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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 are happy to welcome clients back in the building at a limited capacity. In order to maintain the health and safety of our clients and staff, the following protocols will be in effect:

- Due to the inability to social distance, all individuals entering the building will be required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status.

- One person per appointment will be allowed to enter the building for scheduled wellness and sick appointments. The only exception will be for euthanasia appointments.

- Clients will call to check in and will be invited in once an exam room is ready.

- Clients will remain in the exam rooms and will not have access to the treatment area.

- All appointments not requiring the doctor will be seen as curbside (nail trims, anal glands, labwork etc.)

- Clients picking up medication, food, etc should follow curbside protocol.

- Curbside appointments will still be offered to those who prefer this service, or for those who are unable to meet the above requirements.

                                         - 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 want to keep everyone safe, therefore these policies are non-negotiable.  Please be patient with us as we adjust to these new procedures. There will be a learning curve for all of us and we need to work together to ensure the best quality care for your pets. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

*** We will be observing special holiday hours over the next two weeks. The office will be closed on Chrismtas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We will close at noon on New Year's Eve.