Aren’t house calls expensive?
There’s a perception that in-home vet care is prohibitively expensive. And we get it. If it wasn’t, wouldn’t everyone just use a house call vet?
Until recently, pet owners’ options for seeing an in-home veterinarian were limited. Most areas only had one or two vets who made house calls and even then, these independent vets understandably up-charged for seeing patients in their homes.
Vetted is doing things differently.
We’re an in-home vet care company based in Los Angeles but serving cities throughout the country. And when we say “serving,” we mean that local, experienced Vetted vets are actively providing house calls to all their patients in a given area. The way we see it, getting great care for your vet has become inconvenient, cumbersome, and unpredictably expensive. We’re working to change that.
How Much Does In-Home Vet Care Cost?
We’ve worked really, really hard to ensure our pricing structure is simple. When you schedule a house call with a Vetted vet, we want you to know what you can expect to pay.
A Vetted house call exam costs $99.
It really is that simple! What do you get for that $99? That’s your “exam fee” and it includes the cost of travel for your veterinarian and vet tech and a comprehensive exam for your pet.
A comprehensive pet exam is exactly what it sounds like: Your vet will take your pet’s temperature and weight, check her vital signs, and both visually and physically examine her eyes, teeth, paws, and skin. At every vet appointment you’ve ever been to, your vet probably started with a comprehensive exam.
So, $99 is All I’ll Pay?
Your $99 exam fee covers the comprehensive exam for one pet. From there, you and your vet determine whether your pet needs specific treatments, tests, or procedures no one could have anticipated prior the appointment. If your pet is super healthy and you don’t need any additional tests or procedures, that’s it! If you decide to add additional services based on your vet’s advice, those charges will be added on, just like at a regular vet.
Diagnostic tests on blood on blood, urine, or feces are some of the most common add-ons suggested by vets. They vary widely in price. Whether at a house call or at the vet’s office, certain diagnostic tests can be expensive because the samples have to be sent to external labs to be tested. We know that’s a bummer, so Vetted vets never suggest unnecessary or superfluous testing unless they’re sure it’s needed. If we wouldn’t do it for our pets, we won’t urge you do it for yours!
You are always in control when it comes to choosing exactly which “add ons” you decide are in the best interest of your pet; we keep those prices low, too, so you never have to worry whether or not it’s worth it to spring for the fecal test or that non-core vaccination. Your vet will happily explain all your options – and their associated fees – in your home after your exam.
What Does This Look Like in Practice?
Let’s say you realize (oops!) that it’s been two years since your cat Freckles has seen the vet, so you make an appointment with Vetted. At the very least, you know Freckles is likely overdue for his rabies vaccination.
Before your appointment, you know you’ll spend $99 for the exam fee and $20 for the rabies shot; it’s a core vaccination. Dr. Sabrina comes over at 7:00 p.m. on a Wednesday (woo hoo for house calls!) and she determines Freckles is a pretty healthy cat. She strongly suggests you consider microchipping Freckles, especially since you just moved, and explains that the procedure and chip will be an additional $60. You agree! You talk about the pros and cons of having Dr. Sabrina complete a Travel Certificate for your upcoming flight to Florida ($50), but you decide to hold off since you’re not sure whether or not you’re taking Freckles with you just yet. That’s it! The whole thing takes 30 minutes and Freckles sleeps contentedly through most of it.
Your in-home vet visit costs $179…that’s $99 (exam fee) + $20 (rabies vaccination) + $60 microchipping. And you never even had to put on shoes.
When you crunch the numbers, in-home vet care through Vetted is actually comparable in price (and often cheaper!) than a trip to the traditional vet’s office. Don’t forget: traditional vets charge exam fees, too! And with Vetted, since you only pay for the services and procedures your pet truly needs, you never get stuck with a bigger bill than you expected.
We always ask our clients, “How much is your time really worth?” When you consider the 1-2 hours you inevitably save by having your vet come to you – not to mention the reduced stress on your pet! – in-home vet care is a no-brainer.
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