As you know, my cats vehemently detest any kind of car ride, no matter how brief. In addition to their raucous vocalizations which communicate their total displeasure, they often accompany these songs by furiously scratching inside their carriers, orchestrating the cacophony with what they consider to be their percussion section. Definitely not on my "hit parade" this Mewsik can affect a driver extremely negatively.
So you will understand the relief I felt several years ago when the Florida Wild Veterinary Hospital's flyer arrived in our mail announcing the opening of a local mobile veterinary practice.
I was immediately impressed by the attractive and upbeat young veterinarian upon her first visit to our home to meet our cats. Using both alternative and traditional methods of treatment, Dr. Erin Holder has that "special" touch and purrsonality which communicates her deep love of animals.
Even though my cat Trouble, who dashes under the bed when he hears her van pull into my driveway, eventually comes out to greet her as he responds to her soothing voice and gentle purrsonality. While he is not enamored by any veterinarian, I am sure he has a soft spot in his heart for her.
Dr. Holder's visits are not only a convenient and less stressful means of receiving routine and follow up care for our cats, they are also educational and enjoyable for me when she shares some of her more fascinating anecdotes about some of her "exotic" patients. I always enjoy the time I get to spend with her.
House call veterinarians don't replace the need for a full-service clinic, but for these occasional visits, they sure are the "cat's meow."
Have you ever had experience with a veterinarian who makes house calls? Leave a comment and share your thoughts about this option.