November 4, 2019

When Do In-Home Vet Visits Make Sense?

House calls are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. In-home vet care offers myriad benefits for both pet owners and veterinarians themselves: reduced costs, added convenience, and more personalized healthcare, to name a few. We’re burning the candle at both ends to provide expert veterinary care to our clients while offering a host of useful technological tools that make getting continued care an easier process. We believe seeing the vet should be simpler and more affordable. But who uses in-home vets, anyway? Here’s a short primer on when, exactly, you can really get a lot of value out of using in-home veterinary care.

The First Year of Life

Like humans, animals need the most medical care and veterinary oversight during their first year of life. Whether you adopt a kitten that’s a few months old or purchase an eight-week-old puppy from a breeder, you’ll spend a lot of time at the vet that critical first year. In-home vet visits take the hassle out of new pet ownership. What can an in-home veterinarian help you with during that first year? Nearly everything! Mobile vets can administer vaccinations, write prescriptions, and apply or discuss treatments for heartworm, tick prevention, and other persistent issues. Save yourself the trouble of dragging your anxious, vulnerable puppy or kitten back and forth to the vet’s office that first year and have your vet come to you instead.

Wellness Visits

Every pet should see their doctor at least once a year. Just like humans, pets should receive regular “physicals” to ensure their health is on track, and doing so at-home makes the schedule much easier to stick to. At a wellness visit, your vet will weigh and examine your pet and talk to you about any concerns you might have. It’s a great time to discuss behavioral issues or start keeping tabs on a minor but persistent health concern like arthritis or constipation in your pet.

When a Pet is Unwell

The only thing worse than going to the doctor is having to make yourself go when you’re sick. Your pet feels the same way! If your dog or cat is experiencing an illness or other sudden medical issue, in-home vet care can make the process of being examined much more comfortable. Remember, vets can write prescriptions, draw blood, and run diagnostic tests on your pet just like brick-and-mortar vets can. It's important to note that there is a difference between in-home veterinarians and emergency veterinarians; if your animal is experiencing an urgent or life-threatening medical situation you should take them into an emergency vet’s office immediately.

End of Life Care

As your pet ages, vet visits will likely become more and more frequent. Particularly if your animal has issues with pain management, sensory problems, eating issues, elimination problems, or sleeping concerns, the vet can feel like a constant presence during the last few years of life. In-home end of life care is a humane, comfortable way to ensure your ageing pet gets the medical assistance they need. Your home is also the best place to talk to your vet in-depth about sensitive issues like surgeries, ongoing treatment, or even in-home euthanasia.

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