Open nights, weekends and holidays, services at UrgentVet are significantly less than at vet ER
Tampa, FL (April 2023) – UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, announced today it is expanding into Southwest Florida for the first time. The company will open a new clinic in Naples—its 36th location nationwide—and begin serving pets and pet parents on Friday, April 14th.
UrgentVet emphasizes compassion, affordability and convenience within its business model. The groundbreaking concept offers a new solution by bridging the gap between primary practices and 24-hour emergency vets. Open nights, weekends and holidays, the company’s clinics offer pets relief for mild illnesses and minor injuries with rates significantly more affordable than comparable services at an emergency pet hospital.
Located at 851 Vanderbilt Beach Road, UrgentVet-Naples is in a conveniently accessible and popular retail and entertainment area near U.S. Highway 41. The clinic is 3,318 square feet with two exam rooms exclusively for small dogs, two for large dogs and two for cats.
“We’ve been optimistic about entering the Southwest Florida market for years, looking closely at areas where we think it makes the most sense for us to be, and we couldn’t have picked a better location than this spot in Naples,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, DVM and Founder of UrgentVet. “Naples and the surrounding areas are all very pet-friendly communities, and we’re looking forward to filling a much-needed gap for pet parents throughout Southwest Florida.”
Along with species- and size-specific exam rooms, UrgentVet-Naples is intentionally outfitted with non-slip flooring, dimmable lighting, soothing colors, soft music, calming pheromones and quiet exam lift tables, all in support of creating a fear-free experience. The clinic also has revolutionary tempered glass pet enclosures from Casco that are 70% quieter than metal cages—a design cue that helps make the enclosures the most Fear-Free product on the market today. As an added nod to pet comfort, all staff members at the clinic have received unique training to become Fear-Free-certified professionals.
As is the case with all UrgentVet locations, the clinic’s treatment area features an in-house laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment, including digital radiography and ultrasound technology.
The Naples location is the first in Southwest Florida, but the 13th to open across the Sunshine State. UrgentVet’s first Florida location was in the Westchase neighborhood of Tampa, but the organization soon reinforced its footprint in the Tampa Bay area through the opening of clinics in Brandon, New Port Richey and St. Petersburg. UrgentVet has also opened Florida-based clinics in Boca Raton, West Orlando, The Villages, St. Johns, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Lakeland and Gainesville—and an assortment of locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas.
Along with veterinary staffing shortages resulting in longer wait times and limited care options, the impacts of a continued economic downturn are also a major cause for concern in the industry. Nearly 50% of pet parents say they’ve decided to forego or delay veterinary treatments amidst inflation.
“We know that pet parents in Naples consider their dogs and cats to be like family members, insisting on only the best, most compassionate care in their times of need,” Dr. Dobies said. “Illness and injury can strike at the worst possible time, but we want pet parents to know that a new option is now available with UrgentVet.”
Positioned to provide care for common conditions that require immediate attention but aren’t serious enough for hospitalization, UrgentVet treats vomiting, diarrhea, limping, itching, coughing, not eating, minor wounds, back pain and more.
With all of its clinics, UrgentVet aims to develop strong relationships with neighboring primary care veterinarians, a practice that clinic staff has already started. Approximately 90% of pets seen at UrgentVet are treated on site and referred to their primary vet with a detailed letter and records for follow-up care.
For more information, please visit UrgentVet.com.
Founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Dr. Jim Dobies in 2015 and owned by American Veterinary Group, UrgentVet is the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets. Offering after-hours services, its clinics provide pet owners, or pet parents as UrgentVet refers to them, with an affordable and convenient alternative to 24-hour emergency vets. It offers immediate relief for mild illnesses and injuries in dogs and cats with rates that are more affordable than comparable services at emergency vet hospitals. For more information, please visit UrgentVet.com.
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Josh Hall | Sage & Sterling Communications