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Dr. Brian Fryburg poses for a photo outside Lane Animal Hospital.

Dr. Brian Fryburg poses for a photo outside Lane Animal Hospital.

Lane Animal Hospital added Dr. Brian Fryburg to their staff last month, and he brings with him experience with exotic pets, as well as an interest in pet nutrition and behavioral problems.

“As our senior partners are starting to take well deserved time off, and we are excited to add Dr. Fryburg to our staff,” says Dr. Margaret Lane. “He brings with him and has an interest in the latest trends in veterinary medicine and really good surgical experience.”

Fryburg graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 and spent his first year practicing emergency medicine. Originally from south Florida, his wife’s family lives in Plymouth, and he and his wife, Lauren, and son, Todd, currently live in Dexter.

They have two dogs – Brody, a Shitzu and Hooper, a Florida Brown dog, as well as Lexie, a domestic shorthair cat.

Although he knows that cats and dogs comprise the mainstays of Lane Animal Hospital’s patients, he is comfortable seeing hedgehogs, small mammals, rabbits, ferrets, some reptiles, rats, mice and guinea pigs as patients as well.

“I worked with exotics before vet school and in the Emergency Room,” he says.

That interest should be beneficial to Lane Animal Hospital current clients or new clients who might be searching for a veterinarian trained in pocket pet health care.

“It’s very exciting to bring in someone with experience in and an interest in exotics,” Lane said.

Fryburg spent the last year treating life-and-death situations in the ER, and he enjoyed it, but, he says, life is a balancing act and too many odd hours spent in the ER is time spent away from his family.

Lane-Animal-Hospital-LogoNever knowing what he might see on any given night, managing sick patients and witnessing the before and after results of his patients drew Fryburg into emergency medicine, but with a wife, who is an ICU nurse, and son, he wanted hours that were more conductive to being both a veterinarian and a family man.

Thus the switch to a general practice at Lane Animal Hospital as the perfect alternative.

“Dr. Fryburg will add to our ability to bring the best quality medicine to our clients and meet their changing needs,” Lane said.

Fryburg says he took an interest in working with animals when he was 3 years old and flirted with a career in marine biology but the research and search for funding sources wasn’t something he wanted to spend a lifetime pursuing so, he decided he was better suited for veterinary medicine.

Dr. Brian Fryburg.

Dr. Brian Fryburg.

Fryburg offers consultations for pet owners in both cat and dog nutrition and behavioral issues such as separation anxiety, fears and phobias.

He reminds pet owners that “food doesn’t equal love” and that there are many different types of food and ways to take pounds off overweight pets.

“I like to help pet owners take the weight off their animals,” he says, admitting he isn’t shy about explaining the importance of keeping pets at a healthy weight.

As a recent vet school graduate, he brings up-to-date knowledge of veterinary care and enjoys adding to this knowledge through continuing education.

He joins a practice that began in 1905 and includes veterinarians A.W. Tremper, R.C. Bowers, J.F. and M.C. Lane, H.M. Andrick and J. Rokke.

“He’s a terrific addition to the practice, and he was championed by the senior partners and what they’ve dedicated their lives to at the hospital,” Lane said.

Fryburg works Monday through Wednesday and Friday and every other Saturday at Lane Animal Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Fryburg or with any of the veterinarians, please call the office at 475-8696.

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