Magic touch

  • Dr. Grant Patrick, left, talks with Sylvia Luz about her dogs Cooper, on table, and Jake at the Montecito Veterinary Center in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa veterinarian Grant Patrick has treated a multitude of cats and dogs during his nearly 30 years of practice, but his patient list isn't limited to domestic pets.

When Wildlife Fawn Rescue of Sonoma County needed treatment for a young deer with a gunshot wound last year, Patrick was the man who took the case.

"Grant stayed late, after closing time, and kept two of his assistants overtime," said Marge Davis, founder of Wildlife Fawn Rescue.

Patrick wasn't able to save that fawn, but he remains dedicated to helping wounded wild animals.

"When you look into a three-pound baby fawn's eyes, it's hard to say no," Patrick said.

No matter how full the parking lot and waiting room might be at Patrick's Montecito Veterinary Center, he always makes time to treat hurt wild animals, Davis said.

"He has never once turned me down, and he has never charged us a cent," she said.

The veterinarian shows just as much compassion for tame animals as wild ones, said Charla Paine of Santa Rosa, who has been taking her family's cats and dogs to Patrick since the early 1990s.

"He cares for his patients in a very deep, personal way," she said. "He treats each animal as if it were his own."

Treating the medical needs of pets also means working with their owners, and understanding the bond between the two, Patrick pointed out.

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