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Whether our patient is a dog, cat, or exotic species, they can all become ill for many different reasons. After obtaining a history, performing a physical exam, and any appropriate diagnostics (tests) your veterinarian will create a therapeutic plan to help your pet recover as quickly as possible.
The most common diagnostics performed are basic bloodwork and radiographs (x-rays). Often times this will be all that is required to determine how to best treat your pet. However, medicine is like most things in life. It’s never simple, and it’s rarely black and white. Not all patients read the book, and often times multiple tests and treatments are needed to ensure your pet’s illness has the best possible outcome.
For some problems, patients can be given a medication or injection and be sent home that day. However, many situations require an ultrasound, surgery, or several days of hospitalization in order to diagnose and treat your pet. Patient care and your pet’s well-being are always our number one priority. Our doctors will do their best to ensure that you understand your pet’s illness and treatment options.
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