What to Expect

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; a team that’s focused on providing excellent client communication and being committed to offering what we consider “best medicine” in a profession that continues to change and expand. 

Since pets age at a fast rate and are adept at masking signs of their changing and possibly deteriorating health, we recommend our patients visit us every 6 months but not less than once a year.  At these office visits, your pet will have a thorough nose-to-tail physical examination.  Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with teeth brushing daily, we’ll use these visits to do a complete oral examination as well, so we can determine the grade of dental disease your pet has; this will help determine if a full dental cleaning may be in order.  We’ll also put together an individualized treatment plan, taking into consideration your pet’s and family’s lifestyle and the risks posed to your pet’s health and well-being.  This individualized treatment plan might include vaccinations, tests, treatments, and monthly preventatives that will help keep your pet healthy and protected.  These office visits are also used to discuss any concerns you have about your pet.  It’s helpful for owners to keep track of their pet's elimination habits, appetite, behavior and daily routines, so our staff can be alerted to any changes that are cause for concern or might be problematic. Small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications are all important information to discuss with the vet at your pet’s examination appointments since sometimes seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of a patient’s medical tests or exam findings.  Lumps, bumps, growths, and other changes to your pet’s body are also monitored at these office visits so we can be quick to address any concerning changes, hopefully before they pose a serious risk to your pet.  

Dr. Dan (our owner) is calm, compassionate and willing to explain his recommendations and all the procedures your pet undergoes.  He works with our clients to provide our patients with the best care possible at a level that’s right for each client or family.  He believes it’s important to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable.   

Dr. Plagman (our associate veterinarian) is gentle and compassionate.  Like with Dr. Dan, she is willing to explain her recommendations and all the procedures your pet undergoes.  She and Dr. Dan work in conjunction with each other to make sure they are meeting all the needs of our clients and patients.   

Our entire staff is caring and qualified to care for your pet be it for an out-patient examination appointment or for something more significant, like surgery or dental cleaning performed under general anesthesia.  Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, our office takes care with our surgery patients, often recommending other diagnostic services which might include X-rays and lab work of blood and urine.

While we are a full-service small animal general practice, our veterinarians may refer you to a specialist (a veterinarian who has completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care).  We refer our patients to several great specialists in the area and even work with some who travel to our hospital to see our patients.