Uncovering the beauty of animal health

Uncovering the beauty of animal health 2021-01-03T17:05:39-08:00

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are limiting service to curbside only. Please read below for further details:

Until further notice we are only allowing staff members into the building. This means that when you bring your pet in for their appointment, a staff member will come out to retrieve them from you and bring them into the building. If they are being brought in to see the doctor, once their exam has been performed, Dr. Davis will come out and talk to you about her findings and recommendations. This curbside policy applies to call of our services including but not limited to: routine or sick patient exams, vaccines, nail trims, euthanasias and boarding. Additionally our usual services may be limited or altered. Please call or text (503) 325-1581 to find out more about our updated protocols and how they may affect your appointment.

When you bring your pet in for their appointment, please call or text us at (503) 325-1581 to let us know you are here. We do require that all staff and the clients that they associate with wear an appropriate face covering that covers their mouth and nose, even if the client is staying in their car. Once the staff member comes out to speak with you please be sensitive to the weather conditions and to your pet’s temperament / stress level. If it is very cold and windy or rainy, do not expect the staff member to stand out in the elements while you sit in your car. Please park at the front of the building if you are able and bring your pet up to the front of the hospital so that we are all able to stand under the covering provided and so that we can easily socially distance to be able to speak with you about your pet’s appointment. If the weather permits our staff to come out to your car, please do not expect our staff to pull your pet out of a back seat or a trunk for you. Please bring an appropriate leash or carrier for your pet and bring them out of the car for our staff so that they do not have to risk potential exposure to you or themselves by crawling into your car. It is also much less stressful for your animal to be removed from the vehicle by you, someone they know and trust, than by a stranger. Vet visits can be stressful for pets under normal circumstances so we want to set them up for success from the start by facilitating a low stress handing off of the leash or carrier.

Please do not leave the premises during your scheduled appointment. Even though will not be allowed inside the building, we will still need to speak with you multiple times during the appointment, collect payment, and return your pet to you at the end. It is essential that you stay at the hospital until your appointment is over. If you leave the premises during your appointment time, it may result in a hospitalization fee or the termination of your appointment without completion of services you requested.

Please be on time or early for your appointment. The pandemic has resulted in an influx of pet appointments being scheduled everywhere and as a result many clinics are not accepting new clients or are booking out weeks or even months in advance. Due to this influx, we are on a stricter schedule than usual and unfortunately have little lenience for late appointments. If you are late it may result in your appointment being canceled, cut short without completion of services you requested or being rescheduled. If you paid a deposit for this appointment and are late then that deposit is forfeited, even if we reschedule or cancel it.

Our goal is to provide the same high standard quality care that our patients are used to while maintaining a safe environment for our staff and clients. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain times.

We use current medical, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to guide our clients in keeping their animal as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Astoria Animal Hospital is a full-service provider of veterinary medicine to primarily dogs and cats in the Clatsop County and North Coast area of Oregon. Our services include (but are not limited to) wellness exams, disease prevention and vaccination, parasite control, early disease detection blood work, survey radiography, prophylactic dental cleanings and surgery. We also provide boarding services as well as euthanasia and cremation.

The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms ensure that we meet the mental and physical needs of animals in our care. Learn more

Freedom from hunger and thirst

by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor. This must be specific to the animal. For example, puppies, adult dogs, pregnant cats, and senior cats all need different types of food provided on different schedules.

Freedom from discomfort

by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. This means you should provide soft bedding and an area with appropriate temperature, noise levels, and access to natural light. If an animal is outside, it must have shelter from the elements as well as appropriate food and water bowls that will not freeze or tip over.

Freedom from pain, injury or disease

by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment. This includes vaccinating animals, monitoring animals, physical health, treating any injuries and providing appropriate medications.

Freedom to express normal behavior

by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind. Animals need to be able to interact with — or avoid — others of their own kind as desired. They must be able to stretch every part of their body (from nose to tail), and run, jump, and play. This can be particularly challenging when animals are housed in individual kennels.

Freedom from fear and distress

by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering. The mental health of an animal is just as important as its physical health — as psychological stress can quickly transition into physical illness. These conditions can be achieved by preventing overcrowding and providing sufficient enrichment and safe hiding spaces.