Mobile vet is a veterinarian that travels to you. Instead of having to put your animal in the car and drive to a clinic, a mobile vet comes to your house eliminating the need to drive anywhere. Some mobile vets have a van that functions as a whole hospital while other ones (such as myself) uses your home as the environment.
Why Should I Choose a Mobile Vet?
It is less stressful for both the animals and owners. Many animals don't like having to be put in a carrier and driven in the car. Some animals weigh a lot and have joint problems that make it difficult to get in and out of a vehicle. Also at the animal hospitals there are usually other animals and scents which further creates anxiety in some animals.
Are Your Services Limited to Homes Only?
Yes, at this time I am only able to perform things that can easily be done in the home setting. Calls are screened and if I feel that your animal needs more than what I can provide in the home then I will refer you to the nearest full service hospital.
For What Species Do You Provide Veterinary Care?
Cats and dogs only. I have occasionally worked with other animals but that is very rare and on a case by case basis.
Do I Need to Be in the Room During My Pet's Appointment?
I usually have the owners in the room and help hold their animal since I find this makes the pets less anxious, also most owners know more about their animal's behavioral then I do especially if this is the first time I am seeing them. If you would rather not be present please let me know when the appointment is made so I can make sure to have an assistant available (there may be a longer wait for an appointment with an assistant).
What Areas Do You Service?
I service communities within 40 miles of New Bedford. So east to Buzzard Bay, north to Brockton, and west to Seekonk. I am not licensed in Rhode Island so unfortunately can not service clients living outside of Massachusetts.
What Should I Do to Prepare for My Pet's Appointment?
Have any paperwork available from their previous veterinarian or shelter/breeder if it is a new pet, especially vaccine dates (the state is very strict on when rabies can be labeled for 3 years so knowing the exact date of the previous vaccines is very important). If your animal is on any medication have those bottles available.
If your animal needs to be checked for worms - try to get a fresh stool sample that day.
And for my cat owners, please close any open doors and make sure that there isn't any place they can get into and hide. I find for cats that like to run and hide - examining them in the bathroom is easiest.
How do I get medications for pet?
If it is decided that your animal needs to be on a certain medication I usually will write a prescription for them. Sometimes I may have the medication available in my truck and can sell it to you directly, but most of the time you will get a script that you will have to fill just like when you go to the human doctor. Some medications are the same as humans so those can be filled at the regular human pharmacy (and before you ask unfortunately no you can't use your insurance card for your pet, but I do recommend to people to try the goodrx app for any discount coupons). If the medication is a veterinary only product (most commonly for ear meds or pain killers) then you will need to order from one of the many veterinary pharmacies online. Most of my clients use chewy. Sometimes the medication needs to specialized made because the animal is difficult to medicate or too small in size to dose in that case then I use a compounding pharmacy to order from. A compounding pharmacy is usually more expensive though.
What Is Your Payment Policy?
I take cash or credit card (visa, MasterCard, discover, American Express).
Long time established clients can pay by checks as well.
I do not take care credit and do not do billing. All payment must be made at time of service.