Vet At Your Door performs the following veterinary services for dogs and cats in the comfort of their own home:
Wellness / Preventative Care
Preventative care is a critical part in giving your pet the best chance at living a long healthy life. By coming to your home, we can eliminate the stress of the veterinary hospital and keep your pet comfy on the couch. Check out how happy and relaxed little Ringer (pictured above) was after his last visit! Preventative care includes:
- The physical exam: During the in-home physical exam, our goal is to pick up on any subtle issues that might indicate a risk for disease. Examples include weight loss, weight gain, "slowing down", dental disease, or a heart murmur. Armed with this information, we will discuss a diagnostic and therapeutic plan for your animal that will help decrease the risk of disease and maximize health. An annual physical exam is recommended in young, healthy animals. In senior animals, because diseases tend to occur more commonly, exams are recommended every six months.
- Vaccines: Together we will design a vaccine schedule according to your individual pet's lifestyle and associated risks.
- Screening lab work: Examples include heartworm and tick disease screening for dogs, FIV/FeLV screening for outdoor cats, and screening lab work (CBC, chemistry, urinalysis, thyroid measurement) for senior pets.
If your pet is sick, rest assured that he or she will be seen by an experienced, compassionate veterinarian who is well-versed in modern day medicine. From ear pain to limping to vomiting to Fluffy seeming "just not quite right", we can help figure it out. If your pet's issue is beyond her ability to deal with at your home, she will refer you to someone who can help such as a specialist or 24-hour emergency facility. We also have great rapport with local brick-and-mortar veterinary practices who can help with any hospitalization, x-ray, and/or surgical needs.
Once a beloved pet gets to the point where quality of life trumps everything, we can work with you to make sure your pet's last days, weeks, or months are as pain-free, happy, and filled with what he or she loves to do (even if it is laying next to the wood stove).
The goal of veterinary acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. From a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) perspective, veterinary acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. A treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into multiple acupuncture points, where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, muscle relaxation, endorphin release, and anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormone release.
Acupuncture can be safely used to treat a variety of illnesses such as arthritis, trauma, allergies, spinal disease including disc disease and paralysis, incontinence, and neurologic disease.
Patients usually start with more frequent treatments which are then tapered off to a less frequent interval for maintenance. The goal is to achieve the longest interval where your pet experiences maximum comfort between treatments.
Once quality of life becomes hard to achieve on a daily basis, it is time to make a difficult decision. It is one made with careful consideration and love. We consider it our privilege to help owners explore this decision and help their beloved pets leave this earth with dignity, without pain, and surrounded by those they love.
For those who want to understand how the process works, euthanasia is basically an overdose of an anesthetic. It acts quickly and the animals simply "fall asleep". It is extremely peaceful. If an animal is very stressed when we arrive, he or she may benefit from a sedative that we can administer. An IV is usually placed for secure venous access before administering the euthanasia solution.
After the euthanasia, some people elect to bury their pet at home. Other people elect cremation, with the ashes either spread on the property of the crematorium or privately returned to them. If you do elect cremation, we will transport your animal to a veterinary hospital where he or she will safely stay until the cremation company comes (usually about 1-3 days).
We have close relationships with local clinics in the surrounding area. We confidently refer surgeries to these hospitals and stay closely informed on every case.