Frequently Asked Questions
+ How do i know if my pet needs to see a veterinarian?
You should see a vet if your pet is not acting like his normal self. Examples might be significantly increased thirst, lethargy, diarrhoea, lack of appetence, sneezing or coughing. Don't wait until it becomes an emergency!
+ What are the costs involved?
The cost is $200 for a house call and sometimes a $20-30 travel fee as well, depending on where you live. Examinations for additional pets are $100. Additional services such as blood tests or vaccines will have their own costs. A more detailed estimate can be discussed on the phone.
+ How often should my pet have a check up?
A healthy pet should be examined at least once a year, and twice a year if older. If your pet has a disease or condition of some kind, they should be seen more often.
+ How often should my pet be vaccinated?
Adult dogs should be vaccinated at least once or twice a year, whereas adult cats usually need vaccinations a little less frequently. Young animals need to be vaccinated multiple times, three weeks apart until fully immunized.
+ What do I need to do to prepare for a house call?
For cats that are shy, it can be a good idea to put them in the bathroom before the vet arrives. For dogs, make sure they have a collar on and if they are shy a leash can also be handy.
+ What can be done on a house call?
Nearly anything that doesn't require surgery, a specialist, anesthesia or X-rays can be done on a house call.
+ What if surgery or an x-ray is needed?
If surgery, X-rays or anesthesia are needed, Dr. Chapman can refer you to a vet or clinic she thinks most appropriate, unless you have one you prefer to use already.
+ What is the procedure for at home euthanasias?
Dr. Chapman would first talk through the process on the phone, and then again at the appointment to ensure you understand what is happening at each stage. Make sure you and your pet is comfortable in a location of your preference. We help keep your pet calm, give it lots of love, administer a gentle sedative so that it falls asleep with good dreams, and then give a final injection. Dr. Chapman can arrange for the body to be removed when you are ready, and also for general or private cremation.
+ Do I need to hold my pet or assist?
You can either hold your pet during the exam if you like, but Dr. Chapman will be bring a professional veterinary technician to assist if she believes blood draws will be necessary for example.
+ What should i do in a medical emergency?
Contact your nearest regular or emergency vet clinic if your pet has an emergency.