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Home Veterinary Care brings clinic to your living room

posted October 19th, 2016 by
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Home Veterinary Care

Have you ever tried to take three cats to the vet? Or just one really stressed out cat? Maybe your large dog is sick and having trouble hopping into the car. Maybe your pet isn’t the problem, but your kid lost his shoes… again. Whatever it is that makes getting to the vet difficult, Tulsa’s newest mobile veterinarian can help.

Dr. Gabrielle Fielstra, who is also a mom to three young children, wanted to take charge of her schedule after working as veterinarian in a clinic for 10 years.

“I have thought about it for a while and it’s something I definitely think there is a need for here in town, ” said Fielstra, who launched Home Veterinary Care in June.

Many of her clients had pets that were stressed by coming into the clinic and had asked about home visits, says Fielstra.

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Dr. Gabrielle Fielstra and vet tech Ashley Jones.

“It’s a lot more personalized,” she said. “I get to know my clients a lot better when I’m standing in their living room than in an exam room. And you can see the patients better; you can see them in their environment.”

For example, a limping dog may hide their injury in the clinic.

“The big thing is behavior, you can see the source,” Fielstra explained. “If a pet is going to the bathroom in the house, you can see their environment and what is going on with the litter box or the yard; things the client may not even think to tell you when they are standing in an exam room.”

Another service offered quality of life evaluations and end of life care.

“I can give my advice on the patient’s quality of life and if there is anything we can do to help improve quality of life or if it is time and help [clients] come to terms with that,” Fielstra said. “That’s the hardest part is getting to that point.

“We do a lot of referrals for home euthanasia,” Fielstra continued. “It’s a lot more comfortable. People are upset and they don’t want to be upset at a clinic in an exam room. We work with all of the pet funeral homes so we can help take care of the remains.”

Fielstra books her appointments in one-hour blocks allowing 15 to 20 minutes for travel, leaving 30 to 45 minutes for the actual appointment time.

Supplies are carried in the van including medications, a mini lab with microscopes and some basic tests. The exam is conducted in the house or yard if the pet is an outdoor animal.

“I think one thing that people hesitate on is the price; people assume it’s going to be really expensive,” Fielstra said. “We try to price it where it is still really reasonable.”

There is a travel fee separate from the exam fee. If you are having multiple animals examined, there is still only one travel fee. Package discounts for annual shots are also offered.

Home Veterinary Care serves Tulsa and the surrounding area Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit homevetcaretulsa.com or call 918.892.9382.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Mobile vet a convenient alternative

posted March 29th, 2016 by
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A trip to the vet was not always a big deal. First there was one cat. I threw a few treats in his carrier, he walked in and I plopped the whole thing in the car. No big deal. Fast forward fifteen years and there are three cats, two dogs and two small children. Getting to the vet is now a big deal, especially for my old and crotchety kitties.

The dogs and children are happy to hop in the car and go for a ride. But getting three cats in three carriers and managing small kids is just not happening. Which is why I decided to give the Mobile Veterinary Hospital of Tulsa a try.

And barring any major medical issue, I will probably never take my cats to the vet again. Dr. Kristie Plunkett and her assistant Holly Cearley were professional, quick and amazing with both my animals and kids.

Much like having other services done in the home, I was given a window of time for our appointment. I received a call about 30 minutes before their arrival and had time to do a headcount of my cats and get them in a secure room without much to hide under.

When they arrived, they brought in the necessary equipment and got to work examining my three cats and administering vaccines while my kids watched and asked a lot of questions. Two of my three cats were much more relaxed for the process, one is just skittish no matter what.

The process was simple and painless. The bill did not look much different than what I would normally pay for exams and shots. There is a trip charge, but only for the first animal, so make sure to have all of your pets seen at the same time.

For anyone who may have trouble getting their animals to the vet for any reason, moms with young children, people who have trouble getting around or those with pets who are averse to a trip to the vet, this is another option to make that necessary yearly visit a little easier.

You can learn more about Dr. Plunkett and her services at mobilevetoftulsa.com.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]