What is in-home veterinary technician nursing care? It is similar to what a human nurse would offer to a person needed medical help at home. Pets are often sent home from their veterinarian with instructions that are confusing—or beyond their owner’s comfort level to implement. Many of the pets I see are recovering from surgery, are aging and need special care, are diagnosed with a chronic disease, or have owners that may need education and support starting a new medical routine at home (for example, giving diabetic shots or fluids under the skin.)
How do I know if your services are right for my pet? Clearly, all cases are unique and are assessed on an individual basis. Home pet nursing services can help give you resources, guidance, and support with many pet medical issues. Some issues are acute and require a few visits, while some are chronic and require continued support. It’s like having the benefits of hospital expertise at your fingertips, without the stress of leaving home.
What kinds of problems can you help my pet with at home? I can help you with any medical issue that requires special nursing skill and knowledge. Cases can range from post-surgical care, diabetes, heart disease, palliative care, and hospice. Help with aging pets is another area of home pet nursing. Acupressure sessions can be beneficial for behavior issues, strengthening the immune system, and orthopedic problems. In short, I can help with a vast array of concerns. My dog/cat is getting really old! Can you help them be more comfortable? YES! Many people are told that their pet is too old and there is not much left to do for them. However, there are many highly beneficial modalities, including acupressure, massage, and dietary modifications. Guidance regarding daily routines is also offered. Making minor changes as your pet ages can have major results. With some guidance, you can easily learn how to adjust to your pet’s new stage of life, increasing comfort and decreasing worry.
Can you help me decide whether euthanasia is right for my ailing pet? This is a difficult decision that each pet owner ultimately needs to make on his or her own. However, I am there to support you and offer guidance from a medical and emotional perspective. Because this can be such a challenging and confusing topic, it is always helpful to talk over the situation with someone you trust and who’s opinion you value. Do you provide pet sitting? Home pet nursing is not pet sitting. The pet parent is always present for the visit. I can recommend reputable pet sitters to my clients depending on your needs.
My pet just had surgery. Can you help me make sure they are recovering correctly? Yes. Just like people, pets need special care when recovering from any surgery. I can help provide the proper technician nursing services your pet will need during this post-surgery recovery time.
My pet was just diagnosed with a life-altering illness, can you help? People are often overwhelmed, and rightly so, after hearing news that their pet has a chronic illness such as cancer or diabetes that will require continual and ongoing monitoring and medication. I can help you learn how to give medications and treatments to your pet in a stress free manner. Once you are confident and have the skills needed to provide this type of care, I am there to support you with follow up visits as needed.
How much do your services cost? It depends on your pet’s needs. I offer a free initial phone consultation to get started where we can talk about fees at that time. Sessions are affordable and special packages are available to help with multiple visits. Additional time can be bought in order to have more e-mail and phone support when needed. My services are an investment in your pet’s health and well-being--as well as an investment in your own peace of mind.
How do I prepare for a home visit? In order to get the most out of a home visit, please schedule during a time when there are few distractions. Depending on the weather we can do a session inside or outside as long as your pet is comfortable. It is best for me to see your pet’s regular routine, so just be yourself and relax. In the event that your pet receives acupressure, it is best not to feed them 1-2 hours prior to, or after, a session. Acupressure results are typically seen 24hrs after a session.