Trusted Companion

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Contributing Writer For The Grand Traverse Insider

Companion Animal Hospital receptionist Bobbi makes clients Maui and Peppy and their parents feel right at home during the facility’s anniversary and open house last weekend.
The photo was taken by Kristin Taggart.

TRAVERSE CITY – Ten years of service to the community is a milestone for most businesses, and Companion Animal Hospital, a full-service veterinary hospital located southeast of Traverse City, doesn’t take it lightly.

“It is exciting,” said Terry Seymour, practice manager. “From the beginning, we have had the vision of providing the highest quality of care using current medicine with well trained and highly caring and compassionate people. This combination has attracted simply the best clients anywhere – our clients are why we are successful. “Our clients are the best because the one thing they all have in common is that they want to do the best they can do for their pets, period. We help them do that to the best of our ability in a highly caring and compassionate way, with great communication, in every circumstance. We are confident our clients can’t get better care elsewhere,” Seymour stated.

The animal hospital celebrated its anniversary and clients with a special open house last Saturday, April 14. “We had an incredible turnout,” Seymour said. “We have had open houses about every other year to highlight new and interesting things. This year, celebrating 10 years, we also wanted to highlight how far things have come and emphasize preventive care. “We always have a good turnout (at these events) because our clients love to know what’s new and get to know our doctors and staff outside of office hours, but this year was truly something special.”

Companion also celebrated some of its own changes and additions at the event. “Our profession continues to change very rapidly,” Seymour explained. “We keep learning more and more about how to do things better and safer than ever before. We have grown and embraced these changes throughout the last 10 years.

“In the early days we were ‘pioneers’ of sorts with the use of pain medications. Now it is much more common, but to this day not everyone uses even minimal pain medication protocols. Pain medications can make a huge difference to your pet, given at the proper time and situation.”

Companion also highlighted its dental X-ray machine and other advances in dental pet care, which were added a few years ago. “Dental disease is the most widespread disease in our pets, yet it is the most preventable,” he said. “Even today, good dental care is still one of the biggest things we can do to help our pets live long healthy lives.”

The newest edition Companion made is “very exciting,” Seymour shared. “We now have a Companion Therapy Laser,” he said. “Therapy lasers help stimulate healing on a cellular level and can have an effect on many different conditions and ailments. If people have pets on long-term pain medications for arthritis or other related ailments, this laser treatment may enable (him or her) to reduce or possibly eliminate these medications. “The laser can treat a wide range of things, this is just one of them. We have already had some exciting and fairly spectacular results!”

The animal hospital has also updated its website to include more information for clients. “This helps educate and lets people know who we are and what we are all about,” Seymour added.

Companion Animal Hospital, headed up by Dr. Marcia Izo and Dr. Jennifer E. Kavran, is a veterinary practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket pets such as rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, hedgehogs and chinchillas. Companion is located on Chartwell Drive near the Centre Ice Arena and invites all perspective clients to come in and tour its facilities and meet its doctors and staff. For details visit

What our Clients are Saying

Since Dr. Lynch's return to practice, my Senior dog's problem of many years has improved tremendously with VOM, Acupuncture/Acupressure and Chinese herbs. Dr. Lynch's ability to assess the symptoms and zero in on an effective treatment was remarkable. I am thrilled to have these alternative veterinary services available in Traverse City.

~ Cindy H.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lynch for treatment. The acupuncture treatments that he has done for my cat, Maxx, have done a world of good. It has made a huge difference and the effects from the treatments have been immediate for Maxx. It is so nice to have this treatment option available.

~ Lori F.

I love everyone at Companion Animal Hospital!!!! Best place to take your pets, hands down! Miss seeing you all...I could have never asked for a better group of people to help with my babies

~ Emily H.

We have been taking our two cats and one dog to Dr. Izo for many years. She is an excellent, caring and down to earth person, who is a remarkable at what she does and the care she provides. The entire staff at CAHTC is great to deal with and they truly have your pet's best interest at heart.

~ Mark H.

Thanks to the entire staff of Companion Animal Hospital for tirelessly working with me to assist my dog with her fear of nail cutting! She is now able to have this procedure without any fears or resistance! Additionally the wellness care and the sincere interest in her from the staff is so nice. Always pleasant and professional the Doctors and staff are above average. I recommend this Animal Hospital to all my friends and co-workers and many now use them with the same satisfaction.

~ Denise B.

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