Veterinary visits can be scary for your dog and as they age, you may find it more difficult to get them there. Since our aging pets need regular visits more than ever, you may want to consider utilizing a mobile veterinary service. But how do you choose the right one?
Mobile veterinary services can make yours and your pet’s life much easier and can be a great stress reducer for them. Many dogs will experience some level of anxiety being in a foreign place and not knowing what is in store for them. Combine this with a crowded waiting area and possible long wait, and it could be a traumatic experience for your pet. Having the option of an at home visit, where your dog is most comfortable can greatly reduce their stress and anxiety. This service is also helpful if you have a dog that is too old or sick to transport.
Over the years mobile vets really have mastered the art of pet home visits and many of your pet’s medical needs can be taken care of in the comfort of their home such as preventative care, vaccines, ultrasounds, spay/neutering services and emergency care. Transportation to nearby animal hospitals is also a service most offer when needed.
When choosing a mobile care agency, considerations should be the same as if you or a family member needed medical assistance. Most importantly you want to know about the agency’s years of experience and the average experience of its staff. Also ask about what kinds of animals that agency typically works with. Some mobile veterinarians specialize in small animals, large animals or exotic animals; you want to choose the best fit for your dog.
Inquire about the services they provide. While many mobile vets offer a standard list of services, others can offer a great deal more. If your dog is aging or has pre-existing medical problems, seeking a mobile vet that offers specialized senior care, has arrangements with local animal hospitals or deals with burial services is a good idea. Losing your pet can be a painful, difficult experience and having trained medical professionals to assist may offer some peace of mind.
Ask to peruse their transportation van. If and when your dog needs to be transported from point A to B, you want to make sure the premises are well equipped and cleanly. At a minimum there should be diagnostic equipment, tools for screening (ultrasounds, blood testing and heart monitors etc) and emergency surgical supplies. Clinics should also have dentistry and vision equipment on hand as well as pain and other medications available.
Last, you should inquire about pricing. Many mobile veterinarians offer free mileage (you are not charged for transportation). Some offer great combined packages, as well as discounted or free follow-up visits. Health care for your pet can be costly so do your research to get the most affordable and trustworthy care.