For Nervous Dogs and Cats, Vet House Calls Fit the Bill

July 14, 2010 | By Kris O'Donnell | Category: Care & Safety | 8 comments
Tags: care & safety, health & wellness, lifestyle & trends

In addition to homes with children, house calls are also advantageous for homes with multiple pets. In either case, making calls to the home also allows Dr. Califf to make a more thorough assessment.

“I can go into a house and see a lot of things that I would never know in terms of the environment and how the animal is kept, that sort of thing,” he said.

But more serious cases require a trip to the hospital and many veterinarians either work with local clinics to perform surgery or own their own separate hospital. Dr. Califf makes house calls four days a week, but also owns his own practice.

“My approach is to do what I can at the house but if I see a problem I try to get the animal into my hospital where I can do a more thorough job,” he said.

Bernstein says having a vet who makes house calls has been the right move for Hannah.

“The last few times he’s had come out to give her shots of steroids because she’s had a lot of problems with her skin,” she said. “You think she’d be scared but she’s not. She gets crazy, she just loves him.”

For Dr. Califf, the biggest advantage is the relationships he’s formed through the years.

“You almost become like a member of the family because you’re in their house, you end up meeting their children. You become an integral part of the family if you’re taking care of their pets,” he said.

The cost for house calls varies by state. Most trips to the vet’s office cost between $40 and $50 per pet. Dr. Califf charges $85 for a home visit, but that’s a flat rate whether the house has one pet or five. For more information or to find a mobile vet in your area, visit housecallvets.org.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
3 years ago

I would love to have a vet come to my house for my cats. They do not like to go in the carrier and hate riding in a car. My little kitten traveled very well, I hope that continues. My dog doesn't mind going to the vet at all.

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Ches21
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Ches21
3 years ago

With Skitters this would not work she even freaks out at home when we put her frontline on her or we give her a bath. I am diabetic and when I take my shots if she is watching she sees the needle and starts to shake and get really nervous then too. Shorty seems to like everyone and doesn't have a problem with the vet he would though if the vet were a man I have had him since he was a kitten and for some reason he is fearful of all men. As for Teddy she is so layed back that I don't think she has a problem with the vet either. Come to think of it Skitters is even nervous at the groomers. But I have heard of this idea before and I like it for the pets who need this excperince to be more calming. Also barnyard animals too it is easier if the vet comes up to the farm to see say a cow or a horse than if you were to bring the cow or the horse to the vet espicaily a clydesdale horse. Sorry if I spelled anything wrong.

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