Dr. Carol Lah offers in-home wellness and preventative care, outpatient treatment, in-home consultation, geriatric care, and end-of-life services for dogs and cats.
After graduate school, Dr. Lah worked as a full-time veterinary technician in general practice and emergency clinics from 2006 to 2010.
Dr. Lah attended UC Davis and obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2014. Since then, she’s been practicing full-time companion animal medicine and loving it!
Dr. Lah started her own mobile service to continue providing house calls after Vetted Petcare's closure in 2020.
Dr. Lah is licensed (California Veterinary Medical Board), nationally accredited (USDA/APHIS), insured (AVMA-PLIT), and Fear Free® certified (fearfreepets.com).
Dr. Carol Lah was born in the Bronx after her family emigrated from South Korea but she mainly grew up in the suburbs of Southern California. Prior to moving to NorCal in 2008, she lived in Dallas, Texas followed by St. Louis, Missouri. It didn’t take Dr. Lah long to realize that a no-snow dry climate suited her best and she moved back to CA and never looked back since.
Dr. Lah currently resides in Silicon Valley with her husband of 12 years and their four beloved pets: Angel (sassy 16 yr old pomeranian never shies away from voicing her opinion during work call meetings), Bella (sweeter-than-sweet 10 yr old blue brindle pit bull loves to be loved), and Boy Kat & Girl Kat (6 yr old Ragdoll mix cat siblings). The Kats make up for their unimaginative names with their charismatic personalities and swagger. One of their signature moves is looking cute and cool at the same time which they pull off effortlessly.
(Prices subject to change)
Includes house call (up to 1 hour) and physical exam for 1 pet.
Rabies (thimerosal-free) $35
Oral Bordetella $35
Cats (PUREVAX® non-adjuvanted feline vaccines):
Feline Leukemia $35
1-year Feline Rabies $35
3-year Feline Rabies $75
Difficult nail trim $45
Infected or abscessed anal glands will be referred to ER.
An estimate will be made upon request prior to payment.
Estimate will be made upon request prior to administration.
(Effective 1/11/21) Most major airlines have banned emotional support animals except for trained service dogs. Medium/large dogs have to fly cargo or via pet transport service. Small dogs and cats can fly in-cabin with pet fee (check airline). This website shows which airlines are still accepting ESA: https://esadoctors.com/airlines-allowing-emotional-support-animals/
Dogs weighing 75 pounds or more will have an additional fee of $100.
Communal cremation (no ashes returned): $150
Ashes are scattered on a 10-acre ranch in Salinas area. Includes digital paw print on paper.
Private cremation (ashes returned):
$275 (< 50 pounds)
$325 (50 pounds+)
Individual ashes and digital paw print will be mailed via certified UPS delivery in wooden urn with your pet’s name laser engraved on a plaque. If you’d like a different urn, select from urn catalogue (billed separately by AMS): https://www.animalmemorialservice.com/product_catalog.php
To request an appointment, send a message below which is directly sent to me.
I cannot fulfill phone call requests at this time but I can be reached by email/iMessage (firstname.lastname@example.org). The following information must be provided in order to be considered for an appointment:
-First and last name
-Your address (include city and zip code)
-Reason for the visit
-Pet’s information (name, age, sex, breed, approximate weight)
-Previous medical records*
*If you don’t have medical records on hand, you’ll need to contact your previous vet(s).
Do you offer services “a la carte” (without an in-home visit fee)?
No, there will be a house call/exam fee ($150 first pet exam, $75 for each additional pet exam) plus cost of services for each house call. The only exception is end-of-life care which includes the house call fee.
Do you have a brick-and-mortar clinic or van?
No, I bring my medical supplies to each appointment.
Who will be present at the home visit and do I have to assist?
Only I will be present at the appointment so your assistance will be required. If you don't feel comfortable assisting, please find another mobile vet who has a veterinary assistant.
Do you perform dentals in-home?
Dentals need to be done under anesthesia at a brick-and-mortar animal hospital but I can provide a referral after an examination.
How does payment work and what do you accept?
Payment by credit card is due in full after services are rendered at the end of the appointment. I will bring my Square contactless reader which accepts all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) and contactless Pay.
For end-of-life care, I will email a Square invoice to be prepaid prior to my arrival.
The following payment methods are not accepted: Venmo, Zelle, cash, check (except for pre-existing clients), CareCredit, and payment plans.
My pet needs to be sedated for exam/treatment—can you give a sedative shot?
No. If your pet is so intractable that injectable sedation is needed in order to safely perform an exam/treatment, you will still be charged $150 for the house call and referred out to an animal hospital for injectable sedation.
Do you carry oxygen, heart medications, emergency drugs, or narcotics (Tramadol, Fentanyl)?
No to all of the above. If your pet needs oxygen or any of the aforementioned medications then go to your closest emergency animal hospital as soon as possible. Call them on your way there so they can prepare for your arrival.
Do you offer emergency house calls?
If your pet is having an emergency (e.g. not eating, lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea, labored breathing, seizure, trauma, bleeding, toxin or foreign body ingestion, weakness, collapse, unable to walk/stand, or anything else that you perceive to be an emergency), please call and go to your closest animal emergency hospital as soon as possible. If you can’t transport your pet there then search online for a pet ambulance.
We’re moving/traveling overseas—can you do my pet’s international/Hawaii health certificate?
I only do domestic health certificates within the 49 continental states which excludes Hawaii and international destinations.
Do you offer the Rabies titer test (FAVN) required for pet export to Rabies-free state (Hawaii) and countries (Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc)?
I don’t offer the Rabies titer test (FAVN) which has to be shipped overnight to Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory and takes 4 weeks to process.
Is there a cancellation fee?
There will be a $75 cancellation fee if the appointment is cancelled less than 2 hours in advance.
Do you do home visits for rabbits, birds, goats, chickens, tortoises, snakes, guinea pigs, etc?
I only see dogs & cats exclusively and I don't have a referral list of avian/small mammal/exotic animal veterinarians.
Do you perform growth removals or any surgical procedures in-home?
I don't perform any procedures involving injectable sedation or anesthesia.
Do you make house calls after hours?
I don't make house calls past 6 pm.
My dog is pregnant—do you deliver puppies?
No, contact your regular veterinarian or go to an animal emergency hospital if you need help.
Do you accept pet insurance?
All veterinarians accept pet insurance. After you pay the vet bill, you file a reimbursement claim with the pet insurance company. For more information on how pet insurance works, visit www.petinsurance.com
What areas do you service?
San Francisco, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County (excluding areas south of San Jose).
Do you offer foxtail removals in-home?
No. You need to go to an animal hospital or ER because injectable sedation or anesthesia is needed in order to remove foxtails safely.
Are you seeing appointments during Covid?
Yes but I am only seeing a limited number of patients. In order to qualify for a house call, everyone in the household must be healthy and symptom-free. I've been tested negative for Covid and I’m fully vaccinated. I'll be wearing a face mask and shoe covers while maintaining social distance when possible. If you have any questions, send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.