We're Taking Precautionary Measures To Combat COVID-19
UPDATED ON 5/4/20
As of May 4, 2020 we will continue to see our patients in a way that helps to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes in procedure that we implement. For the time being, we will continue to offer only curbside or drop off service for any need your pet may have, as the size of our exam rooms and foot traffic pattern do not allow for appropriate social distancing.
When arriving at the hospital, please park in a designated parking spot and call our front desk at 440-526-4818. Please do NOT pull up and stop by the exit door as this blocks a traffic lane.
We will have a staff member speak with you by phone to gather all needed information. We will not be requiring any signatures on forms for the time being. The staff member will then come out to get your pet. They will be wearing protective masks.
Dr. Pixton's Retirement Letter to Her Clients
It is with mixed feelings that we announce the retirement of Dr. Laura Pixton, effective at the end of February.
On one hand, we're saddened that she's hanging up her stethoscope after spending 23 years at Bartels but, on the other, we're happy that she'll have time to pursue her interests and spend more time with her family.
A constant presence for over two decades, it will be difficult to imagine the hospital without her. She has made a positive impact on countless lives (pets and humans alike) over the years and leaves behind a legacy about which she can be proud.
We'd like to leave you with these words from Dr. Pixton:
Check Out Our New Renovations!
Our renovations are complete!
Stop by the hospital to see our brand new floors, new cabinetry, and new tables in the exam rooms.
We can't wait to show you the finished look!
In the meantime, check out the photo on the right to see a preview of our new waiting room.
Coyote Sightings on the Rise
The rise of coyote sightings and encounters is becoming a concern for pet owners throughout Ohio. Our Dr. Gretchen Zarle recently spoke with Fox 8 Cleveland, investigative reporter, Suzanne Stratford, about coyotes, other wildlife, and the risks they may pose to your pets.
Did You See Dr. Zarle on Fox 8?
Dr. Zarle was recently featured on Fox 8 to talk about the importance of end of life care for pets. As it becomes more affordable and accessible in the area, it’s a great option for people who want to make the last day of their pet’s lives happy and comfortable. View the clip of Dr. Zarle’s Fox 8 interview here.
Dr. Zarle was also featured in another Fox 8 clip about fear-free veterinary visits. Check that out here!
Rescued Cairn Terrier Becomes Local Therapy Dog
Have you heard about Willet the Therapy Dog?
Willet was rescued in 2008 from a puppy mill in Georgia by the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network (CPCRN). He was adopted by long-time Bartels Pet Hospital client Belinda Adornetto, who flew all the way to New Mexico to bring him back East.
Today, Willet is a member of Therapy Dogs International, delivering smiles and joy to many people in senior living communities, rehab centers, and even dentist offices in the Brecksville area.
And, if it weren't for our very own Dr. Gretchen Zarle, he may never have stepped paw in Ohio. Dr. Zarle recommended the CPCRN website to search for the perfect pet for their family – "a calm adult dog that could be taken anywhere." Willet was the perfect fit for the Adornetto's!
Bartels Pet Hospital works with CPCRN and Valley Save-a-Pet to give rescued animals low cost spays, neuters, vaccines and more. We are proud to support such great organizations and help these special animals find their forever homes.