Anyone who's ever had to bring a sick pet to the veterinarian knows how hard that car ride can be, but now there may be a way the vet could come to you.
Mobile vet clinics are spreading throughout the country, saving people time and pets lots of stress.
“The real advantage of a mobile vet is really for your pet," Angie Hicks, Angie's List founder said. "They don’t have to have the stress of the car ride of going to the vet or waiting in the waiting room because they can stay in their own environment and be treated.”
Dr. Erin Zaring has always loved taking care of animals, and since she started taking her clinic to her clients six years ago, she’s seen her business grow. She says the convenience is hard to beat, and that’s not even the best part.
“When I get to examine an animal completely because they’re not stressed and they’re not so upset that they’re resisting the exam, I can gather a lot more information and give them a much more comprehensive exam,” Dr. Erin Zaring, a veterinarian said.
Dr. Zaring says she can do just about anything they do at a traditional bricks-and-mortar clinic, including taking x-rays, administering anesthesia and conducting surgeries. And she loves the bond she has with her clients and their pets.
“It develops a type of trust that I don’t think you can get when you’re seeing a wide variety of practitioners,” Dr. Zaring added.
Kelly Arvin agrees. She’s used Zaring’s “Curbside Care” for four years and says it’s been a huge help in keeping her two dogs and two cats in good physical condition.
“Erin treats my animals like they’re hers and I respect that, and that’s the type of vet that I want,” Arvin said
Most mobile vets will add a travel fee of about $50, but their vet services usually cost less than at a traditional clinic because of their low overhead.
Dr. Zaring also says more and more people are using their euthanasia services, so their pets can be more comfortable as they are laid to rest peacefully at their home.