We want to know about your pet's previous medical history so we can provide the best, most appropriate care. You can help by providing previous records for us to review in advance of the appointment. Just ask your previous veterinarian to fax the records to 508-653-4333 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would ask them ourselves but because the records belong to you, they need to hear from you directly.
Cats who are likely to be nervous or difficult to handle need special attention. For the doctor's safety, and your own, you will need to have your nervous, skittish, or feral cat in a bathroom before the doctor arrives. This avoids having to chase a nervous cat through your home and having to pull her out from under a bed or behind a dresser. Not only does this increase the stress level on your pet and start the appointment on a negative note, but the risk of injury doing these things is too high, as cat bites typically become infected and often require hospitalization. The doctor will conduct the exam on these cats in the bathroom, doing his or her best to conduct a full exam and perform the necessary treatments and tests.
Dogs who are aggressive or try to bite are not good candidates for housecalls and may need to be seen at a hospital, where a full staff is on hand to ensure the safety of everyone, including your dog. Nevertheless, we are able to see some nervous dogs at home. When appropriate the doctor will provide a muzzle and ask you to put it on your dog, as he or she is likely to be more comfortable being muzzled by someone familiar. The most helpful thing you can do is tell us if your dog has gotten nervous or tried to bite in the past, so we can be prepared and make the best decision to keep us, you, and the dog safe.
If you have any concerns about how your pet will behave during the visit, please let us know when you schedule the appointment so we can plan appropriately.
We understand that decisions regarding end of life care need special consideration. To learn more about how to prepare and what to expect, please visit our page about end of life care, which includes information about euthanasia at home.