In 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 and a modern veterinary facility.
Your pet's annual vet check-up will include a complete physical exam. 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. Like you, your pet can lose his/her teeth due to decay and neglect. 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 any diet and routine modifications. Take this notebook when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's physical exam and medical tests.
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. It is very important that you find a vet with whom both you and your pet 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 pets, your veterinarian may suggest a few exams, including chest X-ray and lab work, before your pet is anesthetized.
Drs. Hiibel and Torvik may refer you to a specialist, veterinarians who have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, or emergency care, if your pet must undergo a procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience.