Scottsdale Animal Healthcare to Open April 7
Scottsdale Animal Healthcare will open a new facility for complete companion animal medical and surgical care in DC Ranch Crossing on April 7, 2014. Dr. Alex Casuccio, a veterinarian with over 30 years of advanced skills in dermatology, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmic surgery and internal medicine recently spoke about his passion for pets.
Q: First of all, could you share a little about your background?
A: I’m originally from Morgantown, West Virginia. After graduating from veterinary school at Louisiana State University, I returned to my hometown to build a veterinary hospital that I owned for 22 years. In 2004, I started a new life adventure by selling the practice and moving to Arizona. I spent the first several years doing relief work for hospitals around the state. Then I settled into a single hospital in Scottsdale as a partner, and from there became a Medical Director for Arizona, coaching, mentoring and supervising fifty veterinarians. In my personal time, I enjoy flying airplanes and spend most weekends riding my horse.
Q: What inspired you to open your practice in DC Ranch Crossing?
A: I live in the Rio Verde Foothills and drive by DC Ranch Crossing on almost a daily basis. I lamented to my wife that DC Ranch Crossing was the perfect location for a veterinary hospital, as it is located at the gateway to all residential communities served by North Pima Road. After watching for a few years and not seeing a hospital materialize, I knew it was time to act. My desire to own my own hospital again had grown overwhelmingly strong, and the perfect location had presented itself.
Q: Do you provide after-hours emergency services?
A: We have established a referral relationship with emergency care facilities in close proximity to DC Ranch Crossing and feel comfortable that our patients will be in very good hands in the event of an after-hours emergency.
Q: Now that hotter temps are upon us, what precautions should we take with our family pets?
A: * Never leave a pet unattended in a hot car, as heat stroke can occur in just a few minutes.
* Be aware of pavement temperatures. If you cannot painlessly walk barefoot, neither can your pet. Third degree burns on feet are all too common. Consider booties (available from any pet store) for summer walks.
* A pet exhales a tremendous amount of water vapor when panting. Dehydration can occur very rapidly on a summer’s walk. Carry a water bottle and portable water bowl on all walks. When you take a drink, offer your pet one as well.
* Never leave a pet unattended outside without available shade. That certainly invites a heat stroke.
You’ll find more tips for caring for pets in Arizona and our free healthy pet exam offer, valid through May 15, by visiting our website at www.ScottsdaleAnimalHealthcare.com.
Scottsdale Animal Healthcare
18291 N. Pima Road, Suite A-100
Now scheduling appointments for April at 480-538-9000.
Initial hours of operation:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday
8 a.m. – 12 noon Wednesday
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday