For example, people more frequently order their food and supplies online so they don’t have to spend the time driving to, and shopping at, the pet store. Something that can make caring for your pet’s health more convenient is using a mobile veterinarian.
Mobile vet services are on the rise, especially in busy metropolitan areas around the country. Using a mobile veterinarian service is awesome because:
1) It’s Convenient
Most people travel 30 to 60 minutes to see their veterinarian. If these pet owners work 8 – 5 Monday through Friday they often have to take time off from work to take their pet to the vet. Even if their vet is open until 6 or 7 pm, it’s not possible to work a full day, drive home and get to the clinic in rush-hour traffic before they close.If you are luckily, your vet has weekend hours but who wants spend part of their hard-earned weekend in a vet’s office?
Mobile veterinarians come to your house to examine your pet on a day, and at a time, that is convenient for you. That means you save time because you don’t have to drive to and from the clinic. You can schedule an appointment so the mobile vet shows up right when you get home from work. Your weekend will be spared.
2) It’s Less Stressful for Your Pet
Some pets get very anxious riding in the car, especially when they know they are riding to the vet. Then there is the gauntlet you have to run to get int the office – make sure your dog doesn’t encounter any cats or other dogs that set them off. No wonder it isn’t unusual for your pet’s heartbeat to be high at the veterinarian’s.
A mobile vet can examine your pet in the comfort of your own home where your pet is familiar with their surroundings. This way the veterinarian can examine your pet in a more relaxed state and better determine their “normal” vitals.
3) It’s Usually Less Expensive
A brick-and-mortar vet clinic needs to make enough money to cover their rent or mortgage, electricity, internet, phones, management staff, etc. All of this cost is factored into the fee that each patient pays. Any procedures performed beyond the minimum increases the business’ profits. Veterinarians are often given bonuses for increasing the profit so they may be more likely to “upsell” you procedures that may not be 100% necessary.
Mobile veterinarians have a very low overhead. That means that the cost for services is often at or lower than the amount you would pay at a veterinary clinic. Also, some mobile veterinarians, like VetPronto, have a compensation structure for veterinarians that don’t give them incentive to “upsell” tests and procedures.
We’ve used the VetPronto mobile veterinary service. I liked that I didn’t feel like our exam was being rushed because another patient was waiting right outside the door. I also liked that they focus on preventative healthcare.
VetPronto was more affordable with two dogs. I was only charged for one house visit but the vet examined both Chester and Gretel for that fee. In comparison, I am charged for each separate exam at my normal clinic. I rarely walk out of Chester and Gretel’s annual checkup for less than $250.
VetPronto serves the Seattle/Redmond/Bellevue and San Francisco communities. When you book an appointment, they will send a licensed veterinarian to your home. They have vets available on the weekends and evenings so your pet can be seen by a veterinarian whenever it’s most convenient for you.
The vet will talk with you about keeping your pet healthy while performing a routine examination. They can also give vaccinations, draw blood for tests, and provide special care including blood work, needle biopsies, fecal analysis etc.
Do you live in the Seattle area or San Francisco and would like to try a mobile veterinarian? VetPronto is offering our readers $30 off the first home visit (regularly $129) with the code PETTALK30. You can book online or call (888) 422-2056 for an appointment.
You can also connect with VetPronto on Facebook.