Housecalls

Housecalls

Veterinary medicine a century ago was almost exclusively made up of farm visits and housecalls. The family pets were often a "while you're here, Doc..." afterthought. With a change from an agricultural model to one where pets became the focus of attention of most veterinarians, housecalls nearly disappeared. But for many people, home visits are still very important for their own pets.

The most common reason for performing housecalls is for euthanasia of pets that are very old or sick, and for whom their human companions prefer the peace of saying goodbye in a home environment may seem more comfortable for both themselves and their pet. Some patients that are receiving hospice care for chronic and terminal conditions also benefit from at-home care by our staff or doctors. For some senior citizens or others who are unable to drive to the hospital, housecalls are also a necessity. For these reasons, Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center has always offered the option of housecall appointments.

If you are interested in housecall services, please contact our office for further details. We may be limited in the availability of appointment times due to our schedule. If possible, one or more days notice is necessary to schedule a housecall. Additionally, first preference will be given to existing patients and clients, though we are available regardless of who you primarily see for veterinary care. Finally, we are generally limited to the vicinity of our office, though we often accomodate further distances with advanced planning.