The West Australian

UBER FOR PETS

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Mo­bile vets have long served live­stock own­ers, im­mo­bile an­i­mals and own­ers and in a pet emer­gency. As we em­brace a life­style of con­ve­nience, the in­dus­try is mov­ing into Uber-like ter­ri­tory.

Pawssum is a mo­bile vet service booked by app. It moved into WA from the East­ern States this year.

WA man­ager Louisa Fenny says the service works well for her as a vet, of­fer­ing flex­i­bil­ity and free­dom while the com­pany takes care of mar­ket­ing, in­voic­ing and other busi­ness tasks.

“It’s kind of like an Uber service,” Dr Fenny says. “A new book­ing re­quest gets sent out to all the ‘Uber drivers’ or all the vets on the road.

“When the an­i­mal is at home it’s much eas­ier to be able to ob­serve it in its own en­vi­ron­ment — it’s nice and re­laxed.”

There are many mo­bile vet ser­vices avail­able through­out WA, in­clud­ing firms that of­fer 24-hour service, emer­gency care and on-the-go treat­ment for na­tive and ex­otic species.

Dr Fenny says an­i­mal be­hav­iour can be un­pre­dictable in a for­eign en­vi­ron­ment so a home visit suits pet and owner.

“Some dogs are be­haviourall­y com­pletely nor­mal,” she says.

“But when they have to get into a car or be around other dogs or just be in a vet clinic they can get so overex­cited and won’t sit still. It takes a dog 10 min­utes to calm down, some­times longer. And that’s for a dog that loves be­ing at the vet. For a dog that hates be­ing at the vet that anx­i­ety can end up be­ing ag­gres­sion.”

Mo­bile vets are able to as­sess other as­pects of an an­i­mal’s life be­sides symp­toms when they visit the home. The vet can com­pile a more ac­cu­rate record of past med­i­ca­tion and dosage when they have per­mis­sion to peer in a pet owner’s cabi­net rather rely on the client’s mem­ory.

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Dr Louisa Fenny, WA man­ager of Pawssum.

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