Our Missed Appointment Policy:

House Paws Missed Appointment Policy
Effective September 7th, 2021

A veterinary/client relationship is built on mutual trust and respect. As we experience high volume and continue to grow, House Paws goal is to provide quality, individualized medical care in a timely manner. As such, we strive to be on time for your scheduled appointments, and ask that you give us the courtesy of a call when you are unable to keep your appointment. As a courtesy to you, we provide reminders via email, petdesk, or a phone call before your appointment. However, you are responsible to remember your appointment regardless.

While we do understand that emergencies happen, no-shows, late shows, and cancellations inconvenience other patients who may need access to immediate veterinary care. If we receive cancellations in a timely manner, we are able to fit these other patients in.

Therefore, we would like to inform you of our outlined updated policy regarding missed appointments.

A missed appointment is when you fail to show up for an appointment without a phone call,
or cancel without at least 24-hour notice.

Cancellation of an Appointment: In order to be respectful of the medical needs of other patients, please be courteous and call our office promptly if you are unable to show up for an appointment. This time will be reallocated to someone who is in need of treatment. If it is necessary to cancel your scheduled appointment, we require that you call at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments are in high demand, and your early cancellation will allow another patient access to timely veterinary care.

How to Cancel Your Appointment: To cancel your appointment, you may do so on our petdesk app, or call/email the hospital in which your appointment is scheduled. If you do not reach the receptionist upon calling , please leave a detailed message on our voice mail. You can reschedule your appointment through our petdesk app, or by emailing/calling the hospital directly.

Late Cancellations: A cancellation is considered to be late when the appointment is canceled without a 24 hour advance notice.

Appointment No Show Policy: A “no-show” is a client who misses an appointment without canceling it. A failure to be present at the time of a scheduled appointment will be recorded in the patient’s chart as a “no-show”. This includes arriving 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment.

The first time there is a “no-show” or late cancellation there will be no charge to the client. A 2nd occurrence will result in a charged the cost of an office call ($66). The 3rd occurrence will result in a charge the cost of an office call ($66) and a client may be discharged from the practice.

Surgery Appointment No Show Policy: A surgery “no-show” is a client who misses a surgery appointment without providing 24 hours notice of cancellation. The first time this occurs we will call to offer to reschedule the appointment but our missed surgery fee of $125 will be waived. At the second missed surgical appointment we will call to reschedule and you will be charged a missed appointment fee of $125 If a third incident of a missed surgical appointment occurs you will be charged a missed appointment fee of $125 and may be discharged from the practice

Our Updated COVID-19 Policy:

Hybrid Service Announcement– Phase 1 – Starting July 6th!!

We are excited to announce the re-opening of our doors to our clients at all House Paws locations!

We do have a few guidelines and appreciate in advance your kindness, understanding, and cooperation with us, while we navigate through once again learning a new way of operating in order to continue to keep you, your pets, and our team safe.

Call when you arrive and we will get you checked in over the phone. Please stay in your car until we have a room available – we will come out and get you when it’s ready.

Masks must be worn over your nose and your mouth for the entire visit. No exceptions at this time, even if you are fully vaccinated.

1 person is allowed inside with your pet – if you have children with you we will do a curbside appointment and come out to get your pet as we have been doing this past year. We will allow up to 2 people in the room for end-of-life services.

All Technician appointments, surgery, drop-offs, and medication/retail pick up will continue to remain curbside. Please call when you arrive. A technician will come out and get your pet if you have an appointment, and if you are picking up medication/retail items they will bring these out to you.
If you prefer only curbside for your appointment please let us know when scheduling and we will accommodate.

Thank you again for your patience, we are so excited to see you all again!

House Paws Summer Hours!
House Paws is excited to announce “Summer Fridays” for all of our amazing, hard working employees so they can enjoy a little more relaxation time. After this past year of long hours, hectic schedules, and curbside service, they really do deserve it!

Starting June 25th all of our hospitals will be closing at 12:00 pm Fridays and will be re-opening Mondays at 8:00 am. If you need to get a message to us during these times (or after weekly closing hours), please download the PetDesk App for your House Paws location to send us a message, or send us an email and someone will respond when we return.

If you are experiencing an emergency during our closing hours please reach out to The Life Center at 703-777-5755.

We are ever so thankful to all of our clients and hope you all get to enjoy a Summer Friday or two, or three! 🙂

About Us

We’ve been serving your pets since 1994.

LOCATIONS

Our History

House Paws In-Home Veterinary Care was started in 1994 by Leah R. Knode VMD to provide an In-home Veterinary alternative for pets and their owners who stress when going to the vet.

House Paws Animal Hospital Lovettsville opened April 2015, House Paws Animal Hospital Round Hill, December 2015, House Paws Animal Hospital Berryville, March 2017, House Paws Animal Hospital Winchester, December 2017 were opened to provide the same calm, fear-free, stress-free experience to veterinary hospital clients known to the House Call clients.

Leah Knode V.M.D.

Owner and Medical Director

Dr. Knode is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and is licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Knode has many years of experience in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and has worked in many of the leading 24-hour veterinary emergency hospitals in our area. Dr. Knode has developed a very practical approach to veterinary medicine to the benefit of the pet and client. Dr. Knode is passionate that old age is not a disease and that senior pets can do very well if their people are willing to help.

Dr. Knode is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Dr. Knode is also a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Dr. Knode obtained her BS and MS at Shippensburg University. Some of the work on the MS degree was done at Johns Hopkins while working for the Chief of Surgery in his research laboratory.

Dr. Knode sees small and large animals. Dr. Knode is particularly excellent with cats, loves Big White Dogs, has (too) many cats, sheep, goats, and horses. Dr. Knode lives with her husband and Practice Manager John Ebersold near Purcellville, VA. Dr. Knode is licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Knode can be requested to be seen in any of our facilities and our mobile practice.

Companion Animals

Pets receive comprehensive in-home services – everything but surgery or x-rays in your home.

Horses

Horses and other equines receive the best possible state-of-the-art care at your barn.

Farm Animals

Comprehensive care for farm pets and sensible care for production animals including surgery.

Our Philosophy

  • We believe in providing wellness solutions to help keep your pet happy and healthy for a long lifetime.

  • We believe our pet companions deserve the best medical care possible.

  • We believe in preventative care to detect and treat conditions BEFORE a problem becomes a crisis.

  • We believe all animals deserve compassionate and gentle treatment.

  • We believe in open communication with our clients to ensure all clients understand treatment options and post-visit home care of their animals.

  • We believe that old age is not a disease, that pets can have a quality life well into “old” age without heroic measures and WITH a well-managed holistic wellness program – not just pills and shots.

Your feedback means the world to us.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family.

“The team at House Paws is extraordinary – they will go the extra mile to provide expert care for your animals, to get you the information you need, they work with both domestic and farm animals, and their generosity and compassion knows no bounds. I can highly recommend them.”
Gina W.

“Dr. Knode and staff are wonderful! We met them by way of emergency and they were most compassionate with assisting us saying goodbye to our 14-year-old dog and family member! Today we brought our kitten in, and for our 2nd time meeting, they are consistent! Loving, compassionate and truly care about your animal whether first or last time meeting. I highly suggest this practice, they are wonderful 💗 We have found our Vet for our furbaby family, and are so thankful!”
Courtney M.

We have three locations and an in-home service.

We proudly serve pets in Lovettsville, Round Hill, Winchester, and mobile services all over Northern Virginia. To contact us or request an appointment, find the location nearest you below.