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 offer our world class service while keeping a family practice atmosphere.

Your pet's annual check-up, as well as any exam due to illness or abnormalities, will include a total physical exam. This exam includes listening to your pet's heart and lungs, checking teeth and oral cavity, ear and eye exam, palpation of the abdomen (tummy) and limb evaluation. During your pet's exam, Dr. Thurman will also be asking you numerous questions. By answering these questions honestly, Dr. Thurman and her staff will be better able to help keep your furry family member healthy, or recover from illness sooner. Pet's can not physically tell us what's wrong, which is why we rely on your observations at home to help us determine the steps needed to address any illness. These steps may include blood work, radiographs (x-rays), hospitalization, appropriate medications and even surgery. Dr. Thurman will explain treatments, procedures, diagnostics and the diagnosis to you and will answer your questions as well.

It is even possible that Dr. Thurman may need to refer you to a specialist (veterinarians who have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care) if your pet must undergo a procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience.

Things to consider:

It's a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, 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 vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests. Also, if you need to change vets, it's good to have this journal to provide a complete medical history.

Please choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to perform common procedures like vaccinations and preventative health care, but are also able to perform procedures requiring anesthesia, i.e., spaying, neutering and dental cleanings. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, your veterinarian should suggest a few exams, including blood work, urinalysis and possible chest radiographs before your pet is anesthetized. During the procedure your pet might need an IV fluids and antibiotics may even be necessary before and/or after the procedure.

One of the most common questions we are asked is if your pet really needs it's teeth cleaned. Unfortunately, even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, therefore an annual cleaning by maybe in order. Dr. Thurman will talk to you in detail after examining your pet's mouth.