Our Practice

Animal Hospital of Ludington was founded on November 20, 1991 by Dr. Stephen Paxton. Our slogan is “Quality, Caring, Compassionate Companion Animal Medical and Surgical Services”. This is not just a string of words to us – it is a way of life. We are passionate about animal health care and are dedicated to helping each patient enjoy a long, healthy and happy life. We achieve this goal by consistently living up to our promise of delivering quality, compassionate care with each interaction.

We are a full service veterinary clinic offering comprehensive medical, dental, diagnostic and surgical care. By far the vast majority of the patients we see are dogs and cats. However, we welcome other small animals such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice and gerbils. We also see bird species for beak, nail, and wing trims. We understand how important your pet’s health is to you—it is important to us too; therefore we provide the services, care and treatment he or she needs to achieve a lifetime of good health.

At Animal Hospital of Ludington, we strive to continuously offer you, our clients, the best available treatment options to improve the quality of your pets’ lives. Our staff embraces new technology and utilizes CO2 surgical laser, therapy laser, digital radiography and an extensive array of in house diagnostic equipment. We are committed to personally developing our own skills and knowledge by keeping current through continuing education. We believe that staying up to date on all of the new advancements in veterinary medicine allows us to provide your pet with the best possible care.

We don’t want to be simply your family vet, but your partner in helping to keep your pet happy and healthy, from birth through the senior years, and every milestone along the way. At Animal Hospital of Ludington, we celebrate and promote the human-animal bond. We are committed to providing you with all the information you need to fully understand your pet’s health care needs.

We invite you to come by, take a tour of our hospital, meet our friendly, knowledgeable staff, and learn about our comprehensive services firsthand. We’re confident that once you do, you’ll want to become a member of Animal Hospital of Ludington’s family. We look forward to seeing you very soon and hope you’ll give us the opportunity to serve you and your pets for many years to come!

  • What our clients have to say…

    • Greg Mary Vukovich

      We would like to thank Dr. Steve and Dr. Leslie for being there for CB with excellent care.. Dr. Steve was there from the beginning and he made CB's transition at the end very peaceful and easy for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we are forever gratelful!!!!

    • Renee Bernardi

      A big thank you to Dr. Paxton for agreeing to be Tessa’s new vet and participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. We moved to Michigan from Indiana just over 2 years ago and have been struggling to find a vet willing to participate which meant driving 3 1/2 hours each way once a year to our former vet. Dr. Paxton and his staff are wonderful. So glad I can finally say I have a vet I can trust my fur babies with.

    • Rebecca Makowski

      I’ve experienced nothing but excellent care from Dr. Deines and Dr. Paxton and staff. From emergency visits to routine care and end of life decisions, they’ve been compassionate and trustworthy at every step. Any questions I’ve had, they discuss with me and make sure I understand. I highly recommend choosing their team to trust with your loved ones.

    • Kandi Miller

      my babyboy captain comes to you and he just loves you all

    • Rebecca Murphy

      Such a caring staff and doctors. They genuinely love animals and are so compassionate. After my dear cat Jade died at age 19, they sent me a condolence package - her paw prints in plaster & a little keepsake bottle with a lock of her hair. It came as a complete surprise about a week after she passed. Warmed my ♥️ more than I can express.

    • Julee Rae Sarto

      The staff and Doctors are absolutely wonderful! They are going through a tough time with us and have the upmost compassion and technical ability to make this better. I commend them all. Thank you for dealing with my tears and helping with Fred.

    • Laura Piacentini

      I can’t thank the staff at Animal Hospital of Ludington enough. We brought our boy Henrik to you while camping at the state park and you got us in right away and were so great with him. He is usually terrified at the vet and has a lot of anxiety but he LOVED the staff there and was very calm the whole time. Thank you for making us out of towners feel right at home.