Navigating a Vet Visit

As a pet owner, you've taken the responsible step of scheduling a veterinary visit for your furry friend. Getting your pet to the veterinary office is no small feat, and now that you're there, it's natural for nerves to kick in – for both you and your pet. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process and offer tips to make the veterinary visit a smoother experience..

The Initial Questions

Once you're invited into the exam room by a technician or veterinary assistant, be prepared for a bundle of questions about your pet's health. From when the problem first occurred to details about their diet and recent travels, providing accurate answers is crucial. It's normal to feel anxious, but rest assured, these questions help build a comprehensive understanding of your pet's condition.

Your Role in Communication

Your veterinary team encourages you to ask questions of your own. Open communication is key to better understanding your pet's condition and facilitating effective treatment. Once a complete history is gathered, the veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam, explaining their findings and any deviations from the norm.

Further Testing and Procedures

In some cases, additional tests may be needed, such as bloodwork, x-rays, ultrasounds, or other panels. The veterinarian will discuss these procedures and associated costs with you before proceeding, ensuring your informed consent. For anxious pets, sedation may be recommended, and any concerns or queries about these steps will be addressed.

Waiting for Results

The waiting game begins as results come in, either on the same day or a few days later from an off-site laboratory. In some instances, a pet may require hospitalization. Throughout this process, the veterinary team is dedicated to keeping you informed about your pet's progress, and your questions are always welcome.

Time Considerations

We understand that the entire process – from history-taking to testing and treatment – takes time. While we strive to stay on schedule, unforeseen circumstances may cause appointment sessions to run over. Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we work diligently to provide the best care for your pet.

Streamlining the Process

To make your visit more convenient, we may request permission to obtain veterinary records ahead of time and maintain a fully stocked pharmacy on-site. Our streamlined checkout process, including point-of-service terminals in the exam room, aims to make your experience as efficient as possible.

A Pet Family's Commitment

Working together as a pet family and veterinary team, our goal is to provide answers and care for your cherished pet. We've been in your shoes, and we understand the emotional rollercoaster of having a sick pet. We value your time and commitment to your pet's well-being. Remember, we are just a phone call away for any concerns or questions. Your pet's health is our top priority.