Who We Are...

Your Other Family Doctor in Iosco County...

Tawas Animal Hospital provides veterinary care to dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, pocket pets, reptiles and birds in the Tawas area. We’re always happy to meet new pets. Purchased in 2017 by Dr. Jason Harrison, our practice continues to evolve  with progressive services, tools, and technology to provide your pet with the best possible care. Whether your pet needs a wellness exam, is sick or injured, needs surgery or dental work, we’ve got you covered!

We are a Free Free Hospital

What is Fear Free?  Fear Free is a transformative initiate to help alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and increase enrichment so that pets can live long, happy, healthy lives.  Here at Fear Free, we’re all about the human–animal bond. It’s our goal to help you develop a powerful, life–long, mutually beneficial relationship with your dog or cat; one that for all parties is as free as possible of the fear, anxiety and stress that can take a toll on even the most devoted of relationships.

Client Education & Communication

We strive to ensure that you understand your pet's health status so that you can make informed decisions for them. Through face-to-face, handouts, phone and electronic communication we will ensure that you know everything you need to know about how to care for your pet. We will take the time to answer any questions you have so that you are put at ease about any concerns you have.

What to Expect...

A good reason for putting a vet visit on the priority list is to establish an important connection called Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship.

  • Weigh the Pet
  • Listen to heart and lungs with a stethoscope;
  • Take his temperature (note: pet temperatures are taken rectally);
  • Examine eyes, ears, nose, feet, and genitalia
  • Examine skin and coat;
  • Look at teeth and mouth;
  • Palpate abdomen and lymph nodes;
  • Examine feces (bring a sample) for the presence of worms (most pups have roundworms);
  • Discuss your pet's history and any questions you might have about feeding, medical issues, such as worm medications, and future care, such as microchipping, and spaying and neutering;
  • If you are going home with medications or treatments, make sure that you understand when and how they are to be given. Follow directions to the letter, and set up a schedule for follow-up visits and vaccinations.

Why Choose Us

Choose Friendly

When calling to inquire about making an appointment, take into consideration the attitude of the staff. If it’s like pulling teeth to make a well visit appointment, think about how you’ll feel when you have to call in about something more serious. "I would look to the warmth and friendliness of the staff,” says Dr. Harrison. When choosing a vet, keep in mind their overall personality. Are they calm? Do they have a good bedside manner? Does your pet seem to like them? A good vet will know how to soothe a stressful situation, instead of adding to it. 

Connect On Your Pet Care Philosophies

There are a few hot topics when it comes to pet health, including things like euthanasia, cancer care, chronic disease planning and spaying and neutering. Having like-minded philosophies with your vet can make all the difference when faced with difficult decisions. “I would have an idea of what my principles and overall ethics on animal care are, and then I would ask the veterinarian and staff what they think,” says Dr. Harrison. Your pet’s quality of life is important to you, and it should be to your vet, as well. 

Get To Know The Support Staff

If you think all the veterinary technician does is hold your pet still while your veterinarian takes care of the important things, what I’m going to share will surprise you. But the truth is veterinarians simply can’t live — or practice medicine — without our hardworking, well-trained, compassionate technicians, assistants and customer care team.

And neither can you and your pet.

Encourage Continueing Education and Research

The field of modern medicine is changing just as quickly for veterinarians as it is for human doctors. There is a tremendous amount of research being performed in a wide variety of areas that is bringing new techniques and treatments into the field for conditions and diseases that previously had no treatment. It is important to find a vet who keeps up with this research because they will be able to provide the best medical care possible to every patient who comes through the door.

Animal Welfare: A Human Responsibility

Animal welfare means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. Ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.  www.avma.org