, Dawn Berry, hospital manager at VCA Lafayette Animal Hospital, partnered with a local Meals on Wheels program to bring the hospital to them.

And that's when she noticed something concerning. Some seniors, faced with financial challenges, chose to feed their pets rather than feed themselves. She knew she had to do something.

Learn how Dawn is giving back to pets and people in her community -- and creating a better world for pets.

STORY: https://vca.mobi/meals

Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our VCA family. Happy Thanksgiving!📸
11/24/2022

Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our VCA family. Happy Thanksgiving!

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What's on every shelter pet’s wish list? !Join VCA and our community of clients in helping pets find and remain in lovin...
11/23/2022

What's on every shelter pet’s wish list? !

Join VCA and our community of clients in helping pets find and remain in loving homes this holiday seasons by making a donation to VCA Charities online or in VCA hospitals. Every dollar makes a big difference and supports VCA Charities grant programs that provide veterinary care, adoption readiness, disaster relief and more for pets in our community and across the country.

Donate at your local hospital and have your name—or that of a loved one—displayed on our wall of gratitude!

Antibiotics can save our pet’s lives. However, antibiotic resistance is a growing issue. You can help play a role in min...
11/22/2022

Antibiotics can save our pet’s lives. However, antibiotic resistance is a growing issue. You can help play a role in minimizing antibiotic resistance and negative side effects by working with your veterinarian to ensure proper use and dosage.

11/22/2022
The kitten was only eight weeks old -- and weighed only one pound -- when doctors discovered his chest bones were not fo...
11/21/2022

The kitten was only eight weeks old -- and weighed only one pound -- when doctors discovered his chest bones were not forming correctly, restricting his heart and lung functions.

It was a risky procedure. But today, that kitten is a happy, healthy cat known as "Captain Banz." His grateful owners renamed him for the veterinarian who they could never thank enough.

STORY: https://vca.mobi/banz

In addition to regular wellness exams with your veterinarian, you can reduce the risk of your pet developing diabetes or...
11/18/2022

In addition to regular wellness exams with your veterinarian, you can reduce the risk of your pet developing diabetes or severe disease with diet and exercise.

Talk to your VCA veterinarian about diabetes prevention recommendations.

If not caught early, diabetes can become a life-threatening condition. In addition to regular wellness exams, watch for ...
11/17/2022

If not caught early, diabetes can become a life-threatening condition.

In addition to regular wellness exams, watch for these signs and talk to your VCA veterinarian about any changes that you see in your pet.

If you've ever owned a beagle, you know how energetic these dogs can be.  Can you imagine taking in over 50 beagles at o...
11/17/2022

If you've ever owned a beagle, you know how energetic these dogs can be. Can you imagine taking in over 50 beagles at once?

We're grateful for the combined efforts of Atlanta Humane Society and VCA Midtown Animal Hospital, who treated these visitors with high-quality medicine and extra loving care on their way to their new homes.

Learn more in this week's ! STORY: vca.mobi/beagles

While any pet can develop diabetes, certain risk factors increase the likelihood.To find out if your pet is at higher ri...
11/16/2022

While any pet can develop diabetes, certain risk factors increase the likelihood.

To find out if your pet is at higher risk for developing diabetes, talk to your VCA veterinarian.

In a year that inspired us to rise to our industry’s challenges in new and exciting ways, our Impact Report showcases ou...
11/15/2022

In a year that inspired us to rise to our industry’s challenges in new and exciting ways, our Impact Report showcases our commitment to: Thriving People, Healthy Planet and Pet Well-Being.

Taking Care of the Future of Veterinary Medicine starts with actionable changes today: vcaimpact2021.com

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Diabetes doesn’t just affect humans, diabetes can occur in cats and dogs as well. Tal...
11/14/2022

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Diabetes doesn’t just affect humans, diabetes can occur in cats and dogs as well. Talk to your VCA veterinarian to find out more about pet diabetes.

For years, Abba served Palm Beach County as a bomb-sniffing dog.  She protected airline passengers -- and even a preside...
11/13/2022

For years, Abba served Palm Beach County as a bomb-sniffing dog. She protected airline passengers -- and even a president -- as part of the security team at Palm Beach International Airport. And she was very, very good at her job.

A cancer diagnosis ended her career. But thanks to the cancer care experts at VCA Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists, Abba's journey had just begun.

STORY: https://vca.mobi/abba

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long,...
11/12/2022

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long, we're proudly celebrating our Top 7 Shelter Partners of 2022!

To close out National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, we recognize the Hawaiian Humane Society.

These Hometown Heroes are dedicated to promoting the human-animal bond and humane treatment of all animals. During difficult times, they help owners find alternatives to surrendering their pets, by providing eviction-related resources, a pet food bank, pet-friendly housing information and suggestions for rehoming if need be.

They also partner with Good Pup to offer 1-on-1 behavioral training for pets who need extra help. VCA is proud to support this amazing organization with our Healthy Start Program for adopters, which includes a free wellness exam with a VCA veterinarian.

Congratulations, Hawaiian Humane Society!

Find a VCA shelter partner near you: https://vca.mobi/ShelterPartners

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long,...
11/12/2022

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long, we're proudly celebrating our Top 7 Shelter Partners of 2022!

Today we’re recognizing The Anti-Cruelty Society!

A true leader in our industry, they look beyond their four walls to help their entire community. A shining example is bringing resources to the service deserts in some of the South suburbs of
Chicago to ensure pets are given the greatest opportunity to be returned to their families or adopted to a new home when necessary.

Congratulations to The Anti-Cruelty Society!

Find a VCA shelter partner near you: https://vca.mobi/ShelterPartners

Malcolm was always his family's caretaker. He loved to "supervise" around the household.  When he became antisocial, and...
11/11/2022

Malcolm was always his family's caretaker. He loved to "supervise" around the household. When he became antisocial, and began struggling with balance, something was very wrong.

Although his symptoms were subtle, the diagnosis was grim: Malcolm had a brain tumor. But thanks to the cancer care experts at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Malcolm is back to being the boss of his house.

Here's the story: https://vca.mobi/malcolm

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long,...
11/10/2022

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long, we're proudly celebrating our Top 7 Shelter Partners of 2022!

VCA is excited to recognize Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit!

These Hometown Heroes have over 20 employees and 100 volunteers whose purpose is to enrich the lives of the animals to make sure their stay at the shelter is the best it can possibly be. They have an enrichment schedule and recently introduced a quiet hour, where doors are closed and lights turned off for nap time, which helps animals stay calm. VCA is proud to support their innovative work with our Healthy Start Program for adopters, which includes a free wellness exam with a VCA veterinarian.

Congratulations, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit!

Find a VCA shelter partner near you: https://vca.mobi/ShelterPartners

11/09/2022
Humane Society of Tulsa

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long, we're proudly celebrating our Top 7 Shelter Partners of 2022!

Today we’re recognizing Humane Society of Tulsa!

Under the leadership of President Gina Gardner, they’ve saved thousands of lives by transporting pets to other states for quicker adoptions, retrieving pets from high-kill shelters, and rescuing animals during severe weather situations. These hometown heroes truly embody the spirit of creating a better world for pets.

They were also one of the first to partner with VCA and encourage post-adoption care through our Healthy Start Program, which includes a voucher for a free wellness exam with a VCA veterinarian.

Congratulations, Humane Society of Tulsa!

Find a VCA shelter partner near you: https://vca.mobi/ShelterPartners

Nourish your pet’s individuality. Choose a diet that perfectly matches their unique needs and lifestyle with our selecti...
11/09/2022

Nourish your pet’s individuality.

Choose a diet that perfectly matches their unique needs and lifestyle with our selection.

Learn More: https://bit.ly/3g9tVGC

When Bella started sneezing uncontrollably, her owners suspected allergies.  Then, they noticed a red spot on her nose -...
11/09/2022

When Bella started sneezing uncontrollably, her owners suspected allergies. Then, they noticed a red spot on her nose -- a spot that just kept getting bigger -- while her breathing got worse and worse.

Bella had a large tumor growing in her nasal cavity. But thanks to the cancer care experts at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, Bella is breathing easy today.

Here's the story: https://vca.mobi/bella

When Lacy was diagnosed with two aggressive forms of cancer, her owner never lost hope.  She consulted with several loca...
11/08/2022

When Lacy was diagnosed with two aggressive forms of cancer, her owner never lost hope. She consulted with several local doctors before being referred to the experts at VCA Pet CancerCare.

Learn how the Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center team unleashed hope for Lacy and her family -- and gave them a new reason to celebrate.

STORY: https://vca.mobi/lacy

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long,...
11/08/2022
Remedy - Your Community Vet

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long, we're proudly celebrating our Top 7 Shelter Partners of 2022!

Atlanta Humane Society's mission is to improve animal welfare in the southeastern United States by providing quality animal services, including preventative initiatives, education, advocacy, and adoption of animals into permanent loving homes. Their vision is to be the premier leader and organizational resource for the welfare and protection of companion animals in the southeastern United States.

Earlier this year, our shared dream became a reality in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood. Remedy Community Vet increases access to care, provides low-cost services, and keeps pets and people together. We are proud to partner with Atlanta Humane Society to create a better world for pets.

Find a VCA shelter partner near you: https://vca.mobi/ShelterPartners

Our team of veterinarians and animal healthcare professionals is committed to providing quality and compassionate service. We believe a strong relationship b...

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. VCA Pet CancerCare offers advanced cancer care for the world’s most imp...
11/08/2022
Why VCA Pet CancerCare?

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. VCA Pet CancerCare offers advanced cancer care for the world’s most important pet–yours.

To learn about our individualized oncology services, visit vcapetcancercare.com.

This is "Why VCA Pet CancerCare?" by VCA Animal Hospitals on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Join CareClub today, so you and your pet always have access to expert care. We’ll waive the enrollment fee. A savings of...
11/08/2022

Join CareClub today, so you and your pet always have access to expert care. We’ll waive the enrollment fee. A savings of $49.99!

Enroll your pet today: https://vca.mobi/CCDE

11/07/2022
Los Angeles Animal Services

We’re honored to work with over 150 animal shelter partners nationwide to create a better world for pets. All week long, we're proudly celebrating our Top 7 Shelter Partners of 2022!

Today's honoree is LA Animal Services. Their weekly pet food pantry, foster programs and adoption counselors who help match pets with forever homes have all built their reputation as a caring adoption agency.

Find a VCA shelter partner near you: https://vca.mobi/ShelterPartners

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11/07/2022

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11/07/2022
Foothills Animal Shelter

It's National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week -- and VCA is honoring Foothills Animal Shelter as a Shelter Partner of the Year!

These Hometown Heroes have been instrumental in helping pets and the Jefferson County community and believe strongly in strengthening the human animal bond. They open their doors to any pet in need, no exceptions, and even help families in hardship find resources to keep their pets.

VCA is proud to support their awesome work with our Healthy Start Program for adopters, which includes a voucher for a free wellness exam with a VCA veterinarian. We also assist with spraying, neutering, and event sponsorships as part of a strong partnership to help the pets in the community.

Congratulations, Foothills Animal Shelter!

It's Shelter Appreciation Week!This week, we proudly celebrate our network of over 150 shelter partners, whose devotion ...
11/06/2022

It's Shelter Appreciation Week!

This week, we proudly celebrate our network of over 150 shelter partners, whose devotion to animal well-being is building a better world for pets.

Considering fostering or adopting a pet? Find a VCA shelter partner near you: https://vca.mobi/sheltermap

What should I feed my new puppy?VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN talks about th...
11/04/2022
AskVCA Nutrition - What should I feed my new puppy?

What should I feed my new puppy?

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN talks about the importance of nutrition for the healthy growth of your new puppy and what to look for in food labelling.

Different size categories and breeds achieve full growth at different rates so you need to make sure the choice of food matches the type and size of dog.

Watch Now: https://youtu.be/B3VR9hZXvnA

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN talks about the importance of nutrition for the healthy growth of your new puppy an...

What should I feed my senior pet?VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains that...
11/03/2022
AskVCA Nutrition - What should I feed my senior pet?

What should I feed my senior pet?

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains that different species and breeds age differently and have different longevity expectations, so there is no defined age that qualifies a pet as senior.

There is no specific dietary recommendation for senior pets. Dr. Prantil recommends regular lab work and examinations so your veterinarian can pick up on any changes in your pet's health and make recommendations for dietary changes if necessary.

Watch Now: https://youtu.be/HNUgWPs5lw4

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains that different species and breeds age differently and have different longe...

Why is my pet a picky eater?VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains that diff...
11/02/2022
AskVCA Nutrition - Why is my pet a picky eater?

Why is my pet a picky eater?

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains that different pets will require different strategies to address their picky eating depending on their individual needs.

For some pets, you can try holding out until they eat, but for others you may need to change up your feeding strategy.

Watch Now: https://youtu.be/I6ghy7FSSck

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains that different pets will require different strategies to address their pic...

Choosing the right diet for your pet depends on their age, health, lifestyle and breed. We’ve got everything they need, ...
11/02/2022

Choosing the right diet for your pet depends on their age, health, lifestyle and breed.

We’ve got everything they need, from food to supplements to get you started.

Learn More: https://bit.ly/3g9tVGC

Why is my pet begging for treats?VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains how ...
11/01/2022
AskVCA Nutrition - Why is my pet begging for treats?

Why is my pet begging for treats?

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains how some pets can fill up on treats and not be hungry for their main diet, and risk missing out on essential nutrients for their health.

Watch Now: https://youtu.be/UlnMVQzeIw8

VCA Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist Lori Prantil, MPS, DVM, DACVN explains how some pets can fill up on treats and not be hungry for their main diet,...

Nettie was only five years old when she was diagnosed with a rare, dangerous and progressive paralysis.  As her owners w...
11/01/2022

Nettie was only five years old when she was diagnosed with a rare, dangerous and progressive paralysis. As her owners watched helplessly, Nettie was losing her ability to bark, eat and breathe.

When she arrived at VCA Colonial Animal Hospital, Nettie was facing a life-threatening crisis. Today, she's breathing easily again.

Here's her remarkable story https://vca.mobi/nettie

If you opt to take your pet trick-or-treating this Halloween, keep them close on a non-retractable leash. Also, be mindf...
10/31/2022

If you opt to take your pet trick-or-treating this Halloween, keep them close on a non-retractable leash.

Also, be mindful of your surroundings, as your pet could become fearful or aggressive if approached by excited children in costumes.

For more tips, ask your VCA veterinarian.

When it comes to Halloween candy, there’s a lot more trick than treat involved for your pet! Chocolate, gum and foil wra...
10/30/2022

When it comes to Halloween candy, there’s a lot more trick than treat involved for your pet!

Chocolate, gum and foil wrappers can cause upset stomachs or poisoning. To be safe, keep them on their regular diet.

Ask your VCA veterinarian for more holiday tips and tricks.

While they may be cute, costumes are better suited to humans and not pets. If you decide to dress them up this Halloween...
10/28/2022

While they may be cute, costumes are better suited to humans and not pets. If you decide to dress them up this Halloween, make sure costumes are loose enough to allow free movement, but snug enough to prevent tripping.

Also, be aware of choking hazards, like buttons! For more safety tips, call your VCA veterinarian.

Decorate your home with your pet in mind this Halloween. While pumpkins are non-toxic, they can cause upset stomachs if ...
10/27/2022

Decorate your home with your pet in mind this Halloween.

While pumpkins are non-toxic, they can cause upset stomachs if consumed in large quantities and if lit, can cause burns. Hang decorative lights out of reach, as cables can cause electrocution.

Consult your VCA veterinarian for more holiday tips.

We hope everyone and their pet had a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. How did your pet do during the fireworks? Each ...
07/14/2022

We hope everyone and their pet had a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. How did your pet do during the fireworks? Each year, we anticipate our pets will not cope well with the very unnatural to them season that is fireworks season! It is never too late (or too early!) to start planning ahead for the holidays that bring these loud noises to our neighborhoods such as New Year's Eve and the 4th of July. Please plan ahead now, and call us with any questions, or to help with an anxiety plan for your pet.
Dial (253)631-8616

Learn how to help your pet cope with loud sounds during firework season: bit.ly/3i9vnpg

Working in dangerous conditions, search and rescue dogs find those trapped in natural disasters or lost. We thank all th...
07/13/2022

Working in dangerous conditions, search and rescue dogs find those trapped in natural disasters or lost. We thank all the dedicated and hardworking search and rescue dogs in the US for helping bring people home.

Show some love for your local VCA hospital by sharing a positive experience!
07/12/2022

Show some love for your local VCA hospital by sharing a positive experience!

Next month is DOGust, so we are celebrating early with our local shelter's Pet of The Week, "Coach"! This guy is just on...
07/11/2022

Next month is DOGust, so we are celebrating early with our local shelter's Pet of The Week, "Coach"! This guy is just one of many German Shepherd Dogs waiting to be adopted by a loving and experienced home!

Animal ID: A659589
Animal type: Neutered male German Shepherd dog
Age: 2 years
Behavior color: Rambunctious Red

See the link below for AKC's list of breed traits to determine whether a German Shepherd is the right pet for you. https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/german-shepherd-dog/

For more adoptable pets from the Kent Regional Animal Shelter, see below:https://kingcounty.gov/depts/regional-animal-services/adopt-a-pet.aspx

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27045 174th Place SE
Covington, WA
98042

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm

Telephone

(253) 631-8616

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Great Staff from the Receptionists to Techs to the Veterinarians. We are always grateful for their Caring attitude and direction. They are Professional and kind. We are continued Customers for over 25 years.
In February we topped off our COVID-19 struggle with a month of closed Saturdays due to staffing constraints. On March 5th we are not only able to treat patients on Saturdays again but we are also opening up our lobby to pet owners. We will no longer limit the number of owners per pet in an exam room, but at this time we still require that you wear a mask. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Today and every day we are grateful for our incredible members! This we wanted to give a shoutout to those who renewed their membership for 2022 this week! Special thanks to:
Tom Rhea at CMG Financial
The Tamara Paul Group
VCA Covington Animal Hospital
Meridian Valley Country Club
Maple Valley Farmers' Market
Valley Vehicle Licensing
Seattle King County Realtors - Sam Pace
John L Scott - Mary Pat Minaglia

The sass is real!!

Wi******er is moving into his late stage puppy months, and he’s on 🔥.

He will tell you when it’s dinner time, he will eat your shoes, your furniture and on occasion poor Clark.

Win enjoys car rides, and loves our vet at VCA Covington Animal Hospital.

We are having trouble with the chewing though. Suggestions for a teething pup?

Have a great weekend friends!
Greetings to all of our clients who have stuck with us for the last year of challenges. We all appreciate your patience as we try and navigate a world of masks, social distancing, and curbside care.
I am here with a big ask.
We are in need of a veterinary assistant and a receptionist.
If you, or someone you know has great customer service skills, loves people and their pets, and is able to work in a high stress environment, VCA Covington Animal Hospital would like you to consider us for a new career opportunity. All applicants must have basic skill sets in their area of interest. We will provide additional training. If anyone is interested please apply online on the INDEED website. OR reach out to me at paula.jones-pace@vca.com. I ask that you do not call the hospital directly as the receptionist need to focus on patient care.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope everyone has a great and safe weekend
Paula Jones-Pace
Hospital Manager
When Fermi, my cat, recently became ill, my prior vet couldn't see her for a few days. So I called VCA Covington Animal Hospital. They got me in that day. If I hadn't taken Fermi in, she would have died from kidney failure. The whole staff is friendly and knowledgeable. After examining Fermi and getting test results, Dr. Walsh was very thorough and spent a significant amount of time explaining Fermi's condition and the treatment options. Now, Fermi is great. I can't say enough wonderful things about VCA.
My next time I have to take my cat to the vet I am not using VCA Covington. They have excellent vets. I brought my cat in for his shots and an exam. I explained he might need an antihistamine. They quoted me without the price...they charge sixty plus dollars for it and when I explained that I was not told there was no reduction of the charge. I got an explanation that the tech was new...
We aren't able to personally visit all of our members during Small Business Week, but we do want to thank them for choosing the Covington area for their business. We appreciate each and every one!

Birthday Dreams
Black Diamond Adventure Camps
Rein Fire Ranch
Green City Pest Control
Farm, Fare and Floral
Children's Therapy Center
Covington Rotary
Charles Cotugno Photography
Covington Family Dental
CrossFit Devotion
Dino Kid's Dentistry
Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel
Covington Family Dentistry
Enumclaw Stationers Office & Printing
Lisa Agron of Finance of America Mortgage LLC - South Puget Sound
Green River College Foundation
Green River College
Critter Control of Seattle
Haeger Orthodontics
Kent Education Association
New Horizon School
Real Life Church
TaxUSign
VCA Covington Animal Hospital
Trillium Employment Services
Weatherly Inn Kent
Washington Workwear

This is not meant to be a full list of our membership, but a few of the many wonderful businesses who have chosen Covington for their small business - or who serve Covington area customers and clients. For a complete list of active Covington Chamber members, please visit our online directory: https://www.covingtonwachamber.com/members/

After my rotten experience and subsequent bad reviews that I posted I think I should post an update. I was graciously contacted by the facility manager, Paula after my recent inexcusable experience with Dr. Walsh and the challenging responses I received to a question I had asked from the newest DVM, Dr. Publicover who was treating my cat. Paula took the time to hear me and what I had been trying to ask of everyone I spoke to, without jumping to conclusions. Without assuming she new what and why I was asking my question. Without treating me with a, "holier than thou", gruff, or dismissive tone or mentality. For 5 minutes she silently let me explain what I had been trying to ask, why I was asking, how my questions were answered (or not), and how I was treated when I asked. ....it was then that she understood, as either of the DVMs would have had first Dr. Publicover spoke to me instead of passing verbal messages to me via the technician or front office person who was stuck in the middle or had Dr. Walsh taken a moment to HEAR what I was trying to ask. Or had either of them treated me with a single ounce of respect. It was an ordeal to say the least and perhaps they all were just having a bad week but at that time, for me it was the worst experience I could have had.

I had previously had wonderful experiences at this clinic with Dr. Walls. The Medical Director at this location. He is an incredible human who is wonderful with animals and humans alike. The same can be said for Paula whom I had also worked with previously. Truly gracious individuals.

Since that unfortunate experience with my cat, I had a medical emergency arise with my geriatric dog, a Great Dane. (Previously seen by Dr. Walls) I believed we were going to need to put him down. He was in tremendous pain and could not get up. It was so bad he soiled himself. We were approaching a weekend and in desperation I swallowed my pride and prepared myself for the uncomfortable conversation and reached out to VCA Covington to see if Dr. Walls was available. The well being of my dog was greater than the experience I had had. He was unavailable but I was offered to see Dr. Howard with my dog...if I could get him up and get him to the office. (No easy thing when he is over 250# and screaming in pain any time he moves.) With a lot of effort and creative manipulating, my tiny 12 year old and I got him in where he was able to see Dr. Howard, xrays done, and a treatment plan devised for his degenerative condition. I am happy to say, we didn't need to put him down yet and he is quite comfortable under her treatment plan.

Dr. Howard, despite my now bad reputation at the clinic, was as sweet and kind to both myself and my dog etc. She listened, she didn't dismiss me, she believed me when I described how he had been behaving at home. (Although when he got there he was being very stoic, the turkey.) She didn't treat me like I was a bad pet parent. She saw how much I love my animals. She saw that I was doing all I could to balance that fine line of their immediate comfort and their big picture well being. She had compassion. She listened to understand. She was professional. She was respectful. She took the time to hear. She took the time to explain. She cared. She showed tremendous empathy and limitless patience. She rose above whatever inner office drama there might be to do what was in the best interest of the animal while at the same time showing respect and empathy to me. THAT is what it means to be an excellent DVM and an above reproach professional.

...and that is absolutely priceless. I am humbled by her graciousness and reminded of the perspective I need to hold dear.
Nittany Lion, and his family, wish you a Happy New Year!!! Thanks for all you do. 💙
Happy Veterinary Technician Week to all of you at VCA!! We can't thank you enough, especially during this difficult year. Thank you for being available to us and to our furry family members. You rock!!!!
Josey Wales and I were super happy with his first visit! Even under pandemic circumstances.
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