At Salt River Veterinary Specialists we understand that anytime your pet is ill and requires a referral to our hospital, it can be stressful for your entire family. In an attempt to ease your concerns regarding your appointment, we would like to walk you through the process of what to expect during your visit with our specialists.

When you arrive at Salt River you will be greeted by one of our receptionists and asked to sign in. At this time we will ask that you provide your pet’s medical records, copies of x-rays and bloodwork, as well as a completed referral form from your family veterinarian. When all of your pertinent information has been entered into your chart, one of our veterinary technicians will escort you from our lobby into an examination room. To assist our specialist, the technician will then take your pet’s temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and record their weight. In addition, they will verify your pet’s presenting complaint and any concerns you may have for your appointment.

Following this check-in process, our doctor will meet with you and your pet to clarify important aspects of your pet’s medical history and then perform their own examination. Next, they will discuss their preliminary findings, needed diagnostic tests, potential treatment options, and provide you an estimate for the anticipated costs. Together, you will develop a plan that benefits your pet, but works with your lifestyle.

In most cases, we will attempt to perform the recommended diagnostic tests during your scheduled appointment time. More advanced procedures may require additional time or further scheduled appointments in order to complete.

Following completion of the diagnostic testing, our doctor will review the available results and provide you an understanding of their concerns for your pet. Please understand some diagnostic tests require additional time to complete and review and not all clients will receive a probable diagnosis the day of their appointment. In many circumstances you will be given discharge instructions, which outline our findings and recommendations. We will strive to answer any and all questions that you may have prior to your departure from our hospital.

Following your pet’s consultation, we will provide your family veterinarian with a report outlining the findings and recommendations for management of your pet’s condition.