Pet owners visit veterinary clinic

Dane Schwartz holds Rusty while Dr. Mike Isenhart trims his toenails during a wellness check at the Mansfield immunization clinic on March 17. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Raelynn Bayless comforts her kitty Mine after the family pet got its shots at the Mansfield immunization clinic on March 17. With her are Dr. Mike Isenhart and her grandparents, Ric and Renee Bayless. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Dr. Mike Isenhart of Brewster Veterinary Clinic made his annual trip to Mansfield March 17 to hold an immunization clinic at city hall for local dogs and cats.

The Mansfield clinic — which has been held for many years — allows residents an opportunity to bring their pets in for vaccinations at a reduced rate. Washington State law requires rabies vaccinations be up to date for all dogs, cats and ferrets. The clinic also administered three-year booster shots as well as providing brief wellness checks.

“It eliminates drive time, gas expenses, and allows residents to get their pets taken care of in a timely manner,” said Isenhart who is affectionately known as “Dr. Mike.”

Dane Schwartz assisted Isenhart at the clinic.

“I would like to make veterinary medicine a career, so I’m starting by job shadowing Dr. Mike during my spring break,” Schwartz said.

“I appreciate Mansfield hosting the vet clinic every year. It makes it much easier and less expensive to give our animals proper care,” said Ric Bayless who brought his family’s kitten named Mine in for its shots.

Renee Bayless volunteered to keep track of all the pets that came for the clinic and the shots that were administered.

“Approximately 30 pets were seen during this clinic,” Bayless said. “Which is a great turn out.”

She added, “It’s a great way to catch up and visit, while taking care of our pets.”

“Keeping your pet up to date on their shots — especially their rabies shots — and buying yearly town dog licenses is the best way for us to keep track of pet owners who are in compliance with state law and our town ordinances for pet ownership,” according to city Clerk Tricia Sima. “We appreciate Dr. Mike coming to provide this service for Mansfield residents.”

Mansfield also partners with Bridgeport for animal control services. An animal control officer spends 10 hours a month in Mansfield to make sure that pet ordinances are being observed.

At the end of the day, Isenhart reflected about his time in Mansfield. “We think of it as the rabies clinic social event,” he said.