Home Pet Services
Dr. Steve provides as many veterinary services as he can pack into your living room, kitchen, bathroom, patio, balcony or driveway. If there's something that you don't see here, please ask if it can be done at home!
Puppy & Kitten Wellness
Puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations, dewormings and parasite tests to keep them healthy and happy. This preventive care involves three to four veterinary visits, starts at 2 months of age and ends at 4 months of age. You could transport your baby to a veterinary hospital for these visits, or you could have a house call veterinarian come to you.
Advantages of the home visit include:
a) Protecting your new puppy or kitten from the contagious diseases that are present in veterinary hospitals.
b) Building a relationship with a dedicated veterinarian who knows you, your pet, and your home.
c) A great discount on services! Dr. Steve's amazingly low puppy & kitten wellness package price is $399.00, and includes up to four home visits. The actual number of visits will depend on your pet's age and vaccination history when the package begins. Puppy & kitten packages are available in primary and secondary territories only. In secondary territory, a travel fee of $40 will be added for each visit.
Dog & Cat Wellness
Adult dogs and cats should have regular check-ups, vaccinations and routine blood testing over the years to make sure that they stay healthy. Dr. Steve can recommend a specific plan for your pets, depending on their age and lifestyle.
Preparation for Travel
If you are planning domestic or international travel with your pet, Dr. Steve can help you to prepare!
For travel within the continental United States and to many countries, dogs and cats just need a current rabies vaccine and a 10-day health certificate. For travel to Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, Asia and the European Union, they'll need a few more things to avoid an expensive hassle at the border, an unwanted trip back home, or an unexpected quarantine.
Dr. Steve is up to date on the latest requirements for pet importation to most places on the planet. If your pet needs a microchip*, a blood test for rabies antibody levels, treatment for tapeworms and ticks, or anything else, he's here to help.
Some importation policies require at least 8 months of preparation - be sure to plan ahead!
Beyond Preventive Care
Beyond the basics, there are many common problems in veterinary medicine that can be diagnosed and treated at home. Good examples of this include: itching and scratching; problems with the eyes, ears or skin; mild to moderate arthritis; minor wounds or lacerations; weight loss or weight gain; increased water intake, increased urination.
During a house call, Dr. Steve can collect samples from your pet for outside laboratory testing. Common tests include Complete Blood Count & Blood Chemistry Panels, Heartworm Testing, Feline Viral Testing, Urinalysis, Fecal Examination, Bacterial and Fungal Cultures, and even Skin Biopsies.
The pharmacy is well-stocked, allowing Dr. Steve to fill most prescriptions on the spot. Some medications and prescription diets will need to be ordered through local or internet pharmacies, often with next day delivery.
If your pet requires x-rays, anesthesia, dentistry or surgery, Dr. Steve can usually give recommendations about reliable veterinary hospitals in your area that can get the job done.
Planning a home euthanasia for your ailing pet is the kindest and most humane thing that you can do. For additional information on this important service, click here.
Aggressive and Feral Animals
Dr. Steve gets calls every day from people that cannot take their pets to a veterinary hospital, because the pets have become too aggressive to handle.
Most cats bolt when they catch a glimpse of their carrier; some cats scratch and bite mercilessly when their owners try to put them inside. Most dogs would rather not walk into a veterinary hospital, thank you very much; some dogs growl, bark, lunge and attack every person and pet in their path.
Thankfully, some of these pets can be examined and treated more easily at home. If you can confine your cat to a small bathroom, or if you can safely place a collar, leash and muzzle on your dog, Dr. Steve will be able to help. Sometimes the right handling technique is all that's needed; other times, an injectable tranquilizer or anesthetic does the trick.
If you have a pet that falls into this category, do not be embarrassed to call or email with as much detail as possible! Please tell Dr. Steve everything, so he'll be prepared for the visit before he arrives.
A Few Exceptions
Dr. Steve does not accept these breeds as new patients: Savannah Cat, African Serval, Rottweiler, Jindo, Shar Pei, Chow Chow, Canary Island Pit Bull (Presa Canario), Italian Mastiff (Cane Corso), Argentine Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro), Japanese Mastiff (Tosa Inu).
Also, because of allergies that have crept up over the years, Dr. Steve can no longer tend to ferrets, rabbits or rodents.
*10 & 15 digit microchips are available, depending on the requirements of your destination.
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