Local doctor offers free pet clinic

Local doctor offers free pet clinic

There are 38 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 21, 2009, titled Local doctor offers free pet clinic. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Treating animals is Dr. Eric Heitman's life and career. But lately, the owner of the Ottawa Animal Hospital has noticed a disturbing trend.

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awwwwwwww

Loveland, CO

#1 Apr 21, 2009
Sweet angels!
awed

Syracuse, NY

#2 Apr 21, 2009
i could'nt believe what i read, i wish there were as many big hearts as dr heitman's. god bless him and his staff.
ShamelessHussy

Pueblo, CO

#3 Apr 21, 2009
Awesome. Veterinarians aren't Porsche-driving money bags the way physicians are. They are small business owners who incur high costs to run their businesses. The fact that these vets are willing to give up some of their profits to help others is phenomenal and will hopefully be a relief to many pet owners.
Mom in Jenison

Westminster, CO

#4 Apr 21, 2009
That is so great of them! Unlike that emergency clinic over on Plainfield, where it costs over a hundred just to walk in the door and see a doctor, then more for diagnostics and treatment. Oh, and no payment programs, of course.

Since: Dec 08

Aurora, CO

#5 Apr 21, 2009
WoW! That's nice. I can still take care of my pet.
I only need a less expensive vet though. Does anyone know a good vet in G.R.? He's due every april for everything.

Since: Nov 08

Grand Rapids, Michigan

#6 Apr 21, 2009
At least theres one good vet out there. You would never see this in Belding, Ionia or Greenville.

Since: Mar 09

United States

#7 Apr 21, 2009
Bravo!
bunnee

Hudsonville, MI

#8 Apr 21, 2009
What a great this Dr. has offered to do
[Salute]

Hopefully others, in not just the vet profession will follow suit, as THIS IS what life is supposed to be about
In Jenison

United States

#9 Apr 21, 2009
As this is a wonderful thing during these difficult times, has it even occurred to anyone that not only those who have social workers are facing those same circumstances? I feel that if you really want to contribute to helping those who are struggling couldn't they also help those who are NOT receiving help through the government? I wonder how many families who turned in their pets to the Kent County Humane Society actually had a social worker or clergy verify they could no longer keep their pet. My congratulations to those low income persons to receive such wonderful services even though there are others who struggle just as much.
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#10 Apr 21, 2009
What a wonderful veterinarian! Hopefully others will follow suit. He is right in saying it's the animals that suffer the downfall of bad economic times. My heart goes out to those animals, and I may not be able to help by taking more animals in, but I can help by donating my time and money to help the cause! Thank you Dr. Heitman!
Animal Girl

Muskegon, MI

#11 Apr 21, 2009
There are people like this, and there is Montcalm County - Carr & R&R. Bless you Dr. Heitman
bunnee

Hudsonville, MI

#12 Apr 21, 2009
In Jenison wrote:
As this is a wonderful thing during these difficult times, has it even occurred to anyone that not only those who have social workers are facing those same circumstances? I feel that if you really want to contribute to helping those who are struggling couldn't they also help those who are NOT receiving help through the government? I wonder how many families who turned in their pets to the Kent County Humane Society actually had a social worker or clergy verify they could no longer keep their pet. My congratulations to those low income persons to receive such wonderful services even though there are others who struggle just as much.
Can't say that I disagree with you here; Not receiving government assistance doesn't mean one isn't "low income"....so good point; But at least this is a start and hopefully more will step up to the plate and do the same thing; If you get every vet in every county to help X amount of people, it won't be such a huge "burden" for just one doc

Also folks, remember that Dr. Langlois out in Lowell offers low cost spay/neuter services; Maybe that is where the vet in Ottawa County got the idea from, and more should follow suit; It'd be nice for alot to help a few each instead of a couple trying to help everyone
Wow

Holland, MI

#13 Apr 21, 2009
What a snow job!!! This is by FAR the most expensive vet clinic in the Holland area. They may proclaim that they are offering quality care, but they consistently rely on scare tactics to get even more money. Their suggestions might be in line, but they continue that into the bullying range to extend profit. These ARE hard times. Priorities for our pets should be rabies, which is required by law, and heartworm testing and prevention. Monthly heartworm prevention also contains a general dewormer. If your pet has loose stools, or you observe irregular stools, a fecal sample can always be checked if needed.

Since: Jun 08

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#14 Apr 21, 2009
We go to Weisner on Plainfield, they are pretty resonable. Heartworm is due this month. We also have to get frontline. We have ticks at our property up north. If anyone knows where I can get the frontline cheaper please let me know.
vecina wrote:
WoW! That's nice. I can still take care of my pet.
I only need a less expensive vet though. Does anyone know a good vet in G.R.? He's due every april for everything.

Since: Jun 08

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#15 Apr 21, 2009
Excellent point, personally IMO people who have a social worker, really don't need a pet. There are way to many other tax paying citizens that are struggling that need the little extra help.
In Jenison wrote:
As this is a wonderful thing during these difficult times, has it even occurred to anyone that not only those who have social workers are facing those same circumstances? I feel that if you really want to contribute to helping those who are struggling couldn't they also help those who are NOT receiving help through the government? I wonder how many families who turned in their pets to the Kent County Humane Society actually had a social worker or clergy verify they could no longer keep their pet. My congratulations to those low income persons to receive such wonderful services even though there are others who struggle just as much.
These ARE hard times

Holland, MI

#16 Apr 21, 2009
Spaying/neutering....that affects our communities.
I agree that there are people who want routine care for their pets. Heartworm testing and prevention is VERY important. Fully support the free rabies and heartworm testing for those in need. But, what if the heartworm test is positive???? These families/pets can't afford the costly treatment. If you are offering testing at a discount...step up and offer a treatment at an affordable rate. Or are you willing to then say..."well we did what we could....your pet's suffering demise is on YOUR conciense"
Park Township parent

Holland, MI

#17 Apr 21, 2009
In Jenison wrote:
As this is a wonderful thing during these difficult times, has it even occurred to anyone that not only those who have social workers are facing those same circumstances? I feel that if you really want to contribute to helping those who are struggling couldn't they also help those who are NOT receiving help through the government? I wonder how many families who turned in their pets to the Kent County Humane Society actually had a social worker or clergy verify they could no longer keep their pet. My congratulations to those low income persons to receive such wonderful services even though there are others who struggle just as much.
If you would read the article more carefully, you'd see that you need a referral from either a social worker OR CLERGY. So there is indeed another way to get approved. Don't blame the vet for trying to get a little assurance that someone isn't just taking advantage of a kind gesture. Would you prefer they demand to see your tax returns?
Jennifer

Portage, MI

#18 Apr 21, 2009
Dr. Heitman is by far the best vet in Holland! I have used other vets here in the past and will pay a couple extra dollars for his personal care of my pets. He actually called me personally today to give me some test results for my cat. Other vets just have the receptionist or a tech call, but Dr. Heitman takes the time out of his busy schedule to make those calls himself. He truely cares about our pets and it is a blessing that he is providing this clinic to our community during these tough economic times. He also has a weekly column in the Holland Sentinel offering FREE tips and advice for happy & healthy pets, how many other vets do that?? May God continue to bless you Dr. Heitman!!
what if

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Apr 21, 2009
this is good---however what if you don't have the money and the social worker or clergy to sign the slip. there are people out there that need the help to pay for these cost that can't afford the bills.this should be for all animal lovers not just for some

“DRILL FOR OIL?, "YES WE CAN"”

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Apr 21, 2009
Geeeez and no government, No Obama, No nancy pollousey had to tell them to help the community, wow.

Wish I had a pile of cash and I would do somthing as well.I hope peple donate to this guy.

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