Vet Visit Alternatives for Busy Dog Pawrents

Updated On: Monday, January 24, 2022 16:30:15 PM America/Los_Angeles

It’s no secret that regular vet visits are key to keeping dogs happy and healthy for years to come. However, not as many know that vet visits no longer have to take place at a physical veterinary practice. Two alternatives–telehealth and home visits–have recently become popular options for busy pet owners. 

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These two types of visits are both great options to have but tend to serve different purposes. Read on to find out more about these alternatives to traditional vet visits and see if either (or both) might be appropriate for you and your fur baby. 

Home Vet Visits

Home vet visits are not entirely new, but they’ve typically been for pawrents living with pets that have a terminal illness, extreme anxiety about vet visits, or have reached the end of their life. But more recently, home vet visits have become more common for regular check ups and less serious issues as modern living becomes increasingly hectic. The downside of these visits is that they cost more than the average checkup. While our dogs’ comfort is priceless, the reality is that not everybody can afford to have regular home visits. 

Telehealth Vet Visits

Telehealth vet visits are on the rise as a convenient and more cost-effective way to access vet care. This may not be the best option for addressing an emergency, but it can be the right choice for many other scenarios. Telehealth vets are appropriate for:

  • A first course of action for any health or behavioral concerns that aren’t emergencies
  • Dogs who have a very negative response to vet visits
  • Pet owners who want convenience without the premium cost

Telehealth vet services like AskVet are distinct from home vet visits, but either can make sense for certain situations. Keep in mind that these aren’t mutually exclusive either. For some scenarios, a telehealth visit may be more appropriate. For others, it may make more sense to have a vet visit your home. And at times, it will be necessary to go the old school route and drag your pup to the vet.

Whatever you decide, it’s important to be aware of the different options available to dog pawrents today. Whether you’re looking to avoid the headache of commuting to the vet or your doggo is deathly afraid of the vet, taking advantage of the different options can help make wellness a smoother journey for you both. 

Staying on top of your dog’s wellness can feel overwhelming, but it’s critical for keeping them happy and healthy in the long run. DoggieLawn’s partnership with AskVet gives you access to an invaluable telehealth service for the modern pet parent who wants a convenient yet reliable alternative to the traditional vet visit. AskVet provides 24/7 access to consults with licensed vets and no appointments are necessary. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, all you have to do is sign up for a DoggieLawn subscription. Check out this page for more info on how to get two free months of AskVet. We can’t wait to join you for your pup’s wellness journey! 

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