Welcome to Outback Mobile Veterinary Service
located in Melbourne, FL.
We are a mobile veterinary service that offers the convenience of coming to you for your pet(s) wellness needs, minor medical conditions and end-of-life care. We primarily operate out of our Subaru “Outback” for most services but also have a 27 ft. RV which has been converted into a mobile clinic with surgical and dental capabilities. Not only do we see dogs and cats but we have a special interest in exotic pets as well, including mammals, reptiles and birds (with limited services for birds). Because we are a mobile practice, we do not have hospitalization capabilities, but should such a need arise for a patient already under our care, we will refer you to a local area facility and may be able to assist with transportation if you or your pet have mobility limitations. Please visit the services section of this site for more details on all that we offer.
What to expect during an appointment
Mobile veterinary care provides a convenient way to meet your pets(s) wellness and minor medical care needs. Often this option reduces stress on pets and owners but it works best when certain guidelines are followed. When a pet is visited and examined in his/her own home, many are friendly and easy to work with. Others may feel more confident and even defensive on “their own turf”. So disclosing to us IN ADVANCE the general temperament of all your pets helps us to prepare for all possible scenarios. Also, if you have young children in the home during our visit, having someone to watch/entertain them while we work with you and your pets will help to reduce confusion and enable us to pay closer attention to your pets.
For wellness care we operate out of our SUV and will set up in a convenient room in your home for our exams and discussion. If you have a table or counter in a well-lighted room where we can work, this will help us tremendously. We appreciate having our client/patient forms either faxed/emailed to us in advance or readily available upon our arrival. Having available prior medical and vaccine history from previous vets will also be helpful.
We usually spend the first 15 to 20 minutes or so going over each pets history and establishing a game plan for the visit. We do utilize a “reduced vaccine protocol” as recommended by the 2011 AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) Vaccination Guidelines and the 2013 AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners) Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. So knowing prior vaccine history and current lifestyle of each pet is very important in determining what is best for each individual pet. Once we have our game plan established for our visit, we will then proceed to doing exams and procedures on each pet individually as discussed. Generally we will spend about 15 minutes per pet with our wellness exams. “Comprehensive exams” often will take a little longer and involve more extensive discussion. If we do end up spending excessive time trying to capture an animal for an exam, or if discussion/consultation becomes extended, additional fees may be incurred.
For Dogs: If multiple pets (especially small dogs) are to be seen, it is best to have them in a separate room for area of the house when we arrive and bring them one at a time when we are ready to start their exam. Having collars on dogs (and a leash within reach) is very helpful for working with them. Please be sure to warn us in advance of any pets that may be excessively nervous, aggressive or may bite. In such a case we may choose to place a muzzle on them for our safety and to distract them somewhat.
For cats: Please let us know in advance if sedation will be required to handle your cat(s). In such cases prior medical records are imperative. It is often best to put all cats in individual carriers just before we arrive so they are contained and don’t run under a piece of furniture. If possible, a hard carrier with an easily removed lid is ideal if the cat is particularly nervous or fractious, so that we can work with him/her and have the calmest visit possible. Placing a towel over the carrier to make it dark and quiet also helps. If your cats become nervous at the sight of the carrier then it is best to set it out in an area they frequent several days before the visit so they are desensitized. It can even help to feed them or give them catnip in the carrier to further reduce their suspicions. Use of pheromone sprays like “Feliway” in the carrier can also help to calm them. We do like to keep things as quiet as possible particularly when working with cats as this helps to calm them, enabling a more thorough exam and making the visit more pleasant and safe for all. In some cases despite our best efforts, we are unable to examine some cats and will discuss options with you. There will still be a call out and exam/consult fee in such cases.
One more thing, since Dr. Craig often works alone, if you are interested in having routine screening bloodwork done on your cat (including Felv/FIV testing) or small dog, please let her know in advance as this will require her to bring along a technician. Otherwise, a second visit may be required.
When a patient nears the end of his/her life sometimes we may choose to enter into hospice care or we may already know that it is time to choose euthanasia. Every case is unique and the process may be different. Please see a detailed explanation about these services and a list of resources under the “Services” section of our website.
Latest News From Outback Mobile Veterinary Service
At the very difficult time when we know it is time to say Good-Bye to a beloved and cherished pet, it is often much harder if we must transport that pet to a nearby facility where there is no privacy and where the pet is ill-at-ease. At Outback Mobile Veterinary Service we strive to make […]