Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will Mobile Pet Vet care for my pet right in my own home?
A. Yes. The veterinarian and his/her assistant will treat your pet wherever they are most comfortable.

Q. How do I get Medications my pet needs?
A. Mobile Pet Vet comes to your home stocked with a small pharmacy and can leave most medications (antibiotics, anti inflammatories, heartworm and flea preventions) with you on the spot.  We offer may options for refills including: Shipping, pick up and courier services

Q. Does Mobile Pet Vet offer professional grooming services?
A. We do not offer professional grooming and bathing services, however we do perform medical and hygiene clips when necessary as well as nail trimming.

Q. Are there services that cannot be performed in my home?
A. Most routine and diagnostic services can be performed in the home, such as laboratory and blood testing.  However, surgeries and radiographs do require transportation to an affiliated animal clinic. Transportation services are available if needed.

Q. Is a Veterinary housecall much more expensive than going to a traditional clinic?
A.We do have a small housecall fee to cover our cost of travel. However, our average appointment is three times longer than in a traditional setting, allowing us to provide you with more education to help you better care for your pet. When all the cost of traditional veterinary care are considered, the price difference is marginal.

Q. How does acupuncture work?
A.Acupuncture uses our life energy, Qi, that courses through the body in channels or "meridians". Proper energy and energy movement creates a state of health. If there is a block in the energy or lack of energy, there is pain, weakness or illness. Insertion of acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians of the body, stimulates energy movement and balance.

In western terms, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins (used in pain control) and cortisol (the body’s natural anti-inflammatory).

Q. What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
A.Acupuncture is indicated for pain, inflammation, and paralysis. Some common problems treated with acupuncture include:

  • Arthritis
  • Disc disease
  • Feline asthma
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Skin conditions like- lick granulomas, wound healing and chronic conditions where western medicine alternatives have been exhausted

Q. Is acupuncture painful?
A.Most animals find the use of acupuncture needles painless. Once the needles are in place they should not feel pain. Most animals become relaxed once the needles have been inserted and often even fall asleep.

Q. Is acupuncture safe?
A.Side effects are extremely rare but it is possible to see worsening of symptoms for up to 48 hours after treatment and some animals may become more sleepy or lethargic for 24 hours. These effects are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.

Q. How long do acupuncture treatments last and how often are they given?
A.It depends upon the condition of the patient but they may take as little as 10 seconds or as much as 30 minutes. Acute conditions, like a simple sprain, may take only one treatment while more chronic conditions may require multiple weekly sessions.

A positive response is usually seen after the first to third treatment. Typically treatments are done weekly for 4-8 treatments and then tapered to the longest effective duration.

Q. What other therapies can be used in conjunction with acupuncture?
A.Since our veterinarians are trained in both traditional western medicine and TCM (traditional Chinese medicine – including acupuncture and herbal therapy), we aim to provide an integrated approach to our medical cases. We will utilize all forms of therapy that are warranted and desired for your pet’s specific condition.

Q. How do I pick a practitioner?
A.There are 2 important criteria to look for in a veterinary acupuncturist:

  1. Your veterinary acupuncturist should be a licensed veterinarian (in order to be able to utilize both traditional western medicine and eastern medicine to provide the best outcome for your pet).
  2. Your veterinary acupuncturist should have formal training in the practice of acupuncture for animals – i.e. IVAS certification or certification from the Xie Institute.
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