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Preparing Your Pet For House Calls: Tips From A Urbana, IL Mobile Vet

February 15 2024

Have you ever wished that doctors would go back to making house calls? These were the norm for a long time, but have not for the most part gone away. While many people do have home health care, the vast majority of medical appointments require going to the clinic in person. Having your doctor come to you sounds like a much better option. Most of us don’t want to go anywhere when we’re sick! However, while house calls are no longer a possible option for many people, they are gaining traction with Fido and Fluffy. Quite a few veterinarians now offer mobile services. A local Urbana, IL veterinarian offers some insight on this, and offers tips on getting your pet prepared, in this article.

What Are The Benefits Of Veterinary House Calls?

House calls really are a pawesome solution for many situations. Many people have hectic schedules these days. If you’re juggling a lot of balls, having yourUrbana, IL  vet come to you can make life a bit easier. You won’t have to spend time driving, dealing with traffic, or sitting in a waiting room. House calls are great for stay-at-home parents and those who work from home. They can also be particularly beneficial for anyone with mobility issues or transportation issues.

They are also often better for the pet! Most of our furry patients are definitely homebodies. Cats, for instance, can get very rattled just by being taken out of their kingdoms. Of course, kitties are not really big fans of car rides in general. In fact, for many cats, the drive over to the clinic is more stressful than the appointment itself. And while Fido tends to be more adventurous than Fluffy, many pups do get carsick. People with large dogs may also find it challenging getting Fido from one place to another, especially if he isn’t feeling well. 

This way, your furry friend’s busy napping schedule will only briefly be interrupted. Home visits are also less stressful for pets. It’s easy to joke about how Fido and Fluffy hate going to the vet, but the truth is going into clinics can be unsettling for them. There are a lot of strange smells, faces, and sounds to take in. The scents of other pets, many of whom may be sick and/or scared themselves, is definitely enough to set Fluffy and Fido on edge. While many veterinarians of course take steps to soothe and calm pets, it’s probably safe to say that our patients would still prefer to be at home.

How Do I Get My Pet Ready For Housecalls?

Many people love the convenience of house calls! There are a few things you’ll want to do in preparation, though. 

Keep Them Contained

Even if your pet is usually pretty friendly with strangers, they may want to retreat to a quiet spot once they realize they’re the center of attention. You don’t want to waste time trying to get your cat out from under the bed! Bring Fido or Fluffy into an area where they won’t be able to slip away. A small bathroom or utility room may work. Close bedroom and bathroom doors, and block accesses to popular hiding spots, such as the areas behind or beneath couches.

Prepare Necessary Paperwork

If you’re starting out with a new vet, you’ll want to have any documents or records they may need handy. In some cases, the vet may be able to get records from a prior vet. However, it’s best to have everything ready just in case. Doing this in advance can help the appointment go more quickly.

Provide Relevant Information

You may need to provide certain information to your vet. For instance, if you live in a gated community, you may need to give your vet an entry code, or let them know about gate procedures. If you have assigned parking, be clear about where they can and cannot park.

Another thing that may be helpful would be wifi access. We know that many people may not want to share their passwords, which is understandable. However,  your Urbana, IL vet may need it to process records, billing statements, and other documentation. In many cases they can use a cell phone, but this can be an issue if the signal is dodgy. Consider setting up a guest account. You can always lock or delete it later.

Tire Your Furry Pal Out

Pets are always calmer after they’ve burned off their zoomies. Take a few minutes to play with your furry friend. 

Take Advantage Of The Time

One benefit of house calls is that there are no distractions from the office or other patients. Home visits also tend to be more casual than the typical office visit. This can be helpful for both the vet and the patient. Your vet may spot something that would have otherwise gone unnoticed, such as a poisonous plant or a toy that may not be safe. It can also just make for easier, insightful conversations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Set Up The Space

It would be helpful to have an area ready, where your vet can inspect your furry friend. A table or counter is ideal for  a cat or a small dog. For large dogs, the floor will do.

This should be an area that can take spills. You may want to put something down on the surface beforehand. A plastic tablecloth is also a good option. You can often find inexpensive ones at dollar stores. 

Good lighting is important. If the spot doesn’t have sufficient lighting, bring in a few extra lamps from another room.  

Scheduling The Appointment

One reason many people love the convenience of house calls is because they are easy to fit into even the busiest calendar. That said, we do recommend scheduling the appointment so that you have a bit of a cushion around it. If the appointment takes longer than expected, you won’t have to worry about cutting things short to get to your next engagement.


Your pet’s diet plays a huge role in their overall health and well-being. This is always a great thing to discuss with your vet. This is also easy to do during house calls, as you’ll be able to show the vet exactly what your furry pal is getting. That can be helpful especially if you’re using a major brand that has many lines and products.


Try to limit distractions, such as phone calls, televisions in the background. If you have little children, give them something to occupy themselves with during the appointment.

House Calls For End Of Life Care

One area where house calls are becoming quite widespread is with end of life care. It’s never easy to have to say goodbye to a beloved pet. However, that day is something all pet owners will have to face eventually. When you start thinking about whether it may be time, have the conversation with your vet. There is an industry saying that it is better to be a day too early than a day too late.

While nothing will really make saying goodbye easier, many people appreciate the dignity and comfort that in-home euthanasia provides. Your pet will peacefully fall asleep, without any undue stress or fear. Many find that, while this is quite difficult, it can also be powerful. This is in many ways, and in many situations, the best thing you can do for your furry friend after a lifetime of love and loyalty. You may also find it easier to prepare if you have a date in mind. This allows you to give your furry pal the best last day ever.

Conclusion: Housecalls are becoming more and more popular. This is a much easier option for both pets and people. 

Are you interested in scheduling a house call? Contact us, your local Urbana, IL  pet hospital, anytime.

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