We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in El Dorado Hills, CA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical, and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suites, dental suites, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve Folsom, Cameron Park, Orangevale and Citrus Heights.
Dr. Brad Cahoon
When he was only six years old, Dr. Cahoon knew he was destined to become a veterinarian. He would go with his father to their family pets’ appointments at the local veterinary hospital and was completely captivated by the animals he saw and the way the doctors interacted with them. From then on, he never passed up an opportunity to tag along to the vet’s office!
Dr. Cahoon grew up in Whittier and graduated high school as class valedictorian in 1976. He then attended the University of California, Davis for pre-veterinary studies, graduating in four years with a Bachelor’s in Animal Physiology. In 1987, he graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM, then worked full-time as an emergency doctor until 1998. A year later he opened his own clinic, Lake Forest Pet Hospital, in El Dorado Hills, California.
Emergency medicine is Brad’s true passion; never knowing quite what to expect requires him to think quickly and use every ounce of skill he possesses to save a pet’s life. Dr. Cahoon also enjoys integrating eastern medical approaches into the more standard western medicine—he even received his certification as a Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2013! He’s seen fantastic results with this approach and plans on integrating it into his treatment courses for the rest of his career.
There are few things in life more important to Dr. Cahoon than veterinary medicine. Three of them are his wife, Pam, and two daughters, Cori and Holly. Cori is working on her Doctorate degree in genetics in Kansas City, Missouri, and Holly is following in her father’s footsteps; she recently started at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine!
The Cahoon family has a love for pugs and bulldogs! Belle is a sweet senior pug who lives at home with Brad and Pam; Jack is a pug that splits his time between the Cahoon home and Holly’s residence at vet school; Lucy the pug currently resides with Cori in Kansas City, occasionally traveling with Cori to visit the family for holidays.
Dr. Holly Cahoon
Dr. Holly Cahoon has been a firsthand witness to the power of veterinary medicine ever since she was very young—Dr. Brad Cahoon is her father. For her, building relationships with the area’s pet owners and their loveable companions is a dream come true! She’s worked here at the clinic ever since she was 16 years old, and Dr. Cahoon is proud to now serve as an Associate Veterinarian with the Veterinary Healing Center of El Dorado Hills team.
Dr. Cahoon began her animal-care journey as a Kennel Assistant here at the hospital, and she also worked for other hospitals in the area to gain crucial hands-on experience. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis—exploring front-desk reception and Veterinary Technician roles here at the clinic during her studies—before continuing on to the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Cahoon became a practicing veterinarian in June of 2018, and has been helping the area’s pet owners and animal companions here at the hospital ever since. She’s especially passionate about pain management, and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and experience in not only medication and rehabilitation, but in areas like dietary supplements, acupuncture, nutrition, herbal formulations, and more.
Away from the clinic, Dr. Cahoon enjoys exercising, practicing Pilates and yoga, relaxing with a favorite Netflix or television show, and cheering on her favorite football and basketball teams. She shares her home with one pet: Jack, a pug whose favorite activities include napping whenever possible, eating voraciously, and hoarding his toys.
Crystal’s family constantly had dogs when she was growing up, and it took a while for young Crystal to realize that not all families owned pets! She couldn’t imagine her life without the companionship and love of animals, and always strives to do everything she can to connect with pets and animal lovers.
Born in Sacramento, Crystal moved with her family to Alaska when she was only six months old. They returned to Placerville when Crystal was in kindergarten. At 17, she applied for a Kennel Assistant position at Lake Forest Pet Hospital, eventually undergoing on-the-job training to become a Technician. She’s worked with Dr. Cahoon since February of 1998!
Crystal’s favorite part of her workday is serving as a problem-solver. Whether it’s an uncooperative patient, a client in a difficult situation, or even a simple scheduling issue, Crystal loves to work with pets and their owners in a flexible manner to accomplish a singular goal: achieving great health for pets.
Crystal and her husband of 13 years, Jason, have two wonderful children, Alyssa and Dylan. Their home wouldn’t be complete without Lincoln, a nine-year-old German shepherd who is an expert squirrel chaser, and Bozley, a ten-year-old yellow Lab who gets his exercise by chasing Lincoln.
In her free time, Crystal is an avid photographer and prefers snapping pictures of landscape scenes and pets. She’s currently working on her first online photography course to better her skills! She also likes educating herself on organic gardening and is looking forward to the summer’s crop of fruits and vegetables.