Dalton Animal Care is where many Dalton residents have chosen to take their pets for health care for 45 years. Recently, the Dalton Animal Care team unveiled major changes to the facility at 1022 S. Hamilton St.
“We gutted the building, leaving only the perimeter wall, the brick wall,” said Dr Christopher Stearns. “We started from scratch, removing everything inside and building a new interior. We only had four exam rooms before. Now we have seven. We completely changed the floor plan to make it more modern.”
He gestured towards the hall.
“We opened it up,” he said. “There is a lot of light here.”
Stearns and his partner, Dr. Jules Crawford, recently partnered with Mission Veterinary Partners, a veterinary group based in Southfield, Michigan.
“Together we all work in this new building,” he said. “I’m still active and still practicing, practicing two days a week and looking forward to practicing for many more years.”
Dalton Animal Care offers a wide range of pet health care services.
“We do the basic things that a vet clinic does, like vaccinations and checkups,” he said. “But we also have advanced things. We offer cold laser therapy for rehabilitation.”
Cold laser therapy, also known as photobiomodulation therapy, reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation caused by injuries, surgeries, or chronic conditions such as arthritis. Sessions typically last three to seven minutes.
On a recent visit, a pup named Maverick was receiving cold laser therapy after being neutered. Maverick seemed to find the process very calming. He entered the room squirming and trying to play with the therapists, but as soon as the laser started he calmed down.
Therapist Hannah DeFoor said she has yet to restrain any animals to administer the laser therapy.
“We’ve done it on cats and different breeds of dogs, and they’ve been fine,” she said.
Laser therapy is just one type of advanced treatment offered at Dalton Animal Care.
“We do dental surgeries here,” Stearns said. “We also have a physical therapist. We do lab work here. not just any big animal job Mobile vets treat chickens and cows and things like that.
The clinic also has walk-in tubs for bathing pets.
“You don’t have to pick it up,” Stearns said. “He comes in and you close him.”
The treatment room has three anesthesia machines and hydraulic surgical tables that move up and down.
“It’s brand new equipment that we brought in,” he said.
Dalton Animal Care is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We have a vet here every day, usually more than one,” Stearns said. “We have five vets on our team.”