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Pets Best Pet Insurance has been in the business since 2005. Pet insurance works by reimbursing you for your veterinary bills. We like Pets Best because they pay their customer’s claims fast, they have great coverage, and they have plans for every budget.


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location and hours



P.O. Box 1021
320 S. Ella
Sandpoint, ID 83864



Monday thru Friday
7:30am to 5:30pm (Thurs till 7pm)
Saturday 8:00am to 3:00 pm

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our mission

Is to offer fear-free compassionate, quality care for pets and their people while striving for excellence in medicine, surgery, and preventative care.  Our professional team delivers exceptional client service through its focus on staff training and client education. We customize your pet's care.


Compassion is our most important objective. This includes more than the pets and exotic animals upon whom we focus, but also our human clientele.  Safety is always our concern during even the simplest procedures. No anesthesia is 100% safe, however, we strive for perfection.  Skill and training go hand-in-hand and our entire staff exemplifies this. Our doctors and veterinary technicians stay current on the latest techniques.

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Doctors Click on any of our doctors names to learn more about them

Dr. Dawn Mehra



  Dr. Mehra earned undergraduate degrees in both Wildlife and Fisheries    Biology and Management from the University of Idaho.  She then obtained her Veterinary medical degree from Washington State University in 1990.   She worked several years for Idaho Fish and Game, the United States Forest Service in southeast Alaska, and participated in many wildlife research projects throughout the west.  Her professional interests are small animal medicine, dentistry, and dermatology; she performs acupuncture at North Idaho Animal Hospital.  She lives, outside of the hospital, with a passion for tennis and yoga that is only surpassed by her love for her family.

Dr. Robert N. Pierce


 Dr. Pierce holds undergraduate degrees in both Wildlife Biology and Fisheries Biology and Management from the University of Idaho.  After graduating in 1983, he worked several years for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  In 1990 he graduated from Washington State University's Veterinary Medical School.  His professional interests include surgery (both orthopedic and soft tissue) and emergency medicine at North Idaho Animal Hospital.  When he is not enjoying family life with his wife and two children he can be found playing either the guitar or ice hockey.  He is happiest, though, riding his favorite horse through the wilderness and camping under the stars.

Dr. Ken Hallock




 Dr. Hallock earned both his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of California at Davis.  Since graduating from vet school in 1982 he has been an associate in several small animal practices and has owned two veterinary hospitals, all in California.  His desire to experience true seasons and the fact his wife was born and raised in Sandpoint brought him to North Idaho Animal Hospital.  He enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine he has a special interest in surgery (both soft tissue and orthopedic), oncology (cancer medicine), and feline medicine.  Dr. Hallock is a long standing member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.  When he's not at work he enjoys fishing, skiing, coaching his daughter's softball team and riding his Harley. This animal lover has his hands full at home with the family's four dogs and six cats!


Dr. Marty Becker



Dr. Marty Becker


As a veterinarian, media personality, author, lecturer, educator, and recipient of many prestigious awards, Dr. Marty Becker has become known as the “best loved family doctor for pets.”Despite his demanding writing, speaking and television schedule, Dr. Becker still enjoys his work as a practicing veterinarian, at North Idaho Animal Hospital. 

He has been instrumental in defining and celebrating the ‘human-animal’ bond throughout the world. His compassionate care and professionalism makes him a perfect fit with the North Idaho Animal Hospital team.   We are proud to have him on our team.





















North Idaho Animal Hospital is proud to offer a variety of medial animal services in the local Sandpoint and North Idaho Panhandle areas. A comprehensive list of our services is included below, for more information on services not listed please contact our offices to find out how we can help your pet.

Medical Services

Medicine & Surgery Stem Cell Therapy (For Arthritis)
In-house Blood Analysis Emergency and Intensive Care
Geriatric Care Acupuncture 
Diagnostic Imaging (X-Rays & Ultrasound) Home Euthanasia
Advanced Dentistry (Digital X-Rays) On-site Pet Crematory


Dogs Hamsters
Cats Hedgehogs
Rabbits Turtles
Lizards & Snakes Guinea Pigs
Birds  Wildlife & Exotics


board & bath



  • We board ANY and ALL small animals (dogs, cats. avian, reptiles, pocket pets)
  • Day boarding rates: for pets who stay home alone
  • Additional TLC time available on a custom basis
  • On site veterinary care
  • Grooming and wellness check ups
  • Charges based on "nights" stayed
  • Custom pick-up times can be arranged
  • 10% discount on 3rd and additional pets
  • Call us for the current prices

Overnight Features:
  • Dogs: 3 lengthy walks on the bike path daily
  • Cats: Live BIRD watching and playroom
  • Birds, Rabbits, Pocket Pets & Reptiles: Avian Exotic medical staff on site

Day Boarding Features:
  • Doggie Day Spa: 2 lengthy walks and TLC of your choice
  • Boarding with Meds: This is only for insulin administration. Otherwise, no additional charge.

Note: administration of some medications, specialized treatments, customized TLC or pick-up requests may necessitate additional charges. Check with our friendly staff.


North Idaho Animal Hospital provides full grooming services for our clients. Our groomers operate their own businesses within our walls. All pets are pampered by our professional staff. Our appointments fill very quickly and thus we urge you to plan ahead and call us to arrange your grooming schedule.Our medical staff can update vaccinations, yearly de-worming medications, and give thorough physical examinations when your pets come for grooming. Please let us know your desires and we will do our best to accommodate.  

stem cell therapy



VET STEM technology utilizes STEM CELLS as a healing mechinism for arthritic or otherwise damaged joints in our patients. While human medicine in the United States has struggled with religious and political difficulties regarding research into this promising field, veterinary medical advancements have continued.


North Idaho Animal Hospital is proud to be involved in this cutting edge technology.


This treatment regimen has amazing beneficial for young as well as older animals. Please visit Vet STEM's website for more information.

science bridge


science bridgeThe Science Bridge Project is an effort to help Bonner County youth through education. North Idaho Animal Hospital has created this project in order to supplement the math and science education presented in schools. Our hospital illustrates a 'real-life' example of science and high-technology in the work place. By setting up “learning stations”, using our equipment and models, we are able to show the importance of science and math skills needed to perform diagnostics as well as surgical procedures and treatments in our hospital. The children are shown high-quality digital X-rays of animals and humans, microscope slides , surgical equipment,and other diagnostic instruments. We emphasize how fun and exciting our jobs are and how learning math and exploring the wonders of science can lead to long, interesting and satisfying careers in veterinary or human medicine, dentistry, radiology, or in a multitude of other applications in the workplace. 

Our program is offered to K- 8 th grade. The curriculum was created to explore areas in Social Science as well as the inner workings of an Animal Hospital. We can also customize programs to meet specific needs that the students are currently learning in the classroom. 

Minimum number of students is 10 and we can take up to 25. We can offer hands on activities as well as interaction with live animals. Limited space is available, so keep us in mind for your classroom field trips. Contact Michelle: 208-265-5700 or e-mail.




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pet tips

Whether big or small, we can help them all. We know your pets are more like family which is why its important to keep them healthy and happy. Our staff has collectively organized a variety of pet tips designed to help you keep any and all of your animals in optimal health


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There are more than 8,000 species of reptiles
on the planet, and they live on every continent
except Antarctica (where it is too cold).




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Located in scenic Sandpoint, Idaho, North Idaho Animal Hospital is proud to call the Pacific Northwest home. With an abundance of outdoor landscapes many of our four legged friends enjoy a variety of freedoms. Within driving distance of Washington State University Veterinarian School, our hospital has a tremendous amount of resources available to better serve your pet. Please feel free to contact our offices to find out how we can aide your pet today!

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P.O. Box 1021
320 S. Ella
Sandpoint, ID 83864



Monday thru Friday
7:30am to 5:30pm (Thurs till 7pm)
Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

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Fax: 208.263.2952