When Is In Home Cat Care Called For
At Metairie Small Animal Hospital, we realize that situations may occur where one of our clients is unable to bring their cat into our office for an appointment. Reasons for this may include the cat owner being too sick to leave the house, the cat being unable to handle leaving the house or if more than three cats are present and require veterinary check-ups… in these cases it may be more efficient to have a veterinarian come to your home to perform basic wellness examinations. At Metairie Small Animal Hospital we offer this as a service to our clients for convenience and to ensure that our feline patients are able to receive the veterinary care they need regardless of their circumstances.
When A Cat Owner Is Too Sick To Visit Our Office
One of our veterinarians and a vet assistant will come to your home if the cat owner is too sick to make the trip. This enables the cat to get the medical attention he needs and provide comfort to the owner knowing that their cat is being cared for.
When A Cat Is Unable To Handle Leaving Home
One of the most common reasons that people don’t make a visit to the vet, is because the owners do not want to put their cat in the carrier. They view this as being very stressful to the cat, and sometimes themselves. If it is too stressful for your cat to be transported to the hospital in a carrier, then we may be able to have one of our veterinarians come to your home and examine your cat in the comfort of familiar surroundings.
When You Have Too Many Cats To Bring To The Vet
If you have multiple cats, and cannot transport all of them to the hospital for an annual checkup or medical care, our in-home cat care is available. If you have multiple cats in the household, (typically more than three), then we can make a house call to accomodate you and your cats.
What To Expect From A Veterinary House Call
When you schedule a cat house call, our hospital will send a veterinarian and a vet assistant to examine your cat. We will bring all of the instruments necessary to perform a thorough exam. We are able to perform the following tests in your home:
- Thorough examination
- Acquire blood for needed lab tests
- Administer Vaccines
- Transport your cat back to our facility if additional testing or treatment is needed
To ensure that your cat is available to our veterinarian for examination, please make sure that it is in a small room like a bathroom or utility room before the doctor arrives for the examination. Of course, you are welcome to stay in the room throughout the exam.
It should be noted that there are some procedures that cannot be performed within your home. Therefore, when examining your cat at home, our veterinarians can typically get a good assessment through the physical exam as to whether or not your cat will require any further testing at the hospital. If such testing is required for diagnosis or treatment, then our veterinary staff will assist in the transport of you cat to and from the hospital.
How To Prepare For A Doctor To Examine Your Cat(s) At Home
There are two things you can do to prepare for your vet’s visit. By keeping your cat in a small room, we are able to conduct the examination while minimizing the stress on you and your cat. Have a list of questions handy for your vet addressing any concerns you may have.
Scheduling An In Home Cat Care Appointment
If you feel that you are unable to transport your cat or multiple cats to Metairie Small Animal Hospital, please call and book an in home cat care appointment. We have staff members available to take your call now at 504-290-0025.