Mobile veterinarians, which have recently been popping up in cities around the country, can help your cat get her 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.
1. Less Stress For Your Cat
When your veterinarian comes to your home, your cat can relax in her 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.
2. Less Stress For You
Getting our cat to an annual wellness exam 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 veterinarian comes to your home, you won’t have to worry about finding a ride, childcare or anything else for that matter.
3. Less Exposure To Contagions
When you go to a vet’s office you never know what kind of parasites (fleas) or illnesses your cat might be exposed to in the waiting room or on the exam table. When your veterinarian 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 this risk is especially helpful if your cat has a compromised immune system.
4. Best For Multiple Pets
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.
5. More Accurate Results
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.
Do you have experience with mobile veterinarian services? Would love for you to share your experience in the comments below for others to learn from.