Mobile vets who have popped up in cities across the country can help your cat get her annual wellness check-up and other treatments without the stress of travel.
Mobile veterinarians travel to your home and have the opportunity to perform all routine services such as blood tests, x-rays, vaccinations, urinalysis and anesthesia.
There are many good reasons to choose a mobile veterinarian who can make health exams and treatments easier for you and your cat.
It is less stressful for your cat
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When your vet comes to your home, your cat can relax in their familiar surroundings without being whisked off to a clinic full of new noises, smells and unfamiliar critters.
Visiting the vet can be very stressful for a cat. In fact, even if you don’t take your cat to the vet, it can create fear of driving and traveling in the future.
It is less stressful for you
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Getting our cats to their annual wellness exams is not always easy.
Life can get in the way. There are cat trucks, broken cars, sick children, and a late postman with a package that you have to sign for.
When your vet comes to your home, you don’t have to worry about finding a lift, babysitter, or anything else.
There is less risk of infection
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When you go to the veterinarian’s office, you never know what parasites – like fleas – or diseases your cat may 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 everyone else in that waiting room.
Avoiding these risks is especially helpful if your cat has a weakened immune system.
It’s better for multiple pets
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In households with multiple pets, getting annual health exams for all animals can be challenging.
Either you make several trips a year or you pack all of them together, which has its own challenges. I am exhausted just thinking about it.
Using a mobile veterinarian is a great way to schedule all of your annual checkups and vaccinations at once without the stress and hassle of boxing and transporting them all.
You will get more accurate results
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In order to get the most accurate results possible, your cat should be as relaxed as possible. Anxiety can negate 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 diagnosing and treating diabetes difficult because “stress alone can cause cats to have abnormally high blood sugar levels.”
A quick internet search will show you whether or not there is a mobile vet in your area. My experience is that the prices of a mobile veterinarian are comparable to those of a physical building. Depending on the situation, it may be worth paying a small extra charge for convenience and all of the benefits.
Do you have experience with mobile veterinary services? Would you get a mobile vet for your cat? Let us know in the comments below so we can all learn together!