You hate it. Your dog or cat is terrified of it. The whole experience is so stressful. Taking your pet to the vet is just plain dreadful. (If you don’t know what this is like because your pet is happy going to the vet, consider yourself extremely lucky. The rest of us have to drag, carry, or push our pets inside the door.)
This vet makes house calls, so pets don’t have to go through the trauma of going to the “bad people that poke me, put things in my ear and make me sit on that cold table.”
Veterinarian Lisa McIntyre of Naperville, Illinois has offered in-home animal care to much of the Chicago suburbs since May.
For many of her customers, both human and animal, a checkup becomes a less stressful event.
One of her patients, Luke, has definitely taken advantage of these house calls. Luke’s owner said that he used to be a “bucking bronco” when he had to go to the vet’s office. To restrain this 6-year-old Weimaraner, anesthesia was sometimes needed. Due to that extra cost, visits became expensive and would total up to $400 each time.
Now with the house calls, Luke is patient and passive, and he can now have more regular check ups on his health.
From Chicago Suburban News:
By going into the home environment, she can gain valuable insight into the animals habits: what it is being fed â€” or conversely â€” what it is eating that it shouldnâ€™t be.
And the stress-free environment has its medicinal benefits as well. Cats, especially indoor ones, donâ€™t take to stress well, McIntyre said, and the exertion can leave some felines with a racing heart, complicating the examination.
â€œI donâ€™t know if it is stress induced or if the animal has a serious medical condition,â€ she said.
Working out of a mini-van that is stocked like an animalâ€™s Walgreens, McIntyre said she is as capable as any vetâ€™s office.
â€œMost things â€” other than X-rays and surgery â€” we can do,â€ she said.
One of the more often requested services McIntyre has performed has been euthanasia for older animals. Sheâ€™s found many owners would prefer to spend the final moments with their pet in a familiar place, rather than in a vetâ€™s office.
McIntyre recalled one such appointment for an elderly dog earlier this month. She conducted the procedure on the front lawn, under the warm summer sun.
â€œThe whole thing was very peaceful for the dog and the owner,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s helpful for the grieving process.â€