Our initial consultations (patients we are seeing for the first time) are one hour long. During this time, we will perform all the necessary diagnostics and have time to discuss the findings and the treatment recommendations.
We allow plenty of time to explain what the diagnosis means for your pet and your family and to answer any questions you may have. Our primary goal is to make sure you are comfortable with the recommendations and have a full understanding of the disease your pet has. We also take time to consider individual needs and exceptions. We understand that some families will have limitations and we will work with you to make sure your pet can still be treated and have a good quality of life.
We also provide access to our cardiology email that is checked multiple times daily (during our regular office hours) in an effort to allow for easy communication following the appointment. Phone calls are also welcome.
Records From Your Pet’s Veterinarian
We typically receive information from your primary care veterinarian prior to your appointment. This may include copies of your pet’s medical records, radiographs, and/or blood test results. This allows us to have some understanding of what diagnostics may be needed and to have a more complete and efficient discussion with you about your pet’s symptoms and your concerns.
Cardiology Recheck Appointments & Follow-Ups
In most cases, recheck examinations will be needed. Many times, these exams can be done with your primary care veterinarian. In some cases, we will recommend a recheck examination to be done here with us. This information will be written on your take home summary of the visit.
We are often able to complete recheck appointments in 30 minutes, unless additional diagnostics are needed. We still allow time to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.
At the End of Your Appointment
At the end of the consultation, you will receive a written summary of all diagnostics that were completed, the diagnosis that was made, a detailed list of medications (if needed), and what symptoms (if any) you will need to look for at home.
A complete summary of the visit and our recommendations will be sent to your primary care veterinarian the same day of your appointment.