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Why I love my dog’s veterinarian

March 25, 2014 28 comments
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Dr. Melissa DeWoskin, DVM

I’ve been wanting to give a shout out to my dog’s veterinarian for some time now. She is truly one of the best, especially if you have a shy or fearful dog. My visit with her yesterday just reminded me why I love her so much.

Her name is Dr. Melissa DeWoskin (DVM) and she is located at Keller Lake Animal Hospital .

I first discovered Dr. DeWoskin back when I first adopted Daisy (almost 7 years ago). In those days, Daisy was a very scared puppy mill girl. She was fearful of people and new places, and cowered at the slightest sound. Dr. DeWoskin and the staff went out of their way to make Daisy feel more comfortable. They gave her space, shared treats to help make things a little less scary and used slow movements to check her out. Because of their efforts and kindness, Daisy now looks forward to going to the vet. She is only too happy to see Dr. DeWoskin or the staff because she knows yummy treats and gentle hands will be the experience of the day.10003452_680528468675191_563349325_n

Yesterday was Maggie’s first visit with Dr. DeWoskin, and once again she reaffirmed to me why I continue to bring all my dogs to her. Here is how Maggie’s first encounter went with Dr. DeWoskin:

  • She came into the exam room and instead of coming right over to Maggie, she sat down on the floor opposite from her.
  • She talked with me and watched Maggie as she opened a package of string cheese.
  • As we talked about Maggie and how she was doing and where she came from, Dr. DeWoskin tossed her pieces of the cheese.
  • Maggie might have been unsure about the room and the sounds in the clinic, but she was more than happy to eat the cheese. (Serious progress for a puppy mill girl!).
  • Dr. DeWoskin didn’t stand for some time, but when she did she moved slowly and watched Maggie’s body language the whole time (Oh yeah. Did I mention that both she and the staff make an effort to understand dog body language? That is such a huge a win for the dogs!)
  • She then laid a mat out on the exam table, so Maggie wouldn’t slip and slide, and examined her slowly while sharing cheese bits with her throughout the exam.
  • When she was done, she gave Maggie her space and let her settle in.

As a result of her efforts, Maggie left her office much calmer and comfortable than she had been when we first got there.

I could be totally generalizing here, but I think it is pretty rare to find a vet who understands shy and fearful dogs. Dr. DeWoskin just “gets” it. I never feel like I am putting my dogs in a situation where I end up feeling guilty for subjecting them to their care.

I love that she watches a dog’s body language before making a move towards them. I love that the staff are as gentle as she is in caring for my pets. How often do you hear about veterinarians and their staff studying dog body language as a part of their day-to-day work?

So a big shout out to Dr. Melissa DeWoskin! This is why I continue to drive across town to see you. You totally rock!

I should also mention that Dr. Lillie and Dr. Mead are great too!

 

Enough with the vet's office. Can we go home now?

Can we go home now?

Wednesday Winner: Keller Lake Animal Hospital

May 6, 2009 Leave a comment

This week I’m giving a shout out to my dogs’ veterinary clinic, Keller Lake Animal Hospital in Maplewood, Minnesota.

The vets, Dr. Lillie, Dr. DeWoskin and Dr. Benson are some of the nicest and most dedicated people I know. They have been there for me and my dogs Aspen and Daisy, and now for my new dog, Jasper (one of the Shelties mentioned in a previous post). I’ve always felt like they listened to me, sought to understand and cared about my dogs like they were their own.

And, THE STAFF! What can I say about the awesome staff? Angie, Heather, Kim, Stephanie, Katie and Vicky are so wonderful with Daisy. They have always treated her with gentle hands and loving hearts, and they always greet her with a smile and a treat (okay – a few treats) to help her feel more comfortable (something she really needed when she first came to live with me). They are some really awesome people and dedicated to helping animals to the Nth degree.

So this week’s Wednesday Winner is a personal one: Keller Lake Animal Hospital. Check them out!

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