To keep pets, pet owners, and staff safe, many veterinary practices across the country have adopted curbside vet care. Instead of joining your pet throughout their appointment — waiting in the lobby, being in the exam room, checking out at the front desk — you're asked to wait in your car with your pet until it is time for them to be seen and then your pet is returned to you once their visit is complete. While some pet parents may be nervous about not physically being with their pet during the appointment, curbside veterinary care can provide a more efficient and less stressful experience for everyone involved.
Veterinary hospitals have trained their staff to make curbside care thorough and streamlined. They've adapted their check-in protocols and have procedures in place to keep things moving during the visit — which can even make wait times shorter. As you get accustomed to this new style of veterinary care, there are a few things you can do to ensure a productive and positive curbside visit with your pet.
Each veterinary clinic will differ slightly in the way they handle curbside service, and all must follow their state and local safety rules. But a typical curbside visit follows a basic set of steps.
There are things you can do to help make a veterinary curbside visit go as smoothly as possible for you, your pet, and the veterinary team. With some basic pre-visit preparation, your experience may even be more satisfying than a traditional visit inside the clinic.
Do not let the idea of curbside veterinary visits prevent you from keeping up on regular veterinary care or seeking treatment promptly if something isn't right with your pet. It's natural to have some concerns about curbside care versus an in-hospital visit. However, veterinary clinics around the country have figured out how to provide the same high standard of care you are used to while keeping themselves, your pet, and you as safe as possible. Following the simple guidelines outlined in this article, you can expect a positive curbside experience for you and your animal companion.