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Starch Pet Hospital

2222 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

User Reviews (2)

  • 1. great vet clinic

    by: Oreos1mom

    Starch Pet Hospital is the "sister" vet clinic with the other location called University West Pet Clinic, which is located further west. The vets rotate between the two locations.\r\n\r\nWe've been patients mainly at the University Wet location, but have also had several visits at Starch over the past 20 years. We've had surgeries done here as well as regular routine care.\r\n\r\nWe really like our vet. He always gives us plenty of time and was so patient when we were dealing with end-of-life issues with our older dogs. Very compassionate and understanding. We always have felt like our dogs are getting good care.


    caring and knowledgeable staff



  • 2. Very caring and knowledgeable!

    by: fierceliketiger

    I have a shiba inu, and most vets know very little about them, so it is important to me that my vet know and understand the shiba breed. The vets and Starch care for many shibas in the des moines area and therefore know a lot about them. Fortunately, I have an atypical shiba who is very friendly, not very hyper, and really not agressive at all, which almost always surprises the vet and techs as they prepare for the worst when he gets vaccines. I feel like the care he gets there is superior, if only because they know his breed. Everyone is quite friendly, though sometimes they seem a bit rushed because they have quite a few patients. \n\nThe vets have always been kind and have never been rude or made my dog nervous or scared. In fact, he almost seems to calm down when they come in the room. The techs are very friendly and genuinely seem to love what they do for a living.


    friendly, knowledgeable about my dogs breed, caring, sends out reminders well in advance


    on a busy street, sometimes the waiting room wait is a little long