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Yes, we do offer house calls. Please consider the pros and cons of a house call before scheduling. In our experience, house calls rarely offer an advantage when it comes to assessing problematic behaviors.
In fact, the office setting has many more advantages. With fewer distractions, there are typically more opportunities for important social interactions within a shorter period of time. Assessment is therefore more efficient. The office is usually a preferred setting for demonstrating behavior modification in dogs that do not like house guests. The clinic is also a better environment for behavioral testing of pets that are not getting along well in the home.
You might be concerned that your pet will behave differently in the office. You are absolutely right! But, if there is a veterinarian in your home, your pet will behave differently too! Friendly pets may be overly excited, nervous pets may hide, and pets with territorial aggression may want to bite. These behaviors often interfere with rather than contribute to the evaluation.
Instead of starting off with a home visit, we recommend that you send photographs and video recordings of your pet in the home environment. This information as well as the descriptive behavioral history form will be reviewed by Dr. Lindell prior to your consultation.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU PLACE YOURSELF, YOUR PET OR ANOTHER PERSON OR ANIMAL IN DANGER FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKING PICTURES OR VIDEO RECORDINGS.
Please be aware that house calls do take more time and the overall cost is higher. One effective option is to schedule an office visit for your initial consultation, and then arrange a house call for a follow-up appointment.
Still leaning towards a home visit? We do require the initial consult to be in a clinic setting at one of our multiple locations. Certain circumstances may allow the initial consult be at your home, so please let us know if you feel coming into the clinic is not an option for you.