Dr. Sam's Veterinary House Calls provides at home veterinary service for the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas (including Allentown, Bethlehem, Fogelsville, Easton, Hellertown, Northampton, Bath, Orefield, Macungie, Alburtis, and more.)
The house call fee is based on driving distance from Emmaus. Please don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email with any questions you might have, or for a full estimate of services. Visit our Facebook page to read reviews from our many satisfied clients.
Due to the nature of house calls, patients are seen by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call Monday through Friday during our phone hours. Calls received outside normal hours will be returned the following business day. Evening appointments are available if scheduled in advance.
Payment via cash, check, or credit card is required at the time services are rendered. I will provide an approximate 30 minute arrival window, and will make every attempt to contact you should I be running late or early.
My name is Dr. Samantha Ottinger also known to my clients as Dr. Sam. Following my graduation from Texas A&M University in 2004, I worked in a small animal clinic in San Antonio, Texas for a year. After deciding that the Texas summers were more than I could handle, I relocated to Allentown, PA in 2005.
After working at several veterinary clinics in the area, I decided to start my own house call practice in 2010. My goal in starting my own business is to provide quality veterinary care at home with minimal stress to my patients. I treat every one of my patients as if they were my own, and strive to give my patients the best care possible. In the event that the illness is beyond what I am able to care for in your home, I will ensure you are referred to a hospital that can continue to provide the best in care for your pet.
I set out to become a Veterinarian because of my love for animals. Naturally, I have several pets of my own: Keechi (Australian Cattle Dog), Butternut (Husky Mix), two cats (Lulu and Yuki), and a mustang that I adopted from the bureau of land management named Casper.
Jess lives with her family in the Lehigh Valley which includes her husband of almost 20 years, her daughter, her son, and all of her animals (a horse: Surprize, a cat: Pixie, and a dog: Dunkin). Her family and animals are her world, but keep her on her toes. Before becoming a mom she worked locally as a vet tech. After a long break of being a mom, she is excited to have the opportunity to help with animals again as part of Dr. Sam's team.
Laura graduated in 2011 from Bucknell University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Animal Behavior. She has worked in a veterinary hospital and dog training facilities to help treat health issues and behavioral problems. She currently resides in Cherryville with her family and 4 dogs (LJ - a pit mix, Washington - a brittany spaniel, Casey - a chocolate lab and Diablo - a chihuahua/dachshund). Her hobbies include dog training, gardening, and volleyball.
Chelsea has worked in the veterinary field for almost 10 years. She graduated from the Northampton / Lehigh Carbon Community College Veterinary Technician program in 2009 and then passed her boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Chelsea’s favorite areas of interest in the veterinary field are anesthesia and dentistry. She resides in Allentown with her 3 dogs and a cat (Mylo - Shepard mix, Boss - Mastiff mix, Jax - Pitbull & Luna the cat). Her hobbies include horseback riding and fitness.
Veterinary house calls allow patients to be examined in the comfort of their own home environment. This can alleviate the stress typically associated with taking your pets to the vet. Most animals will become stressed after being taken out of their environment, being transported in a car, and then being subjected to strange sounds, smells and people. An animal under stress may exhibit elevations in heart rate, respiration, temperature, and can exhibit changes in their behavior. These changes can mask the symptoms being presented at home or even create symptoms that were not present previously.
House calls are also a benefit to households with multiple dogs and cats. It is much more convenient for a household with a busy schedule to be able to schedule one appointment for all their animals to be seen at once, as opposed to having to pack up everyone and take them in to a veterinary clinic.
House calls are also beneficial to anyone with limited mobility or someone who does not does not have the ability to easily transport their animals to a clinic.
House calls also allow the doctor to be focused on the patient and the client during a visit because the normal clinic distractions are not present during a house call.
Overall a house call is less stressful for both the owner and the pet.
Providing a good quality of life to our patients is paramount in the field of veterinary medicine. As our pets age they can develop chronic health issues that can slowly decrease their quality of life. Many of these problems, like pain from arthritis or cancer, can be managed for a time to help maintain a pet’s quality of life. We at Dr. Sam’s Veterinary House Calls strive to help our older patients enjoy their last years comfortably. We believe in-home visits for older pets can be the first step toward helping with their quality of life; they won’t have to struggle with getting in and out of the car or sit in a waiting room full of strange smells and odors. In-home treatment can be more consistent and less stressful for your cat or dog. Your companion’s happiness is of great importance to us.
When our cats and dogs no longer respond to medical intervention, veterinarians strive to make their remaining days as comfortable as possible. However, despite our best efforts at pain management and environmental modifications, our dogs and cats might not respond to our treatments and recommendations.
While it is never an easy decision to make, we often need to help our patients end their suffering in a caring and compassionate way. Here at Dr. Sam’s, we are able to perform humane euthanasia in the privacy of the patient’s home, in both a familiar and comforting environment. Once it is established that euthanasia is the best choice, we discuss the process with our client in detail so that all parties know what to expect and feel comfortable with the decision.
Our process is carried out in two steps. We first, and most importantly, sedate the patient. The sedation is similar to anesthesia, so the cat or dog is relaxed and unaware, and does not feel pain or discomfort during the entire process. After a few minutes, we administer the euthanasia solution. Once the solution is given, the patient’s heartbeat and breathing will quickly stop. We want to make this a peaceful and loving procedure, and do our best to respect all our client’s wishes. You may hold your pet during the process if you wish, or simply be near. Your preferences are important to us, so please feel free to share your feelings with us.
We also provide a complimentary paw print and hair clipping to serve as a keepsake. Upon owner’s request, cremation services are available. If a private cremation is selected Dr. Sam’s staff will personally return your pet’s ashes to you.
Regular clients can order heartworm and flea prevention, as well as regularly prescribed medications and foods simply by calling or emailing Dr. Sam. Prescriptions can be sent directly to your home!
By ordering medications through Dr. Sam you still get the manufacturer guarantee that you do not always get when ordering prescriptions online.
Your Veterinary Prescription Diets prescriptions can be ordered and sent to your home directly from VetDirect! Simply click the link below and enter our Clinic ID: OBNWQ
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