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Arlington Animal Hospital, at the Forefront of Animal Healthcare for More Than 60 Years

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Since 1947 when it was first built by Dr. J.M. Farrell as the first animal hospital between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington Animal Hospital has been an Arlington fixture. Horses and livestock were treated in those early years, but, by the 1970s, pens and stocks were replaced with kennels and runs. For more than 20 years, owner and head veterinarian Dr. Bonnie S. Harris, who took over from her father Dr. Herbert C. Schoonover, treats dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, exotic animals and pocket pets.

Preventative healthcare and education are emphasized at Arlington Animal Hospital. As Dr. Harris tells us, "Arlington Animal Hospital has a long history of providing high-quality veterinary care to the clients and patients in this community." Harris firmly believes in "educating owners so that their animals can live long healthy lives."

Harris had an early love of animals after growing up with a veterinarian father who was the only one within a 40-mile radius from her home in Kansas. After a career in nursing, she graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and purchased the hospital from her father in 1992. Plans are for her veterinarian daughter to join her in practice and carry on the family tradition. Harris' specialties are internal medicine, oncology/cytology and feline medicine. Committed to animal health, Harris is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners and several community organizations.

Is there a timeframe for pet examinations? "Animals age much faster than humans; therefore, metabolic diseases, aging, cancer and other problems can occur in a shorter period of time, notes Harris. Young and senior animals should be examined by a veterinarian at least twice a year to catch problems before they progress, but checkups are recommended a minimum of once a year for those in-between ages.

Thankfully, veterinary medicine is not what it was when the hospital first opened in 1947. "Advanced diagnostic testing, lab work and medical equipment have expanded our ability to find problems early which leads to earlier intervention, prevention and treatments," Harris says. The hospital is open Monday through Saturday, morning-only hours on Wednesday and Saturday -- make it easier to fit your animal's healthcare into your day.

Top-notch quality care is paramount in Texas no matter if the animal is for agricultural, recreational, service, sporting or a family pet. As Harris states, "Texans not only hold high respect for animals, they also are closely bonded to them. The care of one's animals is a fundamental responsibility that people take very seriously."

The Arlington Animal Hospital is located at 1012 West Division, Arlington, TX 76012. They can be reached at 817.277.6301.

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