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A new clinic off the Walnut Bottom Road is certified fear free in its care of animals.

“Our slogan is ‘We take the pet out of petrified in veterinary visits,’” said Hilary Sorrenti, a nurse and staff supervisor at Healing Paws Veterinary Care in South Middleton Township.

Veterinarian Dr. Tracy Sands has operated a mobile practice since 2013 specializing in the care of dogs, cats and small ruminants such as sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas.

Sands wanted to expand her business to fully implement a fear free service of veterinary care while offering customers various options for boarding and grooming their pets, Sorrenti said.

Healing Paws recently opened a full-service clinic at 7 Wenger Court with set hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. There are no weekend hours.

An open house of the new facility is scheduled for Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The building and practice is designed to maximize comfort so that a pet could learn through treats and positive reinforcement to associate a vet visit as something pleasant or fun, Sorrenti said.

Parts of the interior look more like a living room at home than a traditional clinic. The staff is trained to handle animals with as little restraint as possible. Natural pheromones are used along with specially orchestrated music to calm pets down.

The facility has enough space to provide pet daycare and boarding services for up to 20 dogs and 10 cats, Sorrenti said. Pet owners have choices on the size and style of accommodations along with such “Room Service” perks as Playground Time and a Bedtime Snack for dogs and a Snack of the Sea and a Kitty Spa for cats. Details on Canine Vacations and Feline Dwelling options are available online at

Grooming services include standard bath, nail clipping and haircut options offered during facility hours Monday through Friday. The mobile service will still be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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