You have made an important and positive decision to treat your pet for cancer. It is an investment of time, dedication, and a financial commitment as well. We understand your anxiety and concern about your pet and want to assist you in comprehending your pet’s condition, treatment, and eventual outcome. Your pet’s health is Dr. Labavitch’s primary consideration. Facing your pet’s cancer is truly a team effort and you are the most important part of the team. With mutual cooperation between you and Dr. Labavitch, a positive long-term outcome can reward our dedication and commitment to your pet.
Please arrive at the clinic between 7:30AM and 9:30AM to drop off your pet. We are required to take a weight and temperature of your animal at this time and have you sign and date an authorization form for the day/week. The doctor will evaluate each patient and perform laboratory tests as necessary.
You and your family can best help your pet in the following ways:
- Follow the veterinarian’s instructions for at-home care
- Feed the prescribed diet and dietary supplements
- Give medications as directed and on schedule
- Exercise only according to our instructions
- Arrive at the scheduled appointment time
- Advise us of your pet’s routine health care needs so that we my offer some recommendations to your regular veterinarian
- Inform us of any emergencies, problems, changes, and special considerations.
- Adhere to your financial commitment
- Keep a positive attitude about your pet’s progress (for you and your pet)
Chemotherapy patients can usually be released between 4:00pm and 7:00pm depending on the following factors:
- All laboratory tests have been completed.
- Chemotherapy has been completed.
- The patient has no unexpected drug reactions
- The patient’s age, breed, and general health.
We request that you call us in the afternoon after 4:00PM for a status report and to arrange a pick-up time.
We do our very best to process all of the laboratory data, medication and patient status as quickly and efficiently as possible. Occasionally there are delays in laboratory reporting, patient recovery or other emergencies. All patients are equally important and we must administer to each patient according to medical priority. We understand that you may have some other family commitments, scheduling problems, and have to negotiate adverse traffic to get here. Be assured that we will make every effort to accommodate your requirements and requests but the patients’ health cannot be compromised and is OUR primary consideration.