Yes, unless your pet has diabetes mellitus or is otherwise instructed by our staff. Some blood tests, ultrasounds, and any procedure requiring sedation or anesthesia are best performed on patients who have fasted.
Only when necessary. Sedation may be used for procedures that require a patient to be still and relaxed. Sedation also has analgesic effects (pain relief) which can make your pet more comfortable.
The consultation will include a meeting with you and your pet, taking a full history from you, reviewing previous diagnostic results, then performing a physical examination and any agreed-upon diagnostics. After completion of the diagnostics, we will meet with you again to go over the results and give verbal and written recommendations.
Most appointments last about one hour for the initial consultation and physical examination. If further diagnostics are pursued, we will let you know at that time how long we will need your pet to stay with us.
Bring all medications your pet is currently on or has recently taken. If you cannot bring the actual medications, please write down the name of the medication, the dose (often in “mg” or “mg/ml”), the number of tablets/capsules/mls, and how often it is given.
Bring any recent radiographs (X-Rays)
Please ask your veterinarian to fax or email a copy of your pet’s record prior to your appointment. The fax number is (805) 965-8387 and our email for records is [email protected]. If possible, bring the completed New Client Registration Form and Patient History Form found on the Self-Service Portal page.
A copy of the full record, including diagnostic results, will be faxed or emailed to your veterinarian.
If you had a consultation with an AVS veterinarian, we will phone you once the results have returned to us. Further recommendations will be made at that time.
If a doctor-to-doctor consultation was performed, your veterinarian will give you the results of the diagnostics.
Your pet’s disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing.
You would like an informed, neutral second opinion of your pet’s condition.
The outcomes of the current treatments are not going well or as expected.
Your pet requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered by a specialty hospital.
Your pet can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a referral hospital.