Your veterinarian is not just your dog or cat’s general practitioner. Veterinarians are experienced in routine surgery and diagnostic medicine and unlike your local doctor, veterinary hospitals usually have a wide range of equipment on site, meaning we can run most diagnostic tests and treatments in one place. If there is a serious problem, your veterinarian may recommend a visit to a veterinary specialist. Your veterinarian will be able to provide you with prescription medication for your pet, usually at the time of consult.
It is important that all pets have regular check ups with their vet. For young animals, we recommend yearly check ups and vaccinations, while older / geriatric animals should receive a health check every 6 months. During a consult, your veterinarian will ask information about your animal and details of its medical history, especially if this is your first contact with that particular vet. It is always helpful to bring your pet’s previous medical history / vaccination records to your new vet.
You can expect to receive a fairly accurate estimate of costs for routine procedures such as vaccinations and desexing. If the situation is more complex, such as a dental with multiple extractions, it may be harder to estimate what the ultimate cost will be. Your vet will give you an idea, though, and keep you informed as the diagnosis and treatment proceed.
In the event of an emergency, or if your pet is deemed to critical to remain in clinic alone overnight, your veterinarian may recommend treatment at an emergency center. Because these centers provide round the clock care, you can expect they will cost more than your regular clinic. Your veterinarian will work with the emergency center to give you an idea of associated costs prior to referral.