Black Cat

Milo: Treated at Valley Vet, adopted from Main Line Animal Rescue

Compassionate Care Making a decision about the end of life for our beloved pets is never easy. At Valley Veterinary, our staff cares for each case with sensitivity and expert guidance.

Last spring Amy Wilson and her husband, Mike Sheehan, adopted a young cat from a local animal shelter. They named him Nigel and fell in love with the black cat who quickly made himself at home. Even their 15-year-old cat, Tally, soon welcomed the playful new addition.

So when he came down with a high fever in July, Amy and Mike brought Nigel to Valley Veterinary Hospital. “They were running tests all through the weekend,” remembers Amy. “I would get updates from Dr. Shreiber several times a day and they even let us come in on the weekend to visit him.”

Nigel had contracted Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) a viral disease of cats caused by certain strains of a virus called the feline coronavirus. There is no simple diagnostic test for FIP and, sadly, no treatment. “FIP is a syndrome in which an individual cat’s genetics cause a mutation of a mostly routine virus,” says Dr. Shreiber. “The combination of the virus and the patient’s immune response then develop into severe disease. Often times, veterinarians can only suspect FIP, to have it confirmed only as signs and symptoms of the disease progress.”

The couple had to make the painful decision to have Nigel euthanized. “It was traumatic,” says Amy. “The Valley Vet staff was with us through all of it. They were really great.”

“Families like Amy and Mike’s,” says Dr. Shreiber, “inspire us to do what we do. Our staff recognizes that our patients are some of the most important parts of people’s lives.”

Even though he had only been with them for a few short months, they had bonded with Nigel. But Amy and Mike were open to adopting another cat. Now Milo, adopted from Main Line Animal Rescue, is sharing their home and helping them heal. Milo, also a black domestic short hair cat, likes to roll on his back and beg for a belly rub. “We don’t have kids,” says Amy. “These guys are our kids.”

Amy and Mike say they love the fact they live just a few short blocks from Valley Veterinary. If Milo or their senior cat, Tally, feels under the weather, Amy is quick to check in with the staff. She orders prescription cat food there, too.

“It’s so convenient to have them right up the street,” she says. “They are always willing to take my calls and talk me through any questions I have,” she says. “They are wonderful.”


We love this place and last night was not any different. Doctors are amazing and the staff makes you feel comfortable...
Most importantly my kitty is feeling better today!!! Yea!!! Thank you!!!

- Kristie M.

We absolutely love our vets here!!!! We have a 4 year old American Bully and a 10 week old pit mix and they ADORE all the staff at Valley Vet!!! The staff are welcoming, loving, kind, attentive and thorough! We absolutely LOVE Valley Vet Hospital 

- Sammy J.

Our little piggie Cookie had a fall last night. It was so easy to get an appointment to get her looked at. Dr. Shreiber was very patient in examining her. The office staff and assistants are also very compassionate people. Thank you for making our little Cookie feel better.

- Nick D.

The most knowledgeable vet we ever had. They do not push treatment on you, they work with you and the main priority is your pet.

- Gloria D.

Always a great experience. I was here yesterday after my dog was bitten by another dog and they took her back right away and eased my mind that it was only a minor flesh wound.

- Amy P.

I LOVE Valley Vet! They are always there for our pets and us too! We are proud to be Dr. Shreiber's 7th customer!!! They "GET" it there! All of them! We can not thank everyone at Valley Vet enough for everything!!!!!

- Lori A.

I couldn't be more pleased with Valley Vet. From the moment you walk in to the moment you walk out, you know you are in great hands. Highly recommend VVH to anyone I meet!

- Stephanie W.

Thank you all for your wonderful support and care of my beloved Lilly. You made her and I so comfortable as we said good-bye. It’s never easy to let go of your pet, but even though my heart was breaking you took great care of her. I don’t know how you do what you do, but I appreciate more than you’ll ever know.

- Jennifer A.