Do vets make house calls?

Do you have a fluffy pet of your own? If that’s the case, you’re presumably also familiar with your neighborhood veterinarian (sometimes known as a “vet”). The majority of pets require at least one visit to the veterinarian per year. A visit to the veterinarian could be for anything from routine exams to annual immunizations to illness. If you have a passion for animals, you may have entertained the idea of pursuing a career as an animal doctor.

Would you enjoy viewing a diverse range of animals daily? Many aspects of being a veterinarian sound like they would be a lot of fun. Being one, on the other hand, is not easy. It involves extensive advanced training akin to that required to become a human doctor. It makes sense. Consider the implications of this! The vast majority of doctors solely treat human beings. On any given day, a veterinarian may have to treat a large number of different animals. They might witness a dog, a cat, a pig, a chicken, and a reptile all at the same time, all in quick succession!

Veterinarians, on the other hand, require a huge lot of knowledge and ability. This enables them to treat a wide variety of animals successfully. In addition, they must perform a service that is no longer provided by many human doctors: house calls.

When it comes to large animals such as horses or cows, it is uncommon for veterinarians to treat them in an office setting. Consider the following scenario: a farmer is about to place a leash on a cow. In addition, bringing a horse into the waiting area may be challenging! Instead, veterinarians usually pay visits to the animals in their own homes. Large animals are not the only ones who may be subjected to home visits. A large number of veterinarians operate mobile clinics. These are capable of serving a wide range of clients. Those who are disabled, for example, may have difficulty picking up their pets and transporting them to a place of business. House calls make it much easier for them to provide their animals with the attention they require.

The Advantages of Performing Veterinary House Calls

  1. It’s all about convenience, plain and simple. Whether you have mobility issues or your pet is elderly, disabled, or otherwise difficult to transport for any variety of reasons, a house visit veterinarian may be an absolute lifesaver for you and your pet.
  2. Less stress on the pet. Some animals are averse to going to the animal hospital. When you turn the corner or pull into the parking lot, they begin to tremble violently. The cat starts to scream even before, during, and after you have brought him into the house. A house call may be necessary.
  3. Paying attention to the pet in their natural habitat. A home visit might be pretty beneficial in a complicated medical condition or for a behavior consultation. Regardless of how truthful the owners believe they are being when providing a medical history, a house visit can be pretty instructive in many ways. You might gain some insight into a pet’s troubles by walking into a house filled with cigarette smoke, being overtaken by the stench of cat urine, or observing a dog being beaten by a group of children.
  4. Euthanasias performed at home. This can be a giant source of comfort for both the pet and the owner in many situations. That’s all there is to it.
  5. Personal Relationships. Even if you do not share a full-course meal with your veterinarian, having your veterinarian come to your house can help build mutual trust and compassion between you and your veterinarian.
  6. Having multiple pets. If you don’t consider yourself a “collector,” but you have a large number of dogs, and your friends are beginning to refer to you as “the cat woman,” a house call may be in order!

Cons of Visiting Veterinarians at Their Homes

  1. Less thorough/efficient exams. Giving Mrs. Fatigue a phone call in her chair, where she tells me that Fluffy might be hiding beneath one of the four beds upstairs, but she wouldn’t know because she hasn’t seen the cat in a day or two, does not set the tone for the rest of my visit. It appears that many individuals do not believe that veterinarians require lighting or tables! A good exam will not be possible if you do not have a cooperative owner and are working in a challenging, unclean atmosphere and has insufficient illumination.
  2. For residential calls, there must be a fee charged. Vets who make house calls see considerably fewer patients in a day than veterinarians who work in a hospital. Consider how much a locksmith would charge you to come to your home and install a lock! It wasn’t too long ago that I learned that locksmith school didn’t cost $250,000.
  3. Fewer Diagnostics and treatment are frequently carried out in the comfort of the patient’s home. Diagnostic imaging is commonly required; cutting a severe hot spot may necessitate the cooperation of two professionals, and dealing with an aggressive cat may be impossible at home in some cases. There is no way to look at ear samples (don’t think about spreading cream cheese on them right now), skin scrapes, or fecal samples under a microscope right away because they are not ready yet. Blood tests cannot be performed on an emergency basis. It is possible that tranquilizing an animal at home is not safe. Some traveling veterinarians have fully equipped hospital vans, which allows them to provide more services. Many, on the other hand, can only provide rudimentary examinations.
  4. You may not be able to promptly get your veterinarian to your home because of the amount of ground some house call veterinarians cover. This may include visiting a veterinarian who is unfamiliar with your situation. I see many house call patients at my hospital because the house call veterinarian was just not available when they needed to be seen.
  5. Effective time management. Even though everything goes smoothly, house calls take a lot of time, even if everything goes correctly. Many people appear to believe that it is also a societal obligation. Being in the age of James Herriot and settling down for a cup of tea with a smidgeon of veterinary medicine on the side is not a particularly successful business strategy.
  6. Please make sure that your traveling veterinarian has a close working relationship with a referral center or a veterinary hospital willing to accept and treat their patients. Your house call veterinarian should not tell you that you need to take your animal to a full-service hospital immediately, and you should not be confused about where to go.

Final thoughts

Some pets do not function well in an office environment. Those who have mobility or behavioral issues may also prefer to have a doctor come to their home. This is especially true if the veterinarian has to see the animal at their house for observation purposes.

House calls, on the other hand, are not always the best option. The majority of mobile clinics provide less in-depth examinations and fewer diagnostic and treatment options than traditional clinics. Because veterinarians cannot transport their entire office in a van, this is simply the way things are. House calls are also more expensive than hospital visits.

Perhaps you want to be a veterinarian but do not want to work in an office setting. There is another choice available to you! You can pursue a career as a wildlife veterinarian. Wildlife veterinarians work with animals in their natural environment rather than in a clinic setting. They also tend to work with a large variety of different wild creatures daily. They can treat animals such as mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Some wildlife veterinarians work in zoos as well as in the field. Others may choose to collaborate with environmental organizations all across the world. Every day, you might make a difference in the lives of various exotic animals! What an honor it would be to contribute to the preservation of endangered species.


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