August 13, 2009
If you have ever owned a cat or dog, you know how hard it can sometimes be to get them to the veterinary. In this week's Jennifer's Heroes, we meet a woman who is helping make this process easier by bringing the vet to you, making her a hero to pet owners across the area.
Liz Palmer spent more than 25 years working in a traditional veterinary clinic, and while her practice was rewarding, she felt there was more to be done. Now, she's turning peoples living rooms into examination rooms, so your furry friends can be cared for in the comfort of their homes.
One family says their pet Trixi was a chewer. Everything was fair game for her when she was a puppy, but no matter what Trixi may have destroyed in her younger years, like the pictures on Linda Sobel's fridge, it's clear, the pup is a part of the family. After all the love she's provided in her 13 years, Sobel says she'll do anything to keep her dog healthy.
That's where family friend and in-home pet care provider, Dr. Liz Palmer came into the picture, making it easier for Trixi to get the attention she needs.
"It's much better to sit in a persons home and watch the animal walk around the room and see how they live day to day, what challenges the owner has," said Palmer.
Dr. Palmer helps relieve pain for pets, and their owners who struggled to get them into the office.
"Trixi was always terribly afraid to go to the vet. I'd have to pick her up and carry her into the office, and she weighs about 60 pounds, so that was a little awkward," said Sobel.
Dr. Maire Mahanes at the Charlottesville Cat Care Clinic gives referrals to Dr. Palmer, with the knowledge that her service is unique.
"It takes a very special person to understand that bond and understand that degree of illness, and I think that makes her special. It certainly doesn't pay as much as taking care of people, but it's very rewarding. Pets give so much to our lives and we don't think we always appreciate it enough," said Dr. Mahanes.
While she may never hear a word of thanks, this week's hero says a wagging tale, is just as good.
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