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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-19-2015, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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House-call vet service

I searched for the topic, but didn't find anything.. perhaps the wrong keywords, so by all means, feel free to point me to an existing thread if you know of one.

I need to get a checkup for all 4 of my cats, and I really don't want to take them in. My vet has a house call service, and it's not really more expensive than taking them in. Probably less because I'd have to take them for 2 appointments, since my partner wouldn't be around to help (work), and 4 cats in boxes are just too much for me, even for the 4 blocks to the vet. I also have a very difficult time with handling some of them when it comes time to put them in a carrier, so I set up an appointment for the 2nd.

My hope is that this will make vet visits significantly less traumatizing, and maybe even help them establish something of a positive association with the vet. Attention, treats, and rubbings from semi-strangers, after all.

I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with house call vets. How was it? Was there anything about the process you didn't like? Anything you really liked? Was it difficult to get your cats to participate?
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I can't recommend this enough! My last cat, Sabrina, was incredibly reactive when it came to the vet's office. She was so combative about the vet that I ended up in the emergency room with IV antibiotics from her biting me following a vet visit. Then, I realized I could have a vet come o the house. Sabrina was a different cat altogether in her own home. No more screaming, spitting, hissing, scratching and biting. She was downright peaceful! For the last five years of her life, she saw the vet in my home without incident. She was euthanized in my home as well. I now have the vet visit Amelia at home just to make the experience as comfortable as possible.


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That's great to hear! I'm surprised vets don't encourage it more for cats... or at least make it known that it's an option
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I even have the vet come to my home for my dogs and they aren't as nervous as a cat is, but I just think it makes the whole experience less stressful on everyone.


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I think at-home service would work well for my cats, but my concern is that one of mine is very wary of strangers and will run and hide whenever anyone unfamiliar visits; I would need to block access to all his hiding spots to make sure he doesn't "escape" - I wonder how stressful that would be for him, compared to taking him to the vet clinic.

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totezster, how about a good sized dog kennel. Far easier to get them into, just pull one out at a time!

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That sounds like a good idea!
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My plan was just to put them into rooms without much in the way of hiding places, but I have a couple "spare" rooms, so this may not be a practical solution for anyone else :p
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