A veterinary house call can be of great value to pets, owners, and veterinarians. A house call veterinarian is capable of doing most things available within the veterinary clinic. At a veterinary house call, we can perform wellness exams, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and pedicures; we can treat routine illnesses such as allergies, eye and ear issues, skin problems, and gastrointestinal issues; and we are able to manage a wide variety of chronic conditions such as arthritis, behavioral issues, diabetes, kidney disease, seizure disorders, and thyroid disease.

Benefits of a Veterinary House Call

The first (and most obvious) benefit of the veterinary house call is convenience. House calls bring veterinary care into your home. That means no driving to and from the vet clinic and less time commitment for owners. House calls also make veterinary care more accessible to people who are homebound, have mobility issues, or are unable to drive.

Pets can have mobility issues too, and transporting them can be difficult. And, for multi-pet households, house calls allow us to care for several pets at a time without the hassle of you having to bring them all to the clinic.

For many pets and owners the trip to the clinic and the appointment are very stressful. Travel, confinement, motion sickness, and new sights, smells, and sounds all contribute. The anticipation of our pets becoming stressed can be traumatic too.

We love our pets and want them to feel as safe and comfortable as possible. For a lot of pets, taking the vet clinic out of the equation can result in a drastic reduction in stress. Many pets are more content and relaxed at home, and a house call can turn a stressful vet visit into an enjoyable one. Moreover, stress can affect certain vital parameters and diagnostic tests and doing these evaluations in the home environment can be more meaningful and accurate than in a clinic setting.

No Place Like Home

All veterinary clinics strive to be safe, healthy environments for pets. But the clinic is ultimately a hospital and we see a lot of sick animals – some that carry infectious diseases. If your pet is very young, geriatric, or has a compromised immune system they are at increased risk of contracting these diseases. A house call minimizes your pet’s risk of exposure and is a safer alternative to an in-clinic visit.

Hospice and end of life care are both important house call services, too. These can be daunting enough on their own, and the thought of having to bring your pet to the clinic during these times can be extremely stressful. With house calls we can make more accurate quality of life assessments to help guide you through this difficult process. And it is never easy to say goodbye to our pets, but home euthanasia is a compassionate alternative to bringing your pet to the clinic. It allows your pet to be comfortable in familiar surroundings and allows you to grieve in the privacy of your home.

Best of Both Worlds

Certain pets, however, are best treated in the clinic setting. If you have an emergent issue; if your pet requires intensive care or surgery; if your pet is very sick and may need more significant diagnostics such as emergency blood work, X-rays, or an ultrasound; if your pet is extremely fearful and requires full sedation for examinations; or if your pet is aggressive towards unfamiliar people in their home environment they are better suited for a regular in-clinic appointment. A house call will not provide the optimum care they deserve.

Beyond most people and pets, house calls also have benefits for veterinarians. We get to know our patients and clients on a different level than in the vet clinic. This allows us to deepen the bond we have both with you and your pets and develop a strong relationship. Veterinary medicine is a team sport, and the stronger the relationship we have, the better the veterinary care we are able to provide.

We also get to observe your pets in their home environment which allows us to see things that could affect their health and provides us with a unique opportunity to make suggestions about things like environmental enrichment and mobility improvements for arthritic animals.

Additionally, house calls give us more insight into behavioral issues which your pets oftentimes cannot or do not display during in-clinic appointments. We can then offer more specific advice and achieve better outcomes. Ultimately house calls are convenient, safer, and lower stress for a lot of people and pets, and they provide a more personal, catered, private service to our clients and patients.

Schedule a Veterinary House Call for Your Pet

Do regular vet visits stress out you or your pet? Is it difficult for you to find time in your busy schedule for your pet’s vet appointments? Is your home environment the optimum place for your pet’s veterinary care? Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center is now doing house calls!

Services offered include wellness and sick pet examinations, palliative care, hospice, and euthanasia. We will typically have diagnostic results back to you within 24 hours. We are here to provide you with the top notch veterinary care you and your pet deserve. Let us bring exceptional veterinary care to your door!