Why Mobile Vet Clinics Are The Future Of Veterinary Care

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Mobile veterinary clinics are becoming increasingly popular with pet owners across the country. Many veterinary practices have implemented specially outfitted vans that travel to their clients’ homes, providing pet care while eliminating the need for clients to drive to the practice’s main office. These clinics primarily provide spay and neutering services as well as basic treatments. Some practices even offer end-of-life services via house calls.

Here are a few reasons why these mobile clinics are the future of veterinary care.

Convenience

An obvious reason for mobile clinics’ growing prominence is the convenience they provide to clients as well as their pets. Mobile clinics allow pet owners to remain in the comfort of their homes while taking care of routine check-ups and certain treatments. This convenience may also calm pets who are uncomfortable with the vet’s main office, as it can eliminate stress created by other pets, car trips, and anxiety triggers within a check-up room. A familiar environment may allow pets to develop positive association with vet interactions, which, in turn, can strengthen client-vet relations. This advantage can be especially comforting in end-of-life scenarios.

Added Insight

Mobility gives vets the chance to observe clients’ pets in their day-to-day environment. This insight that can potentially lead to a crucial diagnosis or solution to a nagging problem. For example, an owner that is overfeeding a pet may not realize he or she is doing so. A mobile vet may be able to identify this issue by observing the pet’s feeding habits and by looking at the physical amount in which the pet is being fed – something that wouldn’t be so easily observed if the pet was brought into the office from home.

Versatility

Mobile clinics allow vets to access pets in a variety of settings and situations. For instance, since sick or injured pets have a tendency to hide, mobile clinics allow vets to come directly to these animals, saving their owners the hassle of forcing them into a car, which is just added stress for the animal. Additionally, mobile services can also be beneficial in cases involving large and/or badly injured animals, who would be too difficult to transport.

Furthermore, mobility prevents vets from remaining constrained to a single geographic service area, giving them the chance to “capitalize on demand growth in other areas,” as noted by PetMD.com.

Saving Money

Compared to stationary vet offices, mobile clinics are much less expensive to create and operate. The Balance reports that mobile clinics require roughly $250,000 to start, a much cheaper price than that of traditional locations, which were estimated at around $1,000,000. Mobility also provides savings on property taxes, rent payments, and other financial responsibilities attached to a traditional stationary practice.

Preventative Care For A Healthier Pet

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The list of surgeries and treatments available to animals is longer than it’s ever been thanks to the advancements in technology and medicine. Having innovative treatment options for various illnesses and issues is impressive, but these remedies, depending on the type of care that’s needed, can be incredibly costly.

In order to combat these extravagant costs, pet owners are opting out of veterinarian visits and, instead, relying more and more on the information available to them online to help them care for their pets at home. As you could imagine, there are some pretty serious consequences that occur as a result. The illnesses or physical issues just continue to get worse until innovative treatment is absolutely necessary, whereas the problem could have been addressed much earlier on.

The solution? Preventative care, early detection of a myriad of health issues, and having a trusted veterinarian on your side.

Here are some preventative care tips that will prolong the health of your pet:

Keep Them Hydrated

Your pet can’t communicate with you with words, but there are physical signs that will tell you if your pet is well hydrated, like moist, pink gums and medium yellow-colored urine. Provide your pet with clean water every single day and wash their bowl frequently.

Introduce Good Nutrition Into Their Diets

You never want your pet to develop an obesity problem. Discover the appropriate number of calories, protein, and fat they need per day and make sure that is all you are feeding them. Also, these numbers are dependent upon your pet’s age, so make sure you are changing their diet as they experience the various stages in their life.

Practice Safe Grooming And Hygiene Techniques

Your pet’s teeth, ears, nails, and coat all need regularly cared for. Good and safe grooming and hygiene techniques will help to promote internal and external health for years to come. If you are unable to make the time for this, it’s crucial that you spend the necessary amount of money to have a professional take care of it then.

Never Skip An Exam

It may be tempting to save a little money this year but skipping your pet’s annual exam because they have always been healthy in the past. Avoid this mindset! These checkups are crucial for early detection if something were to be wrong with your pet.

Your pet’s health begins at home. Follow these tips for preventative care and give your pet the best life possible by prolonging the complications that you do have some control over.