In the not-so-distant past, doctors routinely visited their patient’s homes to perform examinations, treat a variety of injuries and maladies, deliver babies, and more. As hospitals began popping up in more and more communities over the past 50 years or so, the number of doctors who perform house calls has steadily declined.
Veterinary house calls, on the other hand, are rising in popularity. Our own Dr. Gibson has been visiting pet patients in their homes since 1990, and continues it to this day for those patients who need to be seen at home.
Would your pet benefit from being seen at home? Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not a veterinary house call is right for you and your pet.
Advantages of a Veterinary House Call
The veterinary house call offers a certain level of comfort and convenience for pets and their owners, especially for those in urban areas. Some instances when a veterinary house call may be preferable include:
- Your pet is very old, sick, or in pain and traveling to the vet would not be possible
- You don’t drive or are homebound and not able to take your pet in to see us
- You have multiple pets and getting them all to the veterinarian would be a struggle
- Your pet becomes extremely stressed or agitated during visits to the veterinarian and/or around other animals
- Your schedule is such that it’s not possible for you to bring your pet to the veterinarian
- You want your pet’s end-of-life care to occur in their home environment, where they are most comfortable
There are certain situations in which a veterinary house call doesn’t make sense. If your pet is in need of advanced diagnostics, surgery, or ongoing monitoring they will need to be seen in our office. It’s simply not possible to attend to certain advanced medical needs inside a home.
A veterinary house call is also not appropriate in a pet emergency. Please give us a call or bring your pet in during our normal business hours (we are open 7 days a week until 8pm) or take your pet to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.
If you have questions about the veterinary house call service at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, or would like to schedule an appointment, please give our staff a call. We look forward to seeing you and treating your pet!