“happiness is a warm puppy”… OR KITTEN. That may be true, but keeping your dog or cat healthy and happy requires regular trips to the vet and finding good care for them while you are away. Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital provides both conventional and holistic approaches to checkups and healing, along with boarding facilities for both dogs and cats. With a one-on-one interactive approach, each pet—whether a hospitalized patient or a boarder— receives daily, individualized attention in a relaxing atmosphere.
“We want to offer the best care that works for you and that fits into your lifestyle.”
–Dr. Alex, veterinarian
At the helm of Earth Angels is a husband-and-wife team comprised of business manager Robert Codacovi and Dr. Alexandra Barrientos. Last year they moved their nine-year-old operation a few minutes down the road from their previous location to claim ownership of a tranquil, nine-acre spot located on Saint Nicholas Road in Wappingers Falls. The newly renovated animal hospital sits surrounded by a pond, manicured walkways, and a gazebo with scenic views for pets and owners to stroll and enjoy.
A visit to the vet may conjure up memories of a crowded waiting room, nervous animals, and stressed owners, but that is not the case at the new Earth Angels location. “We want to break that cycle of stress both for the owners and their pets,” says Robert. The entrance at Earth Angels was designed to look and feel more like a spa than a veterinary office. “The building is spacious. We have an electric fireplace, love seat sofas, spa music, and aromatherapy scents,” says Robert. “Our plan is for clients to be able to relax inside as well as outside, either sitting by the fireplace, walking their dogs, relaxing in the gazebo, or even petting the mini-horses who are expected to arrive by the fall.”
Moving the veterinary practice to a new location that offered a calmer, more enjoyable setting for pets and their owners was a challenge that involved extensive work. It started with gutting the old building on the property down to the frame. The results have been quite impressive and are still being improved upon.
“We educate people. We do a lot of research. We look at the whole array of what medicine has to offer. We teach our clients what is best, safe, and appropriate for their pet.”
Some of the plans for the coming year include adding to the property two mini horses—named Charlie and Trouble—and growing the Pain Center to improve the quality of life for ailing pets. Dr. Alex is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. Her staff includes two holistic veterinarians (acupuncturist Dr. Annie Viano and homeopathist Dr. Michelle Yasson), a general surgeon (Dr. Jeff Polisky), two licensed technicians with at least 10 years of experience, two receptionists, a certified trainer, and a full complement of kennel assistants. Earth Angels provides treatment for chronic ailments and emergencies as well as regular checkups, vaccinations, supplements, and more.
"We provide what should be the future of veterinary medicine—integrative medicine."
The clinic uses conventional and alternative medicine, including herbal, homeopathic, and nutraceutical therapies, to treat beloved pets. “We provide what should be the future of veterinary medicine—integrative medicine,” says Dr. Alex. “We educate people. We do a lot of research in many different modalities to provide what is best for each patient. We look at the whole array of treatments available, and we teach our clients what is best, safe, and appropriate for their pet.”
In addition, they offer treatments to ensure your pet heals quickly after an injury or surgery. “We have certified technicians on staff implementing laser therapy” says Dr. Alex. Laser therapy (aka, photobiomodulation therapy) can be used to alleviate inflammation, injury pain, arthritis, and chronic pain, and to speed up the post-surgical healing process.
When you visit this state-of-the-art facility, plan to set aside about a half hour for a regular visit. “We want to get to know you and what you’re looking for,” says Dr. Alex. “We want to offer the best care that works for you and that fits into your lifestyle. That takes time.” Another service they are pleased to offer in their new location is boarding. “For the first time since 2009, we can now offer pet boarding,” says Robert. Pet boarding is limited to approximately 14 dogs and 10 cats with an emphasis upon individual attention and interaction.
In addition to raising two daughters, four dogs, three cats, and four goats at home, Dr. Alex and Robert attend to the needs of their patients and boarders. Whether you need someone to love your fur baby while you are away, or are seeking a veterinarian who will take the time to find the best treatment available, Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital is ready to provide everything you need for a healthy, happy pet.
Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital provides both conventional and holistic approaches to checkups and healing, along with boarding facilities for both dogs and cats.
Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital
44 Saint Nicholas Road, Wappingers Falls
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday: 9am–5pm, Friday, Saturday & Monday: 9am–2pm