By: Christopher Davis | Category: Pets | Issue: August 2013
(L to R): Dr. Strathe, Dr. Kelley and Dr. Spriggs, co-owners of SAHO.
With seven doctors and over 40 on staff to support them, SAHO (Small Animal Hospital of Owasso) is one of the largest animal hospitals in Green Country. Offering a full line of veterinary services and an emphasis on individualized care that considers the pet, as well as on their owners’ budget, SAHO invites you to bring your furry family members for all their healthcare needs.
At SAHO, animal care begins with the animal. “Every patient is different,” affirms Dr. Strathe, co-owner at SAHO. While many animal clinics have solid protocol that may not consider the reality facing pets and owners, SAHO strives to offer a range of treatment options whenever possible. Age and condition of pets, budget and urgency of care are all considerations to take into account, and SAHO takes a collaborative approach to animal care to ensure that owners and pets are healthy and happy.
SAHO is well equipped to offer a broad spectrum of treatment options. With the latest in technology, including digital radiography and an onsite laboratory, clients can rest assured that all options are on the table for some of the best prices around. Part of the reason this is possible is due to the size of SAHO. Earlier this year, SAHO was created by the merger of two smaller clinics, run by Dr. Strathe, Dr. Spriggs and Dr. Kelley. This partnership allowed the clinics to combine their resources (monetary, equipment and client base), which empowers the hospital to cut costs in a variety of ways. Additional doctors on staff at SAHO include Dr. Sara Hendricks, Dr. Jessica Metcalf, Dr. Angie Semple and Dr. Kiana Selby.
While the common perception tends to be that large facilities cost more, Dr. Kelley explains that, at SAHO, the opposite is true. “‘Economies of scale’ is a phrase we like to use,” he says. “We put everything under one roof, and then we can cut costs and pass that along to our clients.” With less relative overhead and more bargaining power for the purchase of supplies, clients will notice a difference. “Because we purchase in larger quantities, we can offer products like flea and tick medicine at much more affordable rates than other clinics and popular pet supply stores,” adds Dr. Strathe. Ultimately, this approach will culminate with the opening of a brand-new facility.
“We will be breaking ground on the new hospital at the beginning of August,” beams Dr. Spriggs, co-owner. “We own two and a half acres across the street and have been fine-tuning our plans for the past few months.” This new facility will be 20,000 square feet and will offer some unique features that many clients would never dream of finding in Owasso. “We will have separate wards for dogs and cats, so our cat clients will definitely appreciate that,” Dr. Spriggs elaborates. Other amenities include a full-service boarding and “daycare” facility with a pool for dogs and even more play space. In the main building, the doctors are excited about plans for two surgical suites, a radiography suite and an ultrasound suite. Along with all the state-of-the-art equipment SAHO is already known for, clients can count on even more individualized care options. Dr. Angie Semple, who has a special interest in felines, is anticipating the move as well. With over a decade of experience in treating cats, she is excited for the plans for a separate cat ward. Perhaps most exciting of all is that clients can watch the progress of the new facility, since the site is directly across the street and viewable from the current office’s lobby.
Surely, doctors, staff and customers will grow more and more excited as progress is made. “We hope to have the new hospital complete and open by spring next year,” says Dr. Kelley. One can imagine that for such a large animal hospital, the notion of a new facility with plenty of space and all the bells and whistles is a dream come true. SAHO wants everyone to know they are welcome to share in this dream, and visit them for the top-notch animal care at great prices. SAHO is open seven days a week. Monday through Friday, office hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can call them at (918) 274-8387 or email them at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. Visit their website for a full range of information and resources at www.sahovets.com or find them on Facebook by searching sahovets.
Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.
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