What to Expect

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When you are looking for a veterinarian, you should be able to count on superior care and excellent service. At Saint Francis Hospital for Animals we’ve assembled a team of veterinary professionals to provide you with the best possible health care for your pet. Our state-of-the-art facility is clean and comfortable, allowing us to provide the exceptional treatment options your four-legged family member deserves.

On your first visit to Saint Francis Hospital for Animals, please bring any and all medical records you may have with you. We encourage you to tell us about any medical problems your pet has experienced during his or her lifetime. We’re also happy to discuss anything else you feel may be of importance. Finally, we recommend that you maintain a journal of your pet’s health over the years, including changes in behavior, appetite, energy level and weight.

Although our doctors possess years of experience, there may be circumstances in which we feel your pet requires referral to a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist. At Saint Francis Hospital for Animals, we have an excellent working relationship with several Specialty and Emergency hospitals. There, your pet can receive the expertise of an internist, dermatologist, soft tissue or orthopedic surgeon, ophthalmologist or oncologist.

If you’re ready to get started, please give us call at (631) 567-1359 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you!

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. Parendo 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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