Dr. Nebel Vetinary House Calls

Frequently Asked Questions

Why house calls?

A veterinary house call is more comfortable for your pet and more convenient for you. Without the stress of being transported to and examined in a strange environment, your pet can be relaxed in familiar surroundings while being given a thorough medical examination and receiving treatment.

How much does a house call cost?

When your pet is due for annual vaccinations, the fee for the house call and exam is $175.00. The cost of vaccines is additional and will vary depending on the combination needed.
A “sick pet” house call with exam, depending on travel distance, is $215-$225. Any blood work, medicines, and injections as needed are additional costs.

What can be done on a house call?

In addition to a physical examination, many routine procedures can be accomplished on a house call basis such as annual vaccinations, heartworm testing, blood and urine testing, and dental scaling. Many illnesses and conditions, such as urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal problems, skin allergies and other dermatological conditions, and ocular problems, can also be handled on an outpatient basis through house calls. Dr. Nebel brings a full complement of diagnostic equipment and medications with him to provide the services and treatments your pet might need. Any other medications can be prescribed and filled at nearby pharmacies.

How often should my pet be examined by a veterinarian?

Annual examinations are recommended through the age of ten, and then twice-yearly exams along with blood and urine testing are recommended. Remember that one year of your pet’s life is the equivalent of about seven human years.

Does my indoor pet need annual vaccinations?

Yes! Vaccinations protect your pet from germs that may inadvertently be brought into your home, carried in on shoes. Also, vaccinations protect your pet in the event of unexpected hospitalization where your pet may be exposed to other animals. Please note that rabies vaccinations are required by New York State law for all pets, regardless of whether they are kept indoors. An individual vaccination schedule can be formulated for your pet based on his or her risks and needs.

How do I know if my pet is sick?

Watch for any change in your pet’s behavior, habits, appearance, or demeanor. If you notice increased thirst, urination, excessive coughing or sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than a day, a change of weight, lethargy, or eye, ear, skin, or dental problems, please call for an appointment.

Where will my pet be examined?

The examination can be performed wherever it is convenient. For small dogs and cats, a kitchen table or coffee table works well. Larger animals are examined on the floor where the pet is comfortable.

What do I need to do to prepare for a house call?

Dr. Nebel often asks cat owners to close bedroom doors before his arrival so that their cat won’t be able to hide in inaccessible places. If you think your cat is particularly shy and likely to hide, placing the cat in a bathroom shortly before Dr. Nebel’s visit is also helpful.

What if my pet needs an x-ray, ultrasound, or EKG?

In the event that your pet requires a procedure involving specialized equipment, Dr. Nebel will make arrangements and transport your pet to a local hospital with which he is affiliated.

What if my pet needs surgery?

Dr. Nebel will transport your pet and perform routine surgeries at local affiliated hospitals. Specialized surgeries are referred to corresponding specialists.

What if my pet has an emergency?

Emergencies are not appropriate for house call medical treatment. If your pet is having difficulty breathing, has suffered serious trauma, is bleeding uncontrollably, or is unconscious, go immediately to the closest emergency clinic. Dr. Nebel recommends:

The Animal Medical Center
510 East 62nd Street
(between York Ave and the FDR Drive)
Open 24 hrs/day all year
NYC Veterinary Specialists
410 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 767-0099
Fax: (212) 767-0098
107-28 71st Road
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: (718) 263-0099
Fax: (718) 263-0098
Open 24 hrs/day all year


Is euthanasia possible at home?

Euthanasia at home allows the animal to spend his final hours without unnecessary trauma and with his owner in the comfort of his home. The process is gentle and painless for your pet, and saying goodbye in the privacy of your home makes this sad day more bearable and dignified. Dr. Nebel transports the body and makes arrangements for cremation.

My pet requires special foods. Are they available?

Dr. Nebel will deliver any special orders for foods.

Can my pet be certified for travel or a kennel stay?

Dr. Nebel can provide the proper certification after an exam and the required regulations are fulfilled.

Are discounts offered for multiple pet households?

A 10% discount is offered for households with three or more pets.

How do I make an appointment?

Please call 347-968-1434 to speak directly with Dr. Nebel to schedule an appointment. Appointment hours are available during most days and evenings.