For sporting dogs and the people who love them, their job is no average game of fetch – and when it comes to taking good care of these hard-working pups, Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw, DVM, not your average vet.
Raised in Searcy, Bradshaw spent his childhood hunting with his brother, father and a flock of duck dogs. Although he welcomes patients of all types to his practice, Bradshaw specializes in sporting breeds, allowing him to take a concierge approach to veterinary care.
“Because I keep seeing similar problems, I’m able to treat those problems better every time,” Bradshaw said, “and I can spot things earlier than other vets.”
Another thing that makes Bradshaw stand out is his accessibility. In addition to full service offices in Little Rock and Arkadelphia, Bradshaw travels across the state nursing at various kennels. He prides himself on being available after hours to address owners’ concerns. An active outdoor person, Bradshaw is usually close by and able to meet his patients wherever they are.
An important aspect of Bradshaw’s work is education and outreach. Whether in person or on his YouTube channel, Bradshaw educates owners about preventive measures and first aid that can save lives on a hunting trip or during a competition.
Bradshaw also works to improve other vets’ knowledge of sporting breeds. “Many owners might feel nervous or even guilty about telling a vet, for example, to let their dog walk in ice-cold water,” he said, “but they shouldn’t feel that way. These dogs love that.” Bradshaw wants to educate more veterinarians about the unique care that sporting dogs require so they can provide better care overall.
Reproductive services are another important part of the practice’s work. This includes providing certifications from the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals that ensure a dog’s hips and elbows are healthy, as well as using advanced reproductive techniques to help breeders raise the healthiest dogs.
For senior dogs whose days of competition or hunting are behind them, Bradshaw’s focus is on longevity and quality of life. After years of physically demanding work, he wants to make sure retirement is a comfortable one for these dogs who have given so much to their owners.
Perhaps most importantly, the people who bring their dogs to Bradshaw know they are in good hands. Bradshaw has his finger on the pulse (and his boots in the water) when it comes to sporting dogs, and it shows.
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