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With nearly 30 years of surgical experience, Dr. Heekin is qualified to perform a wide range of procedures, from minor lumps and bumps to in-depth abdominal surgeries.  In addition to her surgical skill, she is committed to quality surgical care through utilization of

  •             A spotless, well-equipped surgical suite
  •             Continual attention to proper sterile technique
  •             Patient care with intravenous fluid support, thermal support, and pain control
  •             Highly qualified technical staff


Our mission for anesthesia is simple: Safety and comfort for your pet. 

Safety starts with comfort.  It is a well-documented fact that pets with good pain control perform better under anesthesia.  Each pet is given pain medication prior to any surgical procedure.  During surgery, pain control is customized to the needs of the patient.  Additional pain control is achieved via use of local anesthetics to numb the surgical site and/or continuous micro-drips of intravenous pain medication.  Following anesthesia, patient comfort is maintained through a combination of injectable and oral pain medication.

Safety continues with another creature-comfort: warmth.  Another fact is that anesthetized patients lose the ability to maintain body temperature, creating a “chilling” effect on anesthetic safety.  In other words, maintaining a normal body temperature improves anesthetic safety.  At Heekin Animal Hospital, cold tables are warmed or covered, tiny feet are protected by insulated booties that prevent heat loss, and each patient is surrounded by a “Bair Hugger” brand warm-air blanket.  Body temperature is measured throughout each procedure to ensure that our patients are warm—and safe.

Safety is achieved through rigorous monitoring of each patient. Anesthetic monitoring is where we see the effects of our patient care efforts. We have state-of the-art anesthetic monitors that allow us to follow

  •             Heart rate
  •             ECG tracing
  •             Respiration rate
  •             Oxygen level of the blood
  •             Carbon dioxide levels of the breath (measures lung function)
  •             Temperature
  •             Blood pressure

Safety is assured by a doctor and staff dedicated to—you guessed it—safety.  Our staff gives careful and individual attention to your pet each step of the way.  Anesthetic monitors are machines designed to deliver numbers, but our Registered Veterinary Technicians are trained to recognize the meaning of those numbers, and attend to anesthetic adjustments while the supervising veterinarian attends to the surgery.

Important Updates

Rogers Pet Health Tips

We will still be following social distancing guidelines, with curbside service and no clients allowed in the building. We are asking for your help in the following ways:

- If you are sick, have been around anyone who is sick, or you’ve been traveling in or around affected areas, please call to reschedule your appointment. Your health and the health or our staff is important to us.

- The front door to the clinic will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your pet’s appointment.

You must wear a mask during all in-person interactions with staff. This includes drop off, pick up, and medication retrieval. 

- We will have you pull up to the front door and get your pet out of the car. Please have your credit card ready to give to staff at this time. If you have questions for the vet, please have those written out as well.

- We will bring your pet in and perform the exam while you wait safely in your car in the parking lot. Dr. Heekin will call you to discuss the exam results and answer any questions. Staff will give you the total and run your card.

- We will have you pull back up to the door to retrieve your pet, any necessary medications, and the receipt for the visit.

- If you need to pick up medications or food, please call first so that we have time to fill your order.

- Payment will be taken over the phone at the time of order. When you arrive, pull up to the front of the building and call. We will bring your purchase out to you.  

                                  - Please keep in mind that medications are taking longer to receive from our distributer. Please do not wait until you are out of medication to request a refill.

                                             - Pharmacies may be overwhelmed right now. While we will call/fax in requested prescriptions right away, the pharmacy may not be able to fill them as quickly. We recommend calling them first to make sure the prescription is ready.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but again, we want to keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued patience as we work to navigate our ever changing new normal.