West side clinic offers affordable pet care

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A new place on the west side offers very affordable care in Indianapolis—the West Michigan Street Veterinary Clinic.

Dottie Sullender has three dogs. Abby, the oldest at 14, has Cushing’s disease, thyroid problems and arthritis. She takes six medicines a day—and Dottie knows the clinic’s value firsthand.

“And if we had to pay the full cost of medicines at another veterinary office, there is no way I would have been able to afford that. And my little dog probably would have left me a long time ago,” Dottie said.

She’s grateful for Dr. Peter Johnson, a veterinarian with 25 years of experience who operates the clinic.

“We have a vaccination clinic every day, where for the most part you can get $10 vaccinations, and no office charge. That’s available Monday through Saturday. We also have a $25 office call, and it does include medication usually,” Johnson said.

The clinic provides affordable pet care by keeping costs and overhead as low as possible. Those savings are then passed on to people and pets. The goal: to give people every possible chance to get quality pet care.

“We have low-cost spay and neuter, so you’re able to prevent pet overpopulation. And we also have low-cost dental, which is really important for pets,” said, KerryAnn May, outreach coordinator for West Michigan Street Veterinary Clinic.

Good dental care can add years to a pet’s life, but it’s something pet owners often overlook. But they can’t overlook the value of the clinic.

“(Dr. Johnson is) fun, he’s amazing, he’s really pretty awesome, and we enjoy partnering with him at Robin’s Nest of Indianapolis,” said Robin’s Nest volunteer Marcia Ryan.

“It makes you feel good, because it’s very satisfying to go home at night, knowing you’ve helped care for animals. You go home tired, but we do think we are at least trying to maintain the mission that we’ve set out to do, which is affordable, quality pet care, which includes a full service clinic and a surgery center,” Johnson said.

“Even for regular checkups, it saves not only money, but peace of mind. And to have three dogs and be able to do that for such an affordable rate, was definitely a godsend,” Dottie said.

If you want to find out more about the clinic at 3811 W. Michigan St., they’re having an open house on May 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. They’ll have kids’ clinics, educational booths and you can meet the doctor. Visit their website for more information.

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