Our veterinarians, Drs. Rowan and Urioste, have almost 50 years of veterinary experience combined. We provide high quality, targeted healthcare for your pets. We are proud of our reputation for accessibility and following through until all your pet’s issues are resolved. Expect our doctors to return your call promptly and to check on your pet’s progress.These conversations enable us to assess the effectiveness of our treatment plan and make adjustments when necessary.
Our appointments are 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the complexity of your pet’s problem. This time is necessary to obtain an accurate account of your pet’s problem, conduct a comprehensive physical examination, and discuss with you, in detail, how we plan to diagnose and treat the illness. Unlike most veterinary hospitals, that only offer 15-minute appointments, Paoli Vetcare always schedules extended appointments because we know that consistently good care cannot be given under rushed conditions.
The vast majority of our patients’ medical and surgical conditions can be cared for by us. For your convenience, you may choose to drop off your pet for the day. A doctor will promptly assess your pet and provide the necessary care. Occasionally, it is in the best interest of your pet to refer you to a board-certified veterinary specialist with advanced expertise or equipment. When a referral is made, we communicate directly with the specialist and provide them with detailed medical records. We remain available to answer your questions, explain the reasons for the referral veterinarian’s recommendations, and help you make decisions about specialty care.
Wellness and Preventative Medicine
At Paoli Vetcare, we believe that regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pet’s well-being. We keep meticulous medical records and recommend further testing only when we find a potential problem in need of further investigation. We always perform a comprehensive and thorough physical examination, from the nose to the toes! Since our pets can’t talk and age more rapidly than we do; we recommend semi-annual physical exams. During wellness visits, we may administer routine vaccinations, screen for parasites, and answer your questions about proper diet, dental health, behavior problems, screening blood work, and any other concerns you have.
It is always an exciting time when you add a new member to your family! Your pet’s healthy path starts during their first visit and is maintained throughout their entire lifespan with regular veterinary examinations. We take puppy and kitten wellness seriously. During pediatric visits we generally provide a schedule for proper vaccination, de-worming, parasite testing, and flea and tick prevention. Clients often want to discuss potty training, spay/neutering, diet, and exercise.We want to assure you that we are here to answer any and all questions.
Your pet’s behavior significantly impacts every part of your day. A wellbehaved pet will develop a beautiful, new relationship within your family. While a misbehaving pet will introduce unnecessary stress into your life. We believe the Human-Animal bond is one of the most beneficial and healthy relationships a person can form. And, just like the Human-Human bond, it all comes down to proper communication. We can help you set up healthy habits and communication protocols around your pet’s daily life, eating, exercise, and play time.
Clients love our well-stocked pharmacy. We maintain an extensive inventory of veterinary medications, including flea, tick, and heartworm prevention products, pharmaceuticals for chronic medical conditions, and medications for short-term needs while recovering from illness, injury, or surgery. When you purchase medications from our pharmacy, you are guaranteed that your pet’s medications were obtained from safe, reliable sources, and stored under optimal conditions.
Our in-house lab provides rapid results for emergent, pre-operative, and routine tests. Most samples are sent to a national, veterinary-only reference laboratory. Antech Diagnostics, whose motto is “detect & protect,” provides next-day results and a professional team of board-certified specialists with whom we may consult for a second opinion when pet’s illness is especially complex test results are contradictory.
Our state-of-the-art facility gives us the capability to diagnose quicker, and treat faster when your pet is not feeling their best. Technology combined with the knowledge of our staff leads to the quickest, most appropriate treatment for your pet.
As pet-parents ourselves, we understand that even routine surgery is stressful for both you and your fur-baby. We encourage you to ask any questions and express your concerns. Our team is here to ease your mind and make certain you are comfortable with the entire process.
As a full-service pet hospital, Paoli Vetcare offers a wide range of soft tissue, orthopedic, and dental surgery. Our facility is equipped with a modern, sterile surgical suite. A technician (veterinary nurse) supports the doctor during anesthesia delivery, maintenance, and monitoring. We perform pre-surgical blood testing, intravenous catheterization, and administer sedatives & pain medication when appropriate.
During office hours, we will see you immediately when your pet experiences a life-threatening emergency. If possible, call to let us know that you are on-the-way. Any time that you are worried about your pet, we do our best to find a way to get them in that same day. We understand that some emergencies, like diarrhea, must be treated as soon as possible to minimize the stress on you!
We all know that good oral health is necessary for good overall health. If only our pets would learn to brush and floss their own teeth! Unfortunately, periodontal disease affects nearly all dogs and cats by the age of 3 years. It can be difficult to tell if your four-legged friend’s oral hygiene is where it should be—especially if you’re not sure what to look for. To learn more check out our blog post, February is Dental Health Month.
International & Domestic Export Certificates
Prior to scheduling an appointment for a health certificate associated with domestic or foreign travel, please review the import-export requirements using the tools on the USDA website. Bring Fido is a great all-around resource for traveling with pets. Use it to familiarize yourself with Tips for Flying with Fido, Airline Pet Policies, current U.S. Travel Regulations, and International Pet Travel restrictions before you go. Have a great trip!
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice that is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. Implantation is no more painful than a typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required—a microchip can be implanted during a routine office visit. The chip transmits your registered identification number to a scanner screen so you can be reunited with your pet.
According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and 1 in 3 pets go missing at some point in their life. Will a microchip really make it more likely for me to get my pet back if it is lost? Definitely! A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time. (Lord et al, JAVMA, July 15, 2009) For microchipped animals that weren’t returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information in the microchip registry database – so don’t forget to register and keep your information updated! The microchip databases are online or telephone-accessed databases and are available 24/7/365.
Hospice Care & Cremation
Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on compassionate pain management and medical care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. We are committed to being there when you need us most. Euthanasia can be a peaceful and intimate transition for your family. We do our best to comfort you and your pet during this difficult time. Pet caregivers who are caring for an aging or ill pet often face emotional, financial, and other challenges. And when its time to say goodbye, it can be an overwhelming decision. Grieving the loss of a beloved pet is heartbreaking for everyone in the family.
We are lucky to have a local group called Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support dedicated to supporting pet caregivers from the time of the pet’s diagnosis, through treatment, end-of-life decision-making, and coping after the loss of a beloved pet. They provide hope, education, resources, and on-going support.
Deciding what you want to do with your pet’s remains while that pet is still alive isn’t morbid; it’s a responsible way of preparing for another painful decision. And the best time to do it is while you pet is still alive so you have the chance to evaluate all the options.The final act of farewell may be the last act of love you can offer your pet and an important act of closure.
Here are some of the options for you to consider:
- Private onsite cremation and return of your pet’s ashes
- Home burial in your backyard of cremains
- Burial in a pet cemetery with a marked grave
- Group cremation
- Scattering ashes in a way that symbolizes setting the pet “free” for its final journey—such as in the woods or over a body of water, or just into the wind
With our onsite crematorium, we promise to treat your pet with dignity.