Is it hard to find time in your busy schedule to take your pet to see the veterinarian? Does your pet get stressed while in the veterinary clinic? Do you have multiple pets, making a trip to the vet difficult? If so, then our house call service may be the answer for you!
While most people know that large animal veterinarians travel to see their patients on the farm, many people aren't aware of the growing number of small animal veterinarians who will come to your home to examine your pet.
What does a house call veterinarian do?
House call veterinarians can treat a wide range of problems seen in pets. Minor illnesses, such as skin or allergy problems, eye problems, and stomach issues can be addressed in a house call. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, and seizure disorders can be diagnosed, treated, and monitored in a home visit. House call vets also provide all aspects of preventive health care, including wellness exams, vaccinations, flea treatments, and microchip placement. They can also provide weight management programs and perform various lab tests like blood work and urine testing.
Hospice care, quality of life exams, and home euthanasia are services that house call veterinarians offer as well. Many times, it is difficult to make the last final decision for your pet, and a house call vet can assess your pets in their normal surroundings and help guide you through this decision making process. It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but doing so in the comfort of your own home lets your pet remain in familiar surroundings and lets you grieve in privacy. Home euthanasia is a very compassionate alternative to taking your pet into a busy clinic for this last final act. Most house call veterinarians are able to arrange for cremation services if requested.
Who would benefit from a veterinary house call?
Veterinary house calls offer many benefits over trips to traditional brick and mortar clinics. For example, house calls are much less stressful for pets since there’s no need to leave the comfort of their home. House calls also minimize the risk of pets being exposed to infectious diseases, which is especially important for young and senior patients. Many house call vets offer flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments, making it easier for people with busy lives to get veterinary care for their pets. A house call also eliminates the hassle associated with transporting your pet to the clinic and can be especially useful for large dogs, cats, and geriatric patients.
House calls are much more personal than clinic visits, and the veterinarian can provide one-on-one time with you and your pet without any of the distractions that commonly occur in a veterinary clinic. This personalized time lets the veterinarian address all of the problems or concerns you may have about your pet and provides an opportunity for you and your vet to develop a closer relationship.
How much is a house call?
Most people are surprised to find out how affordable a house call can be. We do increase the price of the exam fee and select services to compensate for the time, gas and supplies required to get to your home for services, but the prices for other services are usually comparable to our in clinic prices. Please call our office for a more detailed estimate based on your needs.
Many people find our house calls to be a very good value, especially considering the personalized attention both you and your pet receive! Please give us a call today to set up your at home appointment.