MOBILE VETERINARY SERVICES
In-home Wellness & Mobile Veterinary Care
Our mobile vet team brings high-quality, compassionate veterinary care to you, keeping your pets healthy in the comfort and convenience of your home.
Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of semi-annual physical examinations (every 6 months) and age appropriate wellness testing with a veterinarian. Thorough check-ups and preventative care can help alleviate serious health problems. Wellness testing includes bloodwork, fecal exams, and urinalysis to catch issues before they become a problem for your pet. Preventing disease and early disease recognition will add quality and years to your pet’s life. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best.
More about Wellness Care
Semi-Annual Physical Examinations
These are extremely important to your pet’s good health. We pride ourselves on looking at your pet as an individual and then discuss medical treatment, health maintenance and lifestyle with you about what is best for the pet and your family. A full exam is done at every visit, and this includes an assessment of your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth and skin, as well as an evaluation which includes the following body systems: cardiac, respiratory, abdominal, urogenital, and lymphatic.
Wellness and Preventative Care Plans
We evaluate pets as the individuals they are. Each pet’s care plan is developed carefully after evaluating the pet’s history, lifestyle and risk factors. A pet care plan will typically include nutrition, customized vaccine protocols or titer testing, wellness testing, and behavior counseling, among other topics. We look comprehensively at the factors that go into your pet’s health and invite your questions and concerns.
Customized Vaccination Protocols
We believe less is more. Vaccines are necessary to prevent disease. However, vaccines can also cause problems for your pet’s immune system if not managed in conjunction with overall health. Once yearly, we will assess your pet’s risk factors and determine if your pet needs vaccines, and if so, which ones are necessary. It is important for you to have a clear understanding of which vaccines are offered, what your pet is at risk for, and the relative risk-to-benefit ratio of giving the vaccines to the long-term health of your companion.
Titer testing is available and helps assess the need of the pet for a vaccine. In a titer test, a blood sample is tested to see if the pet has an appropriate antibody level against the disease in question. If the antibody level is adequate, we can rely on the pet’s immune system to combat the disease and skip the vaccine at that time.
Wellness testing includes blood work, fecal analysis, and urinalysis. Wellness testing gives individual baseline data that we can use later as a reference for faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment, as well as serving as a detector of early disease. Depending on the age and health of your pet, we can recommend which wellness profile is best suited.
Individualized Flea and Tick Programs
During in-home appointments, we can create an individualized treatment program with you to help keep your pet protected from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other potentially disease-bearing pests. Because many of these pests are now adapting to warming climates in our service areas, they are a year-round concern requiring a year-round plan. Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis are just a few of the very serious diseases that can be prevented through treatment programs. We offer a variety of conventional and natural products and will recommend the products that work best for the protection and well-being of your pet.
Sick & Emergency Care
With skilled doctors and well-stocked transits, we are able to treat about 90% of common medical conditions during in-home appointments. We can take samples for many types of laboratory services in your home and often have the results back to you in 24-48 hours. Additionally, in-home appointments can provide our veterinarians with the opportunity to observe environmental conditions that may be related to pet illness. Our Receptionists and Patient Care Coordinators are trained to triage emergencies to help you get the best care needed for your pet. Most things we can handle at home but in some cases we may recommend coming to one of our facilities or going to a specialty center based on the severity of the situation. For laboratory samples that we take at your home, we get pick-up twice a day from the same laboratories that all the local vet hospitals use, which gives us a quick turn-around for results. We also have capabilities to run blood tests on site at our hospitals for more time-sensitive emergencies. Visit our Emergency Services page to determine if you have an emergency and for contact information for area emergency veterinary affiliates.
Veterinary Counseling Services
We offer a wide scope of consultations for both acute and chronic conditions. Pediatric care, allergies, senior health, lameness evaluations, second opinions, oncology, and behavior are just a few. If you have any questions about your pet’s health, please don’t hesitate to contact us—you know your pet best and there are no bad questions when it comes to your pet’s health or your peace of mind.
More about Consultations
Chronic Disease Management
HousePaws offers in-home consultations to help manage chronic diseases or conditions your pet may have and reduce the number of stressful trips he or she needs to make to the veterinary hospital. We can help manage conditions related to heart, kidney and liver diseases, diabetes, cancer, arthritic conditions and more, and make recommendations of how to keep your pet as healthy and comfortable as possible in their own environment. HousePaws is happy to offer second opinion on diagnosis on chronic conditions which can be challenging for both pet and pet parent, alike.
This is a frequently encountered need and one where our mobile practice has distinct benefits to clients. The ability to see the pet in her own environment is a significant benefit when developing a plan of action to defeat a behavior problem. We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling, anxiety, and aggression. Most behavior problems can be solved with behavior modification techniques. Infrequently, natural alternatives or prescription medications may be needed for a short period of time.
Quality of Life
As pets age, their needs change, too. The benefits of a veterinary housecall allow us to see the environment that your pet lives in. We may see things that you may not which impact the every day quality of life of your pet, or conditions can can present special challenges to your pet, particularly as they age or their health changes.
Diabetic Home Management
Teaching the owner how to manage diabetes at home is important to having a stress-free diabetic pet. We offer training on obtaining your pet’s blood sample, and utilization of a home glucometer system. Frequent communication/consultation between the owner and veterinarian will optimize your pet’s success with this disease.
We will provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance. A few of our veterinarians have advanced training in Chinese Medicine to take nutritional counseling to the next level!
Mobile Diagnostic and Treatment Services
HousePaws employs a range of diagnostic and treatment techniques in our mobile practice that can be tailored to the needs of you and your pet. In most of our practice areas, our doctors have access to state of the art mobile radiology equipment for advanced diagnostic efforts. A number of our doctors are certified in traditional healing methodologies as well as newer technologies such as cold laser therapy that we have found to have consistent positive results. We are constantly adding to our inventory of knowledge and equipment to offer you the most effective modern and traditional therapies to treat the extensive range of medical conditions we see every day.
Specialized Diagnostic and Treatment Services
Acupuncture is available at South Jersey and Pennsylvania Locations. (Acupuncture is not yet available in our Bergen County service area).
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to produce a healing response in the body. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles or fluid into certain points of the body where nerve bundles and blood vessels intersect. Through placement in these energy channels, the needles enhance blood circulation and stimulate the release of hormones with the goal of encouraging the body to correct imbalances. With its high rate of success and minimal risk, acupuncture treatment is one of the fastest growing services we offer in the treatment of a range of conditions. Some of the conditions that acupuncture is used to treat include pain, nausea, allergies, immune issues, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal problems, cancer treatment, orthopaedic problems, and more!
Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is an FDA cleared modality that reduces inflammation and pain. Laser therapy is effective at treating a wide range if conditions including acute pain, arthritis pain, aid in post-operative healing, and chronic musculoskeletal conditions often without use of medication or surgery.
Cold laser, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive procedure that uses visible and near infrared (NIR) light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Overall cellular function is increased, allowing for rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, growth for new cells.
The many benefits of cold laser therapy include:
- Alleviating chronic or acute pain
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing swelling
- Increasing circulation of blood and healing factors
- Speeding up healing and recovery
- Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever.
- Conditions the cold laser can benefit:
- Joint injuries
- Back injuries and intervertebral disc issues
- Ligament or tendon injuries
- Muscle sprains or strains
- Skin lesions or abrasions
- Post-trauma wounds
- Post-surgical incisions
- Musculoskeletal diseases
- Nerve injury
Radiology at South Jersey Locations: X-Ray & Ultrasound Services
In the event your pet needs radiology services, we have high-tech mobile equipment that we can utilize in your home, or you can come in to one of our hospitals for tests. HousePaws South Jersey and Pennsylvania service areas offer mobile x-ray and ultrasound units that can perform tests in your house. (Mobile x-ray and ultrasound are not yet available in our Bergen County service area.) Results are obtained immediately and can be sent to specialists if necessary.
Domestic/ international Health Certificates
These are needed before you can travel on an airplane with your pet. To obtain a health certificate, your pet must be examined 10 days before you travel indicating that your pet is free of communicable diseases. We have several veterinarians on our team who have special certification for international travel requirements.
Home Delivery of Medications, Food and Nutraceuticals
Medicine and food deliveries are offered three times a week. Please see our Order Medication/Supplies page for more details.
Prescription Medications or Natural Remedies/Supplements:
These are often given at the time of the visit on a patient need basis. If you need a refill, please call us to order.
Individualized Flea and Tick Control Programs
We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
To enable us to provide the best care to all of our patients, please see below for details regarding cancellation of appointments with our veterinary practice.
HousePaws Cancellation Policy
HousePaws Appointment Cancellation Policy
We understand that there are times when you must miss an appointment due to emergencies or unexpected obligations for work or family. Cancellations prevent us from treating another patient in need.
We request 12 hours notice for any cancellation. If a mobile appointment is not cancelled at least 12 hours in advance we will require a cancellation fee equivalent to a travel fee for your area that must be paid prior to scheduling your next appointment. After a second cancellation of a mobile appointment, without 12 hours notice, you will be responsible for the cost of a doctor’s exam for each pet scheduled and the travel fee.
In hospital appointments we also require a 12 hour cancellation notice. If an in hospital appointment is canceled for a second time in less than 24 hours you will be responsible for the cost of an exam for each pet we were scheduled to see.
We thank you for your understanding in this matter.