When you and your pet arrive at our hospital, you will be greeted by our friendly reception staff. If you are not already in our client/patient computer system, you will be asked to complete a simple Client/Patient Information form or you may print the form off our website and bring it with you. Like human Doctor’s office, the wait time to see the veterinarian will vary. Appointments are recommended, walk-ins are always welcome but are seen when time permits between scheduled appointments. Emergencies are a priority according to the seriousness of the condition or injury.
In the exam room a veterinary technician will take vitals and a brief history. The veterinarian will then examine your pet and discuss recommended vaccinations, treatments or testing. We will provide you with and estimate of charges for your approval if treatment is needed. A deposit may be required on hospitalized patients and payment is due on discharge.Keeping your pet healthy…
Maintaining your pet’s health requires a good relationship with your veterinarian. Your pet’s annual vet check-up will include a total physical exam, with a thorough investigation of your pet’s head, body and tail, and all his assorted cavities. Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning by your veterinarian maybe in order. 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.
Choose a family veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your dog undergoes. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your dog feel comfortable. Try to have it convenient, choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill dogs, your veterinarian will likely suggest a few tests including lab work of blood and urine, before your pet is anesthetized. During the procedure he might need an IV drip; antibiotics may be necessary before and after.
Your veterinarian may refer you to a specialist, veterinarians who have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care, if your dog must undergo a procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience. . Shadow Creek Veterinary Clinic is owned and operated by a licensed veterinarian and support staff are specially trained to meet the needs of your pet.