• Phone: 253-232-8393
  • Fax: 253-444-3837

In our goal of providing more individualized and comprehensive veterinary care, average house calls will take approximately 45 minutes.  New client appointments, especially for those pets with health concerns or multiple pets, may take more time.  The time spent with you and your pet for a DVM appointment is at least double the traditional appointment time and allows us to be sure that we are fully addressing you and your pets needs.

We will make every attempt to be on time for appointments.  Please allow 15 minutes before and after scheduled appointments for arrival.  We will make every effort to contact you if we expect a greater delay. 

We would ask that you have a leash ready for your dog. If we are coming to see a cat please contain the cat in a small room, such as a bathroom, an hour before the appointment. Be aware cats love to hide under beds or couches so should not be contained in a room containing furniture they can hide under.

Please provide a minimum of 24 hours notice when canceling appointments.


Anything that can typically be done in the hospital exam room can be done in the comfort of your own home. Exceptions are services that require specialized equipment or hospitalization time such as x-rays, surgery or other anesthetic procedures and hospitalization for ill pets.

In our goal of providing more individualized and comprehensive veterinary care you can expect that a house call will take approximately 45 minutes. New client appointments, especially for those pets with health concerns, will likely take up to an hour. This is at least double the typical in clinic appointment time and allows us to be sure that we are fully addressing your pets needs.

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Nutrition and weight management counseling
  • Wellness education
  • Pediatric/geriatric care
  • Ear and skin care
  • Flea and parasite treatment
  • Vaccination programs individualized for your pet and advised by American Veterinary Medical Assoc. Guidelines
  • Comprehensive laboratory work (blood testing, urinalysis, internal and external parasite screens)
  • Diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic or degenerative diseases such as diabetes, kidney or liver disease and arthritis
  • Health certificates
  • Prescriptions including prescription foods
  • End of life care and euthanasia

Any procedures or treatments that cannot be accomplished in the home will be referred to a local veterinary hospital. We do not provide care for birds or reptiles.


As a specialized service in there is a house call fee associated with each appointment.  This fee varies based on distance traveled to your home within the Tacoma, WA area.  Only one house call fee will be charged per call no matter how many pets are seen at the time of the appointment.  All other fees including exam, laboratory work and treatments will be comparable to a traditional clinic.  A current list of associated visit fees is available upon request.

Payment for the visit is requested at time of service.  Check, exact change cash and all major credit cards will be accepted. If needed, we will try and provide an estimate of costs when you make your appointment and based on your concerns.  However, estimates are subject to change depending on the needs of you and your pet during the veterinary check up. 

House call fees $35-80  New patient exams $71  Home euthanasia $230

End of Life Care

At Home Euthenasia

Difficult Choices

No matter what the circumstances, the decision to euthanize a beloved pet is difficult and gut wrenching. Doorstep Veterinary Medicine would like to try and ease some of the hardship.

Our Goal

Our goal is to make the experience as comforting, dignified and painless for both you and your pet as possible. We will take the time to be sure you and your family has said your goodbyes.

What we Provide

We will provide pain relief and sedation prior to euthanasia to be sure that your pet feels neither pain nor fear. We can also offer aftercare of communal or individual cremation with your choice of urns.

Service Area

Doorstep Veterinary Medicine provides service in the following areas:

Tacoma, Fircrest, University Place, Lakewood, Steilacoom, Fife, Milton, Edgewood, Gig Harbor, and Federal Way (south of 288th) including the west hill of Auburn (west of W. Valley Hwy). House call fees will vary based on distance.