By: Christopher Davis | Category: Pets | Issue: November 2013
Heather Hawkins, professional dog trainer and owner of Marley’s Day Out, is excited about the new SAHO building.
The word is out that SAHO provides some of the best animal care in Owasso. With a team of six doctors, a professional trainer and over 40 support staff, they have seen their clientele expand. Their stellar reputation for quality care and competitive prices has brought impressive growth for their hospital.
In fact, business has been so good they have outgrown their current facility. But SAHO doctors have no intention of letting this cramp their style. For them, the future is right across the street.
Just north of where SAHO currently resides, the practice owns 2.4 acres of land, where their brand-new hospital is being constructed. Having been formally approved for building permits, they finally received the go-ahead late in the summer. They will break ground this month and begin the process of constructing a new facility. "Everything is on track to be complete and open in the summer of 2014," says Dr. Kelley.
The new facility will be 20,000 square feet, and represents a veterinarian’s wish list for a hospital. Among the many anticipated features of the new building, clients will be excited to know about the separate wards for dogs and cats. Every cat owner will appreciate this, as felines are notorious for being anxious and difficult, if not ferocious, when visiting the veterinarian’s office. A nice bonus is that cats will have a play run overlooking the lobby. This should not only keep cats occupied, but will feed owners’ curiosity, as well. What could be cuter than watching cats pounce and play as you wait in the lobby?
While cats will be purring for the idea of their own designated ward, doctors are excited about plans for two new surgical suites, as well as suites for radiography and ultrasound procedures.
Other amenities include a full service boarding and “daycare” facility with a pool for dogs and even more play space. More and more pet owners are choosing to board their animals when they vacation, or even while they are at work. When pets are boarded at a hospital, you can rest assured that they are getting proper care and food. Plus, your pets will be happier, as they get some play time and interaction with humans (and other animals when appropriate). If your pet gets sick, staff and medical professionals are able to ensure that your furry family member gets the care they need when they need it.
The most recent addition to the SAHO team is Heather Hawkins, professional dog trainer and owner of Marley’s Day Out. Over the summer, Heather joined forces with SAHO as a full time trainer, and offers puppy classes, dog “boot camp” sessions, as well as private sessions to address specific behavior issues.
“Our goal is to be able to provide everything in one place,” says Dr. Chris Kelly. “We will be able to provide boarding and daycare, veterinary medicine and surgery, grooming and training, all under one roof. We are on our way to functioning as a complete hospital to suit any need owners and pets can have.”
Much of this vision is already in place at SAHO. The final step is related to physical space, comfort and aesthetics. Surely, as customers, staff and doctors watch the progress across the street, next summer cannot arrive soon enough. If you haven’t brought your dog or cat to SAHO, then make an appointment today so you can experience for yourself why the clinic has grown so quickly.
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. Visit their website for a full range of information and resources at www.sahovets.com or find Marley’s Day Out Dog Training on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marleysdayout.
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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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