Dr. Stephanie Phillips doesn’t see healthy dogs and cats.
An internal medicine specialist at Care Veterinary Center in Frederick, Phillips doesn’t offer routine checkups or shots or grooming. Most of her patients have been referred by traditional veterinarians for her specialty care.
The center, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is the emergency room for pet dogs and cats. The animal may have been hit by a car or has some illness that needs intensive examination.
Phillips, 43, has expertise in diagnosing and treating respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, renal, urogenital and lymphatic systems. Many people don’t realize that dogs and cats can have many of the same health problems as humans.
“I do a lot of ultrasound and biopsies,” Phillips said at the center on West Patrick Street. “Dogs like to eat anything, and we use an endoscope to find and retrieve the object or do a biopsy.”
The center is the only specialty animal hospital in Frederick.
“I believe I am the only board-certified internist” in the area, she said.
Before the practice opened, Frederick County residents had to go to Leesburg, Virginia, or Gaithersburg for similar care for their pets.
Some of her patients need in-depth care for diabetes, kidney failure, and oncology care such as chemotherapy after surgery.
“A lot of cats get kidney failure,” Phillips said.
She has worked with 280-pound dogs and 1-pound dogs.
Phillips grew up near Burkittsville, across the road from a dairy farm. “My intention was to be a dairy vet, but there are not a lot of positions open. I saw how people bond with their pets, and I got very attached to that. I don’t do any large animals, only dogs and cats.”
Phillips went to veterinary school at Auburn University. She did her internship at the University of Minnesota and residency at Cornell University.
Married with two children, Phillips lives in Middletown, along with two dogs, two cats and two guinea pigs.
She said her husband is a stay-at-home dad, which enables her to spend time at the center, caring for animals.
The center may see 20 animals in an average night; during the day, there will be surgery for 10 or so and 10 to 15 in internal medicine. Some are emergencies, and some of the procedural services are by appointment.
Pets may need many of the same specialty treatments as their owners or other humans: tracheal washes, colonoscopies, intensive care, bone marrow, feeding tube placement and stent placement.
Her specialty care has drawn a lot of thanks from pet owners. Here are some of the thanks she has received:
“Thank you for your caring, compassionate ways and the extra tender loving care. You are truly special and have a special place in my heart,” client Shannon Leidig said about Aria.
“There are no words that can explain how thankful we are that he was under your care during the last few years. In our hearts we know that had it not been for the caring compassionate love that he received from his family at Care, we would have lost long ago,” said Donna Creager and Lynn Sheeley with Echo.
“We can’t thank you enough for all you did. Your compassion, kindness and expertise made a tough situation so much better,” said Mary Kate Battles with Bert.
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