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House Calls

Animals First Veterinary Service was created in 2001 to provide excellent holistic veterinary care to companion animals in the comfort of their own home. Providing care in this manner allows us to observe our patients’ behavior and physical abilities in their environment to better understand their needs. During the exam, most dogs do not suspect that we are there for more than a friendly visit. Cats welcome our visits as they are only briefly disturbed from their daily schedule for their exam and treatment and do not need to be confined to a carrier for a ride to a clinic.

Common House Call Procedures

  • Common House Call Procedures
  • Physical Exams to address a specific concern
  • Annual Exams
  • Holistic Exams geared toward the use of homeopathy, herbal medicine, or acupuncture
  • Assessment of Internal Medicine Issues
  • Musculoskeletal Exams
  • Blood Work
  • Treatment of Wounds and Abscesses
  • Acupuncture
  • Homeopathy Consultations
  • Nutritional Consultations
  • Herbal Medicine Consultations
  • End of Life Consultations and At-Home Euthanasia with Cremation Services

Annual Exams

Wellness visits are easily performed on a house call basis, including any laboratory test that is needed with results usually within 24 hours. Wellness visits incorporate the following services:

  • Protection from Disease — Fortunately, we are able to test dogs or cats for immunity to infectious diseases. Therefore, we can avoid exposing them to vaccines while providing proof of their protection from disease.  Currently we are able to test dogs for the most common infectious diseases: Parvovirus, Distemper Virus, and Hepatitus Virus 
  • Testing for Heartworms — The incidence of heartworms is increasing in our area, especially for patients who live near bodies of water.  This test can be pro formed in combination with the tick borne disease test or separately. 
  • Tick Borne Diseases — Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichia are three diseases with increasing incidence. We can test your dog for these diseases in combination with their heartworm test during a home visit.
  • Wellness Blood Profiles — Dogs age 7 or above and cats age 10 or above are considered senior animals and will benefit from a senior blood panel. It is always benetifical to have baseline bloodwork before entering the "senior life stage".  This profile will offer us valuable insight in to how your pet is maturing.  Information from this bloodwork can give us an indication of the health of your animal that may not otherwise be apparent from a physical exam.
  • Cardiac Monitoring and Blood Pressure — Any animal presenting with an abnormal heart rate, rhythm or murmur can be evaluated by EKG and blood pressure during a home visit. This will allow us to make quick decisions regarding pets who may need urgent care for a cardiac problem. A common finding in older pets, both feline and canine, is an increase in blood pressure which is easily treated before it leads to renal or cardiac changes. With our equipment, we can monitor the blood pressure of your companion animal while they are resting in their own home, providing the most accurate reading possible.


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Heidi, my 13.5-year-old dog, is still with me thanks to the care of Dr. Lori . Her holistic approach to care and knowledge of Chinese medicine, herbal supplements and acupuncture helped to balance Heidi’s various problems."
    Marcia - Rixeyville, VA