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10 Advantages of Utilizing a Cellular Veterinarian


Pet parents want to give their dogs the best treatment that they can.

However, with our busy lives, they are also seeking more freedom and convenience when it comes to caring for their pet.

UPDATED: Originally published July 2014

For example, people more frequently order dog food and pet supplies online so they don’t have to spend the time driving to, and shopping at, the store.

Something that can make caring for your pet’s health more convenient is using a mobile veterinarian.

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Mobile vet services are on the rise, especially in busy metropolitan areas around the country like Seattle.

Mobile veterinarians may also be present in more rural communities too though like Best Friends Mobile Veterinary Care in Cle Elum, WA.

Many small towns are surrounded by agricultural land with livestock.

Veterinarians often need to travel to treat these large animals and many have adapted their services to include treating pets in the home.

There are several reasons why you may want to consider using a mobile veterinarian if one is available to you.

10 Reasons to Use a Mobile Veterinarian

1) It’s more convenient

Mobile veterinarians come to you and examine your pet on a day, and at a time, that is convenient for you.

2) Your pet may be more comfortable

A mobile vet can examine your pet in the comfort of your own home where your pet is familiar with their surroundings.

3) A more relaxed experience for your pet

No wonder it isn’t unusual for your pet’s heartbeat to be high at the veterinarian’s.

Many pets hate care rides or start to shake as soon as you pull into the parking lot of the vet clinic.

Without the stress of a car ride, and prolonged nervous anticipation, your pet may be more relaxed during the examination.

When the vet can examine your pet in a more relaxed state, they can better determine your pet’s “normal” vitals.

4) It will save you time

Most people travel 30 to 60 minutes to see their veterinarian.

Mobile veterinarians come to you and examine your pet on a day, and at a time, that is convenient for you.

This can be especially helpful if you have a busy schedule or if your pet is unable to travel due to age, size, or health issues.

You save time because you don’t have to drive to and from the clinic and you may be able to schedule an appointment so the mobile vet shows up right when you get home from work.

dachshund dog at home on sofa
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5) It might be more cost-effective

Traditional veterinary clinics have a lot of overhead costs, like rent or mortgage, electricity, internet, phones, management staff, etc, that they have to factor into the fee that each patient pays.

Mobile veterinarians have a very low overhead.

That means a vet home visit cost is sometimes the same or lower than the amount you would pay at a veterinary clinic.

Some consider house calls a premium service though, and it cost the vet more time and money to travel to you, so the service is not always cheaper though.

Also, he cost of a vet home visit can vary depending on a number of factors, including the distance the vet has to travel, the length of the visit, and the services provided.

You may still come out ahead though considering your own fuel costs to drive to the vet clinic but be sure to compare costs beforehand if money is a factor in your decision.

6) More personalized care

Mobile veterinarians are able to spend more time with their patients, which can lead to more personalized care and attention.

7) You can remain with our pet

Ever since the great illness of a lifetime that shall not be named, most vet clinics stopped letting owners accompany their pets inside the building.

Mobile veterinarians come to your house so you will be present during the exam and can talk to the vet fact-to-face.

8) There are fewer distractions

A mobile veterinarian can focus solely on your pet, without the distractions of other animals and clients present in a traditional veterinary clinic.

You can also focus more on your pet and what the vet is telling you when there is not a lot of noise from other pets and people.

9) More flexible appointment times

Mobile veterinarians may offer flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments.

10) Specialized services

Some mobile veterinarians specialize in specific areas of veterinary care, such as geriatric care, behavior consulting, and in-home euthanasia.

The 3 Highest Rated Mobile Vets in Seattle

The largest city near us is Seattle so you may have found this blog post by searching “mobile veterinary services Seattle.”

For that reason, I wanted to list a few of the most popular mobile veterinarians in Seattle.

The Vets – At Home Pet Care in Seattle

The Vets offers the full range of treatment options your pet needs, including wellness exams, sick care, diagnostics, and more.

They provide mobile veterinary services in Seattle, Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Fremont, Capitol Hill, West Woodland, High Point, North Beacon Hill, First Hill, Seattle, Magnolia, Crown Hill, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and more.

The Vets also has mobile veterinarians in 15 other major cities around the country.

Home Veterinary Services

Dr. Knasiak at Home Veterinary Services provides mobile veterinary care for dog and cat owners in Seattle, Renton, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle, Kent, Auburn, Covington, Maple Valley, Burien, Tukwila and nearby areas.

Services include diagnostic testing and exams, vaccinations, wellness exams, quality of life assessments, and home euthanasia.

BetterVet

BetterVet seems to be the most technologically-advanced of these three Seattle mobile veterinarian services.

Their website says, “BetterVet is a full-service veterinary practice on wheels supported by a powerful digital platform.

Whether you need a quick video consultation or an in-home visit, it’s simple. Just open our BetterVet app or website, book an appointment, and we will come to you.”

BetterVet serves Seattle just east of the Redmond/Bellevue area and north-south from approximately Mill Creek to White Center.

BetterVet also has mobile veterinarians in 27 other major cities around the country.

Lap of Love

Yeah, I know I said 3 mobile veterinarians but Lap of Love deserves a special callout for it’s beyond excellent assistance with end-of-life pet care.

A few of my friends have used them and can’t sing their praises enough.

Lap of Love assists families and their pets in Seattle, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas with end-of-life care in the comfort of their home (they also offer “teleadvice” when needed in between home appointments).

Their experienced veterinarians provide compassionate care for your dog or cat, including in-home euthanasia and hospice.

Veterinary hospice specifically addresses comfort care and pain management for pets.

They assist families in the greater Seattle area.

Final Thoughts

Mobile veterinarian services are on the rise.

Some singular veterinarians have chosen to take their services on the road and there are some networks that serve several large metropolitan areas around the country.

If you have a mobile veterinarian in your area, it might be worth giving it a try to see how you like it.

There are many benefits to having a mobile veterinarian come to your home like convenience, reduced anxiety for your pet, and potentially a lower vet home visit cost.

Mobile veterinary services can be especially helpful during the difficult time of having to say goodbye to your pet.

There are many benefits to using a mobile veterinarian to care for your pet in your own home, including convenience for you and less stress on your pet.

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