Reviews of South Shore Animal Hospital (Veterinarian)

4258 W Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629

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REVIEWS OF South Shore Animal Hospital IN Michigan

Greg McFalls

Deb Vaughan

I had to have my rottie, Jazz put to sleep today. My heart is shattered. Dr. Dawson and the entire staff was so compassionate and understanding. I didn't know what to expect and my Jazz is my baby, my heart dog. Walking in they were immediatedly sympathetic and accomodating. They asked me for approval for every detail including if it was ok to leave her on the tarp and blanket we brought her in with. Jazz had an accident on the way there, I asked for something to clean her up with. The tech said she would take care of it for me not to worry and she did. She cleaned her up right before the procedure telling me Jazz deserved her dignity. The procedure was quick and peaceful. They gave me my time to be alone with her, we were not rushed. They got her in and out of the car and wrapped her in a blanket per my wishes. Truly dedicated, compassionate staff. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this painful experience a little more tender.

Victoria Bonotto

We had an emergency situation this weekend while on vacation at Higgins Lake. We called South Shore Animal Hospitals emergency line and Dr. Dawson was able to see us very quickly. We were very impressed with Dr. Dawson and how efficient he was with his diagnosis and his confidence to treat the situation. Highly recommend Dr. Dawson and his staff.

Candy Weller

Tina Harvey

Terrific. Caring. Compassionate care.

Elizabeth Lauermann

Martha G

I’ve been bringing my pets to South Shore Animal Hospital for over 22 years and they have always given the best care for my babies. There’s always the veterinarian on hand to see my pets whether I’m bringing them in for vaccinations or when they don’t feel well. My doggy “Winter” had gotten sick and they got him in the same day to see the doctor, how awesome is that, and he’s doing so much better now! I’m so grateful that we have a professional veterinary service here in our town in Houghton Lake!

Jessica Chenette

Andrea Gregory

Cheryl Alden

Carmen Cook

Absolutely the best doctors and staff!


Sheila Beard

Very friendly and respectful in our sorrow

Cathy B

Excellent, knowledgeable, caring staff. Our little doxie receives wonderful care.

Margaret VanGorp

Everyone, doctors, technical staff, and reception, are very professional and knowledgable, warm, friendly, caring, and treat furparents and furbabies like family with respect and compassion. Very accommodating. Services are reasonably priced. Office and treatment rooms are clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend these vets.

Merry Maiani

Wallace Holder

Very good in all aspects, New owners seem to love animals. A little high priced in some areas,ie nail trimming, some medication but are willing to work with you. So far so good. It is nice to have a vet who cares and is close by.

Rebecca Nevills

Walt Partlo

Mitch You

Took great care of my Baby Girl.

will anderson

Very kind and knowledgeable staff.

Elly Kreger

Very nice people here. Very caring.

Timothy Consani

Take your pet elsewhere like West Branch or Grayling. Much better vets. Do your pet a favor.

Jan Grzywacz

The doctors and staff are the best here. They take very good care of all the pets that come in.

Greg Hoover

Best place you can take a dog or a cat that I know of it is very friendly the doctors are fantastic receptionist is very nice they have always help my dog drona when there's something wrong with him which nobody else has done like do

Heidi Sura

Kind, funny and caring group of people.

David Dudley

Lea Demel

Brittany Jacobs

We are so impressed with this vet every time we visit. Everyone on the staff is so incredibly patient and caring with our VERY nervous basset hound. They take time to calm him and get him comfortable. They are able to trim his nails which NO ONE else can do (our previous vet tried anti anxiety meds and eventually had to have him put under which we did NOT want to have to do repeatedly.) Besides the wonderful care, they are also reasonably priced. I only wish i had switched to this vet sooner!

Tim Kozik

Pore service

Cathy Fulton

tona pacheco

Shame on "BARB THE CLIENT CARE SPECIALIST" what a joke of a title she has!!! She was SO VERY RUDE,UNCOMPASSIONATE and ARGUMENTATIVE . Dr Dawson is wonderful but if she don't learn some compassion and respect she WILL ruin it for him.

Donna Davis

Took very good care of my dog. Very kind and empathetic and put my mind at ease. Thank you so much for taking care of my baby girl

Crystal Kirby

Very nice and friendly! Treated my fur baby like their own! Nice and clean office and wonderful staff! So glad I found this place!

Mary Lou Bonacci

Dr. Annette and the entire staff is do competent and caring. We are summer residents and our 16 year old yorkie became very ill. They got us in immediately and had her treated and diagnosed within an hour. They were so kind yo my husband and I. I highly recommend this clinic for quality furbaby care!

liz lauermann

Julie Snyder

The only place my dog goes...i drive 90 miles to bring him up here....

Charlotte Fontaine

I love taking my four legged children here. Everyone is very warm and careing.

jay Richardson

Staff was very rude, snobby and unprofessional I was trying to get help for a 11 week old puppy with a broken back. End result. staff hung up phone saying take him somewhere else then. Very disappointed in this vet. I suggest, If you love your animal listen to the lady and take them somewhere else

Matthew Birdsall

Great staff, very knowledgeable. They did a thorough exam on my pooch, and they kept him at ease. They are now my regular Vet.

Dana Cherrette


Dr. Dawson is first class. Although he squeezed us in, he never rushed us and answered all our questions. Most importantly, our dog is doing great!

Dwain Nutt

Great people. Always done a great job

Beth Losiewicz

Outrageously priced. Over $500 to have an 8 month old Chihuahua fixed... A 4 day wait to have a 13 yr old Shih Tzu, dying from painful aggressive cancer, put to sleep... They care nothing for the animals. They only care about the money. My friends dog was attacked by another dog and they wouldn't even see him, even though he was bleeding all over my car & their floor, unless they were $800 up front... This place sucks. I take the 45 minute drive and go to McBain to Stoney Corners.

Mark Klopf

Sheryl Pratt

My dogs and cat go here. Love the staff and vets. They will work with you on paying. Highly recommend.

Justin Preuss

Very nice vet clinic. The staff is friendly, and the rates are fair.

Judy Mays

Love this place they took care of my dog really fast

Nancy Griffith


Mike Kenley

Rachel B

Thoughtful, devoted staff, and compassionate veterinarians.

Cristy O'Toole

Great staff

Angie Benincasa

Sherry Parker

Shannon Warner

We unfortunately had to put our lab/shepherd down and had just moved permanently here a year ago. Dr. Dawson helped this awful sad situation calming a d caring. We recently got a new puppy and will continue to bring her here. All the doctors and staff are great.

Sandy C

I have always been extremely pleased with the care of my pets with South Shore. They really care about my babies and I have been going there for 30 years. I totally trust them to take the best care for my pets. Vet Brian Dawson and vet tech Jenny are extremely knowledgable and give the best care as well as everyone who works there. They are very compassionate when I have lost my babies and take time with me to comfort me. Kudo's to South Shore!

Michael Kitchen

They take good care of our pets and are up front about the costs and process

Frank Peshick

Nice staff and good vet.

Renate Holder

Dr. Dawson is very informative , he explains everything in words you can understand , very gentle with the animals also all his people from Mark and Heather to the Ladies up front were very Compassionate at the passing of our Pia and no we didn't have to wait when we called and explained the problem , we got in the same day and Doctor Dawson was very understanding and told us we did everything we needed and it was her time to go.

Roy Stephen

We just picked up our cat, Rambo. He had ingested sewing thread which blocked his intestines and required surgery to correct. He stayed at South Shore Animal Hospital for three days under the care of Dr. Christensen. She was exemplary in keeping us informed about his surgery and during his recovery. Cost for this was not cheap but was completely in line for services this extensive. I would highly recommend Dr. Christensen and all who work at South Shore Animal Hospital for their obvious love of animals and the superb care they gave our cat.. Thank you for saving our beloved Rambo.

Shari Millard

Dave Scott

these people are money hungry scum bags! don't bother!

Jan Corlew

You could not have made it any better! Awesome staff and wonderful treatment. That's' why we have chosen to continue to bring our animals to this clinic.

David Kalisz

Great clinic and awesome people there. Real animal people.

Mike Stockman

Best animal place around

Britt Gibson

Wouldn't even see my dog would not recommend this place for emergency services .

Scott Taylor

Very knowledgeable and sympathetic to the pets' pain.

Greg Dyke

Diane Roesel

Love everyone of them! Very down to earth staff and that means everything! Thanks for putting our Penny to sleep in such a loving way and she has no more suffering!!!!We love you guys!

Karan Amici

We are moving to Florida and wish we could bring Dr. Dawson and his team with us. We will definitely miss them! Very good staff!!!

Victory Heating and Cooling

Saturday evening, stellar and compassionate phone consultation. as one service provider to another....THANK YOU.

John Roberts

Friendly staff from hello to goodbye! Thanks guys!

Rick B

Very friendly people

Susan Stewart


Susan Smith

Couldn't have done any better. Fit us in on short notice - thanks to Barb!

Jennifer Edwards

I called to get my pup in because his eye was red. They got him in immediately even though they have never seen him before. The staff was so kind the entire time & answered all of my questions. (I had a lot) The Dr took the time to make sure I got all of my questions answered and that my pup get comfortable the whole time. I would recommend everyone to come here. I love knowing my pup is cared for and treated well.

Cheryle Needham

The people there are really nice. Dr. Dawson is great! Lilly needs surgery to remove a mass from her eyelid and he explained the procedure to me so that I could understand. I appreciate that very much. Great place to bring your fur babies! My girl had her surgery today and did great. Dr. Dawson talked to me when I came to pick her and and explained how it went. I appreciated that a lot!

Wayne Hirt

Marguarete Fredell

They take such good care of my furbabies! Extremely knowledgeable and compassionate!

Packy Of the Ville'

Very friendly and knowledgeable Doctors and Staff!

Abilgail Sam

Like many people who frequent the Houghton/Higgins Lake area, I live downstate and have a cottage Up North, so I have a business relationship with a “city vet” downstate and South Shore “Up North”. I am so happy with the quality of care and customer service at South Shore Animal Hospital. They are HANDS DOWN my choice over my very popular city vet. I now consider South Shore to be my main vet for the care of my 10 year old cat.

Lisa Cody

Rhonda Boutwell

Love this place. They are so kind and gentle woth my dogs. Great people! Im not taking my dogs anywhere but South Shore Animal Hospital. They are the best.

Rebecca Smith

Sherry White

Bobbi McRath

Dawson rocks


Karen Allor

Helped my dog have a better life in her senior life

Candace Richardson

Lindsey Ciaramitaro

Very friendly and compassionate staff! We take our 12 year old lab to see Dr Dawson. Dr Dawson has helped us with multiple complicated issues with our dog and one of our cats. He spends the time to explain everything and gives you every option possible. He is compassionate and knowledgeable. All of the other staff are great also! They are kind and loving toward our pets and I feel confident with the care provided.

michael walker


David Feldman

Price keeps me away.

Michelle Lear

Pamela L Joles

Cassandra C

Amazing staff that treated us great even with an emergency situation. The doctors and the staff are awesome at what they do and are very courteous, caring, and friendly. Thank you guys so much exclamation point

Kelsey Bear

These people are the absolute best. The staff is so welcoming and friendly, they remember not only your name but your pet's as well, which I imagine would be quite the feat. My girls are treated like the staff's own pets when we visit. Doctor Dawson is amazing and so friendly. They may be a little more expensive than some other vets, but I will gladly pay it for the kind of treatment myself and my girls get when we go there.

Amanda partlo

After hours clinic just refused to see my mom's dog who is covered in porcupine quills because they aren't their "regular" vet. They recommended they drive to Saginaw or Traverse City. Its 11 o'clock on a Saturday night, and their regular vet is on vacation until Monday. You can't become a regular patient during emergency hours?

laurie liddle

Such a loving staff ... wonderful place to take your pets for care!!

Debbie Hoover


Mary Phillips


Larry Smith

Great staff, know what they're doing...

Louella Layman

My cat was so sick n dieing,because I didn't have money

Jessica Stern

Nancy Whyte

Barbara Rodgers

Extreme pricing for the area.

W.J. Knox

lva lva

Very very good with all animals. They are genuine and concerned. Very respectfull.

Malcolm Butler

Good service and good prices.

Liana Trombley

The best! Even though we have moved out of state, when visiting in Michigan, we always board our two dogs here. Staff goes out of their way to explain procedures, etc.

James Tanney

Very good but expensive

Ann Calleja

Dr. Dawson and his staff is a great veterinary hospital to go to! We live down state and use South Shore for our 14 year old dog when we are up here. I normally don’t write reviews but in this case I felted they deserved to be recognized for the quality of care and compassion they always show! Definitely would recommend!

Lee McElroy

Great staff, wouldn't take my dogs anywhere else, did a great job on my dog surgery. Very professional and helpful. We been bringing our dogs there for over 20 years. Thank you everyone at South Shore Animal Hospital in Houghton Lake Michigan.

Jennifer Matney

Very friendly staff!

Marilyn Stephen

I have been taking my cats to South Shore Animal Hospital for several years. All the staff are true animal lovers and treat mine as their own. They are reasonably priced, the facility is clean and the staff friendly. I highly recommend South Shore Animal Hospital for all pet needs.

Kellie Naples-Wegner

Jacob Mann

The staff at South Shore are so friendly and make my pets feel like family. Highly recommend!

Chantel Stephen

I don't think there is any way my experience could have been made better. I had a great experience. They were able to get my dog in same day for his new onset issue, the staff and doctor were so nice and took such good care of my pup.

Lisa Orr

Technician Jennie just cost the business 2 customers. She is impatient and extremely aggressive!!! Doctor Burkett and Dawson have treated us well otherwise.

Cody DeRuiter

They had a clean buisness and lots of options and ideas on foods, treats, bedding. Took care of my dog on a sunday with a face full of porcupine quils and was cheeper than what other local places were charging. Missed a couple quils that i had to pull out but ither than that they helped me out a bit.

Randy VanHurk

Got me in, same day and helped my dog with his illness.

Eleonor Moore

Dr Dawson and staff always makes us feel like we are the only clients around. I never feel rushed and they take time to explain everything. Dr Dawson always Makes the pet feel comfortable and is very patient with his patients.

Kirsten Pagel

Linda Randall

South Shore Animal Hospital takes great care of our pets. Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful.

Garry Brigolin

Very informative and friendly. Treated our best buddy warmly and gently. A professional place.

veckie Lemanski

Awesome place

Rhonda Lee duBois

They have been great with all my pets medical needs.

Karen Metz

Very nice place, it's been newly remodeled and it is very comfortable, the staff is excellent, our dog doesn't drag her feet going in the door..

Jon DeWitt

There are some great people working there’s. The doctor takes great care when examining your pet.

rebecca smith

They helped my animals when other vets couldnt

Shawnie Rogers

Erika Moses

Dr. Dawson, Elizabeth, and staff are great. I have always left feeling as though my dogs have received the best care.

Leonard Yenglin

RK Sortman

Dr. Dawson is wonderful! He treats us like we are the only people (doggie) who matter.

June Olson

Catina densmore

The staff is very caring and gentle with the pets.

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