Select your new dog with your lifestyle and living situation in mind. In addition to your new family member's personality, consider its temperament, size, and coat as well. Some breeds have traits that may be objectionable in certain circumstances, such as hyper excitability or a tendency to bark. Your veterinarian is a valuable resource and should be consulted before you acquire a pet of any kind.

Breed Selection

There are two types of dogs--purebred and mixed breed. The 124 recognized breeds are grouped into seven categories: hound, working, terrier, toy, sporting, non-sporting, and herding. There are thousands of mixed-breed combinations. Each purebred or mixed-breed dog has a unique personality. Dogs originally bred for a specific purpose tend to retain these characteristics. These dogs may require additional training and patience. Selecting a specific breed does not guarantee a particular behavior, but choosing offspring from animals with desirable temperaments does increase one's chances of getting the best pet. Mixed breeds can be as beautiful, intelligent, loving, and companionable as purebreds.Veterinarians, breed-specific books (usually available at libraries and pet stores), and dog shows are excellent sources of information about individual breed characteristics and needs.

Friend or Protector?

Most dogs, even tiny ones, bark when strangers approach their home or yard. This bark is usually enough to deter intruders. A pet should not be trained as an attack dog. Attack-trained dogs require special handling and knowledge to prevent accidental injury to people, including members of your own family.

  • Selecting a Puppy or Older Dog

    Selecting A Puppy A new puppy can be a terrific addition to a family, but with the fun comes responsibility for its care and well-being. Consider and prepare for your puppy's needs before you adopt! Pick a puppy that is active, friendly, and inquisitive. Avoid the one that appears to be afraid of everything

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To provide a safe environment for our patients, clients, and staff, an appointment is required for all pet visits.

Monday:

8:00 am

5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am

5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am

12:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am

5:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am

5:30 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Barbara Booth

    Dr. Barbara Booth moved to Forest City in 2010 with her family. She is married and has one daughter. Her interests include cats, surgery, and exotic pets. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

  • Dr.
    Gretchen Kelly

    Dr. Gretchen Kelly graduated veterinary school from the University of Tennessee. She moved to Forest City with her husband in 2010. She has an interest in internal medicine, radiology, and ophthalmology. She enjoys playing with her many dogs at home.

  • Dr.
    Samantha Freudenthal

    Dr. Samantha Freudenthal is originally from Spartanburg, SC. She attended undergraduate at Presbyterian College and veterinary school at University of Georgia. She has three dogs-a lovable mutt and two Boston Terriers.  She enjoys spending time in the mountains and making crafts, especially if the crafts are for her dogs.