Welcome to Northern Paws Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Rhinelander, WI
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COVID-19 Update regarding appointments 06/26/20200-Mask requirements. 

As of Monday, June 29th, Northern Paws will enter out next phase of reopening.  We will remain curbside for medication, food, and supply pick up. Please continue to call things in, in advance.  We will also remain curbside for our technician appointments, when your pet is not seeing a doctor.  Please continue to call us from the parking lot upon arrival and we will check you in over the phone.  We will be allowing one or two adults into the building to be in a room with their pet(s) for doctor appointments. We still ask that you call upon arrival, as we will only be bringing you in when the room and doctor are ready.  We will require a mast to be worn at all times by all people entering the building.  If you would prefer to remain in your car for your pet's appointment, please let us know when you call to check in. Again, thank you for your patience! 

COVID-19 Update Regarding Heartworm: 05/21/2020

Northern Paws Animal Hospital has been receiving some questions regarding the safety of starting heartworm preventatives prior to heartworm testing. While there is a small risk of starting preventatives if your pet is heartworm positive, our doctors feel it is best not to delay prevention. We will dispense Heartgard and flea/tick preventatives to you if your pet has been seen for a wellness appointment in the last 18 months, and if you gave these preventative medications according to label last year. We still strongly recommend heartworm testing for your pets this year during their annual wellness appointments. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have further concerns or questions! Thank you!

COVID-19 Update Regarding Appointments: 05/21/2020

Northern Paws Animal Hospital is now back to scheduling routine services for your furry family members! Please keep in mind that we are going to have a large influx of phone calls and appointment requests. Appointment requests can be made through Pet Desk anytime of the day, or by giving us a call. We suggest that you have a few date options in mind when calling, as our schedule will likely be booking out further than usual. In an effort to ensure the safety of you and our hospital staff we will remain curbside through at least the month of June. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we are all in this together!

COVID-19 Update 03/31/2020

As of Tuesday, March 31st, Northern Paws Animal Hospital will remain open but with curbside services only. Upon arrival for your pets appointment, medication refill or food pick up, please stay in your vehicle and call to notify us that you are here. We will then provide you with additional details. All medication and food pick ups must be called for in advance and paid for over the phone. For your convenience, we can also accept checks or exact cash transactions upon arrival. Thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate this together.

03/24/2020 COVID-19 Update

As of today, we are taking the next steps to follow new recommendations put in place by out governor and the WI Department of Agriculture. We will be canceling all routine/elective appointments and surgeries until further notice. We will still be here for medication refills, sick patients, and emergencies that you may encounter. We ask that you keep an eye on our Facebook page, website, and your email for updates on when we will be starting to reschedule these appointments. We are unable to reschedule appointments at this time due to the uncertainties with COVID-19. We will reach out to all current appointments and surgeries that need to be canceled. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.


Northern Paws Animal Hospital and our fellow pet hospitals play a vital role in the emotional well being of our community through ensuring their pets have the health care they need.

In response to COVID-19, Northern Paws Animal Hospital is making every effort to ensure the health and safety of our clients as well as our staff and their families. To do our part in slowing the spread of the virus yet continue to care for our patients, we are implementing the following protocols:

Please avoid coming to the clinic if you are not feeling well, or are experiencing flu like symptoms. If you need to cancel your appointment, please call us. If you are ill and your pet needs urgent care, call us for instructions.

During appointments we will be performing examinations in our treatment room by the doctor and a staff member. This will allow the staff member to assist the doctor and still maintain social distancing recommendations that have been put in place. The doctor will then go over any examination findings, recommendations, and answer any questions that you have about your pet.

We will be offering payment for prescriptions and foods over the phone to limit the amount of time spent waiting at the front desk. We can also bring these items to your vehicle upon your arrival by calling and letting us know to do so.

We are allowing one adult to be present during patient visits. If you would rather not come into our facility we can come to your vehicle and escort your pet into the hospital for examination. If you would rather stay in your vehicle until your appointment please call us upon your arrival and we will call you when the doctor is ready to see your pet.

We are currently providing non-urgent routine care as well as urgent and emergency care. This may change with identification of COVID-19 in our area.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 virus.

If you live in Rhinelander or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Our small animal care facility provides ultrasound examination, laser surgery and therapy, and PennHIP /OFA exams. Dr. Raymond Goodroad and Dr. Stephanie Sosniak are licensed WI veterinarians, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and well being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Northern Paws Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our veterinarians have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our veterinarian. We also have an in-house lab. Practice owner, Raymond O. Goodroad, DVM, has over 30 years of experience.  Dr. Stephanie Sosniak has over 10 years of experience. Both of our veteinarians have the compassionate expertise to help gently restore your pet to good health. Contact Northern Paws Animal Hospital today at 715-369-4900 for all of your Rhinelander, WI vet hospital needs.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 715-369-4900 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Rhinelander veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Rhinelander pet owners.

At Northern Paws Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Northern Paws
Rhinelander Veterinarian | Northern Paws Animal Hospital | 715-369-4900

1175 Lincoln St
Rhinelander, WI 54501

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  • "Dr. Goodroad is the most amazing veterinarian! My family has had 5 dogs and 3 cats under his care throughout the years. He and his staff have saved the lives of 3 them, including one who had blastomycosis, and lived to bark about it!"