Why home vet care? Do you dread having to fight with your cat to get him or her into the carrier? Does your pet hate car rides, or even get sick in the car? Does your older dog have a hard time walking on slick clinic floors? Do you have multiple pets that you would like to have cared for at once? These are just a few of the many reasons people choose to have the veterinarian come to their home.

Having a vet visit in the comfort and familiarity of home makes the entire process minimally stressful. It also helps the veterinarian see your pet in his or her home setting, as they really are. Yes, they often still get poked with needles, and there may be other insulting procedures, but having these done in a familiar environment makes the whole process a little better. And, without leaving the house, your cat or dog won't come home smelling different and causing potential inter-pet anxiety.

Contact Details

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  Person Karen Louis DVM, MS
  City O Fallon , IL
  Zip Code 62269
  Address 1111 S. Lincoln Ave #246
  Phone Number (618) 327-0417

Business Representative

Karen Louis DVM, MS

Veterinarian

I chose being a veterinarian as a sort of second career and have never looked back! I was earning a PhD in molecular cell biology at Washington University School of Medicine, when I adopted two rescued dogs. After becoming more involved with dog rescue, I realized veterinary medicine would be the best career for me. I went to University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2004. My favorite topics are dermatology and internal medicine, which also happens to be the majority of what I deal with on a day-to-day basis.

I base my practice on a simple concept: treat people the way I would want to be treated. I take the time to explain diagnostic and treatment options, no matter how complex. I have found that when you break it down, nothing is so hard or complicated that a loving owner couldn't understand. My clients appreciate my directness and honesty the most, even when it's brutal honesty sometimes. And, I have learned that laughing a little goes a long way in this job!

My clients know I am a doctor, but I am a real person. Some of my dogs eat poop, no matter what I try. I often have pet hair on my clothes. I am a pet owner, and I know what it is like to love your pet like any human member of your family. I must admit that older animals hold a special place in my heart (the skinny old cats and the old arthritic dogs).

I look forward to getting to know new people and their pets! Nothing makes me happier than helping a cat or dog who has been itching, sick, or hurting, and making life better for the whole family!

Products & Services

What can be done in your home

What can be done in your home

We can perform the following diagnostics and treatments:

Comprehensive physical exam
Vaccinations (rabies, distemper, bordetella, lepto, and leukemia)
Bloodwork (from heartworm tests to in-depth metabolic monitoring)
Ear infection diagnostics
Dermatology diagnostics (including skin scrapes and cytology)
Diagnostic samples of tumors and skin growths
Eye exams (including ulcers and dry eye)
Sub-Q fluids rehydrating animals under the skin
Urine testing
Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
Nail trims and anal gland expression

We also offer hospice/euthanasia services, including options for care of remains.

  • I would recommend this business

We had our first visit from Dr Karen yesterday. We have 4 dogs and it was a little insane but they handled it amazingly! She emailed me today with blood work results (and explained what she tested for and how it relates) and to check on my old guy, i am very impressed! 5 stars really isn't enough!

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  • I would recommend this business

We were able to get our 3 dogs seen at home without having to fight them in the car or wrangle them on leashes at the vets office. Best decision ever! A little more expensive than a traditional vet visit but not much and totally worth it. Everyone got shots and all other issues addressed all while dinner was cooking and tending to a baby. Not sure we could ever go back to a traditional vet if we moved.

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  • I would recommend this business

Last week we had to make the agonizing decision to let our son of 11 1/2 years go to prevent suffering. Buster was a big boy, weighing in at 160 pounds. The previous 2 days he was unable to lift himself off the floor and we didn't want to hurt him (our ourselves) trying to carry him to our vehicle and drive him to the vet. Dr. Louis came to our house, evaluated our boy, helped to reinforce our decision, and helped Buster to pass peacefully. We never felt rushed before, during, or after the procedure. We cannot thank Dr. Louis enough for her compassion and helping to make this difficult experience as easy as possible for our family.

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Customer Testimonials

Dr. Louis is amazing. She came to see my dog who was very ill. She was kind and caring-I felt like she found out more and cared more than the vet I had been taking her to for her entire 14 years. She and her assistant were wonderful. I would highly recommend her. I can’t express what a wonderful experience this was. Thank you Dr. Louis for being so compassionate and caring and for providing this service in our home.


Our vet recommended Dr. Louis because our English Mastiff, Louie, is getting old and it's hard to take him out. Dr. Louis and Stacey were just here and it was a great experience. We know that she will be back again when it's time, but we are also comfortable knowing our big guy is getting treated for now, and we didn't have to try to get him in and out of a van. This was such a great experience.


Dr Louis was recommended to us by Northgate to care for our girl kitty, Autumn. She was diagnosed with cancer in October and had surgery but it metastasized to her lungs. She never did well in the car and I could not risk Autumn going thru the stress during her last days. Dr Louis helped Autumn cross the Rainbow Bridge and was very reassuring and helpful. The toughest part about having fur babies is letting them go. We miss Autumn so much but I will never forget how Dr Louis helped us. I got her paw prints with 2 cards today. Thank you again! I highly recommend Dr Louis.


We have used Dr. Louis two times now. She is so many things. Things like: compassionate, considerate, professional, personable, funny, caring... I could go on. Based upon her help with Tillie, we had the confidence to do the right thing in a timely manner for our boy Finn. She responded quickly and helped us through the whole process of letting go and saying goodbye. We have every intention of seeking her help in the future. Thank you Dr. Karen.


Karen and her techs cared for our elderly dog for a number of years. I'm convinced it was bc of their great care that we got a few extra wonderful years with her. Years we would not have had otherwise. When the day came and we knew we had to let her go, Karen came to our home on a Sunday afternoon and stayed as long as we needed her to. It was hard time but also a special time our family shared with her.


Dr Lewis has been doing acupuncture treatments for our chihuahua. She is wonderful to us but more importantly to our baby girl taking the time to give her lots of love during her treatments. She always explains everything and makes sure all our questions and concerns are addressed. Would HIGHLY recommend!


Dr. Louis came to our home today to help us say goodbye to our fur baby, Echo. I cannot thank her enough for helping us through the process and letting us know we were doing the right thing. She was kind and caring and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to help us with such a hard time

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