New vet settles in on 30A

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM.

"I am fascinated with science and biology. I enjoy problem solving and being my own boss," she said. "I enjoy teaching people about things. These pets are a member of their family. It's very fulfilling and I am trying to be different than your average vet."

One of the ways Shatzel is thinking out of the box is her offering non-anesthesia dental services performed on pets while they are awake. The pets are wrapped in a towel and taken into a dark room for the procedure. They are whispered to as the clinician removes tartar and cleans and polishes the teeth, which takes about 20 minutes.

"I am the only one in the Panhandle offering this," said Shatzel. "It is a lot less expensive than when it is done using anesthesia. There is always a small risk when anesthesia is used. But it is not for every pet. If an extraction is needed, we have to put them under. And they have to be somewhat cooperative."

Shatzel offers this procedure once a month.

30A Vet is located at 56 Spires Lane at Gulf Place . Call 660-1892 for an appointment.

The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Attend Dr. T's grand opening Aug. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy food, drink, and music. 

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