Name: Dr. Lisa Lippman
Where do you and your dog live?
We currently live in the best city in the world. NYC! But Chloe was raised in LA where I went to vet school. She's always been a city girl!
Your current age: 36
Your age when you got your dog: 29
What do you do?
I am a veterinarian. I do everything from general practice and emergency relief work, to now starting my house call practice.
Dog’s name: Chloe
Dog’s age: 7 yrs
Chloe was definitely not quite planned! I had a Rhodesian ridgeback named Max with an ex who rescued him from Ridgeback Rescue. Max's original breeder helped find him a good home through rescue when the family had decided they no longer wanted him at 6 yrs old. So even though he was a rescue I knew his line and his dog family. I became friendly with some of them. Around the same time that Max died at 12 yrs old, Chloe was born (she happens to be Max's great great niece). I had fostered a ridgeback in between but wasn't ready and he found a great home. I saw this litter of Chloe's and said “oh those puppies are so cute but they will find good homes, I'm going back to rescue.” About a week before I got Chloe I got a message from the breeder that the people who were supposed to get her decided they no longer wanted her and the breeder thought she needed surgery. She said she would give her to me if I just got her the surgery and gave her a loving home. I knew I was the best person for this job so it was a done deal. She's my quasi-rescue.
Why did you want a dog?
Dogs are the best thing on this planet
How has having a dog changed your life?
Being a veterinarian my dogs have taught me countless life and medical lessons. I've been through so much with each dog. I learn empathy for clients and the husbandry of actually having a dog. It's also gotten me more exercise and friends!
How do/did you deal with having a dog in your twenties? What is/was your daily routine? Any hard times? Unique characteristics about your dog?
In my twenties when I had Max I shared the responsibility with my then boyfriend. He was a tough dog because he was 105 lbs and somewhat aggressive on the leash. I never trusted anyone else to handle him but there were times we had to. It always turned out ok because I trusted my instinct and knew who could take care of him. When I got Chloe I was in vet school, I couldn't bring her to class but there was always someone who could help me care for her.
What are some of your favorite things to do with your dog?
Central Park in the morning! Going to a cafe to eat with her, watching movies, cuddling on the couch.
Does anyone help you take care of your while at work or school?
My boyfriend! He is the best with her. He is a stand up comedian so he works mostly nights. Typically this works nicely for our schedules unless I'm working night emergency shifts but I also have a dog walker that I love and trust inherently. Her name is Alex and she owns Gotham Canine Club. She's been taking care of Chloe for about 5 years, ever since I moved to the city.
If you are in a relationship, how does your partner feel about your dog?
Oh this is a non-negotiable. He loves her the most.
Have you always wanted to be a veterinarian? Why?
Yes always. Ever since I was little, I just loved animals. Somewhere along the line I found my love of medicine and felt it was a perfect combination. That was the ultimate way I could help animals and the people who loved them.
What is it like being a house call veterinarian?
So much fun! I really love my clients. I get to know them in a more intimate way and spend time with them. They have my cell phone! I care so much about my patients and this allows me to really be there for them.
Any funny stories?
Oh Listen to my podcast Pets and Punchlines, funny stories for days!!
Catch the Paw-ty Girls on Pets and Punchlines in the podcast app!
How often should dogs get check-ups?
If your dog is young and healthy at least once a year is recommended. As dogs age usually around 7 yrs old I’d recommend at least twice yearly! It's so important to catch any disease process early.
How can you ease your dog’s anxiety about going to the vet?
Having the vet come to you! However, if that's not an option there are a lot of things that can be done. Always making the vet a positive experience. For example, go into the vets office just to give your dog a treat.
Follow Dr. Lisa on instagram: @vetinthecity_ & @petsandpunchlines