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Welcome to Crossroads Animal Hospital!

Crossroads Animal Hospital provides quality veterinary care for dogs, cats, pocket pets and exotics in Strongsville, Ohio and the surrounding communities. Our modern and inviting hospital boasts superb veterinarians and caring support staff that are dedicated to our patients, clients, and community.

The connection you share with your pet is something that we at Crossroads Animal Hospital understand firsthand. That's because we live it. AAHA Accredited logoNot only do we work with animals day in and day out, but each one of us has our own furry, feathered or scaly friend waiting to greet us when we get home. It's this incredible bond between people and pets that inspires us and drives us to always do our very best in everything we do. And it's the reason treating your pet as if he or she were our very own just comes naturally to us.

If you're looking for an experienced veterinarian that you can trust for the life of your pet, we encourage you to give us a try. We've got all of the medical, diagnostic, dental and surgical care services you'll ever need to keep your best friend happy and healthy for many years to come. For your convenience, we also offer nutritional counseling, microchipping, laser surgery and many other services.

We serve communities in the Strongsville, Ohio area, including: Berea, Middleburg Heights, Parma, Parma Heights, North Royalton and Brunswick. Please call (440) 238-5900 today to make an appointment for your pet.

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Monday:   8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed

We are OPEN on all bank holidays except the ones noted below.

Memorial Day Last Monday of May Closed
Independence Day July 4 Closed
Labor Day First Monday of September Closed
Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday of November
Christmas Eve Day* December 24 Close at Noon*
Christmas December 25
New Year's Eve Day* December 31 Close at Noon*
New Year's Day January 1

*If this day falls on a Sunday, we will be CLOSED.

Please give us a call at (440) 238-5900 with any questions!

Happy Pawlidays from Falmouth Animal Hospital

Crossroads Animal Hospital has been providing high-quality veterinary care for dogs, cats, pocket pets and exotics in the Strongsville, Ohio area since 1978. Over the past several decades, we've worked tirelessly to create a welcoming atmosphere that makes people and pets feel comfortable, safe and right at home. We treat our clients and patients like the valued members of our family that we truly consider them to be!AAHA Accredited logo

Our services include everything needed to keep your loved one healthy, happy and fit. We use state-of-the-art equipment to provide advanced veterinary diagnostic and surgical services. More importantly, every service, procedure or treatment we perform is completely individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient. You can be confident that your pet will always receive the most precise, effective care he or she needs, each and every time you visit with us. While we do not offer any specialty care, we feel that all of our care is special.

Over the years, we've worked hard to assemble a team of experienced, passionate veterinary professionals who share the same goal of improving the lives of animals and the people who love them. Our doctors are highly trained and skilled in all areas of veterinary medicine, allowing our team to perform everything from routine checkups to complex medical procedures. We provide ongoing staff training and education to ensure that all members of our team are up to date on the latest advancements in veterinary care.

What Sets Us Apart

Beyond all of our experience and education, however, we are pet parents first. The special bond we share with our own animal family members is what makes treating your pet like our very own just come natural to us. As patient advocates, we will always make recommendations that are in the best interest of your pet. And because we view you as an important member of your pet's health care team, we will always take the time to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, discuss your options and help you make the best decisions for your family.

'High Tech, High Touch' Pet Care

One of the elements that makes Crossroads Animal Hospital an elite veterinary health center is our commitment to compassionate, personalized care. We know that a gentle touch makes all the difference in the world when dealing with animals, but utilizing technology to enhance this process is also an excellent way to save lives. We've earned the reputation of "high tech, high touch" pet care and for the way we treat our clients. We have created an atmosphere of trust where people can truly feel how much we care about them and their pets.

At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we know that your pets are an important part of your family, and we consider our clients and their pets to be part of our family, too. Together, we are committed to helping your loved one live a long, happy, and healthy life.

We Look Forward To Caring for Your Pets

If you're new to the Strongsville area, recently welcomed a new animal family member or you're just looking for a veterinarian that will treat you and your pet with the respect and compassion you both deserve, why not give us a try? We're confident that once you've experienced what a difference personal care can make, you'll want to partner with us for many years to come.

We serve communities in the Strongsville, Ohio area, including Berea, Middleburg Heights, Parma, Parma Heights, North Royalton and Brunswick. Please call (440) 238-5900 today to make an appointment for your pet.


At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we are known for serving our patients and clients with compassion, empathy and integrity. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to help us continue providing the best care and service to our patients and clients.

If you believe your values match those of our practice and you would like to be part of an outstanding team, we would like to hear from you. For inquiries regarding employment at Crossroads Animal Hospital, please contact:

Chrissy Gilbride
Hospital Manager


Payment Policy

Payment is due at the time services are rendered. We accept a variety of payment options, including cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

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CareCredit for Veterinary ExpensesCareCredit is a personal line of credit for healthcare, both human and veterinary. It works like a credit card that is used for your pet's healthcare services. If your pet is ill and needs extensive medical treatment (immediate or long-term, medical or surgery), CareCredit can finance 100% of your pet's needs with no up front costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. Your pet's treatment can begin immediately upon approval.

To apply for instant credit approval, click here for CareCredit Online Credit Application. If accessing the Internet is not an option, you can also call their 24/7 phone number at 1-800-365-8295.

Crossroads Animal Hospital is located in the heart of Strongsville, at 12977 Pearl Road, just north of the Rte. 82 intersection. We are located between the Strongsville Cemetery and Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt.


Prolong Your Dog's Life

Crossroads Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
    Dog Exam at Crossroads Animal Hospital
    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Canine Influenza.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Crossroads Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for cats typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
    Cat Exam at Crossroads Animal Hospital
    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Crossroads Animal Hospital, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.

  • Kitten and Puppy in GrassPhysical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age, if not done previously, and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit, if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying and neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Puppy and KittenSpaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Dog getting ready for a digital x-ray.Crossroads Animal Hospital offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Crossroads Animal Hospital offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Veterinary Assistant Erikah takes a closer looks at a pet's digital x-ray.Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Digital Pet Dental X-rayAt Crossroads Animal Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures). Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Crossroads Animal Hospital provides surgical services for pets. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high-quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring, and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following laser, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Anal Sacculectomy
  • Biopsy
  • Cystotomy
  • Eyelid Correction
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Gastropexy
  • Laceration Repair
  • Mass/Tumor Removal
  • Perineal Urethrostomy (PU)
  • Pyometra
  • Stenotic Nares Fixation
  • Third Eyelid Repair
  • Vulvoplasty
  • And other general surgeries as needed

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Repair
  • Feline Declaw
  • Lateral Suture Repair
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Tail Amputation
  • Toe Amputation
  • And other orthopedic procedures

Dental Surgery

  • Elongated Soft Palate Correction
  • Extractions
  • Hyperplastic Gum Tissue Removal

Laser Surgery is used for procedures involving the skin, tumor removal, corrective procedures, and feline declaw.

We also perform surgeries on exotic pets when needed.

Why we are the best choice for your pet's surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Crossroads Animal Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet's pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet's comfort.

Crossroads Animal Hospital is pleased to offer laser surgery as an alternative to traditional surgery. Laser surgery is available for a wide variety of procedures. This innovative technique is designed to eliminate the need for steel-blade scalpels.

One of the biggest benefits of laser surgery is that it simultaneously seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings, which greatly reduces pain. This also leads to far less blood loss and a more sterile wound, which can minimize the risk of infection and speed the healing process. Traditional scalpel methods do not include this benefit, causing a greater length of healing time for your pet. In addition, pet laser surgery also helps allow procedures that were previously long and complicated to become much more efficient and less invasive.

Advantages of Laser Surgery for Pets

  • Reduced Pain
  • Less Bleeding
  • Decreased Swelling
  • A "No Touch" Surgical Technique
  • Faster Recovery

What Types of Procedures Can Laser Surgery Be Used For?

Most pet owners are surprised at the types of pet wellness care procedures that involve laser surgery. While this list changes frequently as new methods are discovered, our veterinarians have had great success using laser surgery for the following types of procedures:

  • Spay/Neuter/Sterilization Procedures
  • Tumor or Mass Removal
  • Accident Related Injuries (amputations, wound cauterization, dramatic wound closure, etc.)
  • Ophthalmology (Eye) Surgeries

Laser surgery has also become quite common for certain optional or elective surgeries, such as anal sack removal and feline declawing. While these surgeries are not performed to achieve an immediate health benefit, they are necessary in certain situations. The use of the laser allows shorter healing time and less blood loss than other methods used in the past.

If your beloved pet needs surgery, our surgical team is up to the task. We'll do whatever it takes to make your companion animal's procedure a positive, stress-free experience for you both.

  Pet Dental Cleaning - BEFORE
  Pet Dental Cleaning - AFTER

Our veterinarians provide dental services including:

  • routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis)
  • digital dental x-rays
  • surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes an advanced dental procedure may be necessary. Crossroads Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease.

Crossroads Animal Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year.
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day.
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health.

Cat ItchingScratch, scratch. Itch, itch.

Have you noticed your pet doing a little more of this than usual lately? How about other unusual signs, like bald spots or scabs?

If so, it may be due to a dermatological issue, like an allergy or an infection.

Underneath all the fur and fluff is a layer of skin that can be susceptible to many of the same dermatological problems that humans can experience. Along with these conditions, your pet may also experience a number of unpleasant symptoms and side effects, from itching and minor discomfort to outright pain.

The good news is we can help get your companion as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside. Our professional allergy and dermatology services are designed to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat whatever type of condition is plaguing your pet.

Some of the many dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Dermatitis
  • Diseases of the Feet
  • Ear Infections
  • Hormonal Disorders
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tumors

Our hospital is equipped with cutting edge diagnostic technology that allows us to pinpoint the exact cause of your pet's symptoms. Through tools like blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies, we'll get to the bottom of the problem so we can focus on helping your pet feel better once again.

We use a number of treatment modalities to combat skin problems, including the use of topical creams, medications, supplements, surgery or some combination of these. Your pet's recommended treatment plan will be tailored to meet his or her unique needs.

If we determine that an allergy is to blame for your pet's discomfort, we will take the appropriate measures to establish exactly what type of allergy we're dealing with (food or environmental), and then develop a strategy for reducing and/or removing those things that are triggering your pet's reactions.

In many cases, we are able to eliminate allergies altogether. In others, we will come up with a plan for managing the condition in a way that reduces symptoms and improves your pet's quality of life.

Some of the signs that a pet may be experiencing a problem with his or her skin, ears or feet include:

  • Scratching more than usual
  • Obsessively chewing, biting or licking at the affected area
  • Over grooming
  • Bald spots
  • Scabs
  • Flaking skin
  • Foul odor from the ears
  • Unusual lumps or bumps

If you notice any of these signs and symptoms and you suspect an allergy or other dermatological problem is to blame, don't let your companion suffer another moment. Let the team at Crossroads Animal Hospital help them live a more comfortable life. Give us a call at 440-238-5900 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Crossroads Animal Hospital is happy to provide care for a wide range of pocket pets and exotics. We offer preventive care, surgery, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of exotic pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care.

FerretOur veterinarians are experienced with treating and caring for many types of exotic pets including:

  • Chinchillas
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters & Gerbils
  • Hedge Hogs
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Sugar Gliders
  • As well as most furry exotics

Sorry, we do not see reptiles or birds.


"The doctor of the future will no longer treat with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition."  ~ Thomas Edison


Your pet's diet and weight play an important role in his or her health and longevity. The right nutritional balance and a healthy weight can bring your pet from a state of merely existing to achieving his or her optimum performance. It can even help manage existing medical conditions in a way that improves your pet's quality of life.

The problem is, with so many options to choose from as far as pet food is concerned, and little information regarding weight control, managing this part of your pet's health care can be quite the challenge. Even the most seasoned of pet parents need a little help in this area from time to time.

Cat and Dog Eating and DrinkingThe good news is, with the right team in your corner, you don't have to worry! Our veterinarians and technicians are trained in all aspects of companion animal nutrition. We can develop a customized diet and exercise plan that will bring out the very best in your four-legged friend.

We’ll start by identifying what your pet's unique nutritional needs are. As with any component of health care, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pet nutrition. We must evaluate your pet through a physical exam and by considering what makes him or her so special – such as breed, age, current weight and the existence of any medical conditions. This will help us to determine exactly what food, and in what quantity, would be best for your pet.

Next, we'll discuss the topic of your pet's weight. This is important because animals that are overweight face a greater risk of developing a number of serious health conditions. Conversely, pets that don't weigh enough can be more prone to injury or illness. We'll determine what your pet's ideal weight should be, and then develop a customized plan to help achieve and maintain that target weight.

Finally, as your pet ages, we will need to re-evaluate and adjust our approach from time to time to make sure it continues to be as effective as it was originally designed to be. The nutritional needs of an adolescent pet are vastly different from those of a senior animal, and vice versa. We will monitor and measure our plan at certain intervals throughout your pet's life so we can continue to achieve the positive results we're aiming for.

Crossroads Animal Hospital offers pet nutritional counseling for each of our valued patients. In addition, we can provide pet weight management guidance for animals of all ages. Let us get your pet on the path to a lifetime of optimum health, one meal at a time.

Crossroads Animal Hospital offers microchip identification for pets. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.

Pet Microchip and Grain of RicePlease call us at (440) 238-5900 to make an appointment.

Did you know that getting lost is the No. 1 cause of death for pets?

One in three pets goes missing during its lifetime and without identification, 90 percent of pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe.

Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. HomeAgain Pet Recovery & ID System reports they recover 10,000 lost pets each month and have helped more than 1 million lost pets return home.

Crossroads Animal Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet's medication is always available.

Other products available include:

  • Flea, Tick & Heartworm Preventatives
  • Prescription Diet Pet Foods


We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at (440) 238-5900 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Pet Emergency CallsWe refer after-hours emergencies to:

Animal Emergency Specialty Center
14000 Keystone Pkwy, Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Phone: 216-362-6000

Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
1053 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron, OH 44321
Phone: 330-666-2976

New Clients

Thank you for choosing Crossroads Animal Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Pet Registration Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 440-572-3647 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.

Additional Forms

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

  Pet Exams icon   Pet Vaccines icon  

Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.


Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

Pet Dental & Oral Care icon   Veterinary Lab Tests icon   Parasite Prevention icon
Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
  Pet Nutrition icon   Spaying & Neutering icon  
  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

Pet Home Care icon   Care for Pets at All Ages icon   Pet Ages & Stages icon

Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.


Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.


Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.

Download the Pet Exams handout

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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

  Canine Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.


This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.


This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.


Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.


This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Canine Influenza

The canine influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

  Feline Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.




Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.


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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care


Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.


This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.


Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.


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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.


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Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.


are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.


Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.


Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.


Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.


There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic


Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.


Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.


Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.


Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.


Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.



Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.


Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home


Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.


Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.


Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.


Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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The following is a list of pet boarding, dog training, specialty veterinary care, and animal emergency centers that Crossroads Animal Hospital recommends to our valued clients. These recommended businesses, organizations and individuals have been thoroughly researched and approved to ensure that your pets will receive the best quality care outside of our facility.


Camp Bow Wow
1411 Foltz Parkway, Strongsville, OH 44149
Phone: 440-572-3200

Forever Friends
36469 State Route 303, Grafton, OH 44044
Phone: 440-926-3281

Little River Pet Resort
26479 Royalton Road (Rt. 82), Columbia Station, OH 44028
Phone: 440-236-8905

Doggie Daycare

Camp Bow Wow
1411 Foltz Parkway, Strongsville, OH 44149
Phone: 440-572-3200

The Bark Club
440 412 4378
33549 Liberty PKWY North Ridgeville 44039

Pet Sitting / In-Home Pet Care

Dog Gone It Pet Care – Tommy Miller
Phone: 440-879-UDOG

Furry Tail Shack
Phone: 440-476-4130

Joy Cares – Joy Sutton
Phone: 216-281-8701

Waggin' Tails – Jerry Turoczy
Phone: 440-878-0408

The Bunny Lodge – Stephanie Lodge
Phone: 216-571-1088

Obedience Training/Puppy Classes

Pawsitively Good Pup – Cindy Hoppes
Phone: 440-785-3400

Fortunate Fido
Phone: 440 236 9083


Kim's Pet Grooming
Phone: 330-220-7745

Pampered Pooch – Carrie Anne Fiorucci
Phone: 440-846-1990

Emergency Services

Animal Emergency Specialty Center
14000 Keystone Pkwy, Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Phone: 216-362-6000

Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
1053 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron, OH 44321
Phone: 330-666-2976

Other Pet Services

A Gentle Farewell (In-Home Euthanasia) – Dr. Kimberly Parker
Phone: 440-452-3422

Hummel Pet Services (Honoring the life & memory of your pet)
Phone: 330-247-1401

Dog Gone It (Dog waste clean-up and removal)
Phone: 440-879-UDOG

Pet ResourcesJust moved to the area?

Let us help make one part of the transition easy – finding a new vet! In between unpacking and organizing, give us a call at (440) 238-5900 and let us know who your previous veterinarian was. Then we’ll do the rest!

Our reception staff will call your former veterinarian to transfer the records to our practice. Keeping pets happy and healthy is our number one priority. Check out our Pet Wellness page to learn about the ways veterinarians and pet owners can work together to keep their pets living long, healthy lives. 


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Camp Bowwow Strongsville
440 572 3200
1411 Foltz PKWY, Strongsville
Also offers training, daycare and in-home care!

Forever Friends
440 926 3281
36479 State RTE 303
Grafton 44044

Little River Pet Resort
440 236 8905
26479 Royalton Road, Columbia Station

The Doggie INN
440 773 1707
16585 Island Rd, Grafton
Also offers training and urban agility!


We know how stressful adjusting to a new home can be – not just for your two-legged family members, but for your four-legged ones, too! Help make your pets feel a little more at home in your new place with these helpful tips.

  1. Pet proof your house. Did you know that certain plants and food can be toxic to pets? Common household items like cleaning products and medications can also pose a threat. Especially in a new environment, curious pets can get into household hazards. Be sure to store these in areas that are inaccessible to your furry friends.

  2. Make sure your pet has proper identification. In addition to standard collars that may come off or get lost, consider getting your pets microchipped. The permanent ID option is as easy and as painless as a vaccination, and greatly increases your chances of reuniting with a lost pet. If Fido is already microchipped, be sure to update the microchip database with your new address information.

  3. Keep your schedule consistent. Pets are creatures of habit, so maintaining your regular routine will help to make things feel a little more normal. Sticking to your usual times for walks, meals, cuddle time and bed time can help your best friend adjust.

  4. Be loving and patient. The best way to make pets feel comfortable in a new home is to associate positive experiences with it. Remember to be patient with them and give them lots of affection and treats, and you will have plenty of new, happy memories in no time. You can also take advantage of calming pet products like pheromone diffusers and collars, thundershirts and composure treats to help Fluffy feel at ease.

  5. Get to know your veterinarian. Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a routine exam is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Call us at (440) 238-5900 so we can schedule a visit to get to know you and your pets!  

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Kimberly Cooper, DVM with CatOur Chief of Staff Dr. Cooper knew by the age of 10 she would be a veterinarian. It was at that time her childhood pet, Abby, became critically ill. Through the amazing care and compassion of the family vet, Abby's life was saved and Dr. Cooper was overcome with gratitude. She felt a strong desire from that moment on to return that favor by taking care of any pet in need as if it was her own.

Dr. Cooper grew up in Parma as the middle child in a family of five. Through high school and college, she flourished in math, science, and other pre-veterinary courses while working part-time at a local animal hospital. She applied to the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1998 with a DVM degree. After working for three years in the Columbus area for an AAHA-accredited hospital, she moved back to the Cleveland area to join the Crossroads Animal Hospital team in 2001 as an associate veterinarian.

Beth Arnold, DVM with DogBecoming a veterinarian is a great accomplishment and honor; but, for Dr. Arnold, it truly was a dream come true. Dr. Arnold started at The Ohio State University (OSU) in the pre-veterinary program; however, when an unexpected and devastating family matter arose, she changed her major allowing her more time at home. Ultimately, she earned a bachelors degree in journalism with a specialization in advertising in 1993 and began work as a media planner in Cleveland.

In 1995, Dr. Arnold decided that she was not satisfied working within the corporate environment and decided to attempt to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Her journey began by obtaining a veterinary assistant position at a local animal hospital, while at the same time enrolling in a nearby university to obtain the required prerequisites needed to apply to vet school. During this time, she also became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Dr. Arnold's prayers were answered when she was accepted to The OSU Veterinary School of Medicine where she obtained her doctorate in 2002, finally achieving her lifelong dream.

Samantha Siclair, DVM with Dog and CatAs a young girl, Dr. Siclair remembers watching local veterinarians work with her family pets. Combined with her involvement in the 4-H program, it wasn't long before she realized she wanted to be a vet herself!

Dr. Siclair grew up in Galion, Ohio, on a small seven-acre farm. She remained in Ohio for her collegiate studies, attending Ohio State University (OSU). She started her veterinary journey by completing an externship in mixed-animal practice in Window Rock, Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation. After that, she worked in Elyria at another mixed-animal practice before returning to OSU for further education in anesthesiology and pain management. She arrived at Crossroads Animal Hospital in January of 2005, where she felt immediately at home.

Dr. Siclair considers pain management and helping clients to understand subtle signs of pain to be two of the most important aspects of her job. She also likes ophthalmology, problem solving with internal medicine, and performing new puppy and kitten exams.

Jeff Peacock, DVM with DogDr. Peacock, recently retired, has been a part of the Crossroads Animal Hospital family for over 25 years.

As a freshman in high school, a veterinarian offered Dr. Peacock a job in his clinic. It didn't take long for him to realize he wanted to become a veterinarian himself. The profession was the perfect way for him to care for animals while also being able to help pet owners in need!

Dr. Peacock grew up in rural Marion County, Ohio. After he was set on the veterinary career path by his first employer, he attended Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he took a position at an animal hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Six months later, Dr. Peacock was drafted into the armed forces and spent two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Two years later he returned to his position in South Bend before moving on to work in Brecksville, where he became a partner in the hospital. In 1990, Dr. Peacock and his partners founded Crossroads Animal Hospital and he became the sole owner in 1992.