Making house calls to Fido |

Making house calls to Fido

Kathy Heicher
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyDr. Sheila Fitzpatrick

EAGLE ” Owners of stressed-out cats and nervous dogs have known for 14 years that Mountain Mobile Veterinary Service makes house calls. The philosophy is that in-home care for general procedures is less stressful on a pet.

What pet owners may not realize is that Mountain Mobile’s services include a full-service surgical and hospital center at 341 Broadway in Eagle. What was once one of the original houses on Eagle’s main street has been transformed into a pet hospital. The center provides 24-hour emergency care, on-site lab services, surgery (including spays and neutering), and dental care.

On-site radiological services mean that films can be read the same day. There’s also a board-certified surgeon who comes to Mountain Mobile to perform specialty operations, such as knee surgeries or dealing with joint issues and leg fractures ” services that for many years have required pet owners to travel to Denver.

Mountain Mobile’s downtown office also sells a full line of pet foods and supplies.

The clinic treats both large and small animals. Clients range from house cats that need the mats shaved out of their fur to horses with dental problems.

Mountain Mobile’s operator, Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick, has a special interest in performance horses. Fitzpatrick has represented Eagle County in some international cutting horse competitions. It’s not unusual to see a Percheron draft horse in the yard behind the veterinary clinic on Broadway awaiting treatment.

“That turns a few eyes in Eagle,” said Fitzpatrick. She also specializes in equine dentistry.

Facing a busy work schedule? The staff of six employees, including Fitzpatrick provides free pickup and delivery of pets.

Mountain Mobile, originally established in West Vail by Dr. Susan Stone in 1983, was the first such service in the valley. Fitzpatrick purchased the practice 14 years ago. As the county’s population has shifted downvalley, Fitzpatrick answered the growing needs of her clients by establishing the downvalley hospital.

“We provide services from East Vail to Dotsero,” said Fitzpatrick.

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