House call veterinarians offer many conveniences that traditional veterinary hospitals cannot. One of the biggest of those is overcoming the fear and emotional trauma that many dogs and cats experience when taken from their home in a car to a veterinary clinic. Many animals release pheromones (chemical scent signals) under traumatic conditions that linger in the air and may cause fear reactions (ie. aggression, shaking, submissive behavior like urinary incontinence) in animals that detect them.
By examining your pet in its own home where it is more secure, your mobile veterinarian can better evaluate behavior and conditions which may be caused or aggravated by the pet’s environment.
In addition, there is a lower risk of being exposed to possible diseases that may be found in a busy veterinarian’s waiting room. This is especially important for a very young puppy or kitten. Preventing contact with viruses and bacteria is also beneficial for very old pets that do not have good immunity or for any dog or cat with a weakened immune system due to drugs, cancer or other diseases.
Appointments are made during blocks of time. For instance, we may set an appointment for your pet on Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm. This means we should be arriving at your home sometime in that two hour window. We do our best to be on time, but sometimes previous appointments take longer than expected, or traffic is heavier than planned. If we suspect we may be late for your appointment, we will do our best to call and let you know. Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionist and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability.
We DO NOT handle emergency calls. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call an emergency hospital or take your pet to the nearest veterinary hospital immediately.
We are available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. When you call if we feel your pet does not need to be seen right away we will do our best to “squeeze” you in between scheduled appointments. At the time of your call, we will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
At Healthy Pets Mobile Veterinary Services, we can care for many types of pets:
- Pocket Pets*
- Small Farm Animals*
* Call us for more information.