Demystifying home care

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by Lucas Guedes

The covid-19 pandemic left a legacy of home-delivered services. With the restrictions caused by the disease, what was observed in the periods of greater circulation of the virus was the increase in online medical consultations, deliveries of food, medicines and many other products and services. The fact is that this fad has caught on, and two years after the start of the pandemic, many businesses have adopted this practice permanently. And the pet market, of course, was not left out.

Veterinary care at home is in great evidence in Brazil. Among a number of other reasons for the growth of the modality, convenience stands out. In many cases, transporting the animal to a veterinary clinic or care center is not the easiest of tasks. In addition to the difficulty of transport, it is important to note that this displacement usually causes discomfort and ends up stressing the animal.

Indeed, home care has proven to be efficient, accessible and more convenient for all parties involved. But, it is normal that some tutors more accustomed to traditional care still have doubts about this modality. Therefore, it is still necessary to clarify some points about home care.

A veterinarian’s expanded view of pet well-being

Receiving a veterinarian at home for a consultation, one thing is certain: all the dedication of that professional will be exclusively focused on the patient. With no queues and no last-minute emergencies, the veterinarian has more peace of mind and can focus all his efforts on the pet’s well-being. In addition, another very positive point of home care is the fact that the veterinarian will be inserted in the environment in which the animal lives. This allows the professional to make observations about the place, evaluating and guiding the tutor in order to improve the patient’s well-being.

Reducing the chances of accidents during consultations

It is very common for animals to be more stressed – and in some cases, more violent – ​​when transported to a place to be treated. This makes the work of veterinarians difficult, and can cause undesirable accidents for everyone involved. When the patient is treated at home, the tendency is for him to feel safer and more receptive to care. In this way, everyone’s well-being is privileged, so that the consultation flows more smoothly and without accidents along the way.

Technology as a support for animal welfare

In the same way that technology is being used in several areas as a tool to facilitate processes, in veterinary medicine, it helps in the integrity of the animal. Whether to make new appointments, to keep records and monitor health, or to receive diagnoses, technology should be used both to increase the safety of tutors, veterinarians and pets, as well as to ensure more comfort for all.

Concluding the article, I consider the popularization of home care a great advance for the pet market. This alternative, which benefits veterinarians, tutors and, above all, animals, should expand even further in the future, so that veterinary care is increasingly accessible and efficient. Demystifying home care is necessary for further advances to be made possible, always putting the health of animals first.

*Lucas Guedes is CEO and founder of Vets. With more than 20 years of experience in the corporate environment, the executive has consolidated his career in segments such as Marketing, Communication, Projects, Digital and Commercial.

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