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Pearson now welcoming 'clients' at Town & Country Animal Clinic

Dr. Gretchen Pearson has purchased Town & Country Animal Clinic from Paul Fredrick, who established the business 32 years ago. Matrix, the clinic mascot, greets clientele. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Dr. Gretchen Pearson has relocated from Colorado to purchase Town and Country Animal Clinic from retired veterinarian Dr. Paul Fredrick.

The Pleasant Avenue clinic, she said, will have the same diagnostics as human medical facilities. She's updating lab equipment for in-house blood panels and X-rays. And the animal hospital will carry a full line of alternative therapies and nutritional medication - from joint supplements to prescription foods.

Dogs Apollo and Matrix and Bloom, her cat, have joined the retained staff of two groomers, two kennel attendants, a receptionist and a technician.

Pearson graduated from Colorado State University and pursued her post-graduate degree at the Ross School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. She completed her clinical work at the University of Illinois.

Her goal, she said, is to provide clients with education and alternatives, acupuncture, for example. The clinic carries natural and herbal products, as well as traditional pharmaceuticals.

She will perform laser surgery and is accredited in veterinary stem therapy.

Pearson said she tends to be sensitive to geriatric patients. "They are at a time of life when comfort is important," she said. And to that end, she offers pain management techniques and medications for preservation of organ function, "the simplest and least invasive."

On the other hand, she considers a puppy and its owner "a package." Vaccinations come with discussion on behavior training techniques to be practiced at home - including feeding, socialization and restraint.

She advocates "doing it right" at the puppy stage, "so it's not a battle later."

By establishing boundaries, a mutual, enjoyable relationship forms, she said, that paves the way for a "lifetime of wellness," the dog, "a good member of society and a pleasing pet."

"It's never too late," she counsels clients of establishing leadership.

Matrix, 4, a bulldog cross, serves as the clinic mascot. Pearson met the dog in Colorado after it had been run over and paralyzed. Matrix was an estimated 30 pounds underweight.

After five months in a wheelchair cart, still with its owner, the dog regained its mobility. A year later, he came back with a shotgun wound to his rear leg, a judge subsequently ruling the remaining dogs in the household be put down due to the neglect.

"He moves via independent suspension," Pearson said of his compromised mobility. "His is the essence of an animal with a forgiving heart," she said of the docile fellow.

Boarding and grooming are also available at the clinic, with renovations in store in these areas.

"Pets/patients are part of our family. We want them to stay with us," she said of the cat and hound hotel.

The clinic at 101 Pleasant Ave. is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.