LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Good news for anyone who’s ever had to drag a sick dog or cat to the veterinarian and knows how miserable that car ride can be – the vet can now come to you! That’s right, mobile vet clinics are popping up all over the country, saving people lots of time and pets lots of stress.
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.
The real advantage of a mobile vet is really for your pet. 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. Zaring says, "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.” She 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 also develops a type of trust that you can’t get when you’re seeing a wide variety of practitioners.
Dr. Zaring says most mobile vets will add a travel fee of about 50 dollars, but that their vet services usually cost less than at a traditional clinic because of their low overhead. She says more and more people are also using their euthanasia services, so their pets can be more comfortable as they are laid to rest peacefully at their home.
There are several mobile vet practices here in WAVE Country, including: