What to Expect
VISITING OUR ANIMAL HOSPITAL
When you arrive at Sun Valley Regional Animal Hospital you can expect quality care for your pet. When you check in for your appointment, you will be greeted warmly and we’ll usher you and your pet into an examination room. Then, one of our veterinary technicians will take your pet’s vital signs and ask about his or her medical history, current condition, and the reason for your visit, gathering data for the doctor.
One of our veterinarians will then examine your pet, ask you further questions, and formulate a treatment plan which may include diagnostic tests, medications, supplements, or therapeutic food. Before starting any treatment on your pet, we will go over the treatment plan, answering any questions you might have. We want to make sure you understand what the recommendations are, why they are being made, and what the treatment will cost.
Before your visit is over, the veterinary technician will come back to wrap things up and answer any remaining questions. In most cases, we provide written discharge instructions summarising the visit and home care instructions so you don’t have to remember a thing! Our front desk staff will then process your payment and schedule any needed follow-up appointments.
Please note: Our goal is to see all our clients and patients on time, but there are times when unexpected delays may occur due to emergencies. We strive to minimise any delays while providing thorough care to each pet.
In your search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality care as well as great service. Our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. Our commitment to you is to continue to offer our world class service and a state of the art veterinary facility.
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 cleaning by your veterinarian maybe 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 a few exams, including a chest X-ray and lab work of blood and urine, before your pet is anesthetized. During the procedure he might need an IV drip; antibiotics may be necessary before and after.
Dr. Garg 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.