Best Friends
Asheville, NC
There are many pet owners who do not enjoy transporting their pets and visiting the local
veterinary office.  Commonly encountered problems include owning multiple pets, arranging
appropriate pet transportation, and owning pets who develop stress and anxiety during
transportation and in unfamiliar settings.  Best Friends Mobile Veterinary Clinic eliminates these
hassles and brings the veterinary clinic to your home or place of business providing your pets the
medical care they require and deserve.  We offer the following services and strive to bring you and
your best friends CARING, Convenient, and Quality at Home Vet Care.
The time and effort invested in wellness care has many rewards for your pet's immediate
and long term health.  Our immunization and wellness programs are the most beneficial
services we provide and are designed specifically to accommodate you and your pet's
specific needs.  Common components include a comprehensive physical exam, internal &
blood borne parasite testing,, appropriate vaccinations, and an uninterrupted one-on-
one consultation regarding your pet's future needs.
Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We provide
microchip implantation utilizing
AVID, a widely used microchip product.  This microchip
will  help increase the chances of a lost pet's safe recovery.  Most animal shelters are
equipped with microchip scanners so that lost pets can be identified.
Regular professional oral examinations are important in maintaining your pet's teeth.  
Upon examination of your best friend we will advise you on their dental needs.  In some
cases a dental prophylaxis/cleaning or advanced care may be needed.  Unfortunately,
most pets will not allow us to perform this procedures safely and efficiently while
awake.  We utilize gas anaesthesia and provide continuous anaesthetic monitoring
during all dental procedures.  Pre-dental blood work helps Dr. Pickett better determine
the risk of anesthesia for pet and is available for all patients and is mandatory in some
instances.  Placing an intravenous/IV catheter and maintaining your pet on intravenous
fluids during a dental procedure is also an option for patients and again is mandatory in
some instances.  During a dental cleaning we perform a thorough oral exam probing
every tooth for pockets and lesions.  We then utilize an ultrasonic dental scaler and
polisher to clean and polish each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line.  This
process will help keep your pet's tooth surface, smooth and lustrous, making them more
resistant to plaque buildup and decay.  We offer as an option
OraVet ,  the first plaque-
prevention system for pets.  This is an easy, weekly alternative to daily brushing.  
Performing diagnostics is often essential in order to document the extent of a pet's
injuries or for definitively diagnosing a pet's illness.  The information gained from these
tests or procedures not only allow Dr. Pickett to more accurately diagnose your pet's
problems but also assists him in devising the most effective treatment plan for you and
your pet.  Commonly encountered veterinary diagnostic tests include:

  • Fecal flotation
  • Heartworm test
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete blood count/CBC
  • Biochemical profile
  • parvovirus test
  • Feline leukemia/Feline Aids test
  • Biopsy
  • Cytology
  • Skin scrape
  • Culture
  • Electrocardiogram/ECG
  • Radiology/X-ray                                    
We offer many procedures and surgeries commonly performed by stationary
veterinarians.  Ovarianhysterectomies/spays, castrations/neuters, front declaw
procedures, mass excisions, biopsies, and wound repairs are among some of the
surgical techniques provided by Best Friends Mobile Veterinary Clinic.  Only
established clients may schedule surgeries.  To help Dr. Pickett better determine the
risk of anesthesia for your pet we offer presurgical blood work and ECG as an option for
patients and is mandatory in some instances.  Placing an intravenous/IV catheter and
maintaining your pet on intravenous fluids during surgery is also an option for patients
and again is mandatory in some instances.  During surgeries patients are maintained on
isoflurane, an inhalant gas anesthetic.  More importantly vital signs including heart rate,
respiration rate, temperature, spO2, and an ECG are monitored while your pet is under
anesthesia.  We will advise you on options in controlling potential pain your pet may
experience after a surgical procedure.
Having to say goodbye to your pet is one of the hardest decisions pet guardians have
to face.  We strive to make this difficult time easier on your best friend by providing this
service at your home or your pets favorite spot.  Dr. Pickett will inform you of all
potential treatment options so that you as your pet's guardian can make the most
informed decision in regards to their best interest and well being.
In spite of the many services which Best Friends Mobile Veterinary Clinic provides
there are some limitations.  First, we are not equipped to provide long term or
extensive hospitalization.  If your pet requires this service we may need to refer you to
a traditional stationary veterinary hosptial.  Second, even though we are mobile we are
not an emergency ambulatory service and thus may not be able to accommodate all
immediate emergencies.  We try to see all clients on an appointment basis and will see
emergencies as present time, schedule, and location allow.  Third, due to the size of
our mobile hospital there will be no service on icy roads and locations where we are
unable to easily park or maneuver.  In the event that we can not easily reach your front
door we are happy to meet you at the closest convenient location or make other
arrangements.  Lastly, payment is due at time of service and we gladly accept cash,
check, Visa, and Mastercard.     
As a service to all clients, Best Friends Mobile Veterinary Clinic offers the use of an
home delivery service that is competitive with other similar online services.  In
addition, to the home delivery of medications and diets there is a 100% satisfaction
guarantee on all products.  Easy to order, easy delivery, and easy refills.
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