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Mobile Veterinary Service for Dogs and Cats

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



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?

A: I get many referrals from other vets, because they know I’m comfortable with families in that setting and I’ve done it for years. I’m willing to do it as long as I’m provided with information that indicates it’s the appropriate action to take.


Q: How can owners know when it’s time to let their pet go?

A: Most of the time the owner will know when the time is right. If your pet is just slowing down, that’s not a time to end its life. But if there’s no quality of life left, if a pet is simply enduring life for the sake of getting to the next episode of sleep, the decision is clear. Each pet is different and each owner is different, but something will key you in that now is the right time.


Q: I’m betting cats are easier to treat at home. Can you give me a good cat story?

A: I think cats are more comfortable in their homes. They usually don’t enjoy change and travel. I had an emergency call once from two women who were hysterical. They were moving and they swore their cat was sitting in the hall and wouldn’t let them or the movers into the house. They said, “We think he’s going to kill us.”

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