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House call vet good idea?

post #1 of 9
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I decided this year to have my two cats' checkups done by a vet who makes house calls, as getting them there is a trauma for all of us. But it occurred to me, will this make them feel unsafe at home (since they'll be getting their shots)?
post #2 of 9
I don't think it would... they'd probably still dislike the vet, though.

Shots only hurt for a few seconds, whereas the stress of going to the vet lasts longer and is more likely to be remembered. I'm sure they'd get over the shots quickly - or as soon as the vet leaves.
post #3 of 9
I dont think so. My friend never goes to the Vet. She has been having the Vet come to her House for years. It has worked out well.
post #4 of 9
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Welp, the housecall vet turned out be a pretty bad idea.

Cat #1 was pretty much fine about his shots and exam. But cat #2 was very distressed, hissing and growling. Which apparently made Cat #1, whose usual temperament is angelic, decide he needed to come to Cat #2's aid and defend him against the vet. It all became very Hannibal Lecter-ish.

The upshot is I'm on antibiotics for some scratched fingers that started swelling. Has anyone had the antibiotic experience? I'm worried about what they say about it killing off the good bacteria in your digestive tract.
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The upshot is I'm on antibiotics for some scratched fingers that started swelling. Has anyone had the antibiotic experience? I'm worried about what they say about it killing off the good bacteria in your digestive tract.
you can take probiotics to counteract that.
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you can take probiotics to counteract that.
AFTER the course of antibiotics is done ... during is a common mis nomer as antibiotics DO NOT know good from bad and will kill the good with the bad
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AFTER the course of antibiotics is done ... during is a common mis nomer as antibiotics DO NOT know good from bad and will kill the good with the bad
Thank you for that Sharky! I didn't know that.
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Welp, the housecall vet turned out be a pretty bad idea.

Cat #1 was pretty much fine about his shots and exam. But cat #2 was very distressed, hissing and growling. Which apparently made Cat #1, whose usual temperament is angelic, decide he needed to come to Cat #2's aid and defend him against the vet. It all became very Hannibal Lecter-ish.

The upshot is I'm on antibiotics for some scratched fingers that started swelling. Has anyone had the antibiotic experience? I'm worried about what they say about it killing off the good bacteria in your digestive tract.
Sorry about that...

Just out of curiosity, how expensive was the house-call vet? Simba, my cat who lives with my folks, is difficult to deal with when it comes to taking him to the vet - he doesn't like to be touched, so corralling him is an issue. So if he ever got sick, a house-call vet might be a good option - if it isn't incredibly expensive...
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Sorry about that...

Just out of curiosity, how expensive was the house-call vet? Simba, my cat who lives with my folks, is difficult to deal with when it comes to taking him to the vet - he doesn't like to be touched, so corralling him is an issue. So if he ever got sick, a house-call vet might be a good option - if it isn't incredibly expensive...

I guess it was about $60 more. Which seemed worth it at the time, as I'm on the top floor of a walkup and putting the cats in carriers and hauling the cats up and down is traumatizing for all of us....

Also, there would have been no extra charge for the second cat since the vet was already there, so for the second cat it would have been on a par with the regular vet.
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