After 32 years of veterinary house calls, I’ve decided it’s time to retire. While I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you and helping you care for your pets over the years, I’m also looking forward to what the future holds for me and my family.

However, what does this mean for you and your pets? How do we move forward from here? How do we transition your pet’s care to a new veterinarian? To help you in that process as much as I can, here is my plan moving forward.

I am willing to continue making visits until my retirement date, Friday October 27th. If your pet is due for vaccines, I can help with that as long as my vaccine inventory holds out, so they won’t need boosters for a while. If your pet has a new medical condition, this might be the time to seek a new veterinarian, to avoid any interruptions in care when I close.

I can send medical records to you, or your new veterinarian, by postal mail, fax, or email. Please email me at vetcaremobile@verizon.net, or call me at 215-914-0966, to let me know where to send those records. Please give me your first and last name when you contact me, so I can send you the right information.

If your pet is on preventative medication, such as heartworm pills, or flea and tick medications, I can set you up with enough to last about 1 year. I’m happy to sell from my own inventory until my stocks are depleted, in which case I recommend getting them through an online veterinary pharmacy such as www.chewy.com or www.1800petmeds.com . For pets on prescription veterinary diets, we can order those on www.chewy.com . If you order online, let the pharmacy know I’m your veterinarian, and they will contact me for the prescription authorization.

If your pet is on long term treatment for a chronic medical condition, I can arrange for up to 6-12 months of refills, depending on the situation. After that, you will need to seek care from another veterinarian to continue treatment. We can order these from a veterinary pharmacy, or in some cases a local drug store. Some pharmacies, such as Walmart Pharmacies, also carry select veterinary drugs, which may be helpful to you.

Some pets do better if they are medicated prior to a veterinary visit to reduce the stress of the exam. Unfortunately, a new veterinarian cannot prescribe medications until after they have seen you and your pet for the first time. Therefore, I’m happy to get you a prescription at a local drug store to help with that first visit. Please contact me ASAP so I can call that in for you.  I cannot guarantee how well these medications will help, as they don’t work for everyone.

I can certainly recommend seeking future care at a local veterinary hospital. However, if you need to continue receiving care from a house call veterinarian, there are other vets in the area who may be able to help. Here’s a list of the ones I am aware of (in alphabetical order):

BetterVet  https://bettervet.com/locations/pa/philadelphia

HomeVet, Dr. Jaime Logan, 267-225-3375, https://www.homevet4pets.com

HousePaws, 215-631-1313, https://housepaws.us

Montgomery Visiting Vet, Dr. Michelle Campellone 215-443-5003,  https://www.montgomeryvisitingvet.com

Dr. Oleg Schleyfer 267-251-1869

Dr. Linda Stahl, 215-794-3379, https://www.mobilevetbuckscounty.com

There are also local veterinarians who specialize in compassionate in-home euthanasia, if needed.

Lap of Love www.lapoflove.com

Last Act of Love, Dr. Don Shields, 215-485-8780

Finally, once VetCare is closed, it won’t be long before you will no longer be to reach me by phone, text or fax. However, I will continue to check emails, at vetcaremobile@verizon.net  for things like record requests, veterinary references for pet adoptions, and the like. Please be patient with these requests, however, as I can’t guarantee a rapid response to your inquiry.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please reach out to me by phone or email, and I’ll do my best to help.

Finally, thank you for trusting me with your pet’s veterinary needs. I am truly grateful.

Mark A. Johnson, VMD