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Low-cost vet clinic slated to open in Reno

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Holly Delliquadri lives in low-income housing in Sparks with her cat Deja Vu, who needs expensive dental care because of complications from an injury when he was a kitten. She says getting him treatment would be “the biggest relief in my life” and that she can’t wait for Options Veterinary Care to open.

Options Veterinary Care, a Reno-based nonprofit, has secured a location on Longley Lane in Reno to open the region’s first independent nonprofit, low-cost veterinary clinic. The space is being renovated and, with community support, is expected to open in late summer.

“Pets often suffer when their people cannot afford treatment,” said Denise Stevens, CEO of Options Veterinary Care. “By openin…

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Kris Chambers July 9, 2020 - 4:41 am

I for one would like to thank you in advance for making this desperately needed clinic. My cat who I love was told she needs a molar extracted. I called around and was quoted between $700 all the way to $2000. I don’t want her to suffer. I’m on Social Security and barely get by, there isn’t any money for extras in my life
I have been worried and depressed over my options. You people are wonderful, from the co-founders to Dr. Diane Lucree and Denise Stevens, CEO i can’t begin to tell you how blessed we are going to be in this community by your dream and perseverance. I will keep giving my little Maxi wet food so she can chew on the other side. I will go on line and find out when you are going to open so I can bring her. It bread my heart because I was a dental assistant for 35 years and I never wanted of patients to experience pain.

Joseph Militello July 8, 2020 - 3:52 pm

Love this for great this is coming for Reno me and snowballs be seeing you soon for a checkup

Paul Clay July 8, 2020 - 2:34 pm

This is SO good to know what great things are and can be, just under the proverbial crest,in OUR city!

Karyn Ford July 8, 2020 - 9:39 am

Congratulations to everyone in Reno that will benefit from this clinic!!

Michael Ostrofsky July 8, 2020 - 9:21 am

What a wonderful idea. And badly needed. Vet bills have gone out of sight — with experienced vets who would use their judgement to make cost-effective recommendations replaced by ones who want to run expensive tests or perform expensive exploratory procedures with zero regard for their clients’ ability to pay.

Seriously, instead of saying “I believe your cat has a 90% chance of this kind of ailment — try these pills and let’s see how she’s doing in two weeks,” it’s now “well, you cat could have this, this, this, this, this, this, or this — so we need to run tests to rule all of them out.” The pills cost $35 plus an office visit. The tests cost $1500 — meaning more pets get put down or wind up in shelters. It’s ridiculous.

I ran across a vet who wanted to run $2000 worth of tests once. I asked what she was looking for. She rattled off 5 possible outcomes. I asked what the percentages were for each. 90%, 5%, and an outside chance of the other three. I said let’s treat the 90% option. She got really, really angry with me, wrote the script, then didn’t want to see me again. I got assigned to another vet — and while waiting to see him — I saw her pull the same stunt on another client’s dog. All so she could retire at 50 and go hiking in the Himalayas. The creep.

Best of luck to Ms. Stevens and everyone associated with her company. What a breath of fresh air.

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