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Mobile Veterinary Service for Dogs and Cats

WebMD answers commonly asked questions about housecall veterinary services for dogs and cats.


A: One of the values of having a mobile practitioner is it’s sort of like one stop shopping. We can care for all your animals at one time.

And yes, it helps me to see the pet’s habits, the family life, the environment.

Q: If my pet needs care that can’t be given at home, what happens?

A: I have an affiliation with a local hospital. I pay them a monthly fee to use their equipment and their surgical staff. I have access to other equipment such as x-rays. But if the pet needs more specialized care than I can provide, I’ll refer them to a hospital that can treat the animal.

Q: What are some of the advantages of using a mobile veterinarian?

A: It’s a perfect setup if you have a pet that won’t be transported, or you can’t transport because it’s injured or sick. It’s also great for the elderly that don’t drive, or for working couples with pets at home.

And pets are much more comfortable in their own setting. They aren’t stressed by the transport or sitting in a waiting room with other animals.

Q: When it’s the end of a pet’s life, many people don’t like taking their pet to the veterinarian’s for that last visit. Will mobile vets come to your home when it’s time to euthanize your pet?

A: I think it’s one of the most important things I do in my practice. Most veterinarians try to help pets live a long, healthy life. To provide a peaceful, dignified end to that life, I think, is just as important as all the rest. If euthanasia is done in the wrong way, that bad experience will stay with the people for a long time. If it’s done right, then they can remember their pet and all the good experiences, without something dreadful at the end.

Q: Will most mobile vets do that even if they haven’t seen the pet before?

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