Welcome! If you are a pet parent and are looking for common sense advice, read on!
Have you ever been at your veterinarian’s office with your dog or cat and felt slightly or totally confused about what was happening? Maybe you had questions or requests about your pet’s care but didn’t quite know how to ask. More than likely, you were given a bill that sent a ripple of shock through your brain.
As pet parents, we all want what is best for our pets. The question is, what really is best? Are all of the things your vet’s office is recommending (or requiring) in your dog or cat’s best interest? Are there ways we can promote health and wellness while mediating the impact on your pocketbook?
I believe we can, and we should.
If you want to know more and be an advocate for your pets, you have come to the right place. Our pets are with us for such a short time, even when they live into old age. It only makes sense that we should be feeding them high quality foods that match what they were made to eat. We should be giving them only the vaccines they need to protect from disease for which they are at risk, and then only as frequently as necessary. We should be protecting them from pests like fleas and ticks and intestinal worms with careful consideration for the impact of chemicals on their bodies. If this makes sense to you, I invite you to join me here for on-going education and conversation.
Who Am I?
I am a veterinarian from south-central Pennsylvania. I attended college at Penn State University, where I worked on the dairy farm, feeding calves and milking cows. I spent time as a child on a dairy farm, feeding calves and milking cows. This is where I learned how much I like animals. To this day, cows are my favorite. They are warm, thoughtful, make comforting noises, and have scratchy tongues when they lick you. I was a horse-crazy girl. I wanted my own horse very, very badly. I didn’t get my own horse, but I did get to take riding lessons. My mom even took lessons with me for a while, and that’s my favorite memory of my mom to this day. Our family’s first kitten was discarded out of a car window near the driveway of the farm. We scooped her up and took her home, where I BEGGED my dad to allow her to live with us. He didn’t like cats, but he gave in. The cat, whom we named Muffin, promptly took to sleeping on my dad’s chest in the evenings while he watched TV. Muffin lived to the ripe old age of 22.
After earning my bachelors degree at Penn State, I moved to Ames, Iowa to attend veterinary school at Iowa State University. During vet school, I studied both large and small animal medicine and surgery. This approach has served me well in my career as a vet. I have worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, industry, and in an academic setting. Currently, I’m a a mobile veterinarian with Peaceful Pet Passage, an in-home pet euthanasia service.
At home, I am mom and wife. I enjoy gardening, home improvement projects, and reading.
Some Thoughts From Clients…
“I couldn’t believe how peaceful this horrible day was for my boy. Dr. Carney was awesome and we were able to take our time with our boy. They are the hospice for animals! Thank you all for your service to our family members!” -Sue C.
“I can’t thank you enough for your help. We love them all so much and you are truly the most loving and knowledgeable vet we’ve ever had. We trust you more than anyone to take care of our rescued fur babies and we know you always have their best interest at heart. I want you to know that you are appreciated beyond words.” -Becky G.
“Saying goodbye to one of your babies is a very hard and painfully emotional time. We cannot thank Dr. Carney, Tom & the rest of the staff enough for making that time a little more bearable. We said goodbye to our baby, Molson, on December 22nd. He passed so peacefully while lying on his couch, with his favorite blankets, surrounded by love. We could not have asked for a more loving, peaceful way to say goodbye and to thank him for 12 years of love and companionship that he gave to us. Thank you all for your kindness and thoughtfulness through such a terrible time. We are so appreciative to you and all you do, not just through our difficult time, but for all those out there that have to say goodbye to their babies.” -Kerri E.