What do I need to do to prepare for my Initial Exam Appointment?
We ask that you do not feed your pet the day of their appointment in case a test or procedure is recommended. Please pull up food and water the night before the schedule appointment, please continue any medications as instructed unless told otherwise.
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
We will contact your primary veterinarian and ask for all pertinent information and any imaging that has already been performed. Your veterinarian may ask that you bring a disc or hard copy of the radiographs, which will be returned to you or your family veterinarian after all the information is interpreted by our specialists. There is a possibility that previously performed testing may need to be repeated.
What Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?
A few problems that an internist will see and treat are:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Endocrine Related Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Diseases
- Immune Related Disorders
- Infectious Diseases
- Kidney Dysfunction
- Liver Dysfunction
How will I know the cost for testing or treatment needed?
The attending doctor will review all history provided by the referring veterinarian and perform a complete physical exam during the appointment. Once the doctor has a thorough assessment of what is recommended, his/her assistant will provide you with a detailed estimate to review. The estimate will include the exam, testing, treatment, and hospitalization costs if needed.
Can I stay and wait with my pet while testing is being done?
You are welcome to stay in the building to wait for your pet’s testing to be completed and to meet with the doctor after they have reviewed the results. Unfortunately, you cannot be present during the testing, but we can provide you with an estimated wait time in case you would like to leave and come back later.
Does my pet have to be sedated for diagnostic testing such as radiographs, ultrasound, or lab work?
Typically, we do not have to sedate patients in order to perform non-invasive diagnostic procedures. You will be contacted in the rare event that your pet does require sedation.
Can I speak to the doctor on the phone before my appointment?
Due to the complexity of most referral cases, it is not possible to obtain a diagnosis over the phone. Until we have received and reviewed all medical history and performed a thorough physical exam, we will not be able to offer medical recommendations for your pet.