Mobile veterinarians, which have popped up in cities around the country, can help your cat get their annual wellness exam, as well as other treatments, without the stress of traveling.
Mobile veterinarians will travel to your home and have the ability to perform all routine services such as blood tests, x-rays, vaccinations, urinalyses, and anesthesia.
There are a lot of good reasons to choose a mobile veterinarian that will make wellness exams and treatment easier for both you and your cat.
It's Less Stress For Your Cat
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When your veterinarian comes to your home, your cat can relax in their own familiar environment without getting whisked away to a clinic full of new sounds, smells, and unfamiliar critters.
A trip to the veterinarian can be very stressful for a cat. In fact, it can lead to anxiety around car rides and travel in the future, even when you're not taking your cat to the vet.
It's Less Stress For You
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Getting our cats to their annual wellness exams isn’t always easy.
Life can get in the way. There are cat carriers, broken down cars, sick children, and a late mailman with a package you must sign for.
When your vet comes to your home, you won't have to worry about finding a ride, a babysitter, or anything else for that matter.
There's Less Exposure To Contagions
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When you go to a vet's office, you never know what kind of parasites -- like fleas -- or illnesses your cat might be exposed to in the waiting room or on the exam table.
When your vet comes to your home, the waiting room will be your living room, and you will know the medical history of all the other critters in that waiting room.
Avoiding these risks is especially helpful if your cat has a compromised immune system.
It's Better For Multiple Pets
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In multi-pet households, it can be a huge challenge to get annual wellness exams for all of the animals.
Either you're making several trips per year, or you're packing everyone up all at once, which has its own challenges. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
Using a mobile vet is a great way to schedule all of your annual checkups and vaccinations at once without the stress and hassle of crating and transporting everyone.
You'll Get More Accurate Results
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To get the most accurate results from an exam, your cat should be as relaxed as possible. Anxiety can throw off the results of basic vital signs such as blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature, and pulse rate.
According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, stress can also make diabetes hard to diagnose and treat because "cats can have abnormally high blood glucose levels just from stress."
A quick internet search will tell you whether or not there is a mobile veterinarian in your area. My experience has been that the prices of a mobile vet are comparable to those with a physical building. Depending on your situation, it may be worth it to pay a little extra for the convenience and all the advantages.
Do you have experience with mobile veterinarian services? Would you get a mobile vet for your cat? Let us know in the comments below so we can all learn together!