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New pet hospital arrives in Spanish Springs
by Garrett Valenzuela
Apr 12, 2013 | 6009 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The team at Banfield Pet Hospital, located inside the PetSmart at the Sparks Galleria shopping center, held its grand opening Saturday celebrating the first Banfield Pet Hospital to open in northern Nevada.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The team at Banfield Pet Hospital, located inside the PetSmart at the Sparks Galleria shopping center, held its grand opening Saturday celebrating the first Banfield Pet Hospital to open in northern Nevada.
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SPARKS -- Pet lovers in Spanish Springs have a new destination for their pet’s health and wellness needs as northern Nevada’s new Banfield Pet Hospital arrived with its grand opening Saturday.

Banfield has more than 800 veterinary hospitals nationwide and has been in business since 1955. The Sparks Banfield Pet Hospital is the 12th of its kind in Nevada and Saturday’s grand opening was filled with tours of the expansive facility, veterinary advice and a chance to meet the new Sparks team.

On the eve of the grand opening, Banfield doctors and staff were putting the finishing touches on the pristine facility, but practice manager Nina Rodriguez said the hospital was already receiving positive reception from the local community.

“The response that we are getting already has been extremely positive,” Rodriguez said. “We have already done close to 200 tours of the hospital and nearly everyone we speak to and show the facility to talks about a need for a pet hospital in the Spanish Springs area.”

Administrative staff noted Friday that often times the public is unaware of the instruments being used and the inner workings happening beyond the lobby of a pet hospital. Jeff Wilson, field director overseeing all Nevada Banfield locations, said offering the public a chance to see what really goes on boosts trust in the pet hospital.

“A lot of people never have the opportunity to get past the front door or the lobby of a pet hospital,” Wilson said. “I didn’t know what happened to my cats when they went back there, and I think it is a great opportunity for the public to come meet the team, meet the doctors and really see the hospital. You can really see some of the great things that we are doing and see what the facility has to offer.”

The new pet hospital has also partnered with the local branch of the Nevada Humane Society for its grand opening and donated 20 percent of all revenue Saturday to the pet adoption agency. Wilson said the partnership with the Nevada Humane Society will continue for the pet hospital and said it reaches beyond just donating money.

“One of the things we have done since coming here is reach out to the community,” Wilson said. “We have partnered with the Nevada Humane Society and this week we were able to help 15 pets with surgical procedures ranging from dental cleanings to tumor removal and other advanced procedures.

“When you look at it from a cost basis we have probably been able to assist them with about $10,000 worth of services in the last few days. It is really our way to reach out to the community from the get go and really show that we care.”

Rodriguez said those adopting from the Nevada Humane Society can also benefit from free office visits for adopted pets, discounts and vouchers for veterinary care and help for new owners upholding a preventative care system for their pet.

Dr. Dan Harkins, lead veterinarian at Sparks Banfield, relocated from Houston, Texas to head up services in Sparks. He said though dogs and cats are the most frequent visitors to his clinic, household pets such as snakes, hamsters and the like can be treated as well.

“The philosophy at Banfield is to keep the animal healthy rather than treat sick pets,” Harkins said. “We certainly do treat sick pets, all the time, but our objective is to keep them healthy.”

Harkins said Banfield Pet Hospital’s Active Wellness Plans provide preventative care from a pet’s young ages through adulthood. Banfield offers a variety of plans which include free office visits, vaccinations and teeth cleanings among other things.

“The cost of a dental cleaning, depending on where you go, is anywhere between $300 and $600,” Harkins said. “One dental cleaning will pay for the price of the wellness plan, in addition to all the office visits and everything else in there.”

Harkins and two other veterinarians will practice at the Sparks Banfield Pet Hospital located inside the PetSmart at the Sparks Galleria shopping center. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.banfield.com.
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