Our experienced surgical team provides comfort, and helps to ease the stress and fears involved with having a difficult procedure ahead for your pet. Utilizing best practices in veterinary medicine, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care's surgical team works hard to return your pet to its normal happy and healthy state.
Preparing for your Appointment
Do not feed your pet for 12 hours prior to your appointment (water is OK). At times, sedation is required to perform optimal diagnostics. If your pet is currently on medications with instructions to be taken with food, please contact us and we will provide instructions.
Provide medical record and current blood work. Be sure to fax a copy of your pet’s medical record to us or bring it along to your appointment. We prefer blood work to be general chemistry/CBC and no more than two weeks old. Providing necessary blood work prior to your arrival will give the surgeon or neurosurgeon vital information about your pet’s health, which will guide and speed treatment plan recommendations. Please call us if you are unsure what blood work is recommended prior to arrival.
Send or bring relevant X-rays. Relevant X-Rays may be emailed to the location where your pet is receiving treatment, mailed, or brought along to your appointment. Please verify that X-Rays have arrived or that you will bring them to your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. Our surgeons and neurosurgeon prefer to view X-Rays prior to your visit so they are better prepared for you and your pet.
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Vascular Access Ports
What should I bring when I come in for a consult?
We do want you to come in for a consult and have current blood work, medical record, and any X-Rays or biopsy results pertaining to the consult. Find details, forms, directions, and more on the Preparing for Your Appointment page.
What should I expect after surgery?
We understand that surgery can be a stressful process for both you and your pet. If you are curious whether or not your dog’s post-op behavior is normal, call us.
How do I reach a surgeon after hours?
What are the payment options for my pet’s treatment?
Payment is due at the time services are rendered. We accept cash, major credit cards (Visa, Discover, MasterCard), Care Credit and ScratchPay.
What is a board-certified surgeon?
A board-certified veterinary surgeon is one who has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. The training consists of a minimum of a one-year internship, followed by a three-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Primary Care Veterinarians
Can I send a client over without a referral?
We prefer to receive patients through referrals so we can collaborate with you for their care. You may contact us by phone or fax or complete an online referral form. We need to build a client/patient relationship to ensure that all of the questions regarding your clients’ case are answered and that the surgical procedure—including post-operative care and possible complications—are fully understood. Read more about how we work with referring veterinarians.
Which doctor should I request?
We have a team of board-certified surgeons and practitioners. No matter which location you call or what day of the week it is, you can rest assured you will receive the same level of dedication from every member of our staff. Read doctor’s biographies and more.
What do I do if my client has an emergency?
If there is an emergency and you would like the client/pet to be seen immediately, please give us a call and speak to one of our surgeons. It may be necessary for the pet to be admitted through our emergency clinic first to ensure stability of that patient before being seen by one of our surgeons. We will keep in contact with you during this process.