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Old fashioned house calls are back

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Bangor veterinarian treats animals in their own homes

BANGOR - In the good old days, doctors used to make house calls. It's a service that has pretty much become obsolete in the 21st century. But Bangor veterinarian Tori Weston realized there is still a need and a want in the area for that old-fashioned at-home service.

"I always knew I wanted to own my own practice. I just thought it would be a hospital practice," Weston explained. "Then I realized there was a need and a niche [for house calls] and I wanted to fill it."

Weston, who has been out of vet school for seven years now, works at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic a few days a week and currently makes house calls on Wednesdays and Fridays. Her coverage area is broken into two zones. Zone 1 includes Bangor and the surrounding communities such as Hermon, Brewer and Glenburn, while Zone 2 consists of Kenduskeag, Old Town, Hudson and a few other towns.

"Half the calls I've had have been for routine vaccines and exams. The other half have been for end of life care or euthanasia. It's a hard time, but I feel it's a part of my job and a service that I offer that makes it an easier experience for [both] the owner and the pet," she said.

Last week was Weston's first round of house calls.

"It's been good," Weston said. "Everyone has been so supportive, and every day there are new experiences to learn from."

Weston treats just cats and dogs. And she will not perform X-rays or surgery or administer anesthesia during a house call visit, although she can do so at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic.

"There are scenarios where house calls are not recommended," she said.

If you have an aggressive or very territorial dog, a house call is probably not the best option. Pet owners who are interested in a house call should log onto www.toriweston.com or call 631-1676 for more information. You can also email Tori directly at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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