Making an appointment
In most instances, the primary veterinarian will have discussed the option of a referral to us and will call us to discuss the case. The owner will then be able to make an appointment with the Orthopedic Service through one of our referral coordinators who can provide any other information that might be needed.
It is not possible for us to provide advice to clients about their pets' specific problems via phone or email. In order to determine the correct approach to a situation, we will need to obtain a complete history and directly examine the patient.
What will happen at an appointment?
A senior veterinary student will usually gather the initial history and conduct the initial examination. Because we are a teaching hospital, it is very important to us that the students have this experience so that they can provide the best care possible to their future patients and maintain the high standards of the profession. The student will then discuss the case with one of the clinicians on the service. They will then discuss the findings from the initial examination and any additional diagnostic procedures that need to be performed. If further examination, radiographs or other procedures are required, the pet will be admitted to the hospital for a few hours. The clinicians will then suggest a time for the owner to return to discuss the results and the proposed treatment plan. If the pet requires surgery, the clinician will discuss the scheduling of the surgery. In many cases, the patient will be admitted to the hospital and scheduled for surgery the next day.
How much will it cost?
The cost will vary depending on the problem, the number of tests needed, the intensity of the care provided, the complexity of any surgery and the length of hospitalization. We will provide an estimate during the initial appointment with revisions as needed as treatment progresses. Cases with multiple injuries requiring intensive care are the most difficult to estimate accurately. We require a deposit of the low end of the estimate at the beginning of services, and payment in full of the balance due at the time that the patient is discharged.