How a mobile clinic can benefit your dog

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It’s time to take Fido to the vet again and you look forward to the experience with dread. First, you have to remember to give his pill for carsickness 2 hours before leaving for the appointment. Then it is time to get your heavy arthritic dog and your two children in the car to drive to the clinic where you will likely wait in the lobby at least 15 minutes with other pets and owners. During this time, you are constantly being tugged by Fido on his leash and you are on guard to ensure your children don’t rush up to every strange dog that enters the lobby. You breathe a sigh of relief when you get called into an exam room only to groan again as you remember how hard it is to get Fido out from under the bench, where he instantly hides, so the vet can examine him.

As the above scenario suggests, getting your beloved pet to the veterinary clinic is stressful for the entire family. Between juggling multiple commitments and convincing your dog it is not the end of the world to go to the vet, it is no wonder that the majority of people put off wellness checkups for as long as possible.

What if a trip to the vet simply involved putting a leash on Fido and walking him out to the driveway?

With a mobile vet, that is exactly what a veterinary visit means.

Having a veterinarian come to you has several benefits besides the convenience of not having to leave your home. The number one reason is reduction of fear, anxiety and stress along with related behaviors. By reducing these factors in your pet, you are increasing his or her overall well-being and allowing the veterinarian to perform a more thorough and accurate exam. In addition, a one-on-one vet visit at home reduces your dog’s exposure to contagious illnesses from other pets . This is especially important for very young puppies that have not yet been fully vaccinated or for sick or elderly pets that are immune-compromised. In addition, having a veterinarian come to you is much easier on your dog if he or she suffers from arthritis or any other mobility issue. By making the visit easier on your dog, mobile vets can also benefit you by reducing a small part of your daily stress.  In addition, having one-on-one access to your veterinarian to ask questions and get information is invaluable.

At Neighborhood Vets, we schedule visits to your home at your convenience between the hours of 7am – 7pm, 7 days a week. Our fully equipped van is an exam room on wheels.  So we come to you for routine wellness care or illness visits. Routine & advanced lab work, x-rays, dental cleanings, surgery, and treatments can all be done in your driveway. No more carsickness or struggling to get your arthritic dog into the car. We use pheromone spritzers to help calm your pet during the exam and our Fear Free cleaners have no odor or harsh chemicals that cause “nose blindness” and induce stress.  We strive to provide the best care for your pet in a Fear Free environment so that you and your pet can have a nice, personal experience.