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House calls are a growing trend among the country's 85,000 veterinarians, said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. "For a lot of animals, it's stressful to go into a strange hospital with all kinds of smells. Cats and dogs are so smell-sensitive, it's like getting bombarded with a kaleidoscope of colors. At home, they don't realize they are having an exam or shots," she said.

Published: August 30, 2012

Dr. Elisabetta Coletti, a Brooklyn-based veterinarian who makes house calls, examines her own pet Cocker Spaniel Milo as two year-old Leo, the son of Carrie Dirks Amodeo and partner Julie, watches during a house call to the family's home in New York, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Coletti is part of a growing trend of family veterinarians who make house calls.

Kathy Willens/AP Photo

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