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Mobile vets easing pet fears

Vet clinic on wheels
Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 18:06:18-04
Dr. Erin Zaring has always loved taking care of animals, and since she started taking her clinic to her clients six years ago, she's seen her business grow. She says the convenience is hard to beat, and that's not even the best part.
 
"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," Dr. Zaring said. "I can gather a lot more information and give them a much more comprehensive exam." 
 
Dr. Zaring says she can do just about anything they do at a traditional bricks-and-mortar clinic, including 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 said. 
 
Kelly Arvin has 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 said.
 
Dr. Zaring says most mobile vets will add a travel fee of about $50, but that their vet services usually cost less than a traditional clinic because of their low overhead. She says more and more people are also using their euthanasia services, so their pets can be more comfortable as they are laid to rest peacefully at their home.