We work with you to provide the best care for your patients.
Climbing Rose Veterinary Services supplements and supports the care you give your patients. We provide services that are difficult, stressful, and time-consuming to offer in clinic. We also hope to make hospice and other comfort-related care more accessible to clients whose pets have limited mobility or are stressed by repeated visits to the vet.
Hospice care: We offer hospice care by referral. We do not provide hospice care to clients who have not taken their pets to the vet and, at the very least, had their options explained to them. Once you have referred a client to us, we can proceed in one of two ways, whichever you prefer:
- You may turn over management of the case to us. Dr. Fowler has 13 years of experience in small animal practice and is happy to take over the care of the patient. She will re-examine the patient at each visit and can adjust or prescribe medications, provide and explain nursing care, draw blood or collect urine for testing at your clinic or at UGA, and generally oversee the management of the case. In that case, we will gladly keep you informed of the animal’s condition.
- You may continue to oversee the case with our assistance. Dr. Fowler will be your eyes, ears, and fingers at the client’s home. She will contact you after each visit to keep you updated on the animal’s condition so that you can adjust your plan.
Animals that might benefit from the kind of hospice care we provide include cats with chronic renal failure, especially those whose owners can’t give SQ fluids, large breed dogs with severe arthritis or other mobility problems, animals with cancer, and many others. We can give SQ fluids, assist with feeding, give baths, tend and bandage wounds, shave mats, trim nails, help clients get big dogs outside and inside, adjust medications, recommend follow-up care, and evaluate and discuss quality of life.
Euthanasia: Unfortunately, due to Clarke County regulations on home-based businesses, we are not yet able to offer euthanasia. We hope to add this service in the future. In the meantime, for clients who would like in-home euthanasia, we recommend Paws to Wings, a mobile euthanasia service run by Dr. Marcy Simon.
Chiropractic care: When Dr. Fowler’s own dog was old and arthritic, she benefited greatly from monthly chiropractic visits. It was seeing this that inspired Dr. Fowler, who has always been interested in pain management, to seek advanced training in chiropractic. Chiropractic care helps ensure that the musculoskeletal system is working at its best potential. It can benefit animals of any age, from puppies and kittens to the elderly, and it can benefit the healthy as well as the ill. Animals with lameness or stiffness may be especially helped by it. Chiropractic places great emphasis on keeping nails a healthy length, so chiropractic visits typically include a nail trim.
Dr. Fowler completed the 240 hour Animal Chiropractic course offered by the Animal Chiropractic Education Source and is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Physical rehabilitation: We all know the value of physical rehabilitation in human medicine, but it is underused in veterinary medicine. Rehabilitation partners naturally with chiropractic care, since rehabilitation exercises are often used to keep chiropractic problems from recurring. They can also help animals recover more quickly and fully from injuries or surgeries. Dr. Fowler expects to complete canine rehabilitation certification in 2018. She can examine your post-surgical or post-trauma patients and design exercise programs to help them get back to normal as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Dr. Fowler is currently working to complete the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner training offered by the University of Tennessee and expects to finish it in December 2019.
Although many visits will fall clearly into one category or another (hospice, chiropractic, etc), Dr. Fowler brings all her skills to each appointment and can combine them as necessary to help the patient. For instance, chiropractic adjustment can help many physical rehabilitation patients, and vice versa.
Frequency of visits:
- Hospice: Can be as often as the patient needs. Most hospice patients should be examined every 1-2 weeks at least. Many should be seen 2-3 times per week. Some may need daily care. We can provide whatever level of service is needed. Although we typically see appointments 3 days a week, we can schedule additional appointments for patients that need it. There is an extra charge for weekend visits.
- Physical rehabilitation: Most rehabilitation patients are seen once a week until they are recovered, but some may need to be seen more or less often.
- Chiropractic: Healthy chiropractic patients are seen once a month initially. If they do well over time, visits may be decreased to once every 3-4 months. Patients with mobility problems are generally seen every 2 weeks, although they can be seen more or less frequently as needed.
Fees: Our fee structure is based on a flat fee for each kind of appointment (chiropractic, rehabilitation, or hospice) with a housecall charge determined by distance travelled. We offer a price break for multiple visits within one week. Weekend visits have an additional charge. The only other additional charges are for body transportation and for any lab fees. For any medications or prescription diets, we provide prescriptions rather dispensing the medication or food. If you would like an estimate to give to a client or would like to discuss our fees, please call us.
Dr. Fowler is always happy to talk to other veterinarians about how she can help them. Please call or email her with any questions: 706-489-0295, email@example.com.