We're pleased to offer the following services at MVS Pet Care - House Calls:
Personalized, Expert Care
MVS Pet Care provides loving, in-home veterinary care that is tailored to your pet’s needs throughout every stage of life. Our experienced veterinarians form relationships with pets and their families that are strengthened by delivering care directly in the home. Our comprehensive services include annual wellness exams, vaccinations, illness or injury care, medications, compassionate end-of-life care, and more. In case of emergency, we work closely with our partner network of animal hospitals for referrals.
Less Pet Stress
Providing veterinary care in the home provides long-term health benefits and reduces stress on your pet by keeping them in a familiar setting with the comfort of their pet parent throughout the exam. With in-home visits, there are no anxious car rides or fearful waiting room encounters for your pet (or for you!), so the visit experience is much more comfortable for everyone. Plus, every visit is 100% time with the doctor, who can tailor recommendations and exams for your pet based on the home environment.
Comfort and Convenience
Our veterinarians come to your home, at your convenience, making it easier than ever to provide care that is more comfortable and effective for your beloved pets. We can take care of all your pets in a single home visit, and in fact we encourage multi-pet appointments for your convenience. Our house call service saves you time because there’s no commute or waiting room, and in-home visits can also allow you carry on with other tasks in your home, such as work, child care, and any other responsibilities you may have.
Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability.
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.
Acupuncture is offered by Dr. Kristi Tipton for the purposes of prevention and treatment, as care for pets with current and chronic illnesses or ailments. Veterinary acupuncture is most often suggested for health concerns including musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic conditions, and quality of life and hospice care.
An acupuncture evaluation includes and initial visit to review history, records and laboratory work, followed by a physical examination using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine principles. Treatment and care options will be provided, which may include acupuncture.
Acupuncture usually involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific acupuncture points (acupoints) on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect, but may include other methods such as electrical stimulation and aquapuncture (the injection of B vitamins at the acupuncture points).
Acupuncture has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. It is a safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Dr. Tipton was trained in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
How many humans does it take to get 3 cats into a car?
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. Discounted house call fees are available for multiple appointments in one housing complex, neighborhood, or street, if booked together in advance. Please call us to ask about this service.
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
We value your time and therefore give you a narrow window of arrival time for your appointment. You can help us by valuing our time as well. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please let us know as soon as possible.
Cancellations less than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment and no-shows at scheduled appointments are subject to a cancellation fee equal to the housecall fee ($60).
A “no show” occurs when a client is not home at the scheduled time of appointment.
We charge this fee because your appointment reserves our time to be with you and your pets, at your home. That time slot is not available for us to offer to other clients in the interim. A cancellation within a short time prior to the appointment leaves us with an empty appointment that otherwise could have been offered to other clients, but that cannot easily be filled at the last minute, particularly given the logistics of scheduling appointments geographically.
We appreciate your understanding and respect for our time and commitment to your pets.