Do you favor the rapid swoop-and-bag approach to picking up your dog's stools or scooping cat litter? Although most pet owners would rather not prolong contact with their pet's feces, sneaking an ...View Article
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The goal of Woodward Veterinary Home Care is to provide you and your pet a less stressful and more personable veterinary experience. Pets are often more at ease during examinations and treatment in a comfortable, familiar environment. As an owner, you are given more opportunity for asking Dr. Smirnes questions and having concerns addressed.
At your appointment time, Dr. Andrea Smirnes will arrive at your home with most of the equipment she needs to perform a thorough examination of your cat or dog. A few treats can be expected by your pet as a way for them to get familiar with their new doctor. This time is also used to gather important information from you about your pet. Dr. Smirnes will then give your cat or dog a physical exam, often disguised as a friendly petting session. They hardly know they've been examined!
Typically, pets are most comfortable being seen right on their own living room floor. Occasionally, less cooperative cats will require a big fluffy towel to help facilitate the exam. Blood samples can be drawn right on site. Necessary vaccines can be given. Some tests, such as heartworm or partial urinalysis can also be performed in the home. When the exam is complete, Dr. Smirnes will discuss her findings. This would be a good time to mention any concerns, including behavioral changes.
Dr. Smirnes travels with a modest pharmacy and can provide or prescribe any needed medications including heartworm and flea preventatives. While minor procedures and chronic care can be provided in home, she has privileges at a local veterinary hospital to provide additional services such as radiographs and ultrasound, or to treat patients who require hospitalization or routine surgery. In some circumstances, Dr. Smirnes will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as internal medicine or surgery.
And when the time comes, WVHC provides in-home end-of-life services.