Animal Wellness Ctr

★★★★☆
  • 8827 Centre Park Dr

    Columbia, MD 21045

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  • 410-992-7087

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Dr. Sanderson and his staff are wonderful...compassionate, gentle, friendly and competent. We've been bringing our almost-20- year-old Siamese cat to Animal Wellness Center ever since she was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure by a vet who practices Western medicine. At that time, I was told my kitty had a year or so to live. Five years later, under Dr. Sanderson's care and guidance, our beloved Ashleigh is still going strong. In fact, most people think she is a young cat! I highly recommend Animal Wellness Center to anyone who loves his or her pet. You won't be disappointed!

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Dr. Sanderson and his staff are wonderful...compassionate, gentle, friendly and competent. We've been bringing our almost-20- year-old Siamese cat to Animal Wellness Center ever since she was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure by a vet who practices Western medicine. At that time, I was told my kitty had a year or so to live. Five years later, under Dr. Sanderson's care and guidance, our beloved Ashleigh is still going strong. In fact, most people think she is a young cat! I highly recommend Animal Wellness Center to anyone who loves his or her pet. You won't be disappointed!

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I found Dr. Sanderson to be a very calm and assertive Doctor. This is the first Vet that my dog has not been nervous around. Towards the end of the treatments she became a little anxious, but Dr. S. gave her vitaman shots quickly, she never felt a thing. He sent me home with a ton of good information (first time any Vet shared this sort of info with me), home made diet receipe, vitamins and herbs and told me to give her distilled water. Within a week my dog was full of energy and her eyes looked brite and alive!! It was if she was given a drink from the fountain of youth! Yes, he is expensive but he is a Specialist. I 've paid thousands of dollars at the ER and I felt they were missing the mark as far as treatments go. If I have to pay more to keep my dog out of the ER so be it! I'll save money in the long run. I have no doubt Dr. S's treatments will benefit my dog and I'll do everything in my power to keep her around as long as possible. She has bought joy to my life and it is my responsibility to keep her healthy and balanced. So I intend to remain a loyal client to his practice.
So hats off to Dr. Sanderson!!! He may not be all smiles with the pet owner, but he sure is pet friendly and after all isn"t it all about the pets!!

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★★★★☆

I found Dr. Sanderson to be a very calm and assertive Doctor. This is the first Vet that my dog has not been nervous around. Towards the end of the treatments she became a little anxious, but Dr. S. gave her vitaman shots quickly, she never felt a thing. He sent me home with a ton of good information (first time any Vet shared this sort of info with me), home made diet receipe, vitamins and herbs and told me to give her distilled water. Within a week my dog was full of energy and her eyes looked brite and alive!! It was if she was given a drink from the fountain of youth! Yes, he is expensive but he is a Specialist. I 've paid thousands of dollars at the ER and I felt they were missing the mark as far as treatments go. If I have to pay more to keep my dog out of the ER so be it! I'll save money in the long run. I have no doubt Dr. S's treatments will benefit my dog and I'll do everything in my power to keep her around as long as possible. She has bought joy to my life and it is my responsibility to keep her healthy and balanced. So I intend to remain a loyal client to his practice.
So hats off to Dr. Sanderson!!! He may not be all smiles with the pet owner, but he sure is pet friendly and after all isn"t it all about the pets!!

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I brought my older pet cat to the
Wellness Center for two years while living in Columbia.
She had problems with allergies and a bladder infection.
She had bloody urine and was losing her fur from the allergies. The doctor gave her a shot of vitamin C, some asian herbal medicine and told me that she was allergic to nutritional yeast, which I had been putting in her food because she loved it for years.

She was better in a few days and did I mention...she loves the doctor.

Unfortunately my husband got a job in the Midwest, so we had to move this fall..Now I am afraid for the cats to get sick or to have to take them for their vacinations.

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★★★★★

I brought my older pet cat to the
Wellness Center for two years while living in Columbia.
She had problems with allergies and a bladder infection.
She had bloody urine and was losing her fur from the allergies. The doctor gave her a shot of vitamin C, some asian herbal medicine and told me that she was allergic to nutritional yeast, which I had been putting in her food because she loved it for years.

She was better in a few days and did I mention...she loves the doctor.

Unfortunately my husband got a job in the Midwest, so we had to move this fall..Now I am afraid for the cats to get sick or to have to take them for their vacinations.

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I took a basenji puppy that had been diagnosed with cancer by a crappy allopathic vet. I decided to get a 2nd opinion from Dr. Sanderson. The puppy had a rare genetic disorder that required surgery to correct. The puppy made an amazing recovery only using homeopathics , and chinese herbs. I'm not a fan of antibiotics and neither os Dr. S. He's a great vet (which is something I rarely say...I think most are clueless).

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★★★★★

I took a basenji puppy that had been diagnosed with cancer by a crappy allopathic vet. I decided to get a 2nd opinion from Dr. Sanderson. The puppy had a rare genetic disorder that required surgery to correct. The puppy made an amazing recovery only using homeopathics , and chinese herbs. I'm not a fan of antibiotics and neither os Dr. S. He's a great vet (which is something I rarely say...I think most are clueless).

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Let me say up front, I agree that you pay a premium at AWC. However, it is worth it. Dr. S may be odd, but he will go to the extreme for you and your animals. I have been with Dr. Sanderson since 2003 and he has performed emergency surgery on my sight hounds, which is a difficult task. Yes, it was expensive, but it is worth it. Not every vet has an understanding of the needs of sight hounds. Doc S also gave me options to surgery for one of my hounds... which resulted in 100% remission of a strawberry tumor without surgery. And let me be honest, the cost of my regular appointments, emergency surgery (which was horrendously complex and difficult, lasting several hours on short notice... as in within 30 minutes of the injury being reported), and everything else... was LESS than the total cost of pet health insurance. If you think your dog or cat is disposable, then go to the local clinic. I personally owe my life to my dog, who is a seizure dog... he deserves the best, and Doctor Sanderson is it. 'Nuff said.

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★★★★★

Let me say up front, I agree that you pay a premium at AWC. However, it is worth it. Dr. S may be odd, but he will go to the extreme for you and your animals. I have been with Dr. Sanderson since 2003 and he has performed emergency surgery on my sight hounds, which is a difficult task. Yes, it was expensive, but it is worth it. Not every vet has an understanding of the needs of sight hounds. Doc S also gave me options to surgery for one of my hounds... which resulted in 100% remission of a strawberry tumor without surgery. And let me be honest, the cost of my regular appointments, emergency surgery (which was horrendously complex and difficult, lasting several hours on short notice... as in within 30 minutes of the injury being reported), and everything else... was LESS than the total cost of pet health insurance. If you think your dog or cat is disposable, then go to the local clinic. I personally owe my life to my dog, who is a seizure dog... he deserves the best, and Doctor Sanderson is it. 'Nuff said.

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Dr. Sanderson has been my preferred veterinarian for over 15 years and believe there is no other vet in this area like him.

I read the previous comments and will agree that he is expensive. However, after going to other vets, I learned the hard way that you get what you pay for! Plus, I learned from Dr. S that if you start off right, i.e., homemade diet and minimal vaccines, in the long run I spend LESS money at the vets (more at the meat counter at Giant, though!).

I've had a Saturday appointment when it was so busy that Dr. Sanderson rushes in and out because he has so many animals to treat, but he has always taken the time to explain any procedure or treatment protocol, and the gals that work for him, who incidentally are warm, friendly, and have been with him for eons, are very well-qualified to answer any questions or resolve concerns.

Do you know any other vets that will tell you, "Don't buy my food! Give them homemade food." Or, "Your pet does NOT need to come in every year for vaccines." Vaccines and crappy Science Diet prescription diet is where traditional vets make their $.

It takes courage and foresight to practice holistic medicine. Sometimes his bedside manner might not be right on, but to practice holistic medicine a person needs to have a certain sensitivity. I have been there when Dr. S had to help my animals "pass over." He and the whole staff are devastated. Yet, Dr. S has to pull himself together and continue on to the next patient (a task I certainly could not do!) but I am grateful that Dr. S is there to continue on day after day.

So if you're looking for natural holistic pet care in Columbia, Dr. Sanderson is your man. He is a vet with special skills, i.e., homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and will look at the WHOLE picture not just treat the symptoms. Plus, I like that he is the only vet there. Where else can you know you're going to see the same person and not 5 or 6 different vets that don't know you or your pet?

In my experience, if you have a pet with a serious or chronic condition that requires extra time, I would suggest NOT going on Saturdays (everybody wants him on Saturdays!) but on a weekday when he is less rushed and able to explore your pet's condition in detail. As an animal rights vegan (and animal rescuer) who considers my pets "children," I wouldn't trust any other vet with them. And Dr. S remembers every one!

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★★★★★

Dr. Sanderson has been my preferred veterinarian for over 15 years and believe there is no other vet in this area like him.

I read the previous comments and will agree that he is expensive. However, after going to other vets, I learned the hard way that you get what you pay for! Plus, I learned from Dr. S that if you start off right, i.e., homemade diet and minimal vaccines, in the long run I spend LESS money at the vets (more at the meat counter at Giant, though!).

I've had a Saturday appointment when it was so busy that Dr. Sanderson rushes in and out because he has so many animals to treat, but he has always taken the time to explain any procedure or treatment protocol, and the gals that work for him, who incidentally are warm, friendly, and have been with him for eons, are very well-qualified to answer any questions or resolve concerns.

Do you know any other vets that will tell you, "Don't buy my food! Give them homemade food." Or, "Your pet does NOT need to come in every year for vaccines." Vaccines and crappy Science Diet prescription diet is where traditional vets make their $.

It takes courage and foresight to practice holistic medicine. Sometimes his bedside manner might not be right on, but to practice holistic medicine a person needs to have a certain sensitivity. I have been there when Dr. S had to help my animals "pass over." He and the whole staff are devastated. Yet, Dr. S has to pull himself together and continue on to the next patient (a task I certainly could not do!) but I am grateful that Dr. S is there to continue on day after day.

So if you're looking for natural holistic pet care in Columbia, Dr. Sanderson is your man. He is a vet with special skills, i.e., homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and will look at the WHOLE picture not just treat the symptoms. Plus, I like that he is the only vet there. Where else can you know you're going to see the same person and not 5 or 6 different vets that don't know you or your pet?

In my experience, if you have a pet with a serious or chronic condition that requires extra time, I would suggest NOT going on Saturdays (everybody wants him on Saturdays!) but on a weekday when he is less rushed and able to explore your pet's condition in detail. As an animal rights vegan (and animal rescuer) who considers my pets "children," I wouldn't trust any other vet with them. And Dr. S remembers every one!

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We bring both of our cats to Dr. Sanderson. The 17 year old one with asthma and arthritis has improved immensely from homeopathic, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. His herbal treatments for the one with seasonal allergies works when we give it to her. It is no longer necessary for either cat to take prednisone, which was prescribed by the traditional vets, and which has numerous bad side effects.

I like the food he sells, his treatment options, his outlook and the cats' responses to him. He tries to educate owners who, I assume, don't seek out this level of health care for themselves. We have not had any unusual costs associated with treatment, but, also, nothing serious has occurred since the cats have been seeing him.

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We bring both of our cats to Dr. Sanderson. The 17 year old one with asthma and arthritis has improved immensely from homeopathic, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. His herbal treatments for the one with seasonal allergies works when we give it to her. It is no longer necessary for either cat to take prednisone, which was prescribed by the traditional vets, and which has numerous bad side effects.

I like the food he sells, his treatment options, his outlook and the cats' responses to him. He tries to educate owners who, I assume, don't seek out this level of health care for themselves. We have not had any unusual costs associated with treatment, but, also, nothing serious has occurred since the cats have been seeing him.

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I took my dachshund to the Wellness Center for chronic cholitis brought on by reaction to over-vaccination (given by a traditional vet). I can only assume that he understood my pet and her problem by reading the paperwork, required for new patients, because the discussion between Dr. Sanderson and myself about the problem was very brief. After a few minutes of conversation, he abrubtly left the room (taking my dog) and proceeded to administer accupunture to her --- I had not been asked, nor was I particularly interested in her receiving this treatment (especially, after I saw the price tag). Also, I didn't find him to be empathetic to my dog at all --- the only time he touched her was to stick the needles in (half of which fell off over the time we were waiting). I never saw him again (for that visit) and the bill was ~ $400 for first-time consultation, 'treatment' and holistic meds. Also, for my trouble I got a lecture about feeding a raw diet. Coincidentally, the next day my dog had an unrelated medical emergency. When I called Dr. Sanderson's office (on a Thursday morning), they said he was out of town --- I ended up grudgingly taking her back to the traditional vet. The only positive is that the herbs and homeopathic meds I got from him did work. I was very relieved at this because she had already been unsuccessfully treated with 2 cycles of antibiotic and I had refused prednisone as the next treatment from the traditional vet. Bottom line --- I'm in the market for another 'holistic' vet.

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★★☆☆☆

I took my dachshund to the Wellness Center for chronic cholitis brought on by reaction to over-vaccination (given by a traditional vet). I can only assume that he understood my pet and her problem by reading the paperwork, required for new patients, because the discussion between Dr. Sanderson and myself about the problem was very brief. After a few minutes of conversation, he abrubtly left the room (taking my dog) and proceeded to administer accupunture to her --- I had not been asked, nor was I particularly interested in her receiving this treatment (especially, after I saw the price tag). Also, I didn't find him to be empathetic to my dog at all --- the only time he touched her was to stick the needles in (half of which fell off over the time we were waiting). I never saw him again (for that visit) and the bill was ~ $400 for first-time consultation, 'treatment' and holistic meds. Also, for my trouble I got a lecture about feeding a raw diet. Coincidentally, the next day my dog had an unrelated medical emergency. When I called Dr. Sanderson's office (on a Thursday morning), they said he was out of town --- I ended up grudgingly taking her back to the traditional vet. The only positive is that the herbs and homeopathic meds I got from him did work. I was very relieved at this because she had already been unsuccessfully treated with 2 cycles of antibiotic and I had refused prednisone as the next treatment from the traditional vet. Bottom line --- I'm in the market for another 'holistic' vet.

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I took my dog there for a recurrent ear infection. He gave me a reasonable price for removing the dog's ear hair under local sedation. He then called me about half an hour later, and said he had to put my dog under general anesthesia. I did not sign a consent for this, nor was I informed until after he did the procedure...When I went to pick up my dog, the fee was about $300 MORE than what he quoted me. About 1/3 of that was for holistic and homeopathic remedies. After arguing with the receptionist who phoned Dr. Sanderson at my insistance (who had left prior to my picking up my dog) I wound up paying only for the procedures he did.

I think that the removal of the ear hair did help my dog, but to change the anesthesia and not inform me prior to the procedure is just not good business. Neither is hitting you with a bill that is substantially more than what you were originally quoted.

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★★☆☆☆

I took my dog there for a recurrent ear infection. He gave me a reasonable price for removing the dog's ear hair under local sedation. He then called me about half an hour later, and said he had to put my dog under general anesthesia. I did not sign a consent for this, nor was I informed until after he did the procedure...When I went to pick up my dog, the fee was about $300 MORE than what he quoted me. About 1/3 of that was for holistic and homeopathic remedies. After arguing with the receptionist who phoned Dr. Sanderson at my insistance (who had left prior to my picking up my dog) I wound up paying only for the procedures he did.

I think that the removal of the ear hair did help my dog, but to change the anesthesia and not inform me prior to the procedure is just not good business. Neither is hitting you with a bill that is substantially more than what you were originally quoted.

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Dr. Sanderson provides invaluable help in regards to alternative therapies. He definitely has a knack in finding things that other vets don't find or don't consider. And he definitely has a vast array of supplements, herbs and homeopathy to prescribe. My primary concern with this practice is the extremely expensive prices charged for items prescribed and services rendered. In searching the internet, I found that some of the products were marked up at least 50%. The initial visit is very very expensive for the minimum amount of time spent with the pet. This is unfortunate as it has prevented my returning as often as I probably should and am now in the process of searching for other possible vets.

PROS: Alternative healing
CONS: Price of products and time spent relative price

4
★★★★☆

Dr. Sanderson provides invaluable help in regards to alternative therapies. He definitely has a knack in finding things that other vets don't find or don't consider. And he definitely has a vast array of supplements, herbs and homeopathy to prescribe. My primary concern with this practice is the extremely expensive prices charged for items prescribed and services rendered. In searching the internet, I found that some of the products were marked up at least 50%. The initial visit is very very expensive for the minimum amount of time spent with the pet. This is unfortunate as it has prevented my returning as often as I probably should and am now in the process of searching for other possible vets.

PROS: Alternative healing
CONS: Price of products and time spent relative price

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We took our dog to Dr. Sanderson for holistic cancer treatment. The allopath(et)ic vets had basically sent the dog home to die... plus we'd just come off a bad experience with human allopath(et)ic cancer care which resulted in my MIL's untimely death.

I was happy with some things and not with others. The doctor was able to provide a variety of modalities (homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.), which is good and bad -- it's tough to be an expert in anything if you're trying to do too much. Actually, trying to do too much was a theme we ran into repeatedly. He steadfastly remains a one-doctor practice. In our case, he also insisted on mixing a custom remedy (to which our dog reacted poorly) rather than recommending supplements we could shop around for.

What finally drove us away was his insistence on anesthetizing the dog for a recurring treatment that could be (and was, by a different vet) performed while the dog was awake. We felt the anesthesia was an unnecessary risk for such a sick dog.

I would still recommend Dr. Sanderson for routine holistic care in the Columbia area... I'd rather see pets and their owners receive support for raw feeding and other health-promoting activities, which they won't get from an allopathic (standard) vet. But I'd say that if your pet needs surgery, or treatment for a chronic condition, visit ahvma.org and check the referral directory. (HINT: the AHVMA *president* is just about an hour's drive from Columbia!)
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★★★☆☆

We took our dog to Dr. Sanderson for holistic cancer treatment. The allopath(et)ic vets had basically sent the dog home to die... plus we'd just come off a bad experience with human allopath(et)ic cancer care which resulted in my MIL's untimely death.

I was happy with some things and not with others. The doctor was able to provide a variety of modalities (homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.), which is good and bad -- it's tough to be an expert in anything if you're trying to do too much. Actually, trying to do too much was a theme we ran into repeatedly. He steadfastly remains a one-doctor practice. In our case, he also insisted on mixing a custom remedy (to which our dog reacted poorly) rather than recommending supplements we could shop around for.

What finally drove us away was his insistence on anesthetizing the dog for a recurring treatment that could be (and was, by a different vet) performed while the dog was awake. We felt the anesthesia was an unnecessary risk for such a sick dog.

I would still recommend Dr. Sanderson for routine holistic care in the Columbia area... I'd rather see pets and their owners receive support for raw feeding and other health-promoting activities, which they won't get from an allopathic (standard) vet. But I'd say that if your pet needs surgery, or treatment for a chronic condition, visit ahvma.org and check the referral directory. (HINT: the AHVMA *president* is just about an hour's drive from Columbia!)
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