(ANGIE'S LIST) - It's a welcome change for anyone who's ever had to drag a sick dog or cat to the veterinarian.
Thanks to mobile clinics, the vet can now come to you! Mobile vet clinics are popping up all over the country, saving people lots of time, and their pets lots
"The real advantage of a mobile vet is really for your pet. They don't have to have the stress of the car ride of going to the vet, or waiting in the waiting room because they can stay in their own environment and be treated," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.
Veterinarians who run mobile clinics say it helps them get to know their patients even better.
"When I get to examine an animal completely because they're not stressed and they're not so upset that they're resisting the exam, I can gather a lot more information and give them a much more comprehensive exam," says Dr. Erin Zaring.
Zaring says she can do just about anything vets do at a traditional brick-and-mortar clinic. That means taking x-rays, administering anesthesia and conducting surgeries. And she loves the bond she has with her clients and their pets.
"It develops a type of trust that I don't think you can get when you're seeing a wide variety of practitioners," she adds.
Kelly Arvin agrees. She's used Zaring's "Curbside Care" for four years and says it's been a huge help in keeping her two dogs and two cats in good physical condition.
"Erin treats my animals like they're hers and I respect that, and that's the type of vet that I want," Arvin says.
Most mobile vets will add a travel fee of about $50, but the vet services usually cost less than a traditional clinic because of the low overhead. More people are also using euthanasia services available through mobile clinics, so their pets can be more comfortable as they are laid to rest peacefully at their home.