The Top 10 Reasons Why House Calls Are Awesome

10.  You don’t have to go anywhere.

There was a time, so long ago, when the doctor would come to your house, treat your illness, then have a cup of coffee with your family.  Up until recently, the only doctors who made house calls anymore were farm vets.  Now you have me, Dr. D – I will come to your house, take care of your pets, and leave you happier and less stressed out.  You don’t even have to give me a cup of coffee.

9.  You don’t have to get in the car.

Can’t drive?  Physical limitation?  Giant stubborn dog who won’t get in the car?  Little dog who vomits every time you drive them somewhere?  Multiple children (or just one) to cart around with you?  It’s tough sometimes.  As Bob Marley says, don’t worry about a thing.  Dr. D will come to you.

8.  It’s oh-so-convenient!

If you haven’t gotten that already with numbers 10 and 9, how about this – you pick the time and the day.  It can be while the kids are at school and before “Ellen” comes on.  It can be during nap time.  It can be when your spouse is home and you need to go out for a drink.  Whenever.  See?  Convenient!  Oh, and did you know that all of the medications I prescribe can be shipped right to your door?

7.  Less stress for you.

Ever been sitting in a waiting room while your dog is yanking on the leash and your child is knocking over a display?  Then you get stuck in a tiny exam room with your pet and your child, waiting what seems like eternity to be seen by someone?  Then your dog decides to do ‘his business’ on the floor because it smells like another dog, or your cat climbs into the cabinet and starts hissing like a fire-breathing dragon?  Yeah, me neither.

6.  No cat carriers.

This should be self-explanatory.

5.  You get your vet’s full attention.

In the clinic, my day was full of interruptions.  Emergencies, phone calls from specialists, technicians giving updates on hospitalized patients, the office manager needing to ask an urgent question…  These interruptions very commonly took me away from whatever dear client and pet I was treating at that moment.  I don’t know any veterinarian who wouldn’t love to give their full and undivided attention to each and every client and their pet.  But it is the nature of a busy clinic, and we vets are excellent at multitasking.  One reason why I love house calls is because I can finally give you my full attention.

4.  You and your pet get quality time with the vet.

If you wish, you can get to know me!  As the “other family doctor”, I think having a good relationship with your veterinarian grows from getting to spend time with them.  And I know for sure that your pet remembers me from one visit to the next…with less stressful house calls, I hope that they are actually happy to see me that next time!

3.  All your questions and concerns are answered.

I know how hard it is to feel like you have enough time to ask all your questions.  Any veterinarian will tell you that we would love to have all the time in the world to spend answering your questions, and properly educating you about nutrition, behavior, our recommendations, and why Buster eats poo.  Just one more reason why house calls are awesome.  I can answer questions to your (and my) heart’s content.

2.  Less stress for your pet.

My ultimate goal is fear-free veterinary visits for your furry angels.  Providing their veterinary care in the comfort of their own domain helps make this a reality.  

And… the Number 1 reason why house calls are AWESOME:

1.  Dr. D gets to spend time with you and your pets.

I know, the number one reason why house calls are awesome is really about MY enjoyment of the visit…but really, it is a benefit to you as well.  I LOVE what I do, and I LOVE getting to know you and your pets.  I LOVE getting to spend whatever amount of time I can with you, and I LOVE seeing you and your pet happy and stress-free at the end of our visit.  It’s a win-win.

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