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Raymond Animal Hospital Is A True Labor of Love
    By Penny Williams 3-1-16

Over the years, Raymond Animal Hospital has moved and grown. Dr. Steven Puderbaugh and his wife, Deb, opened the practice in 1985 and built their current facility in 1989.

How the Puderbaughs came to land in Raymond is a story in itself.

Deb Puderbaugh recalled, "We had graduated from Iowa State University and moved to the East Coast in 1983 due to the poor economy in the Midwest at the time. We were driving through Raymond in 1984 and Dr. Steve was trying to convince me that it was a good idea to leave his job in Amesbury (Mass.) and open our own practice. I said, 'Look, a condemned building on Main Street,' pointing it out as a negative."

But that's not how it turned out. The condemned building had fire damage but undaunted, the Puderbaughs opened their veterinary practice in it a few months later.

"The original practice was a small, storefront type of facility," Deb said. "We practiced quality medicine and surgery but it was not obvious when looking at the small space. We outgrew the space quickly and looked for a better space in the Raymond area and finally bought an older home at our current location at 169 Route 27. We were able to donate the house to the Raymond Fire Department for training purposes and built our new building there in 1989."

The couple researched other animal hospitals and from that effort were able to design an efficient building that allows them to care for their clients and their pets to this day.

"We value our relationship with our clients and understand the bond that people have with their pets," said Deb, who is manager of the veterinary hospital. "We value the trust people have given us and will treat each patient as if he or she were our own (pet), promising to give the kind of care we would give our own pets. It is still a great hospital, even with all the changes that have taken place in modern veterinary practice over the last 30 years."

 

 

The Raymond Animal Hospital focuses on all aspects of small animal care. All of the practice doctors are skilled in medicine, surgery and dentistry, Deb said.

"Dr. Steve will usually handle the more challenging surgical cases," Deb said. "Dr. Birnie is known for doing in-depth research to find the most up-to-date treatment for an unusual case. We are also fortunate to have specialists that will come to Raymond Animal Hospital to consult and perform procedures that otherwise would have to be done at a referral center. This allows our pet parents and their pets to be with us where they are comfortable and in familiar surroundings."

Steve said veterinary dentistry is an area where the level of care has dramatically changed over the last 30 years. In the early days, dentistry depended primarily on using hand instruments to clean and extract teeth.

"This could be very difficult and time consuming," he said. "Our dental procedures today would rival what many human oral surgeons are able to do. We have digital dental radiography, which allows us to make an accurate diagnosis of what is happening below the gum line before planning the extent of what is needed. Since we are now equipped with an air-driven dental unit, we are now able to lift a flap of the gum and remove bone if needed to expose the root of a tooth. The tooth can then be sectioned to allow tooth extraction with minimal trauma to the patient. This level of dental care would be unheard of just a few years ago."

The Puderbaughs noted that there are many other areas where technology has revolutionized their veterinary practice.

"Digital radiography allows us to do a much better job of getting quality X-ray images," Steve said. "We are also able to send those images to a radiologist over the internet and get a specialist’s opinion within an hour. And we have high tech anesthesia monitors that will monitor heart rate and rhythm, oxygen saturation, body temperature and blood pressure during surgical procedures."

The Puderbaughs are proud of their staff. Dr. Libby Birnie worked with the practice in 1989 before taking time off to raise her family. She rejoined the hospital 10 years ago and has been part of the leadership team ever since. Veterinary technicians and assistants round out the staff.

"As our practice has grown in size, we continue to focus on thinking 'small,'” Deb said.  "That means we want to know our clients and their families. In this busy world, we can't forget the importance of being a good neighbor, and we feel fortunate to be a part of Raymond and the surrounding communities, providing care for not only the furry family members but for the whole family."

The Puderbaughs are active in the community. "Dr. Steve was a charter member of the Raymond Area Rotary club in 1990 and has been active in club, community and international projects for 25 years," his wife said. "He received the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service for his efforts over the years.  Raymond Animal Hospital is also a charter member of the Greater Raymond Chamber of Commerce.”

The couple has been active in the Candia Congregational Church for 30 years, and Deb is currently chair of Candia’s Jesse Remington High School board and chair of the annual Lights on the Hill Christmas celebration in Candia.

Deb added that Raymond Animal Hospital has supported many youth programs in Raymond and surrounding communities as well as visiting schools to teach young people about animal care and careers in veterinary medicine."

Having been in practice for 30 years, the couple has many fond memories and funny stories.

Deb recalled, "One of our more memorable cases happened many years ago. A concerned client called because Jonathon, their cat, had a bleeding tongue. The cat had a habit of drinking out of the fish tank. Apparently the flicking of the tongue caught a fish’s eye and the fish latched on. The cat jumped away with the fish attached, which then landed on the floor. The good news is that the fish was rescued, the cat did fine, and the moral of the story for all kitties is ‘don’t drink out of a fish tank when there is a piranha in there!’"

Raymond Animal Hospital hours are: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. After-hours emergencies are referred to Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester.

For more information, visit: www.raymondanimalhospital.com or facebook.com/raymondanimalhospital or call 865-3163 or email raymondah1@comcast.net.

 


Raymond Animal Hospital Opens Grooming Spa
Submitted by Deb Puderbaugh 5-22-13

Dr. Steve Puderbaugh of Raymond Animal Hospital, is pleased to announce the reopening of a Grooming Spa at his practice and the addition of groomer Jodi Danforth.  Jodi has dedicated the past 14 years of her life to animals.  The joy she experiences that comes from transforming them through grooming is extremely satisfying.  She can see them smile with pride and they truly carry themselves differently after being groomed.

A grooming includes:  two full baths, hand drying, ear cleaning, ear plucking, nail trim, hand scissoring to either breed specific or to your grooming desires.  We have found over the years that the pet parents are looking for the best of everything to ensure their pet’s overall well-being.  Proper grooming is a big part of that, so we make sure that each furry friend is shown respect, care and patience while they are spending time in the grooming spa.  You may check out some before and after pictures on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/raymondanimalhospital.

The Raymond Animal Hospital team has been providing high quality veterinary care to the town of Raymond and surrounding communities since 1985.  “We value the trust you have given us and will treat each patient as if he or she were our own, promising to give the kind of care we would give our own pets.” 

 

Raymond Animal Hospital and the grooming spa are located at 169 Route 27, Raymond, NH  03077.   Call 895-3163 to schedule an appointment today or visit www.raymondanimalhospital.com.

"We care for your pet’s like they were our own."

 

   

 

 

 

 

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