My dog is having surgery tomorrow at PBVS? What should I expect?
PBVS recommends patients having procedures (surgery, biopsies, and radiographs) to be dropped off the day of the procedure between 7am and 9am. You will need to withhold food and water from 10pm the night before and the day of the procedure. Your pet will undergo sedation and/or anesthesia and will need to be fasted. However, patients that may require feeding include very young animals or diabetic patients. If your pet falls into one of these categories, please check with the doctor for specific feeding and water instructions as they may allow you to offer food and water that day, depending on the procedure.
Will my dog or cat be in pain following surgery?
We know that surgery can be a scary and painful process. PBVS will work to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible following any procedure. Our multi-medicine approach to surgery ensures that your pet has pain medicines in place before the procedure begins.
Will my pet go home on medications? She did when she had her spay?
The goal of any anesthetic procedure is to repair the injury as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, some of the surgeries that take place may be more complicated and require an extended anesthetic event. All PBVS patients are given IV antibiotics prior to any surgical procedure. This ensures antibiotic coverage before the procedure actually begins. Depending upon the type of surgery, severity of injury and method of repair, your pet may go home on a short course of oral antibiotics. The type and duration will vary based on your doctor’s recommendation. Please follow the instructions for administering any medications dispensed by our doctors. If your pet is already on medications please also tell the doctor to avoid any interactions.
My pet had lab samples submitted. When can I expect to hear from the doctor?
Each test submitted is done so with the optimum report in mind. For this reason, PBVS uses a variety of reference labs to evaluate diagnostic samples. In some cases, results may be available as early as the next business day (Superchem, CBC, urinalysis). However, more advanced testing may be run at the lab on specific days (ACTH stimulation tests) or require special processing prior to evaluating the sample (histopathology samples of bone). For this reason, we ask that you allow one week for test results to be returned. Once the results are received, the attending doctor will contact you to review the results and treatment options.
Do you have visiting hours? Can I visit my pet?
We understand the need to visit your pet while it is hospitalized at PBVS. We encourage owners to visit if their pet is stable to do so. We ask that owners call prior to visiting to ensure your pet is physically stable to visit and that a doctor can be available to meet with you during your visit. Because your pet is undergoing medical treatment, we ask that visits be limited to once a day with as many family members wishing to visit as possible at that time. It is detrimental to patient care to have a patient moved multiple times a day to visit for extended periods of time. While visiting, you may be encouraged to offer food or water if your pet is not eating. You may also be showed physical therapy treatments that you may do at home.
My dog/cat is sick and I don't have a vet or any money - can you help me?
We help all patients. An emergency exam will be performed to see what your pet is sick from and the care needed. A detailed estimate will be prepared and discussed with you, outlining the intended treatments and procedures. PBVS recommends Care Credit as a payment plan. You can apply online or contact the office for further information.
I'm out of medication for my pet and my vet’s office is closed, can I come there for a refill?
In order to fill prescription medications, there must be a current (within 1 year) working client-patient-doctor relationship.
I found a dog/cat; if I bring it there can you check it for a chip?
When most owners lose an animal, the first place they turn to locate their pet is the local animal shelter. These facilities include Animal Care and Control (Belvedere Road) and Peggy Adams Humane Society (Military Trail and Community Blvd). PBVS cannot take a pet that is found. It would need to be brought to one of the named facilities to have a "Lost and Found Report" started.
I just got home and I think my pet is dead, what should I do?
Check to see if there is any heartbeat or breathing. Look at the chest to see if it rises and falls (like breathing). You can place a mirror under its nose to see if it fogs the mirror to indicate he is breathing. Call your doctor immediately.
My dog ate some chocolate, what should I do?
First, stay calm and remove and remaining chocolate so you can assess the situation. You will need to determine the amount of chocolate ingested. Once you determine the amount and type (Milk, dark, semi sweet, bakers, white), please contact a veterinarian for assistance. If it is a significant amount, you may be instructed to induce vomiting. If you are successful with this, you may be instructed to have the patient monitored at a hospital overnight for chocolate toxicity. If you cannot induce vomiting, please seek medical attention immediately. Steps will be taken to ensure your pet in cared for appropriately (induced vomiting, activated charcoal, fluid therapy, etc).
Do you offer teeth cleaning?
PBVS does not offer teeth cleaning as a service here. Because most of our patients are undergoing serious surgical procedures, the risks of teeth cleaning at the time of surgery are not worth taking. It requires longer than necessary anesthesia and the bacteria shower that can occur from teeth scaling could cause unnecessary illness. This is a service most local veterinarians would be happy to provide.
Can you crop my dog’s ears/tail?
We do not perform ear cropping or tail dockings. If you need assistance in finding a doctor to accommodate your pet's breed or location, please call PBVS to discuss options.