House Calls for Pets

Olney, MD 20832301-774-5656
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Consumer from Silver Spring, MD
Jan 09, 2019
By far, the most compassionate vet we've ever met when dealing with serious illness or end of days. Very practical approach to problems, considers the animal's point of view regarding treatment, free advice and comes to the home (saving the trauma of hospital visits). Has excellent rapport with animals, even fractious cats.
Consumer from Washington, DC
Oct 04, 2018
Dr Perl is amazing. He’s so good with our dog and teaches us along the way. He’s a wonderful person.
Consumer from Chevy Chase, MD
May 26, 2018
We used Dr Perl for years, and were very fond of him. However, once he estimated one of our dog's weight and prescribed a medication for her. She weighed half the amount ( she was fluffy) and almost died. This mistake cost her a stay in a local vet hospital and cost $100's of dollars.
However, because we liked Dr. Perl, we continued to use him for yearly exams. This was foolish of us. We had a new pup, who came to us with ticks. Dr. Perl never checked her for lyme disease. She died at the age of 4.5 years of kidney failure secondary to lyme disease. In the 4 years of visits Dr Perl never suggested that blood be drawn. When I asked him about this after my dog's very early death, he told me that he didn't draw blood to save his client's money. Personally, I would have liked to have been given a choice of whether to spend that money or not. In addition, when I told him what had happened and asked him if he would now offer to do bloodwork, he said no. I told him I was going to report him to the Maryland Board that is responsible for qualifying veterinarians. He gave me the information for his malpractice insurance, and he reported this incident to them. The insurance company did an investigation and paid me back the money it had cost to hospitalize my dog and euthanize her when it was clear she would not live, and was suffering. In truth, she had been ill her entire life, and I did not recognize the lip licking, the picky appetite, and the yawning as signs of illness. The Veterinary Board did a investigation that was almost a year long. The person in charge of doing the investigation spoke with me several times. It became obvious that Dr. Perl was not keeping adequate records, and had not given my dog the basic care that the National Vet Association recommended. He also did not tell the truth in a letter rebutting our statement. The investigator told me that she felt he had not given adequate care, and not kept adequate records. However, when I got the final decision from the Maryland State Vet Board, I was told that because we did not do the equivalent of an autopsy, that they did not have proof of malpractice. The letter stated that we were not going to be told what, if any, recommendations they had for Dr. Perl or any penalties he might pay, or any oversight of his practice.

When I wrote to the Maryland State Vet Board, I promised that I would not sue Dr. Perl, or slander him. It has been a few years since my beloved dog died. This is the first time I have written anything publically.

If you use Dr. Perl, please be sure you have the standards of practice for annual vet exams, and that he does the blood work recommended for yearly exams.
This is all very sad, and even sadder is that I like Dr. Perl. I just don't want other people to have their pet die at such a young age.

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