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What to Expect

puppy1.pngIn your search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality care as well as great service. Our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. Our commitment to you is to continue to provide the best health care possible for your pet at a state of the art veterinary facility.

Your pet's annual veterinary check-up will include a total physical exam from nose to tail. We will recommend any vaccination boosters your pet may need, as well as the recommended yearly tests for heartworms and intestinal parasites. Like you, your pet can lose its teeth due to decay and neglect. Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning by your veterinarian may be in order. It is a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary, not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the veterinarian, but also of notes on things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Take this notebook when you visit the veterinarian. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain the results of your pet's medical tests.

Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate, and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to find a veterinarian with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to perform surgery and other anesthetic procedures, such as dental cleaning, in the safest way possible. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for the very old, very young, or very ill pets, we will likely suggest a few exams, including blood work or a chest x-ray, before your pet is anesthetized. During any anesthetic procedure, your pet will receive fluids through their IV catheter. They will have continuous EKG, pulse oximeter, and temperature monitoring. Antibiotics may be necessary before and after.

Dr. Clemmer may refer you to a specialist, a veterinarian who has completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, ophthalmology, and emergency care, if your pet must undergo a procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience.

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