Preparing for your first appointment...

Some helpful information, instructions, and tips to make your first appointment go well
  1. Please print and complete the client information sheet before the visit.
  2. Have your pet indoors and confined when it is time for the house call. Prevent access to any rooms with hiding places like closets, under beds, etc. Even if your pet doesn’t normally hide, some animals can behave unpredictably in new situations. Cat wrangling and dog chasing that causes the appointment to go over its allotted time will be charged as overtime, and if the animal can not be found, the house call fee will still be charged. If you need suggestions on how to confine your pet please call or e-mail in advance and we can discuss ideas.
  3. If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. I can see much fewer animals in one day than a veterinarian in a hospital. As a result, I must plan my schedule carefully so I can help as many pets as possible. Last minute cancellations will still be charged the house call fee.
  4. If you do not feel comfortable with, or are unable to assist in holding your animal during examinations and treatments, or if your pet has a history of aggression, please let me know in advance so that I can arrange to have an assistant accompany me to your home. I will provide guidance on effective and safe restraint and arrive with a variety of safety equipment. Usually, since your pet is more comfortable and less fearful in its usual surroundings, only a minimum of restraint is needed. If your pet is unexpectedly difficult to handle, we have the option of using mild sedation (for an extra charge), performing only a limited examination, returning with an assistant, or a combination of the above. Your safety is my top priority, but we will do what we can.
  5. Payment must be received in full at the time services are rendered. The Housepet Housevet accepts cash, checks, and credit cards for initial appointments.

Please have any medications, medical records and proof of last vaccinations available. This is so I can put important information in the record and make appropriate recommendations for your pet’s health care. 

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