Doerr Animal Clinic

Serving Louisville

2050 Herr Lane
Louisville, KY 40222

Main (502) 509-2988

More about Doerr Animal Clinic

We Care For Your Pet Like They're Part Of Our Family!

We want our clients to know it is our priority to provide the finest veterinary care to our patients and it is our goal to assure that you, the owner, are well informed and comfortable with the decisions made regarding your pets care.

We strive to offer our clients the best state of the art technology and specialty veterinary care available! Our staff members are dedicated to the care of animals and they are willing to do whatever is necessary to make your pet comfortable with the highest quality standards of any veterinary facility. We provide a wide variety of pet products and services including full veterinary services, pet grooming, pet boarding, and a full inventory of pet supplies. Regardless of your pet's stage in life, we have the selection of the products to keep them healthy.

We think of our facility as a place of healing, warmth and goodwill. With a staff dedicated to attending to the best interest of both the patient and client, we strive to fulfill our mission of providing the most comprehensive veterinary care. Each veterinarian and team member is deeply committed to your pet's health and well-being. We fully dedicate ourselves to providing top-notch, personalized medical care in an environment that is both welcoming and comfortable for you and your loved companion.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mission Statement:""The doctors and staff at Doerr Animal Clinic pledge to provide an exceptional experience for each client and pet by setting and accepting only superior standards for our actions and procedures.""

This statement displays our feelings, values and ethics for a strong committment to service. Sincere concern for excellent medical care, comfort, understanding and our willingness to spend time with each pet and owner should be evident during every visit. The doctors feel obligated to assist every person in understanding the complexities of modern veterinary medical care. Please feel free to inform the staff if our mission to you has not been fulfilled. Many of the changes in our policies have been implimented through recommendations from clients like you. We not only appreciate you, but your suggestions as well.

Dr. Doerr opened the practice in 1969.The philosophy has always been to stay current in an ever changing atmosphere with emphasis on diagnostics and the modern equipment necessary to provide the answers as timely and accurately as possible. Our belief is that knowledge and modern technology ( ultrasound, laser and the Video Vetscope) enable us to provide the most up to date therapeutic services to our patients.

Specializing in Chronic & Recurrent Ear Infections!

Why Do You Want Your Pet to Have a Physical Exam?
Your pet can't always tell you where it hurts, or pets may mask their pain (a survival behavior in the wild). A comprehensive physical exam allows our doctors to compile a list of clues that can help uncover disease. Early detection and treatment are essential to avoid undue suffering and to prolong the quality and longevity of your pet's life. Watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, as well as general attitude and activity level. These changes may signal liver, kidney or heart problems. Lumps and bumps under the skin may seem harmless, but can be cancerous. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become obvious until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical exam is the basic tool our doctors use to evaluate your pet's health status and to help you make informed decisions about the care of your special companion.

What is checked During a Comprehensive Physical Exam
*Eyes: The eyes are examined with an ophthalmoscope for cataracts and retinal disease. Some retinal diseases indicate systemic (whole body) problems such as high blood pressure and infections. Glaucoma screening may be recommended for some animals.
*Ears: The ears are examined with an otoscope, an instrument used to see into the long and angled ear canal to the eardrum of dogs and cats. Ear infections and parasites are quite common.
*Mouth: The mouth is visually checked for lesions and tumors. Teeth are examined for tartar build-up, abscesses, fractures, missing teeth and gum disease.
*Heart & Lungs: The heart and lungs are checked by auscultation with a stethoscope, and feeling the pulse. The gums are examined for their color, felt for how moist or dry they are, and gently pressed and observed for capillary refill time.
*Abdomen: The abdomen is palpated for anomalies of organ size and character, such as enlargement of the liver or spleen, change in kidney size, bladder stones, tumors, and intestine abnormalities.
*Skin: The skin is examined for parasites, lesions, and abnormal growths.
*Lymph Nodes: The lymph nodes are palpated for symmetry, size, and tenderness.
*Nervous System: The nervous system is evaluated by observing your pet's behavior and testing reflexes.
*External Genitalia: The external genitalia are examined for abnormal discharge, color, swelling, or growths. The prostate gland is palpated for abnormal size and character.
*Gait: (Manner of walking) is observed for lameness and joints are palpated to detect tenderness and inflexibility that may indicate problems like arthritis.

On Site Lab Services
Our in-house veterinary laboratory features diagnostic testing for the following:

* Bloodwork: C.B.C., Panel, T4, F.E.L.V./F.I.V. testing
* Urinalysis and Sediment examination
* Cytology of skin & ear samples
* Distemper & Parvo titer testing in lieu of annual vaccinations for dogs
* Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
* Occult heartworm, Lymes, Erhlichra testing
* Parvo tests
* Feline heartworm Ag tests

State of the Art Technology:
*Video Vet-Scope
*Endoscopy
*Digital X-Ray

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