Helpful Hints for Visiting the Hospital

Learn more about veterinary hospital policies at Kodiak Veterinary Clinic Kodiak

Appointment Scheduling Tips:

  • If your pet is having difficulty over night, don’t wait! Call early or when we open-most available appointment slots for that business day are taken by 9am.
  • If your pet is experiencing a health issue, pay close attention to eating and drinking habits, bowel movements, and urination. It’s a great idea to write down your pets’ symptoms-quite often people will forget to mention certain symptoms and things that they might think are insignificant can be greatly informative for your veterinarian.
  • If health issues are left unattended, the increase in severity of the issues may complicate future treatment and increase the cost of veterinary care. It is always best for the patient and the owner to address issues before they become severe.
  • If you are looking to schedule routine appointments, call at least 1-2 weeks in advance to get the time that works best for you.
  • Be on time for your appointment! If you are more than 10 minutes late, we may have to reschedule so that we keep the rest of our appointments on time.
  • For pets to be admitted into the hospital, current vaccination records including a current rabies certificate will need to be provided. If you do not have copies of these records from your prior veterinarian, please call them to have these records faxed to our office prior to your appointment or feel free to provide our staff with your prior veterinary office contact information and we will be happy to assist you. If proof of current rabies & distemper/parvo vaccinations cannot be provided, vaccines will be administered during admission into the hospital.

Day of Surgical Appointments:

  • Drop off time is between 8:30am and 9:00am.
  • Do not feed your pet after midnight the night before an anesthesia event. Giving water is okay.
  • Make sure you have adequate time at drop off to read and sign surgical consent form, discuss estimated charges and leave required deposit (normally 10-15 min.’s).
  • Do not send someone else to drop off your pet for surgery-unless they are authorized to make important medical and financial decisions regarding veterinary care for your pet. There are several items on the consent form that our staff will discuss with you at time of drop off, such as pre-operative blood work, vaccinations, etc. If you know that you will be unable to drop off your pet for surgery, please contact our office prior to the date of surgery so that we may assist you with any special arrangements.
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