The single most important thing you can provide for your pet from a medical standpoint is a complete physical examination once a year. Because your pet cannot tell you when something is wrong, the exam gives the doctor an opportunity to look for subtle signs of disease or other issues that are not apparent in your pet’s everyday life. By catching issues early, we can try to prevent more major problems down the road.
During an annual exam, your veterinarian will observe your pet for breathing, energy level, gait, and other issues that are visually apparent. A hands-on exam will take place at your pet’s level and as much as possible, on your pet’s terms. Prior to your appointment, the MVS staff will provide you with some tips to prepare your pet for the exam before we arrive, in order to ensure a stress-free experience for all.
The physical exam may highlight some areas in need of further evaluation. The doctor can initiate these tests at the appointment, including taking blood, stool, and urine samples, monitoring blood pressure, or other diagnostics as needed.
We offer a full range of diagnostic lab tests from the in-home visit.
Blood work helps us assess and monitor the overall health of your pet’s internal organs and systems. We offer a full range of blood tests, from standard panels and profiles that assess a number of different values to specialized tests that focus on specific organ functions and conditions.
If the doctor thinks blood work will be helpful in your pet’s case, he or she will discuss this with you and draw the blood at the visit. We submit the blood to a national diagnostic laboratory for fast and accurate testing. We will reach out to you with the test results and our recommendations when the results are available, often within a day or two of your appointment.
Your pet doesn’t have the words to tell you that he’s not feeling well, or that she hurt her leg. Instead, your main clues about illness or injury will be changes in your pet’s energy level, appetite, behavior, or routines.
When you notice any of these, give us a call. We can help assess what may be going on and decide whether your pet should be seen, and if so, how soon. We will make every effort to fit your sick or injured pet into our schedule. On many occasions we are able to see sick or injured pets the same day, or within a few days for less pressing concerns. If your pet needs attention sooner than our availability allows, then we will refer you to one of our partner emergency hospitals in the area.
We can provide the prescription and over-the-counter medications your pet needs. In some cases, the doctor will leave medications with you at the visit so you can start right away. In other cases, we will wait for the results of lab tests and then we can mail the appropriate medications to you.
Prescriptions and Refills
In order to make things as easy for you as possible, we have developed a partnership with Vet’s First Choice online pharmacy for all of your pet’s prescription needs. Each MVS location has a link to their customized Vet’s First Choice portal — just click on the link from your practice’s page to manage your prescriptions and refills.
Routine Blood work
We routinely monitor the blood work of pets who are on certain long-term medications. This blood work helps to ensure that the medication is working effectively without causing any unwanted side effects. In most cases we’ll want to check your pet’s blood work every six months, though we may need to monitor things more closely, particularly at the beginning of treatment or if your pet’s health warrants closer attention.
We can only dispense prescription medications for pets we have examined within the past year and for whom we have current blood work, if needed. If your pet needs medication but is overdue for an exam or blood work, please contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Answer: With MVS — none! One of the greatest benefits of in-home veterinary care is our ability to provide exams and services for all of your pets in one visit, and no one has to get in the car. Our team will work with you during the scheduling process to ensure your visit is timed correctly for multiple exams.
Also, if your neighbor has pets, it is possible to group appointments together to save time for our veterinarians and save money on your exams. The house call fee can be split between you and your neighbors for multiple appointments in one housing complex, neighborhood, or street, if booked together in advance. Please mention this to us at the time of booking.
We recommend vaccinating your pet against serious but preventable diseases like rabies, distemper, and other diseases. Thanks to effective vaccines and routine vaccination protocols, the incidence of these diseases is low, but when they occur they can be severe and even fatal.
We tailor our vaccine recommendations to each pet’s individual environment and lifestyle. The doctor will take time during your pet’s exam to ask about things like interactions with other animals and time spent outside. Based on these and other questions, he or she will recommend the vaccinations most important for your pet.
Kittens, puppies, and other pets receiving vaccinations for the first time usually will need a series of shots given about 3-4 weeks apart to establish their immunity. Once the initial series has been completed, your pet will need a booster shot each year. If you stay on schedule with the boosters, you may be able to shift to a three-year schedule for some of the vaccines.
Sometimes the most respectful and understanding way to help your ailing pet is to offer supportive and palliative care. While veterinary medicine offers many of the same cutting-edge and aggressive treatment options of human medicine, we recognize that there are times when our job is to step back from this state-of-the-art medicine and instead provide more humble care, such as the comfort of home and relief from pain.
If your pet has a terminal condition, we can work with you to provide the care and support at home that will help keep your pet comfortable and dignified even as he or she approaches the end of life.
When it’s time to say goodbye, we understand how important it can be for you and your pet to be in familiar and comfortable surroundings. Euthanasia at home offers a peaceful and compassionate farewell to a beloved friend and companion.
We want to be the one place you can go for all of your pet’s needs. Our comprehensive services also include
- Heartworm and Flea/Tick Prevention
- Travel Certificates
- Emergency Referrals