in the comfort of your pet’s family home
Annual Exams • Vaccinations • Illness or Injury • Diagnostic Labs • Medications • Microchipping • Exotic Pet Care • Travel Certificates • Compassionate Euthanasia • More
Serving Greater Tampa Bay, including Pinellas and Pasco
About MVS Pet Care Florida
Personalized, Expert Care
Less Pet Stress
Comfort and Convenience
Meet Our Veterinarians
- University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
- VCA Valley Animal Hospital and Emergency Center (Tucson, AZ)
Internship training in general practice and emergency medicine
- Pet parent to 2 dogs and 3 cats
- Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude (Tuskegee, AL)
- Pet parent to 2 dogs
Services from MVS Pet Care Florida
- Healthy Pet Exams
- Diagnostic Labs
- Multiple Pets
- Illness or Injury
- NEW! Acupunture
- Additional Services
- Appointment Policies
Healthy Pet Exams
The single most important thing you can provide for your pet from a medical standpoint is a complete physical examination once a year. Because your pet cannot tell you when something is wrong, the exam gives the doctor an opportunity to look for subtle signs of disease or other issues that are not apparent in your pet’s everyday life. By catching issues early, we can try to prevent more major problems down the road.
During an annual exam, your veterinarian will observe your pet for breathing, energy level, gait, and other issues that are visually apparent. A hands-on exam will take place at your pet’s level and as much as possible, on your pet’s term. If your dog is more comfortable on their bed (or your bed), the exam will take place there. If your cat prefers to be up high on a counter or dresser, we will work with you to carry out the exam in your cat’s favorite spot.
The physical exam may highlight some areas in need of further evaluation. The doctor can initiate these tests at the appointment, including taking blood and urine samples, monitoring blood pressure, or other diagnostics as needed.
We offer a full range of diagnostic lab tests from the in-home visit.
Bloodwork helps us assess and monitor the overall health of your pet’s internal organs and systems. We offer a full range of blood tests, from standard panels and profiles that assess a number of different values to specialized tests that focus on specific organ functions and conditions.
If the doctor thinks bloodwork will be helpful in your pet’s case, he or she will discuss this with you and draw the blood at the visit. We submit the blood to a national diagnostic laboratory for fast and accurate testing. We will reach out to you with the test results and our recommendations when the results are available, often within a day or two of your appointment.
How many humans does it take to get 3 cats into a car? Answer: With MVS – none! One of the greatest benefits of in-home veterinary care is our ability to provide exams and services for all of your pets in one visit, and no one has to get in the car. Our team will work with you during scheduling to ensure your visit is timed correctly for multiple exams.
Illness or Injury
Your pet doesn’t have the words to tell you that he’s not feeling well, or that she hurt her leg. Instead, your main clues about illness or injury will be changes in your pet’s energy level, appetite, behavior, or routines.
When you notice any of these, give us a call. We can help assess what may be going on and decide whether your pet should be seen, and if so, how soon. We will make every effort to fit your sick or injured pet into our schedule. On many occasions we are able to see sick or injured pets the same day, or within a few days for less pressing concerns. If your pet needs attention sooner than our availability allows, then we will refer you to one of our partner emergency hospitals in the area.
We recommend vaccinating your pet against serious but preventable diseases like rabies, distemper, and other diseases. Thanks to effective vaccines and routine vaccination protocols, the incidence of these diseases is low, but when they occur they can be severe and even fatal.
We tailor our vaccine recommendations to each particular pet’s environment and lifestyle. The doctor will take time during your pet’s exam to ask about things like interactions with other animals and time spent outside. Based on these and other questions, he or she will recommend the vaccinations most important for your pet.
Kittens, puppies, and other pets receiving vaccinations for the first time usually will need a series of shots given about 3-4 weeks apart to establish their immunity. Once the initial series has been completed, your pet will need a booster shot each year. If you stay on schedule with the boosters, you may be able to shift to a three-year schedule for some of the vaccines.
We can provide the prescription and over-the-counter medications your pet needs. In some cases, the doctor will leave medications with you at the visit so you can start right away. In other cases, we will wait for the results of lab tests and then we can mail the appropriate medications to you.
If your pet is on medications regularly, we offer automatic refills as a convenient way to be sure you always have the medication you need. Once we start your pet on automatic refills, we will mail more medication on a regular schedule, typically every month. Our goal is to make things easier for you, so if you ever need to adjust an automatic refill schedule, or cancel it altogether, just let us know.
We routinely monitor the bloodwork of pets who are on medications long-term. This bloodwork helps ensure that the medication is working effectively without causing any unwanted side effects. In most cases we’ll want to check your pet’s bloodwork every six months, though we may need to monitor things more closely, particularly at the beginning of treatment or if your pet’s health warrants closer attention.
We can only dispense prescription medications for pets we have examined within the past year and for whom we have current bloodwork, if needed. If your pet needs medication but is overdue for an exam or bloodwork, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Acupuncture is offered by Dr. Kristi Tipton for the purposes of prevention and treatment, as care for pets with current and chronic illnesses or ailments. Veterinary acupuncture is most often suggested for health concerns including musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic conditions, and quality of life and hospice care.
An acupuncture evaluation includes and initial visit to review history, records and laboratory work, followed by a physical examination using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine principles. Treatment and care options will be provided, which may include acupuncture.
Acupuncture usually involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific acupuncture points (acupoints) on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect, but may include other methods such as electrical stimulation and aquapuncture (the injection of B vitamins at the acupuncture points).
Acupuncture has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. It is a safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Dr. Tipton was trained in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
We want to be the one place you can go for all of your pet’s needs. Our comprehensive services also include:
Heartworm and Flea/Tick Prevention
We try to keep our prices in line with other high-quality veterinary practices in the area. Our goal is not to be the cheapest or the most expensive, but to offer excellent value for the services we provide.
Please let us know if you want an estimate for your visit. We will gladly prepare a care plan showing the price of each treatment your pet may need.
We accept check, cash, credit, or Apple Pay, and we are excited to announce that we are now accepting Care Credit as well.
If you are unable to pay in full at the visit, you may apply for CareCredit ahead of time to arrange for a payment plan. The application takes 5 minutes to complete and credit approvals are returned in 30 seconds. Please contact us with any questions.
We value your time and therefore give you a narrow window of arrival time for your appointment. You can help us by valuing our time as well. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please let us know as soon as possible.
Cancellations less than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment and no-shows at scheduled appointments are subject to a cancellation fee equal to the housecall fee ($60).
A “no show” occurs when a client is not home at the scheduled time of appointment.
We charge this fee because your appointment reserves our time to be with you and your pets, at your home. That time slot is not available for us to offer to other clients in the interim. A cancellation within a short time prior to the appointment leaves us with an empty appointment that otherwise could have been offered to other clients, but that cannot easily be filled at the last minute, particularly given the logistics of scheduling appointments geographically.
We appreciate your understanding and respect for our time and commitment to your pets.
Contact MVS Pet Care Florida
MVS Pet Care Florida is now open in Tampa Bay! You can contact us today about an appointment, or for more information. Our office staff is available by phone Mon-Fri from 9am-6pm.
We are also planning expansion to Sarasota, Orlando, and throughout Florida. Please complete the “Submit a Question” form (linked below) so we can let you know more about our services and we can notify you when we are available in your area.
Thank you and we look forward to meeting you soon!