Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What makes The Roving Vet and mobile veterinarians so great?

Picture the quality of a visit to your favorite veterinarian without the traffic, stressing your pet out, and the long waits. The Roving Vet comes directly to your home to provide quality care to your pet. We are equipped to do most everything a full-service hospital offers. If you have specific questions, please call us.

What areas does The Roving Vet service?

The Roving Vet is the preferred mobile veterinarian for Groton, Connecticut but also travels to care for animals in Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusets.

Will The Roving Vet make visits for a healthy pet? An ill pet?

Yes! The Roving Vet is here for your pet on the good days and the bad ones. Our favorite appointments are with happy pets that are happy to see us, but we understand this may not always be the case. If your pet is ill, please be sure to provide Dr. Sminkey with the details while scheduling your appointment.

What should I have ready for my appointment?

We’d like to have your pet’s medical records and history in advance or at least be able to see them during the appointment. We’d prefer to see any and all history and tests that pertain to your pet’s health.
Fax: 860-495-5677

Does an in-home visit cost more than a trip to my regular veterinarian?

Yes, there is an additional cost to have someone travel to your home and care for your pet in the comfort of the place they know and love. With that being said, we work hard to provide competitive prices and exceptional care so that you and your pet have an amazing experience with us.

What should I do if my pet is sick at night or on weekends?

In case of emergency, please contact a local emergency veterinarian. Please be sure to email The Roving Vet so that we can be there to help as quickly as we can.

Common reasons to contact The Roving Vet are:

  • Wellness exams, vaccinations, and common check-ups.
  • Gastrointestinal problems: Loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea (always save a sample of diarrhea), or constipation or attempt to defecate but no passage of feces.
  • Urinary tract problems: Increased frequency of urination, straining to urinate, or an attempt to urinate but no passage of urine (especially in male cats).
  • General demeanor problems: Change in energy level, less interest in going outside or playing with toys, less interaction with family members, or severe weight loss.
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular problems: Change in breathing (difficulty breathing is a medical emergency), exercise intolerance, coughing, or excessive panting.
  • Eyes, ears and mouth problems: Holding one or both eyes closed or squinting, discharge from one or both eyes, rubbing at ears, ear discharge, bad breath, sensitivity or pawing at the mouth, reluctance to eat hard food, bleeding gums or blood residue on toys or in water bowl, or sneezing.
  • Orthopedic and skin problems: limping or favoring a leg or paw, swelling of leg or paw, reluctance to walk or jump, severe itching, or excessive loss of hair.