Sign In

Local animal hospital offers drive-up services

April 7, 2020

While many of us looking to help keep ourselves healthy, we still need to be looking out for our pets.

Humans can take part in telemedicine by telling the physician what problems they’re facing, but our animals need us to speak for them.

This has spawned a new kind of service.

There is a sense of relief for pet owners in a time of uncertainty and fear.

“These people are very good at taking care of the dog and taking very good precautions,” said Soledad Traverso, pet owner.

Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital is one of the local care facilities that has switched to a drive-up service for those coming in with a pet in need.

“Its been different having to come out and get animals for once and doing everything without the owner, but obviously everyone has cell phones now and we are able to communicate that way,” said Heather Stauffer, manager, Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital.

Once the owner arrives and is parked they can then call into to the hospital to let them know they are here, which is then followed by a series of questions.

“They go over health history stuff on the phone, things like that. Then you wait until they call you again and they come get the pet from you,” said Samantha Kennedy, pet owner.

For some pet owners, this way of going to the vet is easier compared to what they’re used to.

“In our case it’s actually better because he does get a little anxious around other people and around other dogs too. It is beneficial to us that he can just chill out until they’re actually ready for him in the car,” said Kennedy.

But as for what services the vets can provide right now;

“We are doing the wellness exams that involve the leptospirosis and rabies vaccinations due to the human contact and potential there. Plus rabies is a law. Laws don’t stop while COVID-19 is going on, so we want to make sure we’re keeping up with that,” said Stauffer.

Non-essential services such as nail clippings are not being done at this time.

The veterinarian went onto explain that there are videos online you can watch to learn how to properly cut your animals nails.

You are encouraged to call your vet for any concerns or questions.

Register Your Dog

  • Most Recent News

    Former Victoria man’s diabetic alert dog helps him get back to life

    When Luke Hengen’s diabetes worsened in his early twenties, it stripped him of the outdoor activities where the country kid felt at home. Countless wilderness adventures and years of hard-fought football games took a toll on his body, to the point where he could no longer sense when his blood sugar was too high or […]

    Read more

    Students Get Therapy Dog

    When middle school students return to class on Jan. 11, they’ll find a new face at the door: Daisy. Daisy is a therapy dog and the personal pet of Rob Kreger, principal of the Rock L. Butler Middle School. The five-year-old golden retriever is not a school pet or mascot, but rather a working dog […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dogtor

    Last March, Caroline Benzel, a third-year medical student, began to notice the stress and discomfort her nurse friends were feeling from the pressures of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “[Personal protective equipment] can be really rough on the skin,” Benzel, 31, tells PEOPLE. Benzel and her 3-year-old Rottweiler, Loki (who’s also a therapy dog) hatched a […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dog Pups

    When Stanley the miniature fox terrier’s owner passed away, the little dog started a ‘paw-some’ new role – bringing puppy love to some of the Gold Coast’s oldest residents. After Carinity Cedarbrook Diversional Therapist Julianne Staff adopted Stanley, he began visiting the aged care community at Mudgeeraba as a therapy dog. Therapy dogs help to […]

    Read more

    Puppy Cams

    A nonprofit is providing an unusual form of therapy for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic – puppy cams! “You spend five minutes with a puppy and try not to smile,” said registered nurse Robin Lingg Lagrone. Lingg Lagrone says watching little furballs wag their tails and prance on their paws helps […]

    Read more

    Pet Committee

    When Moore County’s school doors were abruptly closed earlier in 2020, two- and four-legged volunteers from the Moore County Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) were in their 12th year of presenting a six-session Pet Responsibility Education Program for fourth-graders. The PRC quickly shifted gears and placed its program materials online as part of a home […]

    Read more