House Calls: Our practice, crafted for our patients’ comfort

VET’S CORNER  » MAY 2016

Dakota, a 150+ pound Alaskan Malamute, is a perfect example of our ideal house call patient. Animals First Veterinary Service
Dakota, a 150+ pound Alaskan Malamute, is a perfect example of our ideal house call patient.

When we think of taking our pets to the veterinarian we often picture a busy place, with a lot of animals and activity. At Animals First Veterinary Service we have crafted our practice to allow for the comfort of our patients both when they come visit us in our home office or when we visit them in their own homes! Our office is designed with their comfort in mind. Appointments are spread out once per hour, the exam room has a big soft dog bed to lounge on and our table, for smaller animals, is covered in soft bath towels. It also helps that we stock our reception area, exam rooms, and our pockets with healthy treats for both cats and dogs. For those who prefer not to travel, our practice is completely mobile and can be brought right to your front door.

Animals First Veterinary Service For an appointment, call 540.937.6683 or email appointment@animalsfirstvet.com

In the not so distant past, a house call was a typical practice for pets and people a like. As our lives got increasingly busy, and more impersonal, house calls became a thing of the past and fell out of favor. A doctor’s visit went from a visit with a family friend, to a visit with a physician to whom you were just a number or a lab result.

Check back again for our next article about Holly and how our house call approach has helped her heal!
Check back again for our next article about Holly and how our house call approach has helped her heal!

With house calls, our practice brings back the individualized care that our pets thrive on. House calls allow your pets to have a good physical exam and diagnosis in the comfort and quiet of their own home. One of our patients who excels with a house call approach is Dakota.

Dakota, a 150+ pound Alaskan Malamute, is a perfect example of our ideal house call patient. Due to hindquarter pain and weakness, he was having trouble getting in and out of vehicles. When we first met him, he was quite wary of us and protective of his body and his space. Evaluation of his gait and palpation of his limbs indicated that his hips and lower back caused him pain. His treatment centers around acupuncture, and now he is greatly improved. When we arrive to treat him, he comes over to us wagging his tail and walks right to his favorite acupuncture spot.   

Our practice is located in Rixeyville — 20 minutes from Culpeper, Rappahannock and Fauquier. This makes it easy for us to reach your home for a house call and is convenient for those clients who would like to visit our office. Please check back again for our next article about Holly and how our house call approach has helped her heal and relax to a doctor’s touch.

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