As pet parents, we naturally want the best for our furry companions, from dog accessories to access to quality veterinary care. However, for some pet parents taking their hound to the vet's clinic can be extremely stressful, especially if their furry friend has anxiety or a chronic health condition.
This is where a mobile veterinarian can come in handy. A mobile vet is a licensed veterinarian who provides in-home or on-site veterinary services. In today's Mountain Hound blog, we highlight six pros and cons of hiring a mobile vet for your dog and provide some tips on preparing for a mobile vet appointment.
The Pros and Cons of Mobile Vets
One of the main benefits of hiring a mobile vet is that you don't have to take your dog to the clinic, which can be challenging if you have a busy schedule or your dog gets car sick. A mobile vet can come to your home or office at a time that works for you and provide the necessary care or treatment for your four-legged friend.
Mobile veterinary care can be more expensive than traditional clinic visits. The extra cost is due to the additional time and resources required for the veterinarian to travel to your location. However, some mobile vets offer packages that cover multiple services and visits at a discounted rate.
Pros: Reduced stress for your dog
If your furry friend gets anxious or stressed when going to the vet, a mobile vet can provide a more relaxed and comfortable environment for your hound. For many dogs being in the familiar surroundings of their home helps reduce dog anxiety and the fear and stress normally associated with a dreaded vet visit.
Cons: Limited services
Some mobile vets may not be able to provide the same range of services as a traditional veterinary clinic. For example, if your pet requires an x-ray, bloodwork, or surgery, a mobile vet may not be equipped to handle these services. In these instances, a traditional vet may be a better option, especially if your dog has a complex medical condition or needs diagnostic testing.
Pros: Personalized care
A mobile vet can provide more personalized and attentive care for your dog. Since they visit your home, they can spend more time with your dog, get to know them better, and provide customized recommendations for their specific needs.
Cons: Limited availability
Mobile vets may have limited availability, which can be challenging should you need to schedule an emergency appointment. Therefore, It's essential to have a backup plan, like being registered with both a mobile vet and a traditional veterinary clinic, to ensure you have access to emergency hound care as and when you need it. Knowing when to take your dog to the vet instead of waiting for a mobile vet is paramount to keeping your dog safe should the unthinkable happen.
Preparing for a Mobile Vet Visit
When preparing for a mobile vet appointment, try to create a calm and comfortable space for your dog and inform the vet of any special requirements or behavioral issues your hound may have.
You may also need to arrange for your dog to be in a secluded area during the appointment to protect the vet and ensure a safe and stress-free experience.
Ensure the vet has access to a room or area free from clutter and other curious pets.
It's also an excellent idea to ensure your vet has access to clean, running water and a hand towel for cleaning their hands.
Finally, keep some doggie treats handy to encourage good behavior during the mobile vets visit.
Hiring a mobile vet for your dog has pros and cons, and it's up to you, as a responsible and caring pet parent, to decide the best veterinary option for your dog.
If you have an anxious hound with a chronic health condition, a mobile vet is an excellent solution and can offer personalized, convenient, and stress-free care. However, a traditional veterinary clinic may be a better option if your dog needs advanced diagnostic testing or has an emergency. Take the time to weigh your options carefully, and most importantly, consult with your veterinarian, as they can guide you on the best course of action for your furry friend.