Your pet's annual vet check-up will include a total physical exam, with a thorough investigation of your pet's head, body and tail, and all his assorted cavities. Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual dental cleaning by your veterinarian may be in order. Like you, your pet can lose his 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 diet and routine modifications. Take this notebook when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests. Also, if you need to change vets, it's good to have this journal to provide a complete medical history.
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to 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 will likely suggest an exam, including lab work, before your pet is anesthetized. During the procedure he/she might need an IV drip; antibiotics may be necessary before and after.
Our veterinarians may refer you to a specialist, veterinarians who have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care, if your pet must undergo a procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience.
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What to expect during a sick or wellness visit with your pet to KAC:
Upon arrival you will be greeted warmly at the reception desk by one of our receptionists.
Once checked in, a Veterinary technician will weigh your pet, see you into an exam room, and gather basic information about your pet's health.
The veterinarian will then meet you, talk about any concerns that you may have with your pet, and perform a thorough examination. Then you and your veterinarian will decide on the best treatment plan for your animal.
At this time, any diagnostic tests or treatments that need to be conducted will be performed by the veterinary staff.
After your animal has been thoroughly treated and your veterinary consultation completed, you will proceed to our check-out reception area for billing and future appointment bookings.
If your animal was hospitalized during your visit, you may call to check on your pet’s status or come by to visit during any of our regular business hours.
Thank you for choosing Karns Animal Clinic for all your pets wellness needs. We hope that you enjoyed your visit and the service that our staff provided. We are grateful for your patronage and look forward to a long standing relationship of serving you and your pets.