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


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.”

So I agreed to go over. I place the cat carrier on end, go over to the cat, wiggle my fingers at him, pick him up by the scruff of the neck and put him in the carrier. They all just stood there looking at me, incredulous. The cat was just freaked out by all the strange people in his house.

Q: Do you have an interesting dog story, too?

A: I once cared for a Rottweiler named Shooter that belonged to one of the Boston Celtics players. He was a big Rottweiler and really nice, but like many Rottweilers, he didn’t take much he didn’t like. He’d give me a warning growl, or back off, if he didn’t like what I was doing.

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