Bringing a cat to the veterinarian’s office can be a challenge for cat owners with limited mobility, restricted transportation, or commitments at home that make outside errands and other activities difficult. Cat owners with multiple cats may also have difficulty bringing their cats in for examinations and other veterinary care, and some cats simply don’t do well in a traditional office setting. In our efforts to offer the best veterinary care to all of our clients and their cats, we are pleased to offer house-call services to accommodate special needs.
House calls permit us to bring our highly qualified staff and medical expertise right to your home. Cats that are fearful or otherwise stressed by coming to our office can benefit from being examined in their own environment, where they are likely to feel more secure and calm. This permits us to better evaluate behavior and overall demeanor in a more relaxed and natural setting.
If you elect to schedule a house call, Dr. Miller and a technician will come to your home with the necessary equipment and supplies to give your cat the same kind of experience that he or she gets in the exam room. This includes a complete physical examination, blood and urine collection for lab analysis if necessary, vaccinations, microchipping, feline leukemia and FIV testing, subcutaneous fluid administration, ear cleaning, claw trimming, blood pressure measurement, application of Soft Paws, and many other procedures. Hospice care and peaceful euthanasia may also be provided in your home when the time comes.
Of course, some procedures cannot be performed in the home, for example, x-rays and surgery. After the examination, if it is determined that your cat needs these or other advanced diagnostic procedures, or needs to be admitted to our hospital, transporting your cat to our hospital for further treatment would be arranged.
Life threatening emergencies cannot wait, and should not be scheduled for house calls. Cats who are having difficulty breathing, are having seizures, are unconscious, or are bleeding uncontrollably should be brought to our practice immediately, or to an emergency hospital if it is after hours.
If you would like to schedule a housecall for your kitty, just give us a call at (734) 682-5596 and we will be happy to schedule an appointment. Housecalls are performed on Friday mornings.